Cast in Peril

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Cast in Peril

Chronicles of Elantra

The stories in this series are a wonderful melding of magic and politics involving fantastical and exotic beings. The creativity and imagination that keeps building on a society that contains both dragon beings and various other predators who can shift their shapes continues to provide an exciting and unpredictable read. The complex rules and relationships attendant with the multiple races who populate this well-built world give texture and depth to a read that will delight both young adult and adult readers. It is fascinating watching Kaylin continue to mature as more power and more burdens complicate her life. The multiple complex alliances with and around the heroine continue to keep the story flowing as it continues to expand Kaylin’s world both literally and figuratively. It was startling to reach the end of this book and discover how much was yet to be resolved yet have been so enthralled that the only disappointment is that the sequel is not yet available. Another mesmerizing addition to a creative series.

“Cast in Peril” by Michelle Sagara is part of her ‘Chronicles of Elantra’ series. Private Kaylin Neya experiences an overwhelming Arcane attack that destroys her home but unexpectedly facilitates or coincides with the hatching of the egg she has been tending. The remarkable entity who seems to have adopted her as his charge (or is that vice versa?) startles everyone who sees it although many feel that he is a familiar and as such should not be attached to the feisty young Hawk. Kaylin is caught in the rituals that the Barrani consider vital to their existence and her allies (including fellow Hawk Teela who juggles her Barrani obligations) may not act in her best interests as she sets out on a trip to West March. Gradually, accompanied by Severn who is acting as a Wolf in pursuit of quarry, the Barrani High Court begins its journey that is going to entail radical changes that will startle her fellow travelers as Kaylin receives gifts that one of them expects to receive in her stead. A major struggle involving the beings known as Hallione and threats from traitorous Barrani threaten to end the journey before it reaches its goal but Kaylin has never been one to flee from a fight.

Book Blurb for Cast in Peril


It has been a busy few weeks for Private Kaylin Neva. In between angling for a promotion, sharing her room with the last living female Dragon and dealing with more refugees than anyone knew what to do with, the unusual egg she'd been given was ready to hatch. Actually, that turned out to be lucky, because it absorbed the energy from the bomb that went off in her quarters.... 

So now might be the perfect time to leave Elantra and journey to the West March with the Barrani. If not for the disappearances of citizens in the fief of Tiamaris-disappearances traced to the very Barrani Kaylin will be traveling with...

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2012 5.00