Cast in Wisdom

Cast in Wisdom

by Michelle Sagara


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The fiefs that exist at the heart of the city of Elantra are home to sentient Towers that guard the world against the incursion of Shadow. But between the fiefs exists the gray world of the border zone. In it, geography changes between one passage across a border and the next. The rules of magic are different there—and yet somehow familiar to Kaylin Neya.

When a Shadow escapes, Kaylin must find out how…and why. If Shadows can breach the barrier erected by the Towers, the whole of Elantra will be devoured. It’s happened on other worlds. Bellusdeo, Kaylin’s Dragon companion, absolutely believes it can happen on theirs.

The border zone holds secrets and ancient histories, and people are gathering there in search of its power. Without even understanding what that power is, or why it exists, Kaylin is in a desperate race against time to find those secrets first. She doesn’t know who her enemies are. She doesn’t know how many she’ll face. But she won’t face them alone.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778309383
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 01/28/2020
Series: Chronicles of Elantra Series , #15
Edition description: Original
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 1,272
Product dimensions: 5.32(w) x 7.98(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Michelle Sagara writes as both Michelle Sagara and Michelle West; she is also published as Michelle Sagara West. She lives in Toronto with her long-suffering husband and her two children, and to her regret has no dogs.

She can be found @msagara on Twitter or

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Cast in Wisdom 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Deborah Penninger 13 days ago
I recommend the entire series.
Catherine Johnson 14 days ago
Amazing as always, already excited for the next installment
Amy Palmer 17 days ago
I love this series! I read this book in one sitting! Couldnt put it down!
James Kantner 11 days ago
I love this series. I always re-read the entire series yearly and I never get tired of it. I love it so much, this is my very first review ever. I wish I could discuss it more but it's incredibly hard to write about and not spoil anything.
gina guerra 18 days ago
andreajanelreads 4 days ago
The publisher and Netgalley provided me with an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. Kaylin Neya has a nose and a knack for trouble. She attracts it like gum on the bottom of a shoe. The fifteenth installment in the Chronicles of Elantra poses new challenges for Kaylin. She's still caught in the middle of the masters she serves ... the Hawks and the Emperor, her inner compass and the political intrigues she must navigate. Her assignment appears simple- but it turns into an adventure of epic proportions. Against the backdrop of the fiefs that shaped her, Kaylin must uncover the seed of chaos that threatens to overwhelm the entire kingdom. The task calls for her to confront and conquer the demons of her past and truths she has long buried and ignored. Kaylin is a snarky, gutsy heroine like no other, and the world of Elantra is incomparable.
John Reddick Jr 5 days ago
This is my favorite book in the series. The world continues to be redefined in new and amazing ways. I can not wait for the next installment.
Symone Purcell 7 days ago
fier 9 days ago
Great story! I love the entire series. I enjoyed learning more about the Arkon in this one.
AMGiacomasso 13 days ago
When I requested this ARC I didn't know this was the last instalment in a long series and I was a bit lost at the beginning. As I loved the style of writing and the story promised to be an excellent one I looked for a wiki and learn about the world and the characters of this book. I'm more than happy I did it because this is a gripping and entertaining story, full of twists and turns, that kept me hooked till the last page. The world building is amazing and complex, I appreciated how well it was developed and how vivid it is. The cast of characters is well though, I loved Kalyin who is a strong and interesting character. The story flows and it never bores. Even if there are some useful wiki on the net I think it would be better to read the other books in this story because it can be a bit hard at the beginning it you read this book as the first one. On my side I am more than happy that I have a lot of books to read as I fell in love with this world. An excellent read, highly recommended. Many thanks to MIRA and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
specks_usjms 14 days ago
This is book 15 in the series and I still fell that anticipation brought by the first books in the series. Each of Kaylin's adventures draws me deeper and deeper into the mystery that is Elantra, I simply cannot get enough of this richly immersive world. The wonderfully written characters and amazing world building kept me glued to my tablet and had me reading well into the wee hours. I highly recommend this entire series to lovers of the fantasy genre. *I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by NetGalley*
QuirkyCat 14 days ago
Cast in Wisdom is the fifteenth novel in Michelle Sagara’s Chronicles of Elantra series, and it is still going strong. It’s hard to believe that we’re already fifteen books in. But we are. Kaylin has come a long way in these tomes, and I for one and looking forward to the next step in her journey. They say that you can never truly leave the fiefs. Perhaps that is true. There is something growing, something waking in the fiefs. Kaylin and her allies have been tasked with investigating, which means they’re about to get into a world of trouble. The fiefs have long been the final boundary that keeps the Shadow at bay. So one can understand all of the concerns about maintaining their status. We already know that fractures have been found and made. So the real question is, what happens next? “Kaylin knew it was going to be bad when discussion banked the minute she entered the dining room.” I have been looking forward to Cast in Wisdom ever since I read the description, and I’ve got to tell you; it does not disappoint. This novel embodies everything that made me fall in love with the series to begin with and then some. It was brilliant and intense, and so full of the magic that makes this series stand out in a crowd. Honestly, I’m not even entirely sure where to begin with my review. The magical system is one that I’ve always loved, so hearing how happy I was with it here is probably no surprise. Michelle Sagara has a way of establishing and maintaining complex systems. It’s extremely impressive. The fiefs and their towers are something that have been constantly fascinating for me. I’ve been desperate to see more of them, and I feel like Cast in Wisdom finally gave me a chance to really indulge in that craving. There was something so deeply personal about this novel. Perhaps it’s because so many of the secondary characters had to acknowledge their wants and needs, and see change because of it. Or perhaps it was the Arkon’s plight that made it feel so personal. I’m not entirely sure. But I do know that I loved every minute of it. “And in my experience, a happy, safe home is a daydream. It’s an idle wish, an impossible yearning.” Michelle Sagara’s writing is so painfully profound at times. Kaylin may not be the most experienced or knowledgeable character out there, but her perspective is everything we needed here. She sees the humanity in the strange, in the ethereal and immortal. All of this was shown to beautiful effect in Cast in Wisdom. It’s taking all of my willpower not to gush about everything I loved about this book. Mainly I’m resisting because I don’t want to begin tossing major spoilers around. I will say that there is a lot that happens within these pages, and much of it advances the plot and permanently alters the world we’ve come to love. One highlight I will mention; I feel that Cast in Wisdom did an excellent job balancing the massive variety of characters. I won’t say that each of them got a moment – that is far too much, even for a book of this size. But I do feel like a lot of the fan favorites had a chance to shine, and that’s enough for me. I don’t know where this series is going to lead in the long run. Or how many books are left. I do know one thing for certain, I already hate the wait I’ll be facing for the next book in this series. I’m desperate and anxious for more. But until then, enjoy.
BobbieLCLA 19 days ago
I received a free copy of CAST IN WISDOM (Book 15 of the Chronicles of Elantra) by Michelle Sagara in exchange for an honest review. It’s time for Kaylin to get back to work. There’s something weird (well, more weird than usual) going on in the gray border zones between the fiefs. Since the fiefs and their towers are all that stand between their world and an invasion by Shadow, the Hawk lord, the Archon, and the Emperor all agree that Kaylin must investigate to find out what exactly is causing the disruption and fix it before Shadow seeps through those in-between places not protected by the towers. Since no one knows much about the border zones, Kaylin must go into this without any resources other than her friends, their skills, and their innate abilities. Once inside the gray spaces, Kaylin’s crew will be at a disadvantage as they are challenged by power-hungry foes who have already learned how to manipulate the resources within the border zone. This is my favorite fantasy series. I love these books! I recommend this book to fans of the series. This tale also seems to set up Book 16 to resolve an ongoing crisis involving one of Kaylin’s friends. Now, I’m excited and already anticipating Book 16! I don’t really want to be pushy or rude, but, pleeeeeease, Ms. Sagara, would you write faster? #CastinWisdom #NetGalley
Tessa_Pulyer 19 days ago
Favorite Character: Kaylin Neya Even though Kaylin is the main character for the entire series, she shares the spotlight in this novel. Her personality still shows through, though, loud and clear. She has powers but doesn't know how they work or has even the most basic control of them - relying on instinct to use them in the right way at the right time. She is very relatable with her endearing quirks, as well as her mortality. I can't wait to learn more about her in other novels in the series. What I Liked The world of Elantra is so amazingly complex, detailed, and nothing short of brilliant. It is nothing like our world except for a few basic things, but it is alive in a way that makes you able to easily suspend disbelief and marvel at the wonders contained within the pages. There is so much detail, large and small, and no gaps to fill in using your own imagination. From the changes in eye color that reflect emotion to the way the dragons change form to the description of the few sentient buildings - I can see and hear it all. My five-star rating is based mostly on world creation in this novel; it is that good. I also love that the main character is the Elantra equivalent of a police detective called a Hawk. This element brings mystery and suspense into the fantasy world that I love reading. The story is full of action that keeps the pages turning, as Kaylin Neya works to solve the mystery of the building with one eye. As I stated earlier, Kaylin Neya is my favorite character. I love that she is Chosen and all but ignores this fact unless she needs to find a power in her runes that will help her fight the bad guy. She is unique, but it is not in her to acknowledge that or act in a way that shows it. She routinely skips any training on how to use her magic, instead preferring to be out there fighting the evils that exist in her world. Interestingly, she lives in a house that chose her, as it is sentient, and is called Helen. Helen is the family that Kaylin never had. She takes care of Kaylin – from the everyday tasks of making sure she is fed and gets rest to the more complex help of giving her advice about different situations. Helen is a close second for me when it comes to a favorite character. I particularly enjoyed the part of the story that takes place in Kaylin's home and am glad that Kaylin has that kind of motherly figure in her life. The plot in this story is interesting as it appears to be a shift in the series storyline. It is an opening for a whole new tomorrow. I wonder if Kaylin will finally get the training she needs but does not seem to desire except in small flickers of want that, if you are not paying attention, you will miss. The dialogue flows naturally, even though it technically is in many different languages - translated, so the reader understands it, of course. And, all the characters are well-developed no matter how fantastical they are - and they can be pretty fantastical as Elantra contains many different races – Dragons, Barrani, Aerians, and mortals, to name a few. What I Wish There are many named characters in this book and series. Even if I start a series from book one, I tend to get lost in a lot of names. A simple glossary, which I ended up making myself, would be a significant help. Thank you to NetGalley and MIRA Books for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in excha
nfam 20 days ago
Elantra Menaced by Danger in the Borderlands The sentient towers in the fiefs at the center of Elantra are designed to protect the city from Shadow. Between the fiefs lies the gray borderlands. However, one of the fief lords has allowed a Shadow to cross from his fief into Elantra creating a danger to the city. Kaylin is a Hawk, a function like a detective. The Hawklord assigns her and her compatriot Severn to enter the borderlands and survey the fiefs to make sure there are no other ways for a Shadow to gain entrance. There they discover an ancient sentient building that once house the Academie and which now seems to be the center of activity. This is the fifteenth book in The Chronicles of Elantra. It’s a good continuation of the saga, but if you’re new to the series, the opening may be confusing. Many characters are introduced, and it takes awhile to sort out their roles. If you want to get the most from the series, I would suggest starting at the beginning. Kaylin is my favorite character. She wants to fight the evil in the world and puts herself at risk to do so. She is one of the Chosen, but rather than spend time to get training on how to use her magic, she works in the world stopping to learn magic when she needs it. If you enjoy world building fantasy, The Chronicles of Elantra are excellent. Elantra is complex, filled with magic, adventure, and interesting characters. The details are designed to make the world real. It’s a long book, but well worth the time to get to know this unusual world. I received this book from Harlequin for this review.