Dragonfly Falling

Adrian Tchaikovsky

484 pp • ISBN: 978-1-61614-195-0
Trade Paperback • $17
April 2010
Cover Illustration: ©Jon Sullivan

Two young companions, Totho and Salma, arrive at Tark to spy on the menacing Wasp army, but are there mistakenly apprehended as enemy agents. By the time they are freed, the city is already under siege. Over in the imperial capital the young emperor, Alvdan, is becoming captivated by a remarkable slave, the vampiric Uctebri, who claims he knows of magic that can grant eternal life. In Collegium, meanwhile, Stenwold is still trying to persuade the city magnates to take seriously the Wasp Empire's imminent threat to their survival. In a colorful drama involving mass warfare and personal combat, a small group of heroes must stand up against what seems like an unstoppable force. This volume continues the story that so brilliantly unfolded in Empire in Black and Gold—and the action is still nonstop.


"Adrian Tchaikovsky makes a good and enjoyable mix between a
medieval looking world and the presence of technology"


"Full of colourful drama and non-stop action involving mass
warfare and personal combat."

—Fantasy Book Critic

"Empire in Black and Gold is a very strong debut. It is a fast-paced and action-driven novel that nonetheless leaves plenty of room for character-development.
Its primary strength is, however, the highly imaginative world that Tchaikovsky's
has created.... A remarkably strong fantasy debut and I for one am eagerly anticipating the sequels Dragonfly Falling and Blood of the Mantis."

—Book Spot Central

"Empire in Black and Gold has enough going for it to make it one of the most enjoyable books that I've read so far this year. I want more and there's
nothing I can do but sit it out and wait..."

Graeme's Fantasy Book Review (nine and a quarter out of ten)