Mar 5, 2017

Book Review: Cast In Flight

Private Kaylin Neya already has Dragons and Barrani as roommates. Adding one injured, flightless Aerian to her household should be trivial. Sure, the Aerian is Sergeant Moran dar Carafel, but Kaylin's own sergeant is a Leontine, the definition of growly and fanged. She can handle one Aerian.

But when a walk to the Halls of Law becomes a street-shattering magical assassination attempt on the sergeant, Kaylin discovers that it's not the guest who's going to be the problem: it's all of the people who suddenly want Moran dar Carafel dead. And though Moran refuses to tell her why she's being targeted, Kaylin is determined to discover her secret and protect her at all costs--even if keeping Moran safe means dealing with Aerian politics, angry dragons and something far more sinister.

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Let me start off this review by saying that I love this series and have followed it from the very beginning.  Ms. Sagara has created a wonderful world with characters of all races that have distinct personalities.  I have this series both in audio and in paper.  I find that I do prefer in audio because the narrator is wonderful at giving each character their own unique voices and personalities portrayed through their voices.  And I loved CAST IN FLIGHT just as much as I loved the first book in this series.

Now that I have gushed about it, I do have to say there were issues in this book.  The major one was with the main character, Private Kaylin Neva.  It seems as though she is stagnating.  Oh yes, she is rushing out to deal with the latest emergency but she isn't growing as character herself.  Kaylin is an adult and wants to be treated as an adult but whenever there is an issue to be dealt with, she is turning to her partner for his opinion.  It's like she is refusing to grow up and have her own opinions unless they are directly related to being a Hawk.

And speaking of Severn, he is one of my favorite characters yet we hardly see him in this book unless he is acting as Kaylin's advisor.  Another of my favorite characters is Nightshade and he hardly shows up except in the background when him and his brother are arguing.  And what's happening with their romantic triangle?  Will it ever be resolved?  Or at least come more into play?

I do think that my readers who enjoy fantasy will enjoy taking flight in Ms. Sagara's world with CAST IN FLIGHT.   I am however disappointed in the fact that the story arc doesn't appear to be advancing.  I would love to hear your opinion on the book and the series.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


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