Release Day Review: Cast in Deception (Chronicles of Elantra #13) by Michelle Sagara

January 23, 2018 Review 0

Release Day Review: Cast in Deception (Chronicles of Elantra #13) by Michelle SagaraCast in Deception by Michelle Sagara
Series: Chronicles of Elantra #13
Published by Harlequin MIRA on January 23, 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 512
Source: NetGalley
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: None
Reviewed by: Julia
4 Stars

WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE, WHO NEEDS ENEMIES?

Private Kaylin Neya thought her home couldn’t possibly get more crowded. But when one of her housemates, Annarion, decides to undertake the Barrani Test of Name, his friends refuse to let him face his task alone—and Kaylin’s sentient home, Helen, is the only structure capable of shielding the rest of Elantra from the magnitude of their power.

Annarion and Mandoran almost caused the destruction of the High Halls once already. Add nine of their closest friends, and the danger is astronomically higher—especially since these guests are at the heart of a political firestorm. Imprisoned almost a millennium ago, their recent freedom threatens the rulership of several prominent Barrani families, and the machinations of those Lords make it almost impossible to tell friend from foe.

As political tensions ramp up, the shadows beneath the High Halls are seeking a freedom that has never been possible before. Kaylin must find a way to keep those shadows from escaping, or that freedom will destroy her city, the empire and everything she holds dear.

It can be hard to build book to book momentum this far into a series, but with CAST IN DECEPTION Michelle Sagara manages to do just that. Titanic forces are moving, and the lives of Kaylin, her friends, and perhaps the whole kingdom are on the cusp of change.

CAST IN DECEPTION is also one of the most linear adventures of the series, which is not a criticism. Kaylin gathers clues and bread crumbs, and the biggest surprises lay in who adds themselves to her band of allies by book’s end. There is the inevitable moment where magical theory got a bit over my head and There’s a lot of pausing to ruminate on the nature of family and trust, but overall I enjoyed this sorry quite a bit.

While many things are accomplished and resolved in this book, the ending feels more like a rest before the action to follow in the next book than a resolution within this one. A treat for fans of the series, CAST IN DECEPTION points towards high stakes and monumental changes for Kaylin’s world. 

Series Titles:
  1. Cast in Shadow
  2. Cast in Courtlight
  3. Cast in Secret
  4. Cast in Fury
  5. Cast in Silence
  6. Cast in Chaos
  7. Cast in Ruin
  8. Cast in Peril - 4/5
  9. Cast in Sorrow - 3/5
  10. Cast in Flame
  11. Cast in Honor
  12. Cast in Flight
  13. Cast in Deception
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