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What is Shadows of The Apt?

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."

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Twelve Year War

A war of aggression by the Wasp Empire against the Commonweal. It pitted the professional army of the wasps, backed with artifice, against the inapt feudal levy, led by dragonfly mercers and princes. Over the course of twelve years, the wasps won battle after bloody battle, gradually grinding their way into the westernmost principalities of the commonweal. The war was not without cost to the Wasp, however. As the Commonweal lost armies, the Empire lost officers; assassinated in the centre of well-defended camps or singled out and cut down by Mantis or dragonfly warriors in the heat of battle. Eventually, after the Sixth army was butchered and the battle of Shon Real ground to a standstill, by Prince Lowre Darien, a treaty was signed between the combatants. The Treaty of Pearl effectively surrendered a large swathe of the Commonweal to the Empire, but the Monarch's only other option was to spend more of the blood of Commonweal peasants.