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  • Salute the Dark

  • Shadows of the Apt, Book 4
  • Written by: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Ben Allen
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Salute the Dark is the fourth book in the critically acclaimed epic fantasy series Shadows of the Apt by Adrian Tchaikovsky, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award. As spymaster Stenworld makes a stand in his home city, others must chose where their loyalties lie.

All must face the end of days....

Uctebri’s long search for the Shadow Box is finally over. Now the vampiric sorcerer can begin his dark ritual. The Wasp-kinden’s emperor believes this will grant him immortality, but Uctebri has his own plans - for the emperor and the empire. 

The mighty Wasp armies are on the march. And now war is imminent, spymaster Stenwold can finally separate allies from false friends. For the empire won’t stop until a black and gold flag hangs over Collegium, Stenwold's home city. 

Tisamon the weaponsmaster could chose to face the Wasp emperor himself with a blade in his hand. But he’d need to abandon friends and family, embracing degradation and loss. Yet is he driven by Mantis-kinden honour or being manipulated by something far more sinister?  

Salute the Dark is followed by the fifth book in the Shadows of the Apt series, The Scarab Path.

©2021 Adrian Tchaikovsky (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

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  • Birdsmom
  • 2021-02-21

Best of the books yet

The book ends with a temporary peace between Collegian and the wasps. Thalrig has redeemed himself. The men certainly are attracted to Cheerwell. Who will she end up with?

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  • Jayson
  • 2021-03-06

The Best Tchaikovsky audiobook yet

The first I couldn't put down. Really gives a sense of arc to the first books in the series.

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  • K M Kaufman
  • 2021-12-17

This Series is AMAZING!

Definitely getting the next book! Such a great series! I'm hooked. The characters are so good. The story is unique and fresh. It's been such a long time since I read a series that was actually an original idea. Buy this series, you will not be disappointed!

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  • Cameron
  • 2022-09-07

Narrator whispers too much

The story is great. My only gripe with the series so far is that the narration gets really quiet sometimes. I often have to rewind and turn up the volume.

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  • MacKenzie Healy
  • 2022-01-25

We don't deserve a book this good

Worth every penny and every credit. I love his SciFi books and I'm not a fantasy book guy. I'm so glad I gave this series a try.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-12-13

great but not as good as the last few

Overall I really enjoyed this book, but there were some parts that got a little too cheesy. Hopefully the next one gets back to the better writing!

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  • Wolf
  • 2021-10-30

Very good with one recommendation.

This series is a breath of fresh air. The originality that this series displays is amazing. Definitely worth the time and money to read or listen to so far. The only recommendation that I would have for this series audience would be to keep a list of important characters and who/what they are. The scope of this series is huge. I sometimes found myself needing to figure out who characters were and their place in the story.

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  • DeeDee S
  • 2021-05-22

the plot continues

this book continues the story. well read. easy to follow. twists and turns keep one enthralled.

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  • A H Booches
  • 2021-05-13

Best one yet!

Can't wait for the rest of the audiobooks in this series to be produced and available on Audible. This book was the most action filled out of the 4 so far. And let's face it, if you've come this far, you're going to keep listening.

As always the narrator does a great job.

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  • Tereza
  • 2021-05-12

Brilliant as the whole saga

This saga is simply brilliant. The characters are interesting, not black and white, the plot is enticing, the setting is unique... I cannot wait to hear the rest of the saga as soon as it is available!