Kellie Sheridan's Reviews > Cast in Peril

Cast in Peril by Michelle Sagara
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Jul 31, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy
Read from July 31 to August 11, 2012

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I can't believe I have been with this series for eight books already, it definitely doesn't feel like it. I really, really love these books and absolutely look forward to each new installment, so when I saw I could get this next chapter early via NetGalley, there was some extreme excitement on my part. I never have any trouble jumping back in to the world of Elantra, and this book was no exception... I was hooked right away! Cast in Peril offers a little bit of every element that makes this series so unique so if you've enjoyed this series in the past, I'm confident you'll find something you like here.

In this series time passes pretty slowly, there have been eight (big!) books so far and I would guess that at the most a couple of months have passed since book 1, but I could be wrong. Cast in Peril is a little different from the books that came before it, in that more time seems to pass but there is less of a major change to the overall arc of the series. Not that nothing happens, you will definitely be on the edge of your seat, but there is less progression and at one point he book even jumps over three whole days, which is pretty unusual for The Chronicles of Elantra. The plot of this story will actually carry through to the next book Cast in Sorrow.

Despite all this, we do get some answers on some longer running plot points of the series. Most notably, Teela and the mystery egg Kaylin has been keeping an eye on. I won't give anything away but there are a couple of great scenes between Kaylin and the Barrani. These scenes and some of the more creative elements (this series has so much imagination, it really is a must read for those looking for traditional fantasy with a twist) have made this my favorite book in the series so far.

It did take a little while to really feel like I knew where this particular book was headed. It is in no way a quick read and there is definitely a lot going on. At times I felt bogged down in details with too many character and place names to remember that I know I've forgotten the details of some important points of previous books. For me that was pretty minor though and I'm sure a lot of readers out there are much better at keeping everything straight in their minds as they are reading though. Once the series is complete I will probably do a second read through will less extreme gaps between books and I'm sure that will help a lot.

Overall, a fantastic addition to a great series. If fantasy is your thing, then I highly recommend you check out The Chronicles of Elantra, and if you've already started this series then it is time to start jumping up and down because this next book will not disappoint.

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