Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Book and Audio Review: Cast in Flight by Michelle Sagara

Cast in Flight

Michelle Sagara
Narrator: Khristine Hvam
Series: Chronicles of Elantra (Book 12)
Publication: MIRA; Original edition (October 25, 2016); Harlequin Audio (October 25, 2016)
Length: 459 p.; 16 hours and 31 minutes

Description: 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.

My Thoughts: This episode in the Chronicles of Elantra focuses on the Aerians but with a healthy helping of dragon. Kaylin offers the Aerian Infirmary Sargent shelter in her sentient home when Moran is injured fighting shadow. She is already sheltering the only female dragon and a couple of Barrani who were rescued in an earlier episode and who are both more and less than they were before their ordeals. 

When there is an assassination attempt on Moran when she and Kaylin are on their way to work one morning, things get more exciting than usual for Kaylin. A whole bunch of people want Moran dar Carafel dead. Finding out why and keeping them from succeeding is the focus of the book. There are more assassination attempts, all sorts of Aerian politics, and angry dragons. 

Kaylin learns more about Shadow and what it means to be outcaste in this world as the dragon outcaste has a prominent role in the chaos that is swirling. There isn't much Kaylin won't do for her adopted family - the Hawks - and she is really tested in this one. 

Fantasy lovers will enjoy this fascinating world filled with all sorts of people from a wide variety of races. Each episode deepens the world building and explores new areas.

Favorite Quote:
"Mortality is change. From your births to your deaths, you are in a constant state of flux. There is no single you; your identity evolves, unravels and is remade. It is a constant process. The Kaylin of five years ago is not you. The Kaylin of ten years from now will not be you. The separate states of you are continuous, contiguous. They are connected. But they are not the same."
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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