Book Review: Cast in Wisdom


The fiefs that exist at the heart of the city of Elantra are home to sentient Towers that guard the world against the incursion of Shadow. But between the fiefs exists the gray world of the border zone. In it, geography changes between one passage across a border and the next. The rules of magic are different there—and yet somehow familiar to Kaylin Neya.

When a Shadow escapes, Kaylin must find out how…and why. If Shadows can breach the barrier erected by the Towers, the whole of Elantra will be devoured. It’s happened on other worlds. Bellusdeo, Kaylin’s Dragon companion, absolutely believes it can happen on theirs.

The border zone holds secrets and ancient histories, and people are gathering there in search of its power. Without even understanding what that power is, or why it exists, Kaylin is in a desperate race against time to find those secrets first. She doesn’t know who her enemies are. She doesn’t know how many she’ll face. But she won’t face them alone.

I love the Chronicles of Elantra. Cast in Wisdom by Michelle Sagara is the newest book in this epic saga and does not disappoint. I highly recommend reading this series in order – Cast in Shadow – some series can be read as standalone, this is not one of these. Kaylin has been with me for years. I eagerly wait to find out what happens next in her life every year.

Kaylin is human – she is Chosen, marked with the runes of the Ancients, not everyone in the city of Elantra is. It is ruled by a dragon as his hord, and the immortal Barrni.

Kaylin is looking for the one who let shadow out of Ravellon, through the Towers and into Elantra – this should not be possible. The Towers were made to protect against shadow. While in her search she stumbles upon an ancient knowledge thought to be lost since the fall of Ravellon. The Acadima was once the greatest seat of learning – but it is closed and must be opened. Kaylin has her familiar, Hope, and the help of the cohort to see that it is restored.

Michelle weaves a fantastic spell of magic with Kaylin’s story. It is one that I wait eagerly for each year to find out what happens next.

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