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Salute the Dark is the fourth book in the critically acclaimed epic fantasy series Shadows of the Apt by Adrian Tchaikovsky, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award. As spymaster Stenworld makes a stand in his home city, others must chose where their loyalties lie.

All must face the end of days....

Uctebri’s long search for the Shadow Box is finally over. Now the vampiric sorcerer can begin his dark ritual. The Wasp-kinden’s emperor believes this will grant him immortality, but Uctebri has his own plans - for the emperor and the empire. 

The mighty Wasp armies are on the march. And now war is imminent, spymaster Stenwold can finally separate allies from false friends. For the empire won’t stop until a black and gold flag hangs over Collegium, Stenwold's home city. 

Tisamon the weaponsmaster could chose to face the Wasp emperor himself with a blade in his hand. But he’d need to abandon friends and family, embracing degradation and loss. Yet is he driven by Mantis-kinden honour or being manipulated by something far more sinister?  

Salute the Dark is followed by the fifth book in the Shadows of the Apt series, The Scarab Path.

©2021 Adrian Tchaikovsky (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

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  • Jayson
  • 06-03-2021

The Best Tchaikovsky audiobook yet

The first I couldn't put down. Really gives a sense of arc to the first books in the series.

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  • Birdsmom
  • 21-02-2021

Best of the books yet

The book ends with a temporary peace between Collegian and the wasps. Thalrig has redeemed himself. The men certainly are attracted to Cheerwell. Who will she end up with?

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  • paul nordquist
  • 08-04-2021

A MUST READ

Adrian delivers a spell binding world as you get pulled into the characters and their struggles to survive the dominance of one race over many. Behind the story, his words whisper of mans own struggle between good and evil in a devilish tale. For me it was always one more chapter past midnight.

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