- Series: Chronicles of Elantra
- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: MIRA (October 25, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0778319709
- ISBN-13: 978-0778319702
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.3 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 139 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cast in Flight (Chronicles of Elantra) Paperback – October 25, 2016
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Keeping a series alive and moving forward for so long is an admirable achievement. Sagara does it both by continuing to deepen our (and her own, I'm sure) understanding of this world of Elantra; by adding and developing characters; and by keeping the timeline tight (no more than two years have passed in Elantra since the first novel). This strategy is not without its frustrations to readers, as the pace of world-building is a slow, the cast of characters has grown enormous; and Kaylin's continued reliance on instinct and intuition at the expense of knowledge grows annoying, especially with most of the other characters harping on her ignorance. Furthermore, relationships between characters also tend to develop at a glacial pace. Moran's relationship with all other characters is transformed in this book, but Kaylin's relationships with others barely budge, with the only other interpersonal change of note involving the dragon Bellusdeo and her would-be suitor, the dragon emperor.
That said, it's important to keep in mind the apparent target audience for this series: young women growing up in an increasingly diverse world. One of Kaylin's chief virtues is her willingness to confront and overcome her own prejudices, which, as in this case, can include idealization of "exotic" others. Another of her virtues is a selfless dedication to the greater good (which, not infrequently, edges over into reckless heroics), and that is also on display here. One of her faults is resistance to change, but, as in every previous book she is forced to confront and adapt to change, and she does so with as much grace as she can manage. I don't have a daughter, but if I did, I would be happy to see her taking lessons from Kaylin.
I should also note that an important piece of this novel concerns saviors (or messiahs) and devils. Is it a privilege or a burden to be a savior? Is the devil evil, or merely misguided, or something else entirely? There are no firm answers in this book, especially with regard to the devil, but I'm sure we will be learning more in the future.
Bottom line: Another worthy addition to an enjoyable and engaging fantasy series.