CAST IN WISDOM by Michelle Sagara (Book Review)
I can’t believe we are already at book number 15! One of the things I like best about Michelle Sagara’s Chronicles of Elantra series is that the character development happens at a normal pace. 15 books seems like a lot, but what it really does is allow readers to experience character growth naturally, through the situations the main character encounters. And in this book we finally see the payoff of all of that growth. *Someone* gets a promotion. And the scene is delightful. Go read it for yourself.
In Cast in Wisdom, it has been some time since Kaylin has been to work. She serves as the equivalent of a street cop in the world of Elantra, but events continuously conspire to prevent her from doing her job, much to the annoyance of her boss. At the beginning of this book, we think she might be about to return to work. And she does. For about one day. A patrol assignment turns into confinement in what amounts to a semi-sentient haunted house.
Of course, Kaylin is not alone on her patrol. Her roommate, Bellusdeo, who also happens to be the last female dragon (read: a very important person), is trapped as well, along with several members of the Barrani cohort who were freed from the Heart of the Green in previous books. In their attempts to escape from the building, they discover more about what the building used to be and its particular importance to one of the members of the Imperial Dragon Court.
Despite most of this book taking place while trapped inside various buildings, there were some real bright spots. We got to see more of the fiefs and their respective Lords- some of whom I very much hope will make appearances in future books. Lord Emmerian comes back, and I got some more fuel for my personal theory that Emmerian might be the answer to Bellusdeo’s problem of who to eventually have a clutch of baby dragons with. We hear more about the Arkon’s past and how he spent his youth. We also delve a little bit further into Kaylin’s mysterious healing ability, which she tried to use on more than just living creatures.
An enjoyable addition to the series that contributes to the overall forward motion of the story arc. Not my absolute favorite, but a solid installment of a great story. I already can’t wait for the next book (keeping my fingers crossed for more relationship development).
I would recommend this book to any past fans of the series and fans of Illona Andrews (though you should start at the beginning- Cast in Shadow).