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

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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
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Published 2012 (first published October 1st 2011)
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Nov 06, 2011 Jason rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2011
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
Nov 21, 2011 Algernon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, favorites
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
Feb 08, 2012 Alytha rated it really liked it
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
Feb 20, 2012 Josh rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 01, 2014 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Madhurabharatula Pranav Rohit Kasinath
This is a review of the entire series - there are NO spoilers.

When I look back at the Shadows of the Apt, what strikes me at first might seem incongruous to most.

There are no unnecessary descriptions of food.

None at all.

10 books, each of them 400 to 700 pages in length - covering battles, history and multiple points of view - and not a single one of them had any descriptions of food.

Or sex, clothing, family crests, whores or incest.

And I loved it.

Not a single wasted line.

There may be many
Oct 30, 2015 Arkadeb rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, fantasy
A book that began very weakly, but kept on improving and managed to end on a high note. The ending was not perfect, I have a couple of problems with it, but it helped cap some pretty deft character development that ran through the book. Also Books 8-10 seem to have been set up, and it will be interesting to see how the main conflict picks up again
Matt Braymiller
Dec 10, 2014 Matt Braymiller rated it really liked it
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
Oct 01, 2013 John Gwynne rated it it was amazing
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.
May 22, 2015 Cody rated it really liked 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
Jan 21, 2012 Neil Pearson rated it liked it
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
May 09, 2013 Goran Zidar rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 10, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spec-fic
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
Dec 16, 2011 Claire rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2011
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
Oct 28, 2011 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 20, 2013 Jasper rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
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
Nov 25, 2012 Ella rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 21, 2012 Marija S. rated it liked it
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
Aug 15, 2015 Frith rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 14, 2014 Geoffrey Stokker rated it really liked it
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
Nov 11, 2011 Alex rated it really liked it
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
Pedro Marroquín
Mar 26, 2016 Pedro Marroquín rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
100 primeras páginas buenas y 100 últimas muy buenas, pero con 400 por el medio aburridas y a veces insufribles. Sé lo que intenta hacer el autor, lo que pasa es que lo telegrafía desde el principio, y además lo rellena de situaciones innecesarias. Una pena ya que con 200 páginas menos habría sido mucho mejor historia. Las últimas páginas te dejan con el suficiente buen sabor de boca como para seguir leyendo la serie. B-
Apr 08, 2013 Neil rated it really liked it
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
Adrian Dumitru
Nov 10, 2015 Adrian Dumitru rated it it was amazing
The last part was the best .

I like Varmen the " pride of the sixth " and i also like him in the short story from first book I did not like the fact he died !
Christopher Taylor-Davies
Feb 28, 2015 Christopher Taylor-Davies rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 01, 2015 David rated it it was amazing
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.
Anshul Virmani
Feb 01, 2016 Anshul Virmani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 17, 2016 Jeanie rated it really liked it
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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.
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Shadows of the Apt (10 books)
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