Yes, I am sure he read the book in 2000 or whatever, but maybe seeing it on screen reminded him that authors are allowed to kill off all the good guys and likeable characters. By the end of War Master's Gate we have exactly one protagonist left that is in a position to do any good, everone else is dead, probably dead, or not important. The fighting was creative and varied, from aerial battles to armies meeting to individual battles in the streets and in the woods. His aviators rule the skies - but the Wasp Kinden Empire has developed a terrifying new aerial weapon. However, Stenwold Maker has earned his title, and the War Master has strategies to save his city. When I finished up while sitting in a food court I just stared moodily into the middle distance for a few hours. I really liked this one, much more than the previous volume.
Of course there are also many aerial fights as the technologically driven use aircrafts to make war. There's magic, traditional warefare both on land and in the skies and face to face combat. The Apt do not have magical abilities, but are able to understand, use and design mechanical devices. It's an intricate balancing act almost perfectly performed - breathless small skirmishes and large scale battles, a swift and compelling plot across multiple threads, but never losing sight of the personal touches - the strength and weakness of humanity in the many characters. Bugworld told the story of the insect-people of the Lowlands, under threat from the encroaching Wasp Empire.
The series focuses on the attempted conquest of the Lowlands by the Wasp-kinden empire. Over the course of nine books, Tchaikovsky has taken his readers on a thrilling, moving and outstanding ride. The character tends towards the simple and archetypal, but largely seems to work out anyway, and I like how they change and develop throughout the series. No winners, no justice, only senseless violence and waste of life and resources. A large chunk of characters are dead towards the end of the book.
However, Stenwold Maker has earned his title, and the War Master has strategies to save his city. His aviators rule the skies — but the Wasp Kinden Empire has deve Relentlessly advancing towards Collegium, the Empire is again seeking to break down its walls. In the language of the kinden world, book eight was all about the Apt. Worth the read, but be prepared to have your heart broken if you've gotten attached to the series. After fifteen years of trying to get published, Tchaikovsky obtained his first break in 2008. By believing yourself a hero, all your actions become heroic, no matter what they are. The word of warning though there is a serious case of George R R Martin syndrome throughout the book! This series continues to impress me.
At someone's last count there were close to thirty distinct kinden introduced in the series and I belive that must just be scratching the surface. While not really needing to be said, the author's prose has become impeccably smooth and polished and the novel is a page turner that I couldn't put down and rushed through to see where all goes, while later rereading it at leisure to appreciate all the finer points I missed. The story is brutal at times, showing the harsh reality of war and adding complexity to the conflict by showing that neither side is wholly virtuous or wholly evil. The drawbacks I found was the Wasp Empire vs Collegium storyline. I have seen fantasy where rape and murder are described to a distasteful degree under the excuse of realism. This is a remarkable series made so by a remarkable writer. It's a pleasure to read, but it's also a masterclass in epic fantasy if you want to view it that way.
Shit goes down in this book. Shadows of the Apt blog. Thoroughly enjoyed this one, after the slightly mechanical, no pun intended, eighths book. One does not need to know the characters at all to jump on, albeit it remains a fast-moving train. Having turned its eyes towards the university city of Collegium, a beacon of enlightenment and artifice in the Lowlands, the Wasps are determined to stop Stenwold Maker at any cost. To view it, War Master's Gate is the ninth book in the Shallows of the Apt series and continues on directly from the events in the previous book! Note that in what follows there will be the inevitable spoilers for the series to date, though I will try to keep them at a minimum.
We see only a terrible, senseless waste of life - both ours and yours. If I had to choose one, however, its this - Tchaikovsky doesn't waste a single page, character or event in his storytelling - the march of story is relentless through thousands of pages, culminating in a satisfying finale. The two plotlines show two different ways of waging war, the latest technology being used to besiege and defend Collegium while for the first time we see how Inapt magicians would wage war. I really hope that the final book brings a more satisfying conclusion. At the end of book eight The Air War the Wasp Empire is stopped from conquering the Lowlands after a devastating battle before the gates and in the sky over Collegium.
However, I found that by reading large chunks at a time, the story read seamlessly and I was able to retain much more than reading in small bursts. Or sex, clothing, family crests, whores or incest. They've more than come into their own now, and are worth to be taken seriously. Looking forward to the conclusion of the series! However, Stenwold Maker has earned his title, and the War Master has strategies to save his city. In short, read this, fantasy fans.