• Heirs of the Blade

  • Shadows of the Apt, Book 7
  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Ben Allen
  • Length: 24 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (226 ratings)

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By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
Narrated by: Ben Allen
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Publisher's Summary

Heirs of the Blade is the seventh book in the critically acclaimed epic fantasy series Shadows of the Apt by Adrian Tchaikovsky, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award.

The greatest foe is the enemy within....

Tynisa is on the run, but she cannot escape the demons of her own mind. Amidst the fragmenting provinces of the Dragonfly Commonweal, her past will at last catch up with her. Her father's ghost is hunting her down.

At the same time, the Wasp Empire seeks to conquer the city of Khanaphes, the fallen jewel of the ancient world. Whilst Empress Seda's soldiers seek only conquest and prestige, she sees herself as the heir to all the old powers of history, and has her eyes on a far greater prize.

Heirs of the Blade is followed by the eighth book in the Shadows of the Apt series, The Air War.

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

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Consistently Excellent.

Yet another phenomenal installment in the series. It's hard to review just one book when the whole series has been tied into itself so neatly every step of the way. This book in particular does a great job of recapping events and reminding you about the status of the characters.

I would note that the maps and name index included in the physical books would be extremely helpful to listeners if they were included in an accessible PDF format.

At the time of this review, book 8 has not been released on Audible but I have a physical copy coming in the mail tomorrow. Looking forward to this series growing it's fanbase as Tchaikovsky gains more of the notoriety he deserves. (Someone help me fill in the Wikipedia for this series, it's in shambles.)

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Not quite as good as the previous books

It feels a bit labored. The author is running out of phrases and it seems the series is out of steam. How many times can we hear "an arrow flowered in his shoulder" or "it was all she could do, not to blablabla". But it's just entertaining enough for me not to give up on the series.,... yet.

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what a slog

Book 6 and 7 were tough for me to finish. It just seems to be mostly filler plot at this point, with the main storyline moving along at a glacial pace. Like an entire book to move the main plot along 1 step. *Spoiler alert* 26hr of book summarized: ghost haunts main character leading to dumb actions to advance a pointless side plot to its predictable conclusion. Then in the epilogue the story moves forward 1 step. The author is really milking this series for all its worth and it's damaging the magic of the first few books.

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Masterful. Just buy it

If you've made it this far then I don't know why you're reading a review. The Shadows of the Apt wiki helped me alot with seeing maps and reviewing kinden. As another reviewer said, feel free to contribute as it will help others along the journey. I don't understand how he has crafted so many of these books with such an amazing quality. Worth more than a credit each.

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great book as always!

This author has thought this series through. Each book holds its own and remains unique from the others. Absolutely awesome series cannot recommend enough.

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epic

Awesome world building. A masterpiece that fills in gaps in the story. Love it.

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Still going strong

This series continues to keep me entertained. Wonderful world & character building along all the books.

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  • yasmin
  • 10-30-22

great story brilliantly read

I was hoping to only need to write the headline as this is a comment that could be written for all of these books and Ben Allen. I can't get enough. It is just a pity I can only get 1 book a month!

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  • Nikita
  • 08-29-21

Just keeps on giving!

Love the concept, the characters and of course, the action! Hope we get to hear more of Thalric's sour, practical comments - he's just super, see the 'nicer' side of the new Tynisa & get something concrete from Che. Waiting for the next 3 books to be released in audible. Great reader btw!