Blood of the Mantis by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Trade Paperback – Tor – Jul 2021 – 429 pages
Achaeos the seer has tracked the stolen Shadow Box to the marsh-town of Jerez, driven by the ghosts of the legendary Darakyon. But he has only days before this magical artifact will be lost to him forever . . .
Meanwhile, the Empire’s dread forces are mustering for their next great offensive. Stenwold and followers have only a short time to gather allies, before the enemy’s soldiers march again – conquering everything in their path. If Stenwold cannot hold them back, the hated black and gold flag will 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, nothing will save the world from his relentless ambition.