Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Cast in Silence by Michelle Sagara

A member of the elite Hawk force that protects the City of Elantra, Kaylin Neya has sacrificed much to earn the respect of the winged Aerians and immortal Barrani she works alongside. But the mean streets she escaped as a child aren't the ones she's vowed to give her life guarding. Those were much darker….

Kaylin's moved on with her life—and is keeping silent about the shameful things she's done to stay alive. But when the city's oracles warn of brewing unrest in the outer fiefdoms, a mysterious visitor from Kaylin's past casts her under a cloud of suspicion. Thankfully, if she's anything, she's a survivor….

First let me just say that no matter how this description sounds no one is going to be kicking Kaylin out of the Hawks any time soon. We do finally get to learn about her past, the previously only mentioned time between Kaylin leaving Nightside as a child and reappearing as a Hawk trainee. This is again a really good fantasy novel, one that has intriguing characters and draws the reader into the world created. Sagara continues to define herself as a force to be watched in the fantasy genre and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!

Overall Feeling - Thumbs up. Another fun addition to an engaging series. I would not recommend reading it independently of the other books, because most of this novel builds upon information learned before to create its story.

Series - 1) Cast in Shadow 2) Cast in Courtlight 3) Cast in Secret 4) Cast in Fury 5) Cast in Silence