From Amazon.com's description of Book 1: Empire in Black and Gold: On a world populated by human-insect and human-arachnid creatures, each type of kinden has special powers and aptitudes. The otherwise average Stenwold Maker, a Beetle kinden, is caught up in extraordinary times, full of violence and impending war with the Wasps. He takes it upon himself to create a small cadre of resistance fighters before it is too late. Unfortunately, he?s considered a crackpot, those in power ignore. But he spins his web and becomes a spymaster, doing his best to prepare for the onslaught he anticipates. Each person selected for his group has a tale, and Tchaikovsky develops each slowly, drawing the reader into the lives of each and hinting that there is more to discover. There is a continual sense of urgency and danger, yet there is also time for love and friendship. The story is quickly paced, more than keeps one?s interest, and leaves one looking forward to the next book of Shadows of the Apt to learn more about the characters and how the conflict develops. I have this first book and the reviews from Amazon have painted most of these books in a rather favorable light. I think I will be reading this next after I finish Silverthorn by Feist. I was wondering what any of yall think about these books as I know a few of yall have mentioned them in the past. Plus I didnt see a thread for this saga yet.