Released on 10 October 2013.

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Heirs of the Blade

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By Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of the Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning novel Children of Time, Heirs of the Blade is the seventh part in the epic fantasy series Shadows of the Apt.

The greatest foe is the enemy within . . .

Tynisa is running, but she cannot escape the demons of her own mind. Amidst the fragmenting provinces of the Dragonfly Commonweal her past will at last catch up with her. Her father's ghost is hunting her down.

At the same time, the Empress, Seda is on the move, and her eyes are on the city of Khanaphes, the fallen jewel of the ancient world. Whilst her soldiers seek only conquest, she sees herself as the heir to all the old powers of history, and has her eyes on a far greater prize.

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Adrian is continuing to go from strength to strength. Magic
FalcataTimes blog
The Shadows of the Apt series is simply one of the best epic fantasy series out there
LECBookReviews blog
Superb world building, great characters and extreme inventiveness
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