Title: Cast in Secret
Author: Michelle Sagara
Series: Chronicles of Elantra
Publication Date: August 1st, 2007
Synopsis: Stolen goods are so much easier . . .
Still avoiding her magic lessons — yet using her powers when need be — Corporal Kaylin Neya is relishing investigating a regular theft once again. That is, until she finds out the mysterious box was taken from Elani Street, where the mages and charlatans mingle and it’s sometimes difficult to tell the difference between the two. Still, she hopes this might be a mundane case . . .
Then in a back room, Kaylin sees a lost-looking girl in a reflective pool . . . who calls out for Kaylin’s help.
Shaken, Kaylin tries to stay focused on the case at hand. But since the stolen item is ancient, has no keyhole and holds tremendous darkness inside, Kaylin knows unknown forces are again playing with her destiny — and her life . . .
Review: This book was so much better than the first two in terms of world building. This one dealt more with the Tha’alani than the previously books had. And we learned a great deal about them, like seriously I feel like I know them so much more than I do the Barrani, who have been a huge part of all three books, and were the biggest part of book two. I simply loved this book. Kaylin still manages to be one of my favorite characters in this series. While she doesn’t know as much as she probably should, she, like me, gets bored easily in things that don’t interest her. But, unlike some characters I’ve read, she asks questions, a LOT of questions, about things. Like seriously, girl is constantly asking questions about things to learn more. She’s just not good at sitting in the classroom learning, she’s much better at hands on learning, and learning as she goes. It looks like the romance is starting to slowly build in this one, there are more hints of it than there were in the first two, though I could see the chemistry between her and Severn from the moment they were on the page together. I can’t wait for the next book to come in at the library.
Recommendation: Yes, if you have a hard time with the first two hold on!