Cast in Shadow
Author: Michelle Sagara
Title: Cast in Shadow
Series: Chronicles of Elantra 1
Genre: High Fantasy
Rating: Five Petals
On the Author's Website: http://michellesagara.com/books/ cast-in-shadow/
Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered -- and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin...
Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.
But children are once again dying, and a dark and familiar pattern is emerging, Kaylin is ordered back into Nightshade with a partner she knows she can't trust, a Dragon lord for a companion and a device to contain her powers -- powers that no other human has. Her task is simple -- find the killer, stop the murders... and survive the attentions of those who claim to be her allies!
The weaving of plot in this book is so intricate and well crafted. I have reread this book before every new book in the series comes out and every time I find something new and innovative that amazes me. In addition, the world Sagara created has layers to it that only add to the wonder of this book.
Kaylin isn't what any reader would immediately consider as an officer of the peace. She's deeply flawed and damaged by a past no one should ever have to endure, but she's able to use that as fire to drive her forward. I immediately started rooting for her. Kaylin is mostly ignorant of the world around her, but the reader learns with her experiences as she works to solve the mysterious murders.
There are very few drawbacks to this book, but if I had to name one it's that a lot of the explanations must be taken on faith. Many explanations of events and magical occurrences that happen in this first book are not provided until a future book in the series and even then it often takes a few reads before some of those explanations become clear.
Maggie's Final Recommendation:
This book makes me think. It's not a simple read, but it is worth every moment. You will want to reread. I highly recommend it.
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