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Synopsis

Seventeen years ago Stenwold witnessed the Wasp Empire storming the city of Myna in a brutal war of conquest. Since then he has preached vainly against this threat in his home city of Collegium, but now the Empire is on the march, with its spies and its armies everywhere, and the Lowlands lie directly in its path. All the while, Stenwold has been training youthful agents to fight the Wasp advance, and the latest recruits include his niece, Che, and his mysterious ward, Tynisa. When his home is violently attacked, he is forced to send them ahead of him and, hotly pursued, they fly by airship to Helleron, the first city in line for the latest Wasp invasion.

"Adrian Tchaikovsky has continued to grow as a writer and the Shadows of the Apt looks set to have a good future if Tchaikovsky can keep up this standard. My only minor criticism would be for a touch more humour." Allan Fisher, Fantasy Book Review

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