Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Heirs of the Blade (Shadows of the Apt, #7)” as Want to Read:
Heirs of the Blade (Shadows of the Apt, #7)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Heirs of the Blade (Shadows of the Apt #7)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  785 ratings  ·  39 reviews
She remembered how it felt to lose Salma, first to the wiles of the Butterfly-kinden girl, then to hear the news of his death, abandoned and alone in the midst of the enemy. She remembered how it felt to see her father hacked to death before her eyes. But of her murder of Achaeos, of the bite of her blade into his unsuspecting flesh, the wound that had sapped him and ruine ...more
Paperback, 622 pages
Published 2012 (first published October 1st 2011)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Heirs of the Blade, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Heirs of the Blade

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,788)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
5 Stars
The Shadows of the Apt series by Adrian Tchaikovsky is in a nutshell, the must read series for all fantasy readers. This also applies to a smaller to degree to those that read science fiction and steampunk. To me this is a series that should be receiving all the notoriety, the fan fare, and the must read attention, that much lesser works receive. For me, over the last three years of my life, no books have called to me as these have. No other series has continued to push my imagination, my
I find it hard to believe this is already the seventh book in the Shadows of the Apt series. It feels as full of energy and invention as the first one, something none of the other big epic series going to seven volumes or above managed for me. They all seemed to lose steam or to wander slightly aimlessly around the plot, wondering how to reach the requisite number of pages. I got this feeling with Wheel of Time, with Sword of Shadows, with Crown of Stars, even with Steven Erikson or George R R M ...more
I have finished Heirs of the Blade (book 7 of the Apt series) and I enjoyed it a lot as expected though I am yet unsure where I would rate it - Scarab path is still my all time favorite with salute the Dark next and while recreating the dark and moody atmosphere of Scarab, Heirs is not quite there maybe because it is second after Scarab, but i think it worked better than the complete change of feel in Sea Watch which was enjoyable but "lighter" in many ways

Heirs of the Blade is a follow-up of Th
Finished volume 7 of Shadows of the Apt by Adrian Tchaikovsky; Heirs of the Blade.

(slightly spoilery!)

In terms of plot, the first part of the book follows Tynisa, who fled Collegium after Achaeos' death, and is now wandering through the Commonweal, hunting some idealistic spark of an ideal society that she caught from her friend Salma.

Later, Che and Thalric are trying to find her. And there's a violent peasant uprising that they all end up right in the middle of.

So, looking at the general summar
Forged with the blood of many a Kinden, the seventh instalment of the Shadows of the Apt series is a tale of love and retribution wielded by deaths mistress and rippled across the vast land of the Commonweal and surrounding environs. The true sequel to both ‘The Scarab Path’ and ‘Salute the Dark’, ‘Heirs of the Blade’ mystifies foremost with magic courtesy of the omnipresent Darakyon, and the ageing masters of Khanaphes. The unseen dimension this direction added to core characters in Tynisa, Che ...more
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Matt Braymiller
This very well may be my favorite volume in the Shadows of the Apt series this far. The major themes of the novel have to do with familial relationships and honor. We get to see the bonds of family from both the good and bad aspects and honor both scorned and upheld at great cost. It is an Adrian Tchaikovsky novel, so there is action aplenty.
Within the world that Tchaikovsky has created, this is the most inapt-centric book we've been given. As with the other themes, both sides of the inapt abil
John Gwynne
Another great instalment in the 'Shadows of the Apt' series. Fantastic plot developments and twists, with some seriously epic battle scenes. Don't know how Adrian Tchaikovsky keeps up this kind of momentum and quality - plot, character, action, all brilliantly balanced. Loved it.
This one gets 4 stars primarily because of how unnerving it was reading about some characters imploding on themselves - this is what drove most of the tension in the story, to me.

The other aspect that was nice was seeing further into the nonsense that is the Commonweal. The first half of the series tends to paint the Commonweal as a bastion of goodness - mostly because we have the character of Salma to show us how cool Dragonflies are - but this book takes that veneer and crushes it. There's al
Neil Pearson
With book 7 we finally catch up with the remaining "lead" character, Tynisa, who we haven't seen since the end of "salute the dark". Her story is quite a sad one and it's an interesting journey watching her make all the wrong choices and how one person's loss can have an effect on thousands. Adrian does a great job of expanding on his world with the commonweal and it's interesting to discover it's not quite as romantic a place as the dragonfly-kinden Salme Dien had us believe.
It was also good to
Goran Zidar
What a contrast. In my review for the previous book The Sea Watch I said that it felt rushed and tried to tell too big a story in just one book. Well this book is completely different. Heirs of the Blade is just beautiful in the way it tells the story. The characters, the language, the action, the settings, all of it is just fantastic. This is easily my favourite book of the series and it is book seven.

The story is set largely in the Commonweal, which has certainly featured in previous books but
c2011. So, this has to be the best one yet with a few mysteries resolved and my favourite characters featured. I have a real soft spot for Thalric and Tynisa and they feature a plenty. The book opens fast with all wasps blazing and the background stories are encapsulated really well so that the memory is jogged easily so as to really enjoy this part of the epic. The next book has been well set up, with Che's unbidden prophecy amongst others devices, and I can not wait until it is released. I cou ...more
Mixed feelings about this installment. On the plus side it features my favourites Che and Thalric. On the negative side this feels more of a middle-sequence novel which is really setting up the action for the next story arc.

The story really discusses the nature of government and law - critiquing the standard feudal/medieval world of so many fantasy novels, embodied here in the Dragonfly Commonweal, and cleverly suggesting that the Wasp Empire is a positive force for change. In addition we get a
The previous book in the series, "The Sea Watch" was more focused on world-building than the rest of the series, being largely a story of First Contact between different civillisations. This book has fewer world-building elements, although it does do a good job of describing its main setting, the feudal society of the Dragonfly Commonweal, which in earlier books had been an often-mentioned but little-visited part of the world. Instead, this books focuses more on characterisation and on its main ...more
Originally posted at:

Ever since starting in Empire of Black and Gold, the Shadows of the Apt series has been at the top of my list of favourite series. I read The Sea Watch somewhere last year but never had gotten around to continue in the series until now. And even though I have been out of the series for a year, from the first page onwards it felt like I read the first six books just the other day. This is because in the Shadows of t
Ok, first off if you are not a reader of the series then a lot of this will probably go over your head, also ***spoilers****

I liked this book, a look at the commonweal was fascinating kind-of a feudal medieval society with all the repercussions that would entail. Tynisa is our leading lady for this book, tormented by guilt over the death of the moth magician Achaeos at her (unwitting) hands comes here in search of the idealistic society that her deceased friend/love interest Salma told her exist
Marija S.
This one was a pain to finish. I don't know whether I was getting fed up with the series, or had the plot watered down and turned too 'soap operish' for my taste.

In terms of structure, this novel has all the right things: an outrageous romance, family issues, court intrigues, major scale revenge subplot, chases through woods, epic battles, blood, s*x and magic, close calls, restless ghosts (and an exorcism!), grand finale... A textbook recipe. However, all that just didn't do it for me. Also, i
The series is back on form with this book, returning to personal drama more compelling than the clash of armies. And I was so happy to have this book all about sisters, who are such different people now that they barely recognise each other - to the extent that each's thoughts about the other could be actively jarring to read. But they're all adorable. Which is exactly how I like my characters. Darling magician and murderbaby.
Geoffrey Stokker
This novel marked a return to the main overarching plot in the Shadows of the Apt series. The previous novel, The Sea Watch, left the conflict of the Lowlands with the Wasp Empire behind and rather slipped below the ocean in the manner of Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea. That novel was by far my least favorite in the series and so this was marked a good return.

While not entirely about the conflict, it was a return to the previous characters with Che searching for her half sister, Tynisa, a
I think this was my favourite of the 'post-war' books. I really didn't like Scarab Path much and The Sea Watch felt almost like a stand-alone book. I love Tchaikovsky's method of telling stories from several characters' points of view and the insight it gives us into all the different cultures and sub-plots, something I think captivated me in the first place to this series. I'm not sure what it was about 'Heirs' but it felt much more like a Shadows of the Apt book compared to the last two. Perha ...more
Another great book but somehow I had some mixed feelings about it. I don't know, somehow I might have enjoyed it more without the bit of side story about Seda. I know that we are foreshadowing the next book - I understand. I don't know I just kind of enjoyed the departure from the wasps in the Sea Watch and it was all brought back. Someone in Collegium needs to invest in a big ol' can of Raid Wasp and Hornet killer.

The struggle of Tynisa and Che was very interesting in this book. As well as the
Yay! Awesome ending. Can't wait for the next one. Its a fairly dark, slow book, and it dragged a bit in the middle, and some aspects of the ending were a bit too neat for my taste, but I still think it takes the series a sort of cumulatively considerably forward. Its not in the slightest what I would have expected from this story and these characters seven books ago, certainly/

(view spoiler) I particularl
Christopher Taylor-Davies
Keeps on delivering a consistent epic, but with characters you care about. The Apt/Inapt divide is a nice mechanism, and of course the different Kinden and their Arts make such an interesting world for these tales to play out in.
Possibly the best book in the series yet, definitely outstripping the first book and fighting really hard with Salute the Dark for the title of best book in the series.
Author Adrian Tchaikosky returns to former gripping, stong character driven storytelling in the 7th book of the ongoing series. The last entry had had me, despite the woundrous world of the water kinden, struggling to finish it in quite a few occasions. 'Heirs of the Blade' leads the reader back to some of the series' regulars and personal favorites whose fates convert the book into a strong contender for best installment so far, maybe only topped by the saga's engrossing 5th part.
Chris Tomey
I was really interested in this one but it started out slow and I switched back to reading a different book. I came back and started reading again. It didn't take long to pick up the pace and I was back in the world of Kinden. Good addition to the series and as usual it is like the beginning of a completely new adventure but at the same time it still holds to the "big picture". These books a very well written and unique, I don't know why more people are not reading them.
I read this one first but it is no.7 in the series. However I liked it so much I went out and bought 5 of the rest! The sixth I will have to look for as it wasn't on the shop shelves.

It is a really interesting idea to mix humansand insects so that the humans have some special abilities. The characters are unique but not lovable and the story cracks on apace.
The fighting scenes are very well written as the author is involved with live role playing and stage fighting .
I'm a little under half-way through this and it is shaping up to be an incredible read. Picking up from the events in The Scarab Path, Heirs of the Blade takes the narrative of the series in a new and fascinating direction.

I am really looking forward to seeing how this slots together - both in terms of this novel and the series as a whole.
Damn good ending. How Tchaikovsky can keep up this kind of pace for so many books is nothing short of astounding. I'd give it a 4.49, as I did take a rather long break before continuing the book (though who's to know whether it was me or the book).

Almost certainly jumping into The Air War within my next few books.
Elvis Simpson
If I hadn't fallen in love with the Tchaikovski series then I know I still would have brought this book just for the front cover.

Tynise has not really been in the last couple of books, so it's nice to return to her... although she is not the Tynise I once knew and loved.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 59 60 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The River of Shadows (The Chathrand Voyage, #3)
  • Antiphon (Psalms of Isaak, #3)
  • The Dusk Watchman (Twilight Reign, #5)
  • City of Ruin (Legends of the Red Sun, #2)
  • The Order of the Scales (The Memory of Flames, #3)
  • Corvus (The Macht, #2)
  • The Sacred Band (Acacia, #3)
  • Shadow's Lure (Shadow Saga, #2)
  • The Alchemist in the Shadows (The Cardinal's Blades #2)
  • Orb Sceptre Throne (Malazan Empire #4)
  • Hearts of Smoke and Steam (The Society of Steam, #2)
  • The Braided Path (The Braided Path, #1-3)
  • The Grand Ellipse
  • Nightchild (Chronicles of the Raven, #3)
  • The Hammer
ADRIAN TCHAIKOVSKY was born in Lincolnshire and studied zoology and psychology at Reading, before practising law in Leeds. He is a keen live role-player and occasional amateur actor and is trained in stage-fighting. His literary influences include Gene Wolfe, Mervyn Peake, China Miéville, Mary Gently, Steven Erikson, Naomi Novak, Scott Lynch and Alan Campbell.
More about Adrian Tchaikovsky...

Other Books in the Series

Shadows of the Apt (10 books)
  • Empire in Black and Gold (Shadows of the Apt, #1)
  • Dragonfly Falling (Shadows of the Apt, #2)
  • Blood of the Mantis (Shadows of the Apt, #3)
  • Salute the Dark (Shadows of the Apt, #4)
  • The Scarab Path (Shadows of the Apt, #5)
  • The Sea Watch (Shadows of the Apt, #6)
  • The Air War (Shadows of the Apt, #8)
  • War Master's Gate (Shadows of the Apt, #9)
  • Seal of the Worm (Shadows of the Apt, #10)
Empire in Black and Gold (Shadows of the Apt, #1) Dragonfly Falling (Shadows of the Apt, #2) Blood of the Mantis (Shadows of the Apt, #3) Salute the Dark (Shadows of the Apt, #4) The Scarab Path (Shadows of the Apt, #5)

Share This Book

“A bandit, a man-hunter, a lawbreaker, a bow for hire. I never wanted any grand cause. If it looks like I'm fighting tyrants, it's only because the world's so damned full of them that you can't draw a sword without crossing some of their laws. Easy as easy, it is, to become an outlaw.” 3 likes
More quotes…