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Would you recommend Adrian Tchaikovsky's Shadow of the Apt series?

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Initial post: 11 Jun 2010 22:25:24 BDT
Well, I've finished The View from the Mirror by Ian Irvine unfortunatly so I am looking for some replacement books.
How would you rate this book?
Also, how about Brent Week's Night Angel (?) trilogy? What is it about? Does it involve magic of kinds? Is it worth it?

Posted on 12 Jun 2010 15:00:43 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Jun 2010 20:03:22 BDT
AnetteF says:
Hi Joshua - I read Tchaikovsky not long ago and enjoyed the series. Price was excellent and I thought I very much got value for money. My initial fear that it would be too 'bug'-infested proved to be unfounded as the characters are easy to relate to in human terms. Fast paced adventure, some very original ideas and interesting characters made it an entertaining read. Great news as well that the four books out at the moment can be read almost as a completed series as there is a natural break in the story at the end of the fourth book. So yes, I'd say go for it.

Posted on 12 Jun 2010 16:49:45 BDT
Thanks for the reply! I'll probably pick up the first one, see how to goes, and then get the next three books for when I go away on holiday. Unfortunatly, I am one to judge a book by how many pages there are and looking at the number of pages, Blood of the Mantis seems only half the size of the first and second book with the third and fourth seeming a lot shorter? Is there any reason for it? Just a shorter plot or smaller font?
Thanks for the reply anyway, Anette. It is really appreciated!

Posted on 12 Jun 2010 20:10:18 BDT
AnetteF says:
I guess AT used as many words as he felt the story needed. To be honest, I didn't really take much notice of that. Seemed to me that all the books were of a pretty decent length and I was certainly amazed at the low price. Hope you like it. If your interested, click on my name and you'll find the review I wrote for the first book somewhere there.

Posted on 12 Jun 2010 20:22:51 BDT
Thanks for all your help! I read it and it has encouraged me even more to buy the book. I saw some of your listmania lists and I am now currently looking at the Riftwar Saga as well!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2010 22:33:19 BDT
Mrs W. says:
Hi Anette! Don't like to jump in on unrelated discussion but have to tell you I took your advice and LOVED Carol Berg. So far have read Song of the Beast, Breath and Bone & Flesh and Spirit. Particularly enjoyed Song of the Beast. Want to read Restoration Revelation etc next but they only have part of the series in stock on Amazon and I don't want to start it if I cant finish it. But thanks for the tip I have really enjoyed her books :)

I also have Shadows of the Apt at home waiting to be read but keep picking it up and being unsure about the insects... :/

Posted on 12 Jun 2010 23:32:52 BDT
I was looking at the shadows of the apt website and Thcaikovsky (that's a mouth full!) has pictures of these 'insect-kinden' and they just look like humans so hopefully it will be good!
Now, I am unsure where to start with all these new book ideas. My last series that I read (the whole of the three worlds cycle) was very unique, combining technology in a non steampunk and non science way with the use of subtle magics (called mancing). If anyone has any more unique fantasy books like this and (from what it seems, shadow of the apt) I would appreciate the ideas - perhaps with a small outline on what it is about.

Posted on 14 Jun 2010 09:17:47 BDT
L. O. Shea says:
THe Shadow of the Apt series is well worth the effort, now on the fifth book it's fun and pacy with some great characters. The whole idea of kinden is fascinating and I sometimes wish that there were more of them ( although you can't say that there's a lack what with beetle,ant,mantis,moth,spider,wasp,bee) especially the more specialised insects ( bombardier beetle etc). The story is good and I like the idea of technology becoming a way for the kinden to become equal in abilities (read the books for more).
The Night Angel trilogy is an Ok read but unworthy of the hype. It's light stuff with a pretty formulaic storyline and best to be left for when all other alternatives have been exhausted.
For more of the "mancing" you should try Alan Cambell's Deepgate Codex or Stephen Hunt's books including The Iron Moon, The Court of the Air etc.
Another alternative would be KJ Parkers Engineer trilogy, no magic at all but an incredible story and brilliantly written.

Posted on 14 Jun 2010 10:28:54 BDT
AnetteF says:
Amy - I am thrilled that you enjoyed Carol Berg. Hope you'll be able to get hold of the Raj-Kirah series soon. Check out the Amazon sellers, some are offering the first book in 'like new' condition and the third is available in 'very good' condition. Alternatively, high street bookshops might still have a copy on the shelf. Definitely a series worth hunting. And then there is the 'Bridge of D'Arnath' series - plenty more to get into *g*

Joshua/Amy - I know the idea of a book about insects was what put me off for a long time. But I promise you, you won't think of house spiders when you read the 'Shadow of the Apt' series. Picture instead humans with abilities which happen to be similar to special abilities of some insects. To them these abilities are as normal as it is to us to be able to walk. It is actually quite funny when those what we would call 'magical' beings express their own amazement at 'magic'. Makes you aware that what is magic very much depends on the experiences of the person using the word. To any medieval person, much of the technology we take for granted today would be pure magic.

Posted on 14 Jun 2010 11:05:59 BDT
AptoMatt says:
I've recently read the night angel trilogy and the shadpws of the apt. I would recommend night angel first as that is a complete story. Whereas shadows of the apt still has 2 books to come.

Posted on 15 Jun 2010 15:58:01 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jun 2010 16:00:50 BDT
simon211175 says:
the shadows of the apt series is split - the first "story" is covered in the first 4 books. Book 5 is the first part of another quadrilogy. A highly recommended series.

Also, I've read the first of the Night Angel books, and loved it. It's a big book, but took no time at all to get through. I've got the second book, but haven't read it yet. Looking forward to it though. I don't remember there being any magic, but I could be wrong. The style made me think of the Scott Lynch Locke Lamora books, which I'd also recommend.

Posted on 16 Jun 2010 16:55:09 BDT
Haha, I've actually decided to try out A Game of Thrones first, now! They all seem nice long books and I read a short preview from the beginning and it caught my attention straight away! Hopefully, it will be a good choice!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2010 19:07:51 BDT
stucody says:
Haha....Good choice as Game of Thrones is a very addictive book. Can't wait for the release of book 5.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2010 19:44:13 BDT
I'm going to start a new topic on Game of Thrones if you wish to tell me more about it! :')

Posted on 17 Jun 2010 09:25:43 BDT
stucody says:
No Joshua, I will not tell more as it will spoil the surprises lol. Put it this way, if you get into the books then it is one hell of a ride and be prepared to be shocked and disappointed with how certain characters who you come to like are brutally killed off.

Posted on 26 Feb 2011 12:03:38 GMT
M. Lach says:
Tchaikovsky with Shadow of the Apt series is far much better than Game of Thrones in my opinion, however, the upcoming HBOs adaptation will bring many new readers to GRR Martin. Tchaikovsky is a fan of Steven Erikson, and Glen Cook is also a brilliant choice.
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