If you’ve been reading LBR for a bit, you’ll know I’m an avid fan of Adrian Tchaikovsky’s momentous Shadows of the Apt series. Not only has Tchaikovsky managed to produce an doorstop-length novel bi-annually for the past three years, but the quality of his work has been on the rise nearly since book one. Heirs of the Blade is the seventh novel in the series, following on February’s The Sea Watch, and the third (and assumed final) volume of the series second arc. Much like the two last installments preceding it, Heirs of the Blade dually focuses on the continued exploration of the series’ landscape, and an in-depth look at a few select characters. Once again, Tchaikovsky has managed to take us in a somewhat unexpected direction, though this latest seems to unfortunately lost some of the excitement and drive of its direct predecessors.