Cast in Flight
Author: Michelle Sagara
Title: Cast in Flight
Series: Chronicles of Elantra 12
Genre: High Fantasy
Rating: Four Petals
On the Author's Website:
New York Times bestselling author Michelle Sagara returns to the city of Elantra with a thrilling tale rife with ancient magic, assassination attempts and political intrigue.
Private Kaylin Neya already has Dragons and Barrani as roommates. Adding one injured, flightless Aerian to her household should be trivial. Sure, the Aerian is Sergeant Moran dar Carafel, but Kaylin's own sergeant is a Leontine, the definition of growly and fanged. She can handle one Aerian.
But when a walk to the Halls of Law becomes a street-shattering magical assassination attempt on the sergeant, Kaylin discovers that it's not the guest who's going to be the problem: it's all of the people who suddenly want Moran dar Carafel dead. And though Moran refuses to tell her why she's being targeted, Kaylin is determined to discover her secret and protect her at all costs—even if keeping Moran safe means dealing with Aerian politics, angry dragons and something far more sinister.
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I love reading this series. Every single book is amazingly well written with a plot that contains so much depth and so many twists that it often takes me multiple reads before I really understand everything that occurred. The world itself is beautifully imagined. Every single creature has a distinct culture, the city itself has history that has impacted each culture and the present as it occurs in each book, and Kaitlin's own personality and each of her actions is influenced by every single one of those aspects.
Cast in Flight takes readers to the Aerie, where the winged beings called Aerians make their homes. Every other culture has been highlighted in previous books, so I was very glad to see depth given to this one as well. Prior to this book, Aerians were interesting creatures, but they were only given as much depth as Kaylin understood them. She quickly learns more as the book progresses and suddenly the Aerians were more than door guards or humans with wings to me. It was a wonderful change.
However, I felt this book was lacking in details. For example, Kaylin has to wear a nice dress for a dinner party in the book, but not once was the color of the dress, the style, or even the barest detail given about it. Yes, I can extrapolate which dress it was given that Kaylin has only had one opportunity in the past to really wear a dress she hasn't subsequently destroyed, but that was a few books ago. More than some raised eyebrows at her choice of dress was necessary for me to be one hundred percent certain. Unfortunately, it felt like the Aerie suffered from the same lack. There was so much more detail Sagara could have gone into to provide that much more depth, and the fact that it wasn't given really hurt this book.
Cast in Flight honestly felt like a bridging book to me. It tied off some minor plot lines from previous books and provided foreshadowing for future books. The plot exclusively focused on Cast in Flight, rather than on the past or the future, was limited, which in turn limited my overall enjoyment.
I honestly can't say enough good things about this series. Every single bit of it is amazingly well-crafted, with detail and beauty evident in every word on the page. However, Cast in Flight was easily the weakest of the books. It lacked detail where no other book has before and felt more like a bridge to connect past books to future ones rather than a story that could stand on its own. I still recommend it, but I can't help hoping the next book in the series will be better.
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