Fofo’s #CBR4 Review #25: Salute the Dark by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Profile: Alternative Fantasy, Steampunk, Epic Fantasy
This review contains some minor spoilers.
Salute the Dark brings the first major story arc of Shadows of the Apt to a conclusion. The book is so final it could easily be confused for the end of the series. Protagonists die off left and right, and plotlines get resolved or shoved under expositional carpets. But because none of the major arcs are really resolved, there is a real sense of dissatisfaction coming from the final chapters. The Wasps are still there, stopped for the moment but far from beaten. The Emperor’s quest for immortality ended with many questions unanswered and a mess of major antagonists dead. And Thalric changed sides four or five more times.