Dragonfly Falling: Shadows of the Apt 2 by Adrian Tchaikovsky is the sequel to his fantastic Empire of Black and Gold where the reader is first introduced to his diverse world of beings whose abilities are based upon various insects. The world is complex and the writing is fast based as we continue with adventure and campaigns of the diverse protagonists from the first novel who are desperately trying to stop the invading Wasp Nation from dominating all the kinden (various tribes). The story also touches on various themes dealing with xenophobia and spirituality to politics to technology vs. natural born abilities. Highly recommend this series as the second novel is actually better than the first! 5 out of 5 stars!
This title will be featured in the Night Owl Reviews magazine. - 7/15/2010
Two young companions, Totho and Salma, arrive at Tark to spy on the menacing Wasp army, but are there mistakenly apprehended as enemy agents. By the time they are freed, the city is already under siege. Over in the imperial capital the young emperor, Alvdan, is becoming captivated by a remarkable slave, the vampiric Uctebri, who claims he knows of magic that can grant eternal life. In Collegium, meanwhile, Stenwold is still trying to persuade the city magnates to take seriously the Wasp Empire's imminent threat to their survival. In a colorful drama involving mass warfare and personal combat, a small group of heroes must stand up against what seems like an unstoppable force. This volume continues the story that so brilliantly unfolded in Empire in Black and Gold - and the action is still non-stop.