The citizens of Elantra are filled with distrust towards the Tha’alani (psychics) after their attempt to thwart a tidal wave from destroying the city proved unnecessary. The townspeople have surrounded the Tha’aloni Quarter and when mobs form danger is in the air.
Kaylin Neya, a private in the Hawks, is requested by the Tha’alani people to assist the royal playwright who has been entrusted with the duty of writing a play that makes the Tha’alani human and eases tensions in the community. Being drawn into politics is never good, but when you have a smart mouth like Kaylin, it could be deadly.
To further complicate matters, Sergeant Marcus, Kalin’s trusted friend and adoptive family, has been removed from duty and thrown into the Leontine prison on suspicion of murder charges. Without Marcus’ support Kaylin’s position in the Hawks is open to attack by men who doubt her ability to do the job.
Ms. Sagara never fails to entertain and enthrall her readers. She has created a complex alternate world in her Chronicles of Elantra series with fully rounded characters. Even with the use of foreshadowing, the story is never laid out like an open road. Instead it twists and turns like stairs on a snakes back, making the ride thrilling and leaving the rider begging to climb stairs again.
The main character, Kaylin, is made more interesting by the marks that mar her body. Marks that make it possible for her to understand magic words, but that leave her branded, a living target, for dark forces wanting to possess her power.
My favorite male character, Lord Nightshade, plays a slightly bigger role in Cast in Fury versus his very slight role in Cast in Secret. His relationship, or lack there of, spanning from book one to book four, with Kaylin seems up in the air. I really hope the next book explores their budding feelings towards each other. Nightshade is mysterious and powerful, yet maintains his very dangerous persona.
Cast in Fury is definitely the Liontines’ story. In previous books we learned about the Barrani and the Tha’alani, now it’s all about the Liontines. Their history, customs and possible downfall are all explored in this book.
When I read book one in the series, Cast in Shadow, I was introduced to a beautiful and deadly world of Elantra. I loved it. I have never regretted spending my time or money reading this series and look forward to reading the next installment.