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.
What I liked: A secondary character steps into the spotlight and shakes up everything and I mean everything.
Sergeant Moran dar Carafel runs the medical ward at the Halls of Justice and she’s an Aerian. Kaylin loves all things Aerian but finds her ideal in for a rude awakening. Moran is currently living with Kaylin and her other assorted “misfits” in a living home. Yep, it’s amazing! With Kaylin and her penchant for stepping on toes or saying things that shouldn’t be said in certain political situations, the rose-colored glasses are about to be yanked off and stepped on by the politics involved within the Aerian Caste.
Reading a Michelle Sagara (West) book is like peeling the very fine layers of an onion. Each peel reveals just a bit more and the more in Cast in Flight is a feast for the readers. Even though I loved this series from the very beginning, at one point I almost gave up on it. There is a year between books, the characters are many and each and every one of them is very and I mean VERY complicated. Then throw in all the subtleties and my gosh……it’s a spell binding series. What saved this series for me? It’s simple, the book I was having a hard time connecting with also was available in audio. That was the game changer. The narrator, Khristine Hvam brought the characters to life. Each nuance for the different characters made me fall back in love with the series.
Ms Sagara continually ties things together, not only in this current release but she’ll pull something from a previous book and just throw it at your face and I think, boy, I did not see that coming. But in each and every book there is major symbolism, sometimes not apparent but it’s there and it’s addicting. Speaking of addicting, the world building and the care Ms Sagara has taken to get the reader to this point is just simply unbelievable.
I think Cast in Flight is taking the series in a new direction. You notice I said “I think”, I’m constantly surprised and gleefully happy when Ms Sagara puts in her twists. I would love to see the storyboard on this series but not really.
There are so many action sequences in this book but Ms Sagara doesn’t skimp on the intrigue either. One of the questions on everyone’s mind is who will be the mate of the only female dragon, Bellusdeo. I “think” Ms Sagara gave us a clue but it’s someone I completely overlooked or will The Emperor step in to muddle the situation. Then, the question is about Sergeant Moran, how will her identity change things, or will it?
What I didn’t like: Cast in Flight, for me, was phenomenal. Now, I wait until next year for the next installment of this high/epic fantasy. Would I like a shorter time between books, of course I would, but this is one instance where in order to read a well-developed, quality book, I’ll take the waiting period.
I highly recommend this series. Don’t let it scare you off because it’s complicated. It’s a feast for a reader! If you do find yourself struggling, try it on audio. Ms Hvam is a favorite of mine and she brings this series alive!