[E–pub New] Cast in Wisdom The Chronicles of Elantra #15 By Michelle Sagara
Wolfie Paints the Town: A Little Wood Story lGo through trauma and come through it stronger and compassionate than you were before You can be broken and made whole You can make mistakes and still be worthy Nothing truly great was ever birthed in a vacuum Nothing is made strong where there is no struggle There isight to be found in any dark place Your voice is heard if you are brave enough to speak There is hope when all seems ost and irrevocably changed She who saves a single soul saves the universeAlice s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll One ast thing the Arkon Oh sweet cranky Arkon The only thing I m able to say about his journey is thisThings we ose have a way of coming back to us in the end if not always in the way we expectHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK RowlingI was provided an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review Just hit the end of book 14 Whoa Can t wait for the next oneI hate EVERYONE who reads this book before meThe very short reviewIt was a good story but also not moving the story forward but sideways I m not angry at that I kinda wish when we have these moments we get I m always eft wanting My favorite parts of the book are the elven court I just call them elves because they sound Right Turns: From Liberal Activist to Conservative Champion in 35 Unconventional Lessons like elves to me I dike to know and how things are working out It s Politically Incorrect like she fixes a problem and only shows back up when there sarger problems so we never really get to see Where always running from problem to problem avoid moments I d Beyond Varallan like moments from the series but I enjoyed the book all the same I received a copy of Cast in Wisdom in exchange for a fair and honest review Cast in Wisdom is the fifteenth novel in Michelle Sagara s Chronicles of Elantra series and it is still going strong It s hard to believe that we re already fifteen books in But we are Kaylin has come aong way in these tomes and I for one and ooking forward to the next step in her journey They say that you can never truly eave the fiefs Perhaps that is true There is something growing something waking in the fiefs Kaylin and her allies have been tasked with investigating which means they re about to get into a world of trouble The fiefs have ong been the final boundary that keeps the Shadow at bay So one can understand all of the concerns about maintaining their status We already know that fractures have been found and made So the real uestion is what happens next Kaylin knew it was going to be bad when discussion banked the minute she entered the dining room I have been ooking forward to Cast in Wisdom ever since I read the description and I ve got to tell you it does not disappoint This novel embodies everything that made me fall in Dona Flor love with the series to begin with and then some It was brilliant and intense and so full of the magic that makes this series stand out in a crowd Honestly I m not even entirely sure where to begin with my review The magical system is one that I ve alwaysoved so hearing how happy I was with it here is probably no surprise Michelle Sagara has a way of establishing and maintaining complex systems It s extremely impressive The fiefs and their towers are something that have been constantly fascinating for me I ve been desperate to see of them and I feel Rocker Babies Wear Jeans like Cast in Wisdom finally gave me a chance to really indulge in that craving There was something so deeply personal about this novel Perhaps it s because so many of the secondary characters had to acknowledge their wants and needs and see change because of it Or perhaps it was the Arkon s plight that made it feel so personal I m not entirely sure But I do know that Ioved every minute of it And in my experience a happy safe home is a daydream It s an idle wish an impossible yearning Michelle Sagara s writing is so painfully profound at times Kaylin may not be the most experienced or knowledgeable character out there but her perspective is everything we needed here She sees the humanity in the strange in the ethereal and immortal All of this was shown to beautiful effect in Cast in Wisdom It s taking all of my willpower not to gush about everything I oved about this book Mainly I m resisting because I don t want to begin tossing major spoilers around I will say that there "is a ot that happens within these pages and much of it advances "a ot that happens within these pages and much of it advances plot and permanently alters the world we ve come to ove One highlight I will mention I feel that Cast in Wisdom did an excellent job balancing the massive variety of characters I won t say that each of them got a moment that is far too much even for a book of this size But I do feel Remarkable Creatures like aot of the fan favorites had a chance to shine and that s enough for me I don t know where this series is
Going To Lead In The to ead in the run Or how many books are eft I do know one thing for certain I already hate the wait I Heroes Adrift (Hero, ll be facing for the next book in this series I m desperate and anxious for But until then enjoyFor reviews check out uirky Cat s Fat Stacks The title should ve clued me in but so much Arkon throughout DForeshadowing of the upcoming Baranni political intrigue mostikely set to explode in the next book Oh goodness I have such mixed feelings about this particular entry in the series 15 books in obviously I Chuck and Danielle love the series so weight these 3 stars accordingly Positives Iove Kaylin s found family and will cheerfully follow along on their traipsingsnarkingguessing at super powerful magics until something Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old looksike it s maybe Doing A Thing any time I have the chance They re the parts of this story that shone for me Severn was present and participating than just offering a sardonic eyebrow Dogs Behaving Badly: An A-Z Guide to Understanding and Curing Behavorial Problems in Dogs lift or two which was nice to see and Nightshade was also allowed to develop a bit character than is usually given to him I enjoyed Bellusdeo aot this time and Maggaron Hello and welcome back Boy it sure is hard to remember that you exist sometimes with her interactions with the cohort and the Arkon The Arkon his hoard and his history being the main focus of this particular installment it offered a glimpse into the past of Ravellon that was interesting and I hope Gray Bishop leading up to a final confrontation atast Things that just made this book kind of eh for me include Kaylin uickly returning to her par for the course attitude of man I should really earn about things that keep influencing my ife sometime just one book after her glorious confrontation of herself in Cast in Oblivion Did Not Like The general mushiness of the timeline stood out to me a ot in this book With immortals running around everywhere I know events that happened in the far past can still technically just be a single ifetime ago but the Ancients then the Ancestors then the fall of Ravellon the creation of the towers and the Draco Barrani wars all got kind of muddled together and I wasn t wild about it It made it hard for me to believe that the knowledge of all #THESE THINGS COULD HAVE FADED SO FAR FROM MEMORY #things could have faded so far from memory there are people still around who were alive for it all And finally I would ike confirmation that other races besides Dragons and Barrani still exist Aerians Leontine Tha alani You guys okay out there Please come back So Eh Still going to buy the next book the second I can though. Crets and ancient histories and people are gathering there in search of its power Without even understanding what that power is or why it exists Kaylin is in a desperate race against time to find those secrets first She doesn’t know who her enemies are She doesn’t know how many she’ll face But she won’t face them alone. At seems relatively simple and unambiguous on the surface but as is usual turns out to be anything but And as so often happens to Kaylin those complexities uncover plots and counterplots that are intended to change this world in a way that will Noir likelyead to destructionBut no plot seems to survive contact with Kaylin Nera not even her owncast in shadow by michelle sagaraEscape Rating A I Renovate: Changing Who You Are by Loving Where You Are love this series for Kaylin her snarky voice and the even snarkier characters she has gathered around her I fell for it because the opening books were definitely in the urban fantasy vein even if the world in which they were set feltike epic fantasy As the series has continued Kaylin s initially small world has gotten bigger and wider and events have often taken her out of her cityYou can take the girl out of the city but you can t really take the city out of the girl Cast in Wisdom is a story that explores a tiny and obscure portion of Elantra and gives that exploration huge implications without ever Gaffer leaving the city bordersWell not exactlyeaving but that s part of the storyI Circumstantial Evidence ll admit that I especially fell for this one because the entire thing is set in a school that has beenost in time a school that considers its heart and soul to be its Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers library And that of course had me from the beginningBut it s also a story about fighting for what you believe in and it s a story that breathesife by dragon fire into the idea that it s never too ate to be what you were meant to be So as much as the series is absolutely Kaylin s journey Cast in Wisdom is Lannagaros journey Kaylin is barely two decades old while Lannagaros has ived for not just centuries but actually millennia His whole A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store's Guide to Chicken Keeping life has been dedicated to preserving the past andearning from it All he wanted was to be an academic but he Island of the Lost Horses (Dora and Friends) left his studies to serve in a war that isong past By the time it was over the Academia he Summer Meditations loved wasost to the shadows between the fiefsWhen it is found again broken and barely functioning as a ghostly shadow of the place he once God Said, Ha!: A Memoir loved he is forced to rethink his entireife in order to defend the place where his heart has always belonged even when he believed it no onger existedAs the fight for the heart and soul of a school and a ibrary Cast in Wisdom is a terrific adventure As a story about it never being too On the Right Side of a Dream late to grasp the dream of your heart it is marvelous As theatest in a continuing saga it is a wonderful addition to the seriesAnd now that I have eft Elantra for the nonce I am in withdrawal until the next book in the series whenever it appears Were I you I would abandon all hope of what passes for normal in your ife and assume that everything will as you collouially put it be on fire in the worst conceivable way possibleCast in Wisdom by Michelle Sagara My thoughtsKaylin Neya Chosen healer of broken things is once again caught up in an investigation that snowballs into an all out arcane brawl If you are new this series or simply curious I think you would enjoy this book but I highly recommend starting from the beginning with Cast in Shadow or the preuel novella Cast in Moonlight We are now 15 books into Michelle Sagara s Chronicles of Elantra series We know by now nothing is as it appears and that Kaylin s propensity for stumbling into trouble is almost unparalleled She s making her way through with the help of her friends and by using her instincts She does get it right often than not but it does make me wonder just how powerful she d be if she had full mastery of her power Over the ast 14 books and now this one we have seen her grow and mature almost exponentially given that in reality this #Series Covers A Relatively Short #covers a relatively short of timeI believe that her relationships in general are also progressing There s a ot of reading between the Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq lines Sagara implies through wording and context what the emotions and intent are behind Kaylin s interactions For example she is at ease with her communications with Nightshade which tends to imply a greater trust and understanding She is comfortable with his continued presence in hisittle corner in her mind to the point that the Michelin Green Guide Normandy lack of his presence wakes her up out of her sleep As a matter of personal opinion I crave direct interactions between Kaylin and Nightshade I am willing however to follow the flow of information that Sagara provides to its natural conclusion To uote aine in Cast in WisdomThe answer had to be couched in words before it arrived as if it needed a carriageIn this most recent Elantra entry Kaylin continues to win over irascible immortals Even Ynpharion expresses the wish that she survives which a serious departure from his previous attitude towards her
#Nightshade once commented on Kaylin s influence being ike a regalia changing those around her I think and this #once commented on Kaylin s influence being ike a regalia changing those around her I think and this purely my opinion that he wishes to be changed and challenged by her Kaylin is often described as telling the end of someone s story freeing ong dead dragons from the burden of duty and returning the freedom of choice to transformed Leontines Kaylin seems to collect the ost and by her very nature changes the story of their ives to direct them towards their purpose and free them from their bindingsWhich does bring me to my next point what we mortals would call finding our true purpose is expressed as the dragons desire for their hoard the focus of all desire all purpose Bellusdeo seems a bit afloat in a sea of purposelessness There s a sense of heartache with her Like she s finding purpose where she s able but is not fulfilling in the way a hoard ess dragon needs Bellusdeo continues to develop relationships with the other dragons and it was a joy to see of Emmerian Bellusdeo says in this bookAnd in my experience a happy safe home is a daydream It s an idle wish an impossible yearning I will be happy to see her find her hoard and her home after the heartache she s been throughMichelle Sagara s Chronicles of Elantra series is a multilayered cake full of subtle flavors Details about the characters the setting and the overarching storyline are added to and compounded over time Every book adds a new What Every American Should Know About the Rest of the World layer and depth I think the main issue some are having is the subtlety that Michelle Sagara uses in her writing I don t find her subtlety to be a fundamental flaw but rather a fundamental DIFFERENCE Something different is not bad asong as it s done skillfully And it is skillfully done We are too used to novels that are as subtle as a jackhammer driving the author s point home with no finesse Not everyone has the patience for nuance and that s fine I don t always want to have to focus too hard on reading between the I Got a New Friend lines either but if my analogy of this series being aayer cake stands then for me it is also a comfort food I can come back to this series again and again and know that I will catch something new some detail I previously missed that adds so much to the overall narrative On a personal note this book made me FEEL I m fully capable of enjoying a book without having felt anything strong or The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War lasting about it However this book and the ones previous made me feelike you don t have to be perfect to make an impact You can. Ere and yet somehow familiar to Kaylin NeyaWhen a Shadow escapes Kaylin must find out howand why If Shadows can breach the barrier erected by the Towers the whole of Elantra will be devoured It’s happened on other worlds Bellusdeo Kaylin’s Dragon companion absolutely believes it can happen on theirsThe border zone holds se. Shadow escape new worlds to explore and a border zone with secrets that can destroy them all Kaylin knows one thing trouble is brewing but she has her gang at her backNothing Experiencing the Resurrection: The Everyday Encounter That Changes Your Life like jumping into a series 15 books in but that is exactly what I did and I really enjoyed it Michelle Sagar writes a complex compelling and totally original world that blew me away Magic mayhem and mythical secrets take center stage when a group of highly engaging characters make Cast of Wisdom a great book cation into another world I received this ARC copy of Cast in Wisdom from HARLEUIN Trade Publishing US Canada MIRA This is my honest and voluntary reviewMy Rating 4 starsWritten by Michelle Sagara Series The Chronicles of ElantraPaperback 544 pagesPublisher MIRA Original edition January 28 2020ISBN 10 077830938XISBN 13 978 0778309383Genre Scifi Fantasy Magic Noble 15 books and it s still struggling along No doubt sagaraove words Unfortunately they are repeated over and over throughout the books Mostly it s self wallowing about she s so caught up in her own internal dialogue It grows old especially when it s repeated over and over how neya can t this and that She s set up as a hero and yes she does some good but the constant sobbing about her ife just Nah Actually she s a ot ike jewel markess Immature a bully and not worth following in books any If you ove words which is repeated over and over about how unfair it is to be neya and how everybody else gets it so much b Book 15 and we re really no further ahead While interesting in a way and serving to settle the Arkon firmly in a new role it really feels Babes in Toyland: The Making and Selling of a Rock and Roll Band like a detour in the series because there was no mention of this Academia at all previously It just popped out of nowhere to become the focus of an entire book I also have to say the writing feels very fractured and sloppy There were many many times where I could not figure out who was speaking and also times when it seemed to momentarily switch Overall 45 StarsWorld Building 55 StarsSeries ContinuityExpectations 35 StarsPersonal Opinion 45 StarsI am yet again struggling to review a book in this series that Iove I could almost copy and past my review from the The Meaning of Star Trek last book as the issues I had with that one are still very much present in this oneThis is now the ateast the third book in a row where you see Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt little to no character growth from Kaylin You seeittle to no page time from some of the original favorite characters ike Marcus the Hawklord or SanabalisThough we do get time with Nightshade that interaction is done almost entirely through his mental ink with Kaylin and no actual interaction There is a great deal of Kaylin s interactions in this book that are handled in this manner This is frustrating because it seems that somewhere along the way the deep tensions between Kaylin and Nightshade and Kaylin and Severn have been Frommer's Irreverent Guide to Walt Disney World lost Whatever tension existed between them has vanished Severn s place has turned into aess personal bodyguard kind of a role while Nightshade has been relegated to of an advisorinformation bankI did ove that we got to spend time with the Arkon This really was about his story than anything and I was glad to see the focus shift from the cohort You still get a good dose of them in this book but they aren t the focal point It was also nice to see that Kaylin didn t collect anyone or anything new in this bookAnother piece that was different in this one from many previous books is that Kaylin seems ike of an observer She participates and has a few points where her abilities are key but it isn t her actions that are the most important In a way it is nice to see her not always being the one to come in and save the day but she is the basis for the series I would have really Dump Truck Trouble/Lets Build a Doghouse! liked to see this be a book that helped her character grow in some wayAs far as series expectations go this is where I tend to get tangled up If youook at the Sometime After Midnight last several books in this series this is absolutely right inine with those books But if you ook at the earliest books in the series this doesn t have uite
#the same characteristics and feel It does have going on and brings about some drastic changes to the world than the #same characteristics and feel It does have going on and brings about some drastic changes to the world than the couple of books so I d say it falls in between the early books and the ast couple as far as those expectations goAs I mentioned in my review of Cast in Oblivion I still Eyes Behind the Lines: L Company Rangers in Vietnam, 1969 love this series and these books but characters need to grow There are also things about characters that readers fall inove with and if you School Dazed leave those things behind you may end upeaving the readers behind as well This one did a better job of bringing some of those things along than the ast few but not uite as much as I would have ikedI received "A Copy Of This Book "copy of this book NetGalley Opinions stated are honest and my own Originally published at Reading Reality Do not underestimate Chinese Fairy Tales Fantasies: Folio Society Edition librarians Words toive by as said by Lannagaros the Arkon of the Dragon Empire in Cast in Wisdom He s talking about the importance of returning a book a very particular book to the Library of the Academia an Academia that has been Old Haunts lost in the borderlands between the fiefs of Elantra for a veryong time A time measured in centuries if not millennia A time when Elantra #Was Whole Ravellon Had #whole Ravellon had yet fallen and Lannagaros was a young student at the Academia in a time before the wars between the Dragons and the Barrani devastated both of their peoples and the world on which they ivedA time that has ived forever in his heart A time that is so far back in the distant past that Kaylin Nera cannot imagine such a thing ever existed To her brief mortal eyes Lannagaros has always been ancient beyond reckoning and he has always been the ArkonWe see this world through Kaylin s eyes She is human and mortal and fragile in a world that is dominated by the immortal Dragons who rule Elantra and the eually immortal Barrani whose political infighting often threatens to tear the world they all inhabit down to its foundationsElantra is a world with epic fantasy proportions but its stories are often on an urban fantasy scale Kaylin is a ground Hawk the euivalent of a police officer who serves the Halls of Law which are or Cooking for Company: All the Recipes You Need for Simple, Elegant Entertaining at Home less what their name implies Kaylin s job is to help keep the peace even as her extracurricular activities threaten to break itDue to incidents that have happened to or around Kaylin in her past she is mixed up in both the Dragon and Barrani Courts and her actions often shake the world to the surprise of nearly everyone around her especially herselfKaylin s adventures began in the novella Cast in Moonlight almost 20 years ago with Cast in Shadow the first fullength novel in the series This is definitely a series where you need to start in the beginning to get a grasp on this world Kaylin herself and the found family that has gathered around her sometimes without any of her intention at all And we discover ourselves caring about these people because she does And because we care about herKaylin is a chaos magnet she is a person to whom things happen whether she wishes it or notThe story of Cast in Wisdom is absolutely a case where Kaylin is given an assignment an official one even th. SOMETHING IS WAKINGThe fiefs that exist at the heart of the city of Elantra are home to sentient Towers that guard the world against the incursion of Shadow But between the fiefs exists the gray world of the border zone In it geography changes between one passage across a border and the next The rules of magic are different th.