Cast in Flame
Author: Michelle Sagara
Title: Cast in Flame
Series: The Chronicles of Elantra 10
Genre: High Fantasy
Rating: Five Petals
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ANY DAY THAT STARTS WITH DRAGON ARGUMENTS IS GOING TO BE BAD.
Kaylin returned from the West March in one piece. Now that piece is fraying She’s not at home in the Imperial Palace — and she never intends to be. All she wants is normal garden-variety criminals and a place of her own. Of course, normal in her new life involves a dragon as a roommate but she can handle that.
She can’t as easily handle the new residents to the city she polices, because one of them is the outcast Barrani Nightshade’s younger brother. On a night when she should be talking to landlords in perfectly normal buildings, she’s called to the fief — by fellow Hawk and sometime partner Teela. A small family disagreement has become a large, complicated problem: Castle Nightshade’s latent magic is waking.
And it’s not the only thing.
When I was young and just discovering how much I loved to read, I had a serious inability to put down a book until it was complete. I would get so hooked, I would forget to go to sleep and then spend the next day or so as a zombie. That was extremely counter-productive to my math scores, as I tended to sleep through that class most often. It took me years to learn how to stop reading at a reasonable hour in order to get a full night's sleep and therefore function properly the next day. However, every once in a while I find a book that tosses all of that hard work aside. I read Cast in Flame for the third time in order to write this review and I wasn't able to put it down until I finished reading it at two in the morning. This book, and quite honestly this series, are simply that good.
Cast in Flame continues the ongoing saga of Kaylin's adventures as she works to keep her home safe. This book focused on tying up lose ends from some of the previous books. She rescued two Barrani who she needs to help find their place in the world, she needs to find a new home after her previous one was destroyed, and she needs to return to work again after her long absence. This book also served to slowly introduce the next book in the series. Yet, despite being about five hundred pages of filler, I couldn't put Cast in Flame down. Kaylin's loose ends are unbelievably interesting, which shows just how talented Sagara is.
I think what really made this book for me was the characterizations. Every single character is unique and interesting. Even the way each character interacts with the other characters was interesting. Kaylin is the main character, but I still feel that I know as much about every character in the book as I do about her.
I recommend this book and this entire series. It's probably one of the best written series I've ever read and Cast in Flame only serves to emphasize that point. Despite the fact that the book felt like filler, it still manages to easily keep my attention no matter how many times I've reread it.
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