Empire in Black and Gold: Shadows of the Apt 1 is the debut book by Adrian Tchaikovsky and the first installment in his new fantasy trilogy.
It’s an interesting epic fantasy that focuses on a war between insect-kin races. A land and peaceful people are in danger from the Wasp Empire and maybe one lone man is going to be able to convince these people to prepare for what is coming.
Its very well written though be prepared to be thrown into the action immediately at the beginning.
The city states of the Lowlands have lived in peace for decades, bastions of civilization, prosperity and sophistication, protected by treaties, trade and a belief in the reasonable nature of their neighbours.
But meanwhile, in far-off corners, the Wasp Empire has been devouring city after city with its highly trained armies, its machines, it killing Art . . . And now its hunger for conquest and war has become insatiable.
Only the ageing Stenwold Maker, spymaster, artificer and statesman, can see that the long days of peace are over. It falls upon his shoulders to open the eyes of his people, before a black-and-gold tide sweeps down over the Lowlands and burns away everything in its path.
But first he must stop himself from becoming the Empire's latest victim.