Salute the Dark by Adrian Tchaikovsky is the fourth book in the Shadows of the Apt series. After the events in the previous books (strongly recommend reading them in order), the Wasp Empire is winning. The other insect-humanoid kinden are losing as Stenwold’s allies are busy with their own agendas which may or may not help win the war against the Wasp Empire as each are shown to have different motivations for what they are doing. Be prepared as unlike many fantasies, this novel has realistic consequences to people’s actions as some will succeed, but some will majorly fail. And the Wasp Empire may seem to be winning, but it could be creating its own doom from within.
This series is one of my keeper series as it is extremely well written and plotted. Recommend for fans of fantasy with a more militaristic feel to it.
I give it a five star rating.
The vampiric sorcerer Uctebri has at last got his hands on the Shadow Box and can finally begin his dark ritual--a ritual that the Wasp-kinden Emperor believes will grant him immortality--but Uctebri has his own plans for both the Emperor and the Empire.
The massed Wasp armies are on the march, and the spymaster Stenwold must see which of his allies will stand now that the war has finally arrived. This time the Empire will not stop until a black and gold flag waves over Stenwold's own home city of Collegium.
Tisamon the Weaponsmaster is faced with a terrible choice: a path that could lead him to abandon his friends and his daughter, to face degradation and loss, that might possibly bring him before the Wasp Emperor with a blade in his hand--but is he being driven by Mantis-kinden honor, or manipulated by something more sinister?