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Empire in Black and Gold

(2008)
(The first book in the Shadows of the Apt series)
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Seventeen years ago Stenwold witnessed the Wasp Empire storming the city of Myna in a brutal war of conquest. Since then he has preached vainly against this threat in his home city of Collegium, but now the Empire is on the march, with its spies and its armies everywhere, and the Lowlands lie directly in its path. All the while, Stenwold has been training youthful agents to fight the Wasp advance, and the latest recruits include his niece, Che, and his mysterious ward, Tynisa. When his home is violently attacked, he is forced to send them ahead of him and, hotly pursued, they fly by airship to Helleron, the first city in line for the latest Wasp invasion.Stenwold and Che are Beetle-kinden, one of many human races that take their powers and inspiration each from a totem insect, but he also has allies of many breeds: Mantis, Spider, Ant, with their own particular skills. Foremost is the deadly Mantis-kinden warrior, Tisamon, but other very unlikely allies also join the cause.

As things go from bad to worse amid escalating dangers, Stenwold learns that the Wasps intend to use the newly completed railroad between Helleron and Collegium to launch a lightning strike into the heart of the Lowlands. Then he gathers all of his agents to force a final showdown in the engine yard ...

Genre: Fantasy

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Title: Empire in Black and Gold (Shadows of the Apt, 1)
Author(s): Adrian Tchaikovsky
ISBN: 1-5290-5026-X / 978-1-5290-5026-4 (UK edition)
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October 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Empire in Black and Gold (Shadows of the Apt)
Author(s): Adrian Tchaikovsky
ISBN: 1-4472-9222-7 / 978-1-4472-9222-7 (UK edition)
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March 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Empire in Black and Gold (Shadows of the Apt)
Author(s): Adrian Tchaikovsky
ISBN: 1-4472-0860-9 / 978-1-4472-0860-0 (UK edition)
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March 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Empire in Black and Gold (Shadows of the Apt 1)
Author(s): Adrian Tchaikovsky
ISBN: 1-61614-192-1 / 978-1-61614-192-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pyr
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July 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Empire in Black and Gold (Shadows of the Apt)
Author(s): Adrian Tchaikovsky
ISBN: 0-230-70413-1 / 978-0-230-70413-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tor
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March 2021 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Empire in Black and Gold: 1
Author(s): Adrian Tchaikovsky
ISBN: 1-5290-7020-1 / 978-1-5290-7020-0 (UK edition)
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December 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Empire in Black and Gold: Shadows of the Apt, Book 1
Author(s): Adrian Tchaikovsky
Publisher: Tor
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December 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Empire in Black and Gold: Shadows of the Apt, Book 1
Author(s): Adrian Tchaikovsky
Publisher: Tor
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December 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Empire in Black and Gold: Shadows of the Apt, Book 1
Author(s): Adrian Tchaikovsky
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December 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Empire in Black and Gold: Shadows of the Apt, Book 1
Author(s): Adrian Tchaikovsky
Publisher: Tor
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September 2008 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: Empire in Black and Gold: Shadows of the Apt 1
Author(s): Adrian Tchaikovsky
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Title: Empire in Black and Gold (Shadows of the Apt Book 1)
Author(s): Adrian Tchaikovsky
Publisher: Tor
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