The Scarab Path

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ANCIENT POWERS ARE WAKING

The war with the Wasp Empire has ended in a bitter stalemate, and Collegium has nothing to show for it but wounded veterans. Cheerwell Maker finds herself crippled in ways no doctor can mend, haunted by ghosts of the past that she cannot appease.

The Empress Seda is regaining control over those imperial cities that refused to bow the knee to her, but she draws her power from something more sinister than mere armies and war machines.

Only her consort, the former spymaster Thalric, knows the truth, and now the assassins are coming and he finds his life and his loyalties under threat once again. Then out beyond the desert of the Nem, the ancient city of Khanaphes awaits them both, with a terrible secret entombed beneath its stones.

Battles, intrigue, assassination attempts . . Go read the series and see why it is so good
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Epic fantasy at its best. Gripping, original and multi-layered storytelling from a writer bursting with lots of fascinating ideas
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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 Sea Watch
The Sea Watch
Blood of the Mantis
Blood of the Mantis
Salute the Dark
Salute the Dark
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 Sea Watch
The Sea Watch
Blood of the Mantis
Blood of the Mantis
Salute the Dark
Salute the Dark
Empire in Black and Gold
Empire in Black and Gold