How Did It Come To This : The Insect-kinden in their own words

I. Lives of the Monster Insects (from the secret histories of the Moths)
“An age ago, before all records, before metal was smelted, before writing began, the great insects came.
That was a world with different skies, with strange beasts, with stranger people. But the insects were the end of them. They hunted the beasts, they devoured the people, […]

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Event news and combined map

O-kay, on the back of all that Fantasyconcatenation I have some more confirmed dates for signings. Or at least date.
As well as joining Adam Nevill and Mark Charan Newton at Forbidden Planet on the 15th October, 1-2pm, I shall be in Reading the day before at the Waterstones Bookshop (the one on Broad Street as usual) on the […]

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The World of the Insect Kinden

Herewith the lands of the Insect-kinden, as so far revealed. Click on each map to view in full detail.
All maps are the work of Hemesh Alles.
The Lowlands, showing the Three City Alliance

The East-Empire and the Exalsee

The South and West-Empire and the Dominion of Khanaphes

The Spiderlands

And last, for now, the Commonweal, as a sneak preview from Heirs […]

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Language and the Insect-Kinden

Language tends to get one of two treatments in fantasy — either it's never looked at, everyone speaks English and it's all fine, or Tolkien. Mr T being a professor of Anglo-Saxon, I think, he went to town on the languages in a big way. Indeed I believe I read that the languages came first, the history second, the actual fiction […]

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Dramatis Personae

(Beware, this list takes the cast up to the end of Salute the Dark. There may be spoilers)

Aagen — Wasp artificer
ACHAEOS — Moth seer and raider, lover of Cheerwell Maker
Adax — Tarkesh Ant, duellist at the College
Adran — Wasp soldier, member of the Broken Sword
Adraxa — Ant, one of Scuto's agents in Helleron
Akalia — Vekken […]

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Bee-kinden by David Mumford

There are small city-states of Bee-kinden in surprisingly many places. They are a quiet, industrious people who do their best not to trouble their neighbours. Bees work tirelessly for Spider overlords in the south, and cling to the inhospitable western coast. Most of all, however, Bee-kinden are slaves of the Empire. They are an Apt people, […]

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Dragonfly Falling: the Podcast

To coincide with the publication of Dragonfly Falling I recently interviewed Adrian about the world behind the Shadows of the Apt and what readers might expect from the new book.
So, without further ado, you can listen to the podcast in its various forms on the Pan Macmillan podcast page.
Alternatively you can download it. Enjoy!

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Scorpion-kinden, by David Mumford

Scorpion-kinden live lives of violence, greed and savage joy. Raiders, traders, slave-takers and mercenaries, they can be found making a brutal living across the Empire, the Spiderlands and the eastern Lowlands. Clawed and belligerent, they respect only strength. For the old, the weak, the infirm of purpose, there is only death or flight. So it is […]

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Faculties of Literature

Literacy in Collegium is close to one hundred percent. Indeed, literacy across the Lowlands is extremely high. Collegium's academic credentials have a lot to do with this. The College and the Assembly ensure that a basic education is available for all, and charitable institutions such as the Way Brothers provide schools in Helleron and other cities. However […]

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Moth-kinden by David Mumford

 
 

The Moth-kinden were once the dark masters of the Lowlands, holding the lesser races as their slaves. Then the revolution came and their power was broken by the new weapons and machines that their former subjects devised, and that they could not understand. Now, centuries later, they plot and argue in their mountain fastnesses, clinging […]

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