Release Date: 04/02/11
A shadow is falling over Collegium. Despite the tenuous peace, Stenwold Maker knows that the Empire will return for his city. Even as he tries to prepare for the resurgence of the black and gold, a hidden threat is steadily working against his people. Ships that sail from Collegium's harbour are being attacked, sunk by pirates. Some just go missing ...Lulled by the spread of lies and false promises Stenwold's allies are falling away from him. He faces betrayal on every side, and the Empire is just waiting for the first sign of weakness to strike. But the Empire is not the only power that has its eyes on Collegium. And even the Wasp-kinden may be powerful enough to stave off the forces massing in the darkness and turning hungry eyes towards Stenwold's city.
If you’re after an epic series that has regular publishing schedule, guaranteed great plot lines and written with not only pleasurable prose but great dialogue then you really have to pick up Adrian’s Shadow of the Apt series. In this, the sixth book in the series, things get even more hair raising as we return to the tale of Stenwold as he makes preparations for the continuation of the war with the Wasp Empire.
As usual the writing is crisp, the story spellbinding and with continued success of an author learning new tricks as he creates its definitely a series that will keep you glued to the last page. With the release of Heirs of the Blade in October, it’s not that long a wait and a great time to get into this cracking series with the first title Empire of Black and Gold.