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Shadows of The Apt is a fantasy series by Adrian Tchaikovsky that takes place in a nameless fictional world. Technology has started to take over the Lowlands and if you are technologically adept your "apt". Those who cannot understand or use the technology are "inapt" and belong to the races, or kinden, that used to rule the world, now brought low. There are two things which make the series particularly special. Firstly, rather than the traditional fantasy races, each kinden is a human variant which draws its unique abilities from a kind of insect. Secondly, it defies the traditional medieval stasis of fantasy epics, existing in something of a steampunk setting initially and seeing the levels of technology change and increase over the course of the series.
From a recent interview with Adrian
"There have recently been some authors that have produced collections of short stories from their respective worlds, is this something you’d like to do?"
"Well I’m glad you asked! In fact, I have two collections of Shadows of the Apt stories out this very year from Newcon Press, which I think will be in print by August and launched at the Nine Worlds convention, with hopefully more to follow later."
- See more at: http://www.remasteredwords.com/?p=2647#sthash.EOlW1GWJ.dpuf