Blood of the Mantis

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A DREAD RITUAL CASTS A DEADLY SHADOW

Driven by the ghosts of the legendary Darakyon, the seer Achaeos has tracked the stolen Shadow Box to the marsh-town of Jerez - but he has only days before this magical artefact will be lost to him forever . . .

Meanwhile, the forces of the Empire are mustering for their next great offensive. Stenwold and his followers have only a short time in which to seek allies before the enemy soldiers are on the march again, conquering everything in their path. And if they cannot hold them back before spring, then the hated black and gold flag will be flying fly over every city in the Lowlands before the year's end.

And should the Shadow Box fall into the hands of the power-mad Emperor, then nothing will save the world from his relentless ambition.

This is not your regular run of the mill fantasy world
GraemesFantasyBookReview.com
A unique voice in the fantasy industry and this book is a great addition to an epic and complex story
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About Adrian Tchaikovsky

Adrian Tchaikovsky was born in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, before heading off to Reading to study psychology and zoology. For reasons unclear even to himself he subsequently ended up in law and has worked as a legal executive in both Reading and Leeds, where he now lives. Married, he is a keen live role-player and occasional amateur actor, has trained in stage-fighting, and keeps no exotic or dangerous pets of any kind, possibly excepting his son. He's the author of the critically acclaimed Shadows of the Apt series.

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Books by Adrian Tchaikovsky

The Bear and the Serpent
The Bear and the Serpent
The Tiger and the Wolf
The Tiger and the Wolf
Children of Time
Children of Time
Guns of the Dawn
Guns of the Dawn
Seal of the Worm
Seal of the Worm
War Master's Gate
War Master's Gate
The Scarab Path
The Scarab Path
The Sea Watch
The Sea Watch
Salute the Dark
Salute the Dark
The Air War
The Air War
Empire in Black and Gold
Empire in Black and Gold
Heirs of the Blade
Heirs of the Blade
Dragonfly Falling
Dragonfly Falling

Books in the Series

Seal of the Worm
Seal of the Worm
War Master's Gate
War Master's Gate
The Scarab Path
The Scarab Path
The Sea Watch
The Sea Watch
Salute the Dark
Salute the Dark
The Air War
The Air War
Empire in Black and Gold
Empire in Black and Gold
Heirs of the Blade
Heirs of the Blade
Dragonfly Falling
Dragonfly Falling