Cast in Fury (Chronicles of Elantra #4) by Michelle Sagara

MichelleSagaraCastinFuryReleased: October 1, 2008
Format: Trade Paperback
Pages: 490
Publisher: Luna
ISBN-10: 0-373-80269-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-80269-2

The Chronicles of Elantra is one of my favourite series of books. It’s a fantasy series set in a world of five races, two of which are immortal (the Dragons and the Barrani) and three of which are mortal (the humans, or Elantrans, the Leontines, and the Aerians). The central character is Kaylin Neya, a young girl who made her way from the fiefs to the city, and now works as a Hawk, a law enforcement agent. And she has tattoos in the language of the Old Ones all over her body, giving her a lot of unexplored power. She’s scrappy and headstrong and passionate, with a tendency to get into trouble, which makes for fantastic books. A lot has happened to her since the first novel, Cast in Shadow, and this fourth book is no different.

From the back:

To be or not to be…

When a minority race of telepaths is suspected of causing a near-devastating tidal wave, Private Kaylin Neya is summoned to Court–and into a PR nightmare. To ease racial tensions, the Emperor has commissioned a play, and the playwright has his own ideas about who should be the focus…

But Kaylin works her best magic behind the scenes, and though she tries to stay neutral, she is again drawn into a world of politics…and murder. To make matters worse, Marcus, her trusted sergeant, gets striped of his command, leaving Kaylin vulnerable. Now she’s juggling two troubling cases, and even magic’s looking good by comparison. But then nobody ever said life in the theatre was easy…

The fifth book in the series came out this summer so I took this opportunity to reread Cast in Fury before starting Cast in Silence, which picks up shortly after Cast in Fury. I have to say, I think I loved it even more this time. The first time I read it, I raced through it because I so desperately wanted to know what was going to happen next; this time around, I took my time and soaked up the details. The characters are still so engaging, Kaylin’s still headstrong and determined, and the story was really interesting since it explores Leontine culture and history, as well as Kaylin’s powers. It also deals with issues of racial and ethnic tension in a way that’s not at all condescending, which I found refreshing. The author also adds some new secondary characters who I really enjoyed and hope to see again soon, like Rennick and Marcus’ Pridelea.

Time to get started on Cast in Silence!

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