Author: Michelle Sagara
Series: Chronicles of Elantra #3
Genre: High Fantasy
Release Date: June 13th 2016 (first published on August 1st 2007)
My Rating: 5 Cups
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Still avoiding magic whenever possible, Private Kaylin Neya relished investigating a run-of-the-mill theft. Until she found out the mysterious stolen box had been taken from Elani Street, where the mages and charlatans mingled, and it was sometimes hard to tell the difference between the two. And since the box was ancient, without a keyhole, and held tremendous darkness inside, Kaylin knew unknown forces were again playing with her destiny—and her life.…
*Disclaimer: I received an ecopy of this book from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review
Hello everyone and welcome to day 2 of the Chronicles of Elantra Series Re-Read Tour. Today we’re talking about book 3 in this series, Cast In Secret. Thank you so much to HarperCollins for having me on this tour.
Be sure to check tomorrow for the review of Cast In Fury, book 4 of the Chronicles of Elantra series, on Liz @ Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks (of Books). And if you want to start the tour from the beginning, go check out Tessa @ Tessa Talks Books for her review of Cast In Courtlight. Without further ado, let’s get started!
I’ve heard of The Chronicles of Elantra series for a while now, so I was VERY excited to be a part of this tour. Let me tell you guys that this is one of the books where you get sucked it right away. Cast In Secret is just a ball of awesomeness guys!
I adored Kaylin. I loved how inappropriate she was, I loved how she didn’t seem to have a filter, and I loved that she asked a million questions. This is one heroine that does not shy away from asking and questioning anything and I loved her for it. The thing that I loved the most about Kaylin though is her ability to admit that she was wrong. Here she is fully convinced that she knows just about everything there is to know about a race, and when she is shown the history of that race she realizes how wrong she’s been to fear them. Kaylin also trusts her instincts enough to do some very reckless things. There were a few times during my read where I was on the edge of my seat because I was afraid for her life.
The worldbuilding is fantastic. There’s just this quality to the writing style that made me imagine this world perfectly, which isn’t something that happens very often for me. The thing that I loved the most was how we get to see a piece of the history of the Tha’alani, as well as their customs and way of life. I loved that it was shown how Kaylin was challenged by the things that she learned about the Tha’alani, but also that she admitted the reason for her fear of them.
The plot is pretty fast paced and I managed to read this book in one sitting. I truly enjoyed the mystery part of this book, not knowing what to expect, and the reasons behind what was happening. This type of story is one of my favorite themes ever, so I felt at home reading this book.
I truly loved this book and I loved that even though I haven’t read the previous two books I didn’t feel lost. I didn’t feel as if I got dumped in the middle of a story with no way of knowing what happened at the beginning, and I loved that. Even if we don’t get too many details about what happened in the past, other than brief mentions, I still could follow the story along perfectly. I’m still very much excited to read the other books in the series.
Check out the full schedule of the re-read tour and don’t forget that tomorrow the tour stops by Liz @ Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks with Cast In Fury, book 4 of the Chronicles of Elantra series.
About the Author
Michelle Sagara is an author, bookseller, and lover of literature based in Toronto. She writes fantasy novels and lives with her husband and her two children, and to her regret has no dogs. Reading is one of her life-long passions, and she is sometimes paid for her opinions about what she’s read by the venerable Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. No matter how many bookshelves she buys, there is Never Enough Shelf space. Ever.