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Summary

Dragonfly Falling is the second book in the critically acclaimed epic fantasy series Shadows of the Apt by Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of the Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning Children of Time.

Every hero must be tested....

The Wasp Empire’s armies are on the move – and the city of Tark will be first to feel their might. Salma and Totho prepare for battle, alongside their Ant-kinden brethren. And within Tark’s walls, they’ll face a force greater than any Lowlander has ever seen. Stenwold Maker predicted this threat and the Empire's secret service now deems him too dangerous to live. So he’s to be eliminated and his beloved city of Collegium destroyed. For if this centre of learning is lost, it will crush Lowland resistance.

As the empire's troops continue their relentless advance, their young emperor pursues another even darker goal. And his success would trigger a reign of blood lasting a thousand years.

Dragonfly Falling is followed by the third book in the Shadows of the Apt series, Blood of the Mantis.

©2020 Adrian Tchaikovsky (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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really solid fantasy

this is not perhaps as good as the first one but it is a great and engaging read - involving us in more of the great and imaginative setting and Kinden's. In my view the only things that let it down where some very weak love interests that I wont spoil. overall though this is a very good book and well worth reading.

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Ups the ante from the original

I read the first one which was pretty good but I feel like the second is much better thanks to a greater sense of scale both in the sense of the wasp invasion but also thanks to the book sowing us more of the other insect kinden and their intriguing societies. Excellently narrated, by the way.

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fantastic

Ben Allen reads this perfectly the story flows through him at ease and the characters are easy to differentiate

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Great story

Loved these books when I read them first. Fantastic to know listen to them as well.

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  • 05-01-21

Entertaining

Narration is excellent. I look forward to the next book in this series. A super war strategist emerges in book 2. Spider Major Tayorness saves the day; and he might even be a future love interest for Tynisa. Felisa Mein may be a future love interest for Tisimond; and Stenwold has a love interest in Arriana.

Stenwold Maker, Arriana, Balkis, Spider Major Tayorness, Tynisa, Tisimond, Sparra, Achaos and Nero end up at Collegian while Cheermaker, Salme, Dragon's Delight, Gavid (Wasp Sila turned on), and Minon Thalmes band together heading towards Collegian. Poor Totho is stuck with Drethos. Mosquito Octepren told King Alvedon that Sila has run off with the shadow box with contains the soul of the Drackion.

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  • Nathan Blubaugh
  • 01-09-21

I'll keep listening

Another step in this saga. While a lot happens, nothing is resolved. No huge twist or confusing arcs. Just more story, war, and character development.

Lots of separate threads in this book; some more interesting than others. I'm personally more excited to hear about the old magic side of things, than the new artificer developments.

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  • donna s
  • 09-05-21

second of 4

This book is well written and read. The characters continue to develop as the story unfolds.

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  • Alex
  • 05-05-21

Great sequel, great series

Very much enjoying this creative and engaging series, definitely worth the listen / credits! A clever twist on high fantasy themes.

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  • Karen S. Coyle
  • 14-04-21

Outstanding!

Complex characters, twists and turns, intricate and fantastic world building - THIS WHOLE SERIES IS SO, SO GOOD!

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  • Twang
  • 16-02-21

FIVE STARS not One!!

For some reason review page won't let me fix this. I put in FIVE STARS but it changed it to 1 star when review was unloaded