Title: Cast in Shadow
Author: Michelle Sagara
Series: Chronicles of Elantra
Publication Date: July 01st, 2005
Synopsis: Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered — and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin…
Since then, she’s learned to read, she’s learned to fight and she’s become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and immortal Barrani, she’s made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.
But children are once again dying, and a dark and familiar pattern is emerging, Kaylin is ordered back into Nightshade with a partner she knows she can’t trust, a Dragon lord for a companion and a device to contain her powers — powers that no other human has. Her task is simple — find the killer, stop the murders… and survive the attentions of those who claim to be her allies!
Review: I had a hard time getting into this one. I found the world building lacking and while the story and plot was good it just drove me nuts that the author could take the time to tell me about her world and different character races. I really don’t feel like I have a good understanding of one of the major races in the world, what they are, what they’re like, etc and it’s all because the author didn’t do her job.
Kaylin is quite annoying. The amount of crap she doesn’t know and should know in her position and to have been allowed in her position is ridiculous. And everyone just blows it off as ‘awww isn’t she cute?!’ NO SHE’S NOT CUTE! And then when she asks relevant questions about things she doesn’t know and things she does need to know and things she should know she is often given the answer of ‘you’re not ready to know’. Ummmmm… she’s got some maniac running around killing kids and trying to kill her and you think she’s not ready to know or doesn’t need to know? Fuck that shit.
Overall though, I did enjoy the book and I do plan on continuing on in the series. I really hope that the author does a much better job in her world building as the series goes on than she did in the first book and that we can learn more about the characters as the story goes on!