The Sea Watch - Adrian Tchaikovsky


Book 6 of "Shadows of the Apt"

Read about the previous books HERE

ISBN - 978-0-330-51146-9
PAGES - 703
BINDING - Paperback
GENRE - Fantasy

AUTHOR - Adrian Tchaikovsky

BEST-SELLERS - Empire in Black and Gold, Dragonfly Falling

SYNOPSIS - [from the back cover]

A shadow is falling over Collegium.

Despite the tenuous peace, Stenwold Maker knows that the Empire will return to his city. Even as he tries to prepare for the resurgence of the black and gold, a hidden threat is steadily working against his people. Ships that sail from Collegium's habor are being attacked, sunk by pirates. Some just go missing ...

Lulled by the spread of lies and false promises, Stenwold's allies are falling away from him. He faces betrayal on every side, and the Empire is just waiting, for the first sign of weakness to strike. But the Empire is not the only power that has its eyes on Collegium. And even the Wasp-kinden may not be powerful enough to stave off the forces massing in the darkness and turning hungry eyes towards Stenwold's city.

FL Speak - [contains spoilers]

I just cannot have enough of this series. When you are reading an extremely long series, there comes a time when you need a break and start afresh. While reading "Shadows of the Apt", I've gobbled it up as soon as possible. If that doesn't tell you how wonderful this series is, nothing else will.

Just as Book 5 was solely Che and occasionally Thalric, book 6 is our own spymaster Stenwold Maker. And Stenwold Maker's character has grown by leaps and bounds as he grows older. If you've discovered this series, then the name of the book itself will give you a clue about what to expect. Yes, its about time the sea-kinden made themselves known.

Collegium is in relative peace mode now that the war has paused for the time being. But palpable tension is in the air as the Imperial army has conquered the distant city of Khanaphes and some of its army is in marching distance towards Myna again. But more than the war with the Empire, the city of Collegium faces threat among its own. On top of that reports are flying in that ships are mysteriously vanishing around the port of Collegium. As Stenwold looks into the matter, he discovers another betrayal among his allies. The Spider-kinden Teornis has other plans for Collegium and the once allies now find themselves opposite each other of the sword.

When Stenwold and Teornis decides to face off in a diplomatic way, the are attacked and kidnapped and find themselves in an impossible place - the hold of the sea-kinden. I will not even bother explaining the different sea kinden, suffice to say that they are vast. Just as the land-kinden includes Beetles, Ants, Bees, Spiders, Wasps, the sea-kinden has its own exotic types. And although they may not have reached the same technological level of the land-kinden, the sea kinden are huge and immensely powerful. Faced with the threat of the Wasps, the Spiders and now the sea-kinden, Stenwold Maker must find allies in the unlikeliest places if he is to save Collegium from the brink of destruction.

The Sea Watch took the ever-growing series into a far greater level and now Adrian Tchaikovsky must deliver the best of the best in the last 4 remaining books. This is a fantastic series, something that comes once in a couple of decades and then sweeps you in awe with its originality and execution. Non-stop adventure, intrigue, double-crossing and the threat of war keeps everyone on their toes, including the readers as they are transported to a world where they feel they are a part of it.

Not many new characters, Laszlo and Jodry Drillen may still appear in the remaining books, unless ofcourse someone kills them [which is entire possible]. Another betrayal at camp Maker and if you try hard, you can almost guess who it might be since only a few of them are alive.

Great book, impressive writing, this is one series I'm proud to read.

Rating - 5 stars

INR 195/- [Homeshop18 Price]

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