Blood of the Mantis
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DWWilkin - LibraryThing
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 ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bishopza - LibraryThing
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. Read full review