Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cast In Flame-Michelle Sagara

Cast In Flame
Michelle Sagara
Mira, Jul 29 2014, $14.99
ISBN: 9780778317081

In the Elantra Empire having completed her dangerous mission as a harmoniste in the West March (see Cast in Sorrow) Kaylin March returns home to no apartment.  Just before she journeyed with Lord Nightshade and the Baroni into the West March, someone destroyed her efficiency apartment she shared with the only known female dragon Bellusdeo and an egg (see Cast In Peril).  Accompanied by two Baroni and her roommates, she resides in the Imperial Palace.  However, dragon gossip and fighting drive her crazy so in spite of the emperor’s concerns for Bellusdeo’s safety and assassins targeting them, Kaylin seeks a quieter address. 

Apartment hunting is put on hold when Teela asks Kaylin to come to the castle where a domestic dispute between the Nightshade brothers threatens everyone’s safety.  Compounding the potentially lethal sibling rivalry is the awakening of dormant magic.

The tenth Chronicles of Elantra fantasy returns to its thematic roots (see Cast in Fury with its cautionary re de facto racism cautionary message) with a strong look at people’s need for identity as a major part of social belongingness.  Loaded with action, series fans will appreciate Michelle Sagara’s skill to enhance her tense superb storyline with perceptiveness into characters’ motivations.

Harriet Klausner

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