Salute the Dark

4.02 based on 1672 ratings & 50 reviews on Goodreads.com

ALL MUST FACE THE END OF DAYS

The vampiric sorcerer Uctebri has at last got his hands on the Shadow Box and can finally begin his dark ritual - a ritual that the Wasp-kinden Emperor believes will grant him immortality. But Uctebri has his own plans both for the Emperor and the Empire.

The massed Wasp armies are on the march, and the spymaster Stenwold must see which of his allies will stand now that the war has finally arrived. This time the Empire will not stop until a black and gold flag waves over Stenwold's own home city of Collegium.

Tisamon the Weaponsmaster is faced with a terrible choice: a path that could lead him to abandon his friends and his daughter and to face degradation and loss. Yet it might bring him before the Wasp Emperor with a blade in his hand. But is he being driven by Mantis-kinden honour, or manipulated by something more sinister?

Salute the Dark fulfills the promise of the Apt series . . . An A++ based on my three reads of the book so far
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Intense fighting scenes, finely tuned politicking and a few genuine surprises effortlessly coalesce to generate a spectacular instalment
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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

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

Books in the Series

Seal of the Worm
Seal of the Worm
War Master's Gate
War Master's Gate
Heirs of the Blade
Heirs of the Blade
The Air War
The Air War
The Scarab Path
The Scarab Path
The Sea Watch
The Sea Watch
Blood of the Mantis
Blood of the Mantis
Empire in Black and Gold
Empire in Black and Gold