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Review: Cast in Honor (The Chronicles of Elantra) by Michelle Sagara

I've been following this series for years. The fantastic world building and wonderful characters in this series have always kept me coming back for more. Not to mention that the covers are just gorgeous!




Title: Cast in Honor (The Chronicles of Elantra) 

Author: Michelle Sagara 

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Mira via NetGalley

Release date: November 2015

Pages: 432



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In the aftermath of a vicious battle between darkness and light, the city of Elantra has emerged victorious. But Shadows continue to haunt every corner of its streets… 


Elantra stands strong, but countless numbers of Hawks, the city's staunchest protectors, were lost in the brutal attack. Humans, Barrani, Aerians, Leontines—none of the races emerged unscathed from the defense of the city. Homes were lost, families were scattered…and the outcast Barrani Lord Nightshade is missing from his castle in the fiefs.


Yet as the chaos surrounding the battle begins to wane, Private Kaylin Neya's duties must resume, despite her grief. Called in to investigate a triple murder in a quiet part of town, Kaylin and her companions are soon embroiled in a case that is anything but routine. Evidence of the deadly Shadows that still threaten the city leads to hints of ancient, forgotten magics…and everything can be traced directly to Ravellon, the heart of the Shadows and the darkness they contain.


But it is there that Lord Nightshade will be found—if he still survives.




In the aftermath of battle, the city of Elantra tries to rebuild itself, but crime does not stop. Private Kaylin Neya is assigned a suspicious triple murder that involves the Shadows and magic. She is led on a merry chase through Elantra to gather clues, while struggling to keep her friends alive. If she can't uncover the mystery behind the murders, the future of Elantra will crumble and turn to dust.


Usually, I like to give a little summation of the story, but not a lot actually happens in Cast in Honor. The characters move from one scene to the next, but they end up discussing the same issues over and over. Danger looms throughout the whole book, but nothing really develops. When the action finally starts to pick up, the story slows to a near stop, buried under all the details. I love Kaylin Neya and her magic, but her lack of direction and confusion has been over explained in the last few books. I want action and adventure and the thrill of the story that I fell in love with at the beginning of the series. Michelle Sagara does get points that Severn finally admits his feelings for Kaylin, but the one line at the end of the book felt much too little, too late. The book could've been cut in half and read so much better. Though I've been disappointed in the last few books, I'm not sure I'm ready to call this series quits yet. If I didn't like this series so much, maybe I wouldn't be so disappointed.


Previous books in the series:

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Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
8 years ago

That does sucks when you love a series and one of the books is just so average.

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