Yaldā Advent Calendar 2012 – Day 17 – “The Shadows of the Apt” Gift-away

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It’s the last week of the Advent Calendar, and it’s time for another gift of giving 🙂

Adrian Czajkowski (or Tchaikovsky, as his publishers insists) is an all-around great guy. He’s also a prolific fantasy writer. I reached out to him when I was looking for a cover blurb on the Shadow of Black Wings, and he was kind enough to agree! It did help that we share the same Polish roots, but still, it was quite unexpected 🙂

I’m sponsoring a gift-away of one of his books today: the first volume of his fantasy saga, Empire in Black and Gold.

You need to have an Amazon account and be able to receive gifts. The gift-away will run for a week, and then I will choose the winner at random. All you need to do is fill out this form:


The first volume in a dramatic and colourful new fantasy series, ‘Shadows of the Apt’, concerns the fight for survival against a menacingly regimented empire. 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 . . .

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