Reading roundup 26/04/23

Welcome to this week’s Reading Roundup! With everything that is going on in this house, I suppose that I am lucky to have finished one book this week.

Blood of the Mantis by Adrian Tchaikovsky

My book this week was Blood of the Mantis by Adrian Tchaikovsky, #03 Shadows of the Apt. Here is the blurb:


Driven by the ghosts of the legendary Darakyon, the seer Achaeos has tracked the stolen Shadow Box to the marsh-town of Jerez – but he has only days before this magical artefact will be lost to him forever . . .

Meanwhile, the forces of the Empire are mustering for their next great offensive. Stenwold and his followers have only a short time in which to seek allies before the enemy soldiers are on the march again, conquering everything in their path. And if they cannot hold them back before spring, then the hated black and gold flag will be flying fly over every city in the Lowlands before the year’s end.

And should the Shadow Box fall into the hands of the power-mad Emperor, then nothing will save the world from his relentless ambition.”

And this is my response on the Goodreads site:

Blood of the Mantis (Shadows of the Apt, #3)Blood of the Mantis by Adrian Tchaikovsky
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another good read from Tchaikovsky. Unfortunately, I had to take quite a long break from reading about three quarters of the way through the book, so that somewhat spoiled some of the momentum. The characters are now becoming very well fleshed out, with some newer ones added. The plot has moved to a broader and larger place and we have some new areas of interest. All in all, the book and series, so far, are really worth reading.

I will now take a break for a while before returning to the series, as I need a change!

View all my reviews

Apologies for this bare bones post today, but it is difficult to write very much when you are sharing a bed with an ill Lovely Husband! He is trying to read the newspapers whilst I am trying to compile this post. Hmmmmm …

Happy Reading to you all!

Love and best wishes,



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