Early Review: Cast in Flight by Michelle Sagara

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Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Source: e-arc from Netgalley via Harlequin Mira

Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.

Ronnie’s Review

 

I discovered Michelle Sagara quite by accident a few years ago when I was browsing at my local used book store, and I came across the first book, Cast in Shadow. I ended up purchasing the book and finished it later that evening. Within the next two days, I had bought every book up to Cast in Chaos (the last book that was out at the time). I think most readers are elated when they find an author they can binge, but I continue to be enthralled by the world even as we reach book #12 with Cast in Flight.

The world building is exquisite. Richly layered, with finely developed characters who always leave you wanting more. If the “Chosen One” mythos is not your ideal fantasy material, this may not be the series for you, as it does tend to structure the plot and arcs around Kaylin Neya, our heroine. There is no romance, although her partner Severn’s attraction to her is discussed in earlier books, but make no mistake….Kaylin is not ready for a romance, and her thoughts and actions reflect this. As a reader, I love it when the characters and their actions are consistent, and this is one of the series’ biggest strengths. As this is a long running fantasy series, you can’t pick up this book without missing details and nuance from earlier books, so I’ll urge you to give her a try.

The review isn’t all puppies and rainbows however. One of the biggest flaws about these books is that they have a major tendency to meander and take their time getting to the meat of the story. Now I enjoy her writing and will go along with the detours because I love the world and the characters she’s written along with Kaylin Neya, but sometimes I do profess impatience because it takes a long time to get to the point. Cast in Flight is no different. The descriptions, particularly when it comes to the eyes, tend to become repetitive and as a long time reader, I find myself skimming past these particular details.

Kaylin’s character stays true to form by asking her Sergeant to come stay with her in relative peace and safety but it quickly becomes apparent that someone is gunning for her new houseguest and Kaylin makes it her business (as always) to find out who is behind the attacks.

We’ve had plenty of books focus on the Dragons and the Barrani, and now the Aerians come to the forefront in this particular book.  While I was disappointed Clint’s (one of the Aerian Hawks) role wasn’t expanded, I did appreciate that the Hawkelord got more page time as we rarely see him outside of disciplining or instructing Kaylin. The dinner that has the Hawkelord and the Emperor is one of my favorite scenes within the entire book. Worth the read just for that scene, I think.

The mystery that lies behind the attacks on Moran is considerably more complicated, but it features a recurring character that shows up every so often. Sometimes these books leave you with more questions than answers and it’s definitely one of the downsides to reading a long running epic fantasy series.

As a whole, I enjoyed Cast in Flight, and would recommend the series to anyone who loves epic fantasy with a superb cast of characters.

 

<h2><span style=”color: #333333;”><strong>Rating: 4 Stars = B</strong></span></h2>

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