The Scarab Path by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Paperback – Tor – Nov 2021 – 720 pages
Book Five of The Shadows of the Apt Series
The war with the Wasp Empire has ended in a bitter stalemate, and Collegium has nothing to show for it but wounded veterans.
Empress Seda is regaining control, but she draws her power from something more sinister than armies and war machines. Only Seda’s consort, Thalric, knows the truth, and now the assassins are coming and he finds his life and his loyalties under threat.
The ancient city of Khanaphes awaits, with a terrible secret entombed beneath its stones.