War Master’s Gate, Shadows of the Apt book 9, by Adrian Tchaikovsky
War Master’s Gate is the penultimate book in a series I’ve been pleasantly surprised by. Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Shadows of the Apt is a really interesting concept, with a multitude of different Insect-Kinden each with their own special abilities. Mixing these abilities with the more traditional fantasy elements is a blend that works well, and it can bring an extra level to the excitement as you never know what a character might be able to do in order to get out of a sticky situation.
Where I felt book 8 to be a bit slow starting, here I had no such issues. The pace is high from the start, and all of my favourite characters, both old and new, are involved as the relentless Wasp Empire continues its attack on Collegium. The strange nature of Che and Seda’s relationship is explored in more detail than we’ve seen before and after hearing of it for some time now, we finally start to see our first glimpses of the mystery hidden behind the Seal of the Worm. This is a great read that sets things up nicely for the final instalment, it’s just a shame that it has to come to an end.
Dominish rating: 80%