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Cast in Wisdom

(Chronicles of Elantra #15)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  1,621 ratings  ·  180 reviews
SOMETHING IS WAKING

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
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Paperback, 537 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by Mira Books
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Miss OP
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just hit the end of book 14. Whoa :) Can't wait for the next one.

I hate EVERYONE who reads this book before me.


The very short review

It was a good story but also not moving the story forward but sideways. I'm not angry at that. I kinda wish when we have these moments we get more. I'm always left wanting. My favorite parts of the book are the (elven court) I just call them elves because they sound like elves to me. I'd like to know more and how things are working out. It's like she fixes a problem
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T.J. Fox
Overall: 4/5 Stars
World Building: 5/5 Stars
Series Continuity/Expectations: 3/5 Stars
Personal Opinion: 4/5 Stars

I am yet again struggling to review a book in this series that I love. I could almost copy and past my review from the last book as the issues I had with that one are still very much present in this one.

This is now the at least the third book in a row where you see little to no character growth from Kaylin. You see little to no page time from some of the original favorite characters lik
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Marlene
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

“Do not underestimate librarians.” Words to live by, as said by Lannagaros, the Arkon of the Dragon Empire, in Cast in Wisdom. He’s talking about the importance of returning a book, a very particular book, to the Library of the Academia, an Academia that has been lost in the borderlands between the fiefs of Elantra for a very long time. A time measured in centuries if not millennia. A time when Elantra was whole, Ravellon had not yet fallen, and Lannagaros
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Beth
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shadow escape, new worlds to explore and a border zone with secrets that can destroy them all, Kaylin knows one thing, trouble is brewing but she has her gang at her back.

Nothing like jumping into a series 15 books in, but that is exactly what I did… and I really enjoyed it! Michelle Sagar writes a complex, compelling and totally original world that blew me away. Magic, mayhem and mythical secrets take center stage when a group of highly engaging characters make Cast of Wisdom a great book-catio
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Liz (Quirky Cat)
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
I received a copy of Cast in Wisdom in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Cast in Wisdom is the fifteenth novel in Michelle Sagara’s Chronicles of Elantra series, and it is still going strong. It’s hard to believe that we’re already fifteen books in. But we are. Kaylin has come a long way in these tomes, and I for one and looking forward to the next step in her journey.
They say that you can never truly leave the fiefs. Perhaps that is true. There is something growing, something waking in
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Avery Rose
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Oh, goodness. I have such mixed feelings about this particular entry in the series. 15 books in, obviously I love the series, so weight these 3 stars accordingly.

Positives: I love Kaylin's found family, and will cheerfully follow along on their traipsing/snarking/guessing at super powerful magics until something looks like it's maybe Doing A Thing any time I have the chance. They're the parts of this story that shone for me. Severn was present and participating more than just offering a sardoni
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Theresa
Feb 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
15 books and it's still struggling along. No doubt sagara love words. Unfortunately they are repeated over and over throughout the books. Mostly it's self wallowing about she's so caught up in her own internal dialogue. It grows old, especially when it's repeated over and over how neya can't this and that. She's set up as a hero, and yes she does some good, but the constant sobbing about her life, just... Nah.. Actually she's a lot like jewel markess. Immature, a bully, and not worth following i ...more
Beth
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kobo
The title should've clued me in but so much Arkon throughout! :D

Foreshadowing of the upcoming Baranni political intrigue most likely set to explode in the next book. :)
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Hannah Osborn
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Were I you, I would abandon all hope of what passes for normal in your life and assume that everything will, as you colloquially put it, be on fire in the worst conceivable way possible."

Cast in Wisdom by Michelle Sagara

My thoughts:

Kaylin Neya, Chosen, healer of broken things, is once again caught up in an investigation that snowballs into an all out arcane brawl. If you are new this series or simply curious, I think you would enjoy this book but I highly recommend starting from the beginning
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Jennifer
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Tony Hisgett
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review, fantasy
I don't know why I keep reading this series, I suppose after fourteen books it has become a compulsive habit, I became attached to Kaylin very early in the series and strangely I feel guilty if I don't find out how she is doing.

This book has a lot of walking around, talking and not getting anywhere and to be honest not much else. The author obviously enjoys using lots of words and I wouldn't object to this if they weren't so repetitive and didn't actually get in the way of telling the story.
I am
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Thomas
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
In some ways, this is one of the more engaging books in this series. Kaylin Neya continues to make frustratingly slow progress in both her personal growth and her abilities as the Chosen and, as usual, there’s a lot of confusing stuff about the incredibly complex magical system. Still, on other levels, the story is pretty basic, about the search for the heart’s desire. The ending was pretty uplifting. I don’t think that’s a spoiler.

Also, as usual, more characters are definitely added to the vast
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Louisa
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-read
Oh, wow, this book was so utterly fantastic! Loved dealing with the fiefs, and the border zones, so interesting, we learned a lot, and lots of changes occurred! Can't wait for the next book! ...more
Kathy Davie
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Fifteenth in The Chronicles of Elantra fantasy series for Young Adult readers and revolving around Lord Private Kaylin Neya. I cannot believe there are 15 already!?

My Take
It's all about knowledge and responsibility. The latter is definitely one of Kaylin's concerns, as she feels liable for everything that happens. As for the former, the Arkon is so passionate about knowledge that he wanted to make lies illegal! It does crack me up how absorbed Nightshade gets about the lectures he's trapped in,
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eyes.2c
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Towers, Fiefs and Borderlands. A puzzle!

Once again Kaylin Neya is tasked by the Hawklord to investigate problems occurring in and around the fiefs, along with Bellusdeo and Severn. Shadow is the fear.
This time it's the Borderlands, those spaces on the edge of and between the fiefs. These areas exist "around a central Tower, and the Towers were created to stand sentinel against the fief of Ravellon—the only fief that had neither Tower nor lord... Ravellon was the home of the most dangerous of the
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Annarella
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I requested this ARC I didn't know this was the last instalment in a long series and I was a bit lost at the beginning.
As I loved the style of writing and the story promised to be an excellent one I looked for a wiki and learn about the world and the characters of this book.
I'm more than happy I did it because this is a gripping and entertaining story, full of twists and turns, that kept me hooked till the last page.
The world building is amazing and complex, I appreciated how well it was de
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Gwen
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
2020 the year of the brief review .. and no I am not going to stop repeating myself
Review: A brawl at a University, while Akron found his true hoard, at book 15 you should know what I am talking about by now
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Beate
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sadly getting to a point where the excruciatingly slow exploration of the 'truths of the world' is no longer doing it for me. It was nice exploring with Kaylin again, and I enjoyed Killianas. Also amazing libraries are amazing, so bonus points for that. I still love Lannagaros.

Next book will likely involve a giant meeting at the High Halls, because Barrani and foreshadowing, but at this stage I'm wondering if we will ever get to Ravallon and the people that lived there. Possibly, in another
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Suz
Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
15th verse, same as the first...

I keep wondering if there is a point to all this meeting of the various races and changes in the fiefs and her with magic she can't be bothered to figure out how to use and....

Is there a bigger idea developing or is it all just meandering slice of life stuff? I used to think the former, but I'm not sure I believe it anymore.
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Paige Green
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher on Netgalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own!

Book: Cast In Wisdom

Author: Michelle Sagara

Book Series: The Chronicles of Elantra Book 15

Rating: 4/5

Publication Date: January 28, 2020

Genre: Fantasy

Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, some gore, some adult moments)

Publisher: MIRA

Pages: 544

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Synopsis: SOMETHING IS WAKING

The fiefs that exist at the heart of the city of Elantra are home to sentient Towers that guard the world against the incursion
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Kris Sellgren
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, five_stars
The 15th in Sagara’s sword and sorcery saga is sensational. It’s action all the way, with constant magical peril for heroine Kaylin and her chosen family. The Arkon — dragon librarian at the Imperial Palace — plays a major role, along with Bellusdeo, the only living female dragon, and Lord Nightshade. With my own academic background (retired university professor), I loved the setting of the story in an Academia lost in another dimension. Sagara introduces new and interesting characters. I partic ...more
K.W. McCabe
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reliably enjoyable

This book in the series feels slightly different from the previous entries.

The start of the action feels slower than the usual pace of previous stories in the series, for one. This might throw off avid readers that are used to a slightly faster pace.

However, to readers of the series who complain that the plot arcs are not moving forward at an acceptable rate, I must disagree.

With this entry of the series, I finally realized what the end arc of the entire series must be: the r
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Lisa
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
THANKS MUCH TO THE PUBLISHER FOR PROVIDING A COPY OF THIS BOOK FOR REVIEW PURPOSES, THIS DID NOT AFFECT THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW IN ANY WAY.

Whenever a new Elantra book comes out, I rejoice. This is one of my favorite long running series and I’m always happy to dip back into the is world and visit with some of my favorite characters.

Here we find Kaylin and her partners (officially Severin and unofficially Bellusdeo) sent to investigate something in one of the fiefs. They come across a mysterious
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Paraphrodite
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2020
3 stars.

This took me quite a while to finish listening. I kept drifting off when Kaylin started her usual internal rambling about words... *sigh* I'm sure Ms Sagara has an overall story arc for this series but it seems to be going very very slowly.

I have been wanting to know more about the other fiefs and their fief lords and we do get some insights in this instalment. Then the surprising discovery on what exists inside the border zones and what this means to the Arkon…. Luckily those last few
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Charlotte
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the more accessible volumes in the series, where it easier to understand the intricate details of magic, shadow and Ravellon. We finally get to see the other fiefs and how they were bound in history.
Marianne Boutet
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, fantasy
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Matilde Damkier
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: genre-fantasy
The book was good - they always are.
I felt, however, that it was severely hampered by the fact that a lot of the mainstay characters made barely any appearance, if they appeared at all.
In some ways it felt like the West March journeys - we were cut off from a lot of our main cast. Which is odd, considering this book took place in the city.

But: (view spoiler)
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Lou
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Except for a spot that for me, caused some confusion, due to lack of continuity in one chapter, I again loved reading a book from this series. The one chapter seemed to have no explanation as to when a character joined the party and I read back three time trying to find what I missed. Distracting.
Maya
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Somewhere above 4 stars but not quite 5. I always enjoy Sagara's books, and this one was no exception. It was a bit jerky to start, but once the plot really started coming together, I had a great time with it for several reasons. First, the book actually answered a few of my older unanswered questions, even if it added new ones to the list as always. Second, the focus on the Arkon was excellent, because I love that crotchety old dragon to bits. Third, I got a story that includes a magical and so ...more
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Michelle is an author, book­seller, and lover of liter­ature based in Toronto. She writes fantasy novels as both Michelle Sagara and Michelle West (and some­times as Michelle Sagara West). You can find her books at fine booksellers.

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Other books in the series

Chronicles of Elantra (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • Cast in Shadow (Chronicles of Elantra, #1)
  • Cast in Courtlight (Chronicles of Elantra, #2)
  • Cast in Secret (Chronicles of Elantra, #3)
  • Cast in Fury (Chronicles of Elantra #4)
  • Cast in Silence (Chronicles of Elantra, #5)
  • Cast in Chaos (Chronicles of Elantra, #6)
  • Cast in Ruin (Chronicles of Elantra, #7)
  • Cast in Peril (Chronicles of Elantra, #8)
  • Cast in Sorrow (Chronicles of Elantra, #9)
  • Cast in Flame (Chronicles of Elantra, #10)

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