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Blood of the mantis por Adrian Tchaikovsky
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Blood of the mantis (edição 2012)

por Adrian Tchaikovsky

Séries: Shadows of the Apt (3)

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Driven by the ghosts of the Darakyon, Achaeos has tracked the stolen Shadow Box to the marsh-town of Jerez, but he has only days before the magical box is lost to him forever. Meanwhile, the forces of the Empire are mustering over winter for their great offensive, gathering their soldiers and perfecting their new weapons. Stenwold and his followers have only a short time to gather what allies they can before the Wasp armies march again, conquering everything in their path. If they cannot throw back the Wasps this spring then the imperial black-and-gold flag will fly over every city in the Lowlands before the year's end. In Jerez begins a fierce struggle over the Shadow Box, as lake creatures, secret police and renegade magicians compete to take possession. If it falls into the hands of the Wasp Emperor, however, then no amount of fighting will suffice to save the world from his relentless ambition.… (mais)
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Título:Blood of the mantis
Autores:Adrian Tchaikovsky
Informação:London : Tor, 2012.
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Title: Blood of the Mantis
Series: Shadows of the Apt #3
Author: Adrian Tchaikovsky
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 305
Format: Digital Edition

Synopsis:


The Wasp Empire is taking a breather after the beating they took in the previous book. But that does not mean that they are not advancing. Two “independent” cities on the outskirts of the lowlands have come to the attention of the Empire as alternate entry points to defeating Collegium and their wrangling allies.

One of those cities happens to be the center of smuggling for vast swathes of country around. Into this city has come the Box of the Darakyon, put up for sale by Scyla. Stenwold sends a group to this city to scope out it's chances of becoming an ally and if possible to recover the Box. Led by Achaeos, Tisamon, Tynisa, Thalric and a rogue Wasp head out to recover it. Up against them are various collectors, mystics and agents of the Empire.

The other city is on the border of the Spiderlands. If the Empire can be provoked into starting their war on yet another front, it would relieve pressure on the Lowlands. Chi and Nero,the fly artist, are sent in but by the time they actually arrive, the Empire has already started moving in its troops. By making deals with the local spider lords, the Empire hopes to take the city without inciting the Spiderlands.

During all this, the Bee kinden begin a revolt and Tothos and Dr. Drephos are tasked with putting into play Drephos' new weapon against the bees. Emperor Alvdan II continues his frantic search for eternal life and the Mosquito mystic continues his game, whatever that may be.

My Thoughts:

We get a rest from the “War” but the fighting continues. Wars require allies and vassals and Stenwold is at his best as Spymaster. Dealing in the shadows, working behind the scenes, Stenwold is not at his best as the public face of Collegium as a Warmaster. But with that being his lot, he must once again send out those he loves and cares for to do the dirty work.

The 'magic' side of things really starts to become more prominent and just like the hints from before, it would seem that all magic is nasty stuff. It was used to enslave, to control and it brought out the worst in those who used it, or attracted the worst kind of character. It is dark and scary and I have to wonder how the Apt kinden ever threw off the chains of magic that the InApt used to enslave them.

This book was kind of depressing because there just doesn't seem to be any hope for stopping the Wasp Empire. Stall them, delay them, yes. But put a stop to their expansion? There does not appear to be a way. The Empire is already showing signs of moral decay. Alvdan's quest for immortality and fear of death is almost the face of what is wrong with the Wasps as a whole. Their warrior ethos is softening and decaying into mere cruelty and wantoness.

Honestly, I am not liking this series as much as I did the first time around. Every new book I was looking for Hope. I was looking for Heroes. I was looking for that Something Better to rise from the ashes of Defeat, pain and suffering writ on its body but it's spirit of grim resolve and determination to win unbroken and only strengthened by adversity. What I got was a story of what happens when ordinary people do their best against overwhelming odds. They do not always win. That is a tough nut to chew on.


★★★★☆ ( )
1 vote BookstoogeLT | Jun 22, 2017 |
Really enjoyed this. Only complaint was that when I got to the end, I was NOT expecting it. So I clicked the next" button, only to have no "next" page. Not long enough. Good thing I have the next book available!" ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
As many rating this book will note, Tchaikovsky's unique world is suffering. What started well has bogged down. Mr. T has created a General who in turn has trusted his lieutenants to become Generals and thus fragment the story by causing it to loose focus.

We had a world realizing that it was about to be conquered by a race that had lied about its friendliness. And so our General was about to rally the forces to resist, when now the tale is all over the place and his trusted aides have gone to various corners of the world to follow different paths.

So we devolve into several stories, and those that were very active in the last book are not silent. While others might have a chapter, and main the main storyline is given five or six chapters instead of three quarters of a book with a few glimpses of what occurs elsewhere.

The tale then moves a tad, and the character development is further fragmented as we don't know who our POV perspective is to be as well as losing that guidance in some chapters from paragraph to paragraph. That is a further disservice to us as readers.

What could have been great, is now ratcheting down to the mediocre as we have to wonder if this tale has an end, and if Mr. Tchaikovsky has plotted it out. A war even should it last a hundred years, has an end. And this tale having lost its way, may never recover. With so much else to choose from, and the series not seeming to end yet, perhaps it is time to move on to another mega series that had greater development then to stay with Tchaikovsky. ( )
  DWWilkin | Jul 27, 2014 |
The series seems to be getting better the further it gets along. This novel open up the world a bit, showing us the Spider lands as well as glimpses of the Bee lands. I am enjoying the characters and the feel of a fantasy world on the brink of an industrial revolution. ( )
  bishopza | Feb 7, 2014 |
Blood of the Mantis was a fairly entertaining read. The main characters were more spread out, working individually, which has both positives and negatives. The change in flow didn't detract, however. I didn't perceive a great deal of character development in this one, and in some ways it felt like a filler book for the series, and I certainly preferred the first two. I'll definitely read the next one, though, and see how it goes. ( )
  kergoth | Dec 24, 2009 |
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Driven by the ghosts of the Darakyon, Achaeos has tracked the stolen Shadow Box to the marsh-town of Jerez, but he has only days before the magical box is lost to him forever. Meanwhile, the forces of the Empire are mustering over winter for their great offensive, gathering their soldiers and perfecting their new weapons. Stenwold and his followers have only a short time to gather what allies they can before the Wasp armies march again, conquering everything in their path. If they cannot throw back the Wasps this spring then the imperial black-and-gold flag will fly over every city in the Lowlands before the year's end. In Jerez begins a fierce struggle over the Shadow Box, as lake creatures, secret police and renegade magicians compete to take possession. If it falls into the hands of the Wasp Emperor, however, then no amount of fighting will suffice to save the world from his relentless ambition.

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