Welcome to Day 1 of the Reread Tour
I’m so excited to be starting the Reread Book Series Tour for Michelle Sagara’s The Chronicles of Elantra Series, and I am even more excited that you are joining me for the kick-off book review.
I am bringing you Book 2, Cast in Courtlight, and I’ve got to tell you…I loved it!
Be sure to check out a review of CAST IN SECRET, the next book in Michelle Sagara’s CHRONICLES OF ELANTRA SERIES, on Bookishly Ruby (formerly Ruby’s Books) tomorrow, September 29th! Don’t forget to come back to see my review of her new series opener, THE EMPEROR’S WOLVES, on Oct. 13th!
Goodread’s Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Cast in Courtlight takes place in the most beautifully intricate and detailed fantasy world that I have never imagined. The unique blend of races, magic, and law enforcement makes this story epic in every sense of the word.
What I Loved
Kaylin Neya is one of my favorite fantasy characters of all-time. She works on gut instinct and pushes everything else to the wayside, making her frustrating to most people in her life. She is unique, but no one is certain as to exactly how and why. Kaylin has her own moral compass that, more often than not, leads her straight into trouble and dire situations but ultimately allows her to make a massive difference in Elantra’s world.
The world-building is exceptional, with every nuance detailed down to the meaning of eye color changes in the races other than human. Even some of the buildings are sentient, making them characters in their own rite. The world feels so real like you could turn a corner, walk into it, and know exactly where you are and where you need to go. It is a complex world that holds a wide variety of races, such as Dragons, Barrani, Leontines, and Aerians, who all have attributes that resemble their names. It is a world that is foreign but instantly relatable.
I love the mystery that has to be solved by professional investigators – The Hawks- of which Kaylin is one. She must use her professional investigator abilities as well as her newly blooming magical abilities to figure out the attempted murder of two Barrani brothers, one of which is destined to rule the Barrani people. What she discovers leads to danger and peril until she finally solves the mystery and saves the day.
I love how the story pulls at your heartstrings with Kaylin and Severn’s back story that they have to work through to solve the Barrani mystery. This gives the characters so much more dimension and layers that stick with you long after the book closes. I shed a tear during the closing scene as they finally lay a defining moment to rest and move on to what will most definitely be their next adventure.
To Read or Not to Read
If you love fantasy stories, you must have this series on your shelf. It is a world you will want to visit over and over again.
In Elantra, a job well done is rewarded with a more dangerous task. And so, after defeating a dark evil, Kaylin must enter a place of deceit and treachery. A world where silk and jewels hide deadly secrets….
Kaylin goes before the Barrani High Court, where a misspoken word brings sure death. And Kaylin’s never been known for her grace or manners. But the High Lord’s heir is suspiciously ill and Kaylin’s healing magic is the only shot at saving him—if she manages to dodge the traps laid for her.
Only to discover that the healing might turn out to be the simplest of the tasks before her…
About the Author
Michelle Sagara is an author, bookseller, and lover of literature based in Toronto. She writes fantasy novels and lives with her husband and her two children, and to her regret has no dogs. Reading is one of her life-long passions, and she is sometimes paid for her opinions about what she’s read by the venerable Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. No matter how many bookshelves she buys, there is Never Enough Shelf space. Ever.
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