Review: Cast in Honor by Michelle Sagara (Chronicles of Elantra #11)


Cast in Honor by Michelle Sagara // VBC ReviewCast in Honor (Chronicles of Elantra #11)
Michelle Sagara
Published: Nov. 24, 2015 (Harlequin Mira)
Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon
Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed by: Amanda

Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars

Note: While this review is spoiler free, it does reference previous books in the series.

Elantra’s recovering from the brutal fight at the end of Cast in Flame, grieving its dead and trying to pick up the pieces. But the work never stops for Kaylin, and she’s sent to investigate a triple murder in a normally quiet part of town.

These are no ordinary murders, though. Something’s ripped through the very fabric of Elantra, bringing about changes that shouldn’t be possible. And unless she figures out how to stitch together the rift, the city that’s struggling to repair itself might be destroyed forever.

There’s something about returning to Elantra that just makes me want to curl up on the couch with a blanket and not move until the last page is turned. Eleven books in, this world and these characters are comfortable and familiar, yet something always happens to surprise me.

Kaylin’s as impulsive as ever, but there’s a maturity to her that wasn’t present in the early books. She’s more comfortable with her power, and she’s learned to manipulate it better. This leads to a confrontation with Severn, and the end result is we get some progress on the Kayvern front. (They needed a ‘shipper name. So I made one up.) Severn’s always a quiet, steady presence in her life, but here, he gets in her face (as much is possible for him) and I loved him for it. Someone needed to push Kaylin, and I’m so very glad it was him.

Where the story fumbles is with the definition of time. It’s difficult to explain without giving too much away, but essentially it’s the idea that time means different things for different races. This makes sense; the Barrani and the Dragons are immortal. A human’s life span is a blip on their radar. Whereas a human trying to comprehend everything a Barrani has seen or done would be nothing short of mind-blowing. But the idea that time can be manipulated, that the future and the past can be changed by how these manipulations are accomplished, was a little over my head. To be fair, Kaylin had a hard time understanding it at first, too. I’m not entirely certain she fully understood by the end, either. There were long passages of explanation where I felt my attention drifting or wishing Diarmait would interrupt by having an argument with Bellusdeo.

There is a particularly awkward (and snicker-inducing) conversation between Kaylin and the Emperor. And it just gets funnier when Bellusdeo gets wind of it and decides to horn in on the action.

While the end result wasn’t as compelling as the last couple of books, Cast in Honor is a solid entry into this series. If you haven’t picked it up yet, I highly recommend doing so. You’ll have plenty of reading for the long winter ahead.

Sexual content: none

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