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WHO WILL CLAIM THE TOWER? After the near-destruction of the High Halls, Corporal Kaylin Neya is looking forward to resuming her patrol. But once more an empty Tower stands in Elantra, and Kaylin’s companions won’t let an advantage slip by. They see the Tower as a base to fight Shadow. The Dragon Bellusdeo as a protection for the cohort; Sedarias as a potential hoard. And ot WHO WILL CLAIM THE TOWER? After the near-destruction of the High Halls, Corporal Kaylin Neya is looking forward to resuming her patrol. But once more an empty Tower stands in Elantra, and Kaylin’s companions won’t let an advantage slip by. They see the Tower as a base to fight Shadow. The Dragon Bellusdeo as a protection for the cohort; Sedarias as a potential hoard. And others are interested as well. Kaylin knows when she’s in over her head. Claiming a Tower is not the future she wants. And the Tower has strict requirements—ones that daunt even the Dragons and the Barrani. But as the various factions strategize, the Shadows are making their own plans. They still want to cross into Elantra, and this might be the perfect chance.


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WHO WILL CLAIM THE TOWER? After the near-destruction of the High Halls, Corporal Kaylin Neya is looking forward to resuming her patrol. But once more an empty Tower stands in Elantra, and Kaylin’s companions won’t let an advantage slip by. They see the Tower as a base to fight Shadow. The Dragon Bellusdeo as a protection for the cohort; Sedarias as a potential hoard. And ot WHO WILL CLAIM THE TOWER? After the near-destruction of the High Halls, Corporal Kaylin Neya is looking forward to resuming her patrol. But once more an empty Tower stands in Elantra, and Kaylin’s companions won’t let an advantage slip by. They see the Tower as a base to fight Shadow. The Dragon Bellusdeo as a protection for the cohort; Sedarias as a potential hoard. And others are interested as well. Kaylin knows when she’s in over her head. Claiming a Tower is not the future she wants. And the Tower has strict requirements—ones that daunt even the Dragons and the Barrani. But as the various factions strategize, the Shadows are making their own plans. They still want to cross into Elantra, and this might be the perfect chance.

30 review for Cast in Conflict

  1. 5 out of 5

    Miss OP

    As always I hate every single person who reads this book before me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I have been reading this series for over a decade, and I still enjoy it as much now as I did when I started. This is a slow burn fantasy series with a focus on worldbuilding, but enough character growth and interaction to keep me interested (I'm a relationship reader, not necessarily a world-building reader). Cast in Conflict took a big step forward in terms of plot, and it kept me hooked. As soon as I finished it I was sad that it was over and wanted to keep going. I recommend this series to fan I have been reading this series for over a decade, and I still enjoy it as much now as I did when I started. This is a slow burn fantasy series with a focus on worldbuilding, but enough character growth and interaction to keep me interested (I'm a relationship reader, not necessarily a world-building reader). Cast in Conflict took a big step forward in terms of plot, and it kept me hooked. As soon as I finished it I was sad that it was over and wanted to keep going. I recommend this series to fans of wordy fantasy like Tolkien, but particularly for a reader who prefers a gentler, less blood and gore filled battle world. Here the focus is on magic, cultures, friendships, and the power of words, not who's the better fighter; there are action scenes, but they're more introspective. Start at the beginning with Book 1; this is not a series where you can jump in at the middle and expect to understand what's going on.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    A return to Elantra the further adventures of Kaylin Neya and all her many, many friends and acquaintances, including humans, dragons, barrani, sort of humans, sort of dragons, sort of barrani, buildings, along with a collection of assorted other beings, the latest being a race of giant spider-like creatures. Did I say there were many? I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that she collects another in this book. Maybe if I could read all these books back-to-back, with no gap between them, it would A return to Elantra the further adventures of Kaylin Neya and all her many, many friends and acquaintances, including humans, dragons, barrani, sort of humans, sort of dragons, sort of barrani, buildings, along with a collection of assorted other beings, the latest being a race of giant spider-like creatures. Did I say there were many? I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that she collects another in this book. Maybe if I could read all these books back-to-back, with no gap between them, it would be easier to remember it all. Sagara doesn’t help much. She keeps referring to these characters and situations without any recaps or reminders as to who exactly they are. Sometimes I recall, sometimes I don’t. I’ve almost given up trying. For all that, the story advances, and more knowledge is introduced about the nature of the world, its history, and its endless conflict with the Shadow lurking in the heart of Ravellon. I keep thinking this is all building up to something big, but I’m starting to wonder. I suppose she could keep adding more bricks to this edifice indefinitely without reaching any climax at all. Still, at what point does it all reach critical mass and even with her notes, Sagara herself has difficulty keeping it all straight. I guess we’ll see because it would seem, I’m sticking with this series. I’m definitely tempted to give up sometimes, but there’s something about this world and these characters that keep pulling me back in. Obviously, at least where I’m concerned, Michelle Sagara has gotten something very right. Anyway, until next time, because there will definitely be a next time.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Osborn

    This has to be one my favorites of her more recent releases. I really like that seems that she has returned to the series' root a bit for this release. We get to interact with Sanabalis *ahem* I mean the Arkon. WE have Tara and Tiamaris. There's others but I don't want to give the whole book away. Kaylin continues to show her slow but steady growth although she does still struggle with wanting to a problem solver/fixer for her adopted family's problems without any care for her own wellbeing. Poo This has to be one my favorites of her more recent releases. I really like that seems that she has returned to the series' root a bit for this release. We get to interact with Sanabalis *ahem* I mean the Arkon. WE have Tara and Tiamaris. There's others but I don't want to give the whole book away. Kaylin continues to show her slow but steady growth although she does still struggle with wanting to a problem solver/fixer for her adopted family's problems without any care for her own wellbeing. Poor girl is still a little slow on the uptake when it comes to burgeoning romances around her but we love her anyway. I like how Nightshade seems to be learning better ways to relate to Kaylin. The Barrani are slow to change until Kaylin gets ahold of them 😉 I wonder if he's wanted to change but wants the convenient excuse of Chosen-related exposure for the personality adjustment. I still love him and ship him with our girl. The dragon court cracks me up. I swear they're a bunch of ancient dudes who are utterly clueless about females. Specifically, dragon females. In particular, Bellusdeo. They rely on Kaylin to interpret her foreign female ways and seem to hide behind Kaylin because Bellusdeo is less likely to hurt her than them. Poor males. Overall, I loved it and hate that I have to wait for the next one. Quote from the book: --“I’ve called you Sanabalis—Lord Sanabalis—for the entire time I’ve known you. I’m sorry. I’ll get it right.” Sanabalis’s eyes were orange, but his smile was genuine. “As you were, Private.” “I’m a corporal!” “You’ve been a private for the entire time I’ve known you.” Point to the Dragon.-- Cast in Conflict by Michelle Sagara

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tony Hisgett

    I started this book with a certain amount of dread. I have not enjoyed one of these books since ’Cast in Flight’ and you have to go back nearly ten years to when the series was at its best. I keep going because the first eight in the series are some of the best Fantasy books I have read and I still have an interest in finding out what the author intended by making Kaylin ‘The Chosen’, where was she intending taking this story. Unfortunately one of my main worries is the author has actually forgo I started this book with a certain amount of dread. I have not enjoyed one of these books since ’Cast in Flight’ and you have to go back nearly ten years to when the series was at its best. I keep going because the first eight in the series are some of the best Fantasy books I have read and I still have an interest in finding out what the author intended by making Kaylin ‘The Chosen’, where was she intending taking this story. Unfortunately one of my main worries is the author has actually forgotten and I may never find out. I stopped reading after about a hundred pages to take stock of the story so far and basically very little had happened, plus the ridiculous cohort were still involved. In fact this has become the main problem with these books, they take ages to get anywhere and once you are there, you realise the story hasn’t really progressed for over ten years. There is a lot more action in the last few chapters and this probably saved me from having to give just one star, I just wish the story was going somewhere.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dominique

    Coming out June 29, 2021.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kat Cloaked

    I am sad to report that the over-arching plot makes very little progress in this book. I enjoy these characters. But this series has become bloated. Some of the major issues need resolution so the characters can face new dilemmas. Is Kaylin asexual? And if so, does that impact her relationship with Severn? What is the end goal for Kaylin and Nightshade? Why is Kaylin the Chosen, and what purpose is she intended to serve? I don’t know if the author is afraid of wrapping things up leaving her witho I am sad to report that the over-arching plot makes very little progress in this book. I enjoy these characters. But this series has become bloated. Some of the major issues need resolution so the characters can face new dilemmas. Is Kaylin asexual? And if so, does that impact her relationship with Severn? What is the end goal for Kaylin and Nightshade? Why is Kaylin the Chosen, and what purpose is she intended to serve? I don’t know if the author is afraid of wrapping things up leaving her without future stories, but I am losing interest in these books.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Karinloos

    First can I say I absolutely love the world the author has created and this was another riveting addition ( hence the 5 stars ) However notwithstanding the above, I am having issues with this series. For example I do feel that in this book there was a lot of "rambling" from the author. I feel that she tends to get lost and caught up in her own words. Also there plot holes in this book for example: (view spoiler)[ there is a huge battle at the end, Kaylin's life is literally on the line. Teela is a First can I say I absolutely love the world the author has created and this was another riveting addition ( hence the 5 stars ) However notwithstanding the above, I am having issues with this series. For example I do feel that in this book there was a lot of "rambling" from the author. I feel that she tends to get lost and caught up in her own words. Also there plot holes in this book for example: (view spoiler)[ there is a huge battle at the end, Kaylin's life is literally on the line. Teela is as we know super protective of Kaylin, however as soon as Kaylin is safe Teela is nowhere, whereas I expected a huge verbal smackdown from Teela to Kaylin , also I expected at least a small rebuke from Nightshade but its like the author completely forgot that part (hide spoiler)] Another thing that is bothering me ( not enough not to pick up the books and recommend them) but lets face it, we are at book 16 and there is no real maturity to speak of. Sure Kaylin has grown over the series and in this instalment she showed some character growth, but where is her maturity. To be completely oblivious in terms of romance around book 16 is stretching things a bit to far. I do realize that this author is not good at romance ( referring to example House books or the Sun books) thus I do wonder if there will ever be romance (Nightshade or Severn) in the future. I certainly hope so. Another burning question is whether the series is building up to a major confrontation with Ravellon? It would seem so, however at this rate that will be at book 30. Again how many adventures must poor Kaylin have before she "ladies up" and starts to finally learn to read and control the words on her body. When is she going to act like a real Chosen and not just a child learning her alphabet? All the above are starting to become more and more an issue. I do hope that somehow the author becomes aware of these and does something about them.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Soo

    Notes: One big thing happened in this book, but it felt like another transition piece. I'll read it again and see how I feel about it. Notes: One big thing happened in this book, but it felt like another transition piece. I'll read it again and see how I feel about it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Warning: this review contains spoilers. Cast in Conflict is book 16—16 people—in the Chronicles of Elantra series, by Michelle Sagara. If you have not already read the first 15, I do not recommend starting here. This isn’t one of those series where the author re-caps enough to catch-up a first-time reader. Go back and start at the beginning or you will be dreadfully confused. The cover is beautiful and epic, and I only wish the book followed the theme. But I go too fast. Let’s start at the begin Warning: this review contains spoilers. Cast in Conflict is book 16—16 people—in the Chronicles of Elantra series, by Michelle Sagara. If you have not already read the first 15, I do not recommend starting here. This isn’t one of those series where the author re-caps enough to catch-up a first-time reader. Go back and start at the beginning or you will be dreadfully confused. The cover is beautiful and epic, and I only wish the book followed the theme. But I go too fast. Let’s start at the beginning. Cast in Conflict opens with Kaylin in a magic lesson with Lord Sanabalis—excuse me—the Arkon. We have not seen Kaylin in her required magic lessons, or doing much with her main employment as a Hawk for several books, because something always manages to get in the way. I can’t help but miss come of the people Kaylin comes into contact with when she is doing her regular job—like Marcus. And once again, the magic lesson is short-lived, because of roommate drama. Bellusdeo has up until now mostly followed Kaylin to her job, to her volunteer work, and into mortal danger. But The events of the previous book left one of the fiefs without a captain, and Bellusdeo decides to try and claim it. The only problem is that the Barani cohort also want control of the tower, to use as a base and safehouse. Kaylin is re-assigned to escort Bellusdeo around the fiefs while she tries to take the Tower of Candallar. The only problem is that halfway thought the book, and all that has happened is that Kaylin has run errands and attended several meetings where some new characters talk to each other. I found this quite boring. It wasn’t the most engaging start, and the only reason I slogged through is because I am a long-time fan. The best part of the book was the relationship building that got to happen. Bellusdeo has to have baby dragons at some point—we all know this. And close readers, or readers who can do math, should have realized by now that pretty much the only option for Bellusdeo is Emmerian, who also happens to be one of the few dragons Bellusdeo can tolerate. So while this hasn’t exactly been a secret to the reader, this is the first time Emmerian finds out that he is “in the running” per se. Kaylin has to work her way through dragon relationship issues as well as disagreements among the cohort. I feel a real opportunity was missed here to show some character growth. Normally I enjoy the slow-build in this series, because it really give times and reasons for characters to change. There was an opportunity for Kaylin to learn from the relationship between the dragonas and between the cohort and apply it to her own life **cough cough Severn**. But that doesn’t happen here. I have hope that maybe it will in the next book. But for now, the only thing that really happens in this one is that Kaylin looses a roommate. Overall, not my favorite. 3 stars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Krysta

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The word that most comes to mind is trudge - this story trudges along for the most part. There is so much being talked at. So little progression of overarching plot. And ultimately so much frustration with the author and disappointment with the rut this series has fallen into.

  12. 4 out of 5

    BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme

    Kaylin is back and she takes on yet another death defying mission. Into the heart of Ravellon, she finds something completely unexpected. This latest book in the series is yet another epic quest with danger and heartbreak. Just how much has been lost with the battle with the Shadow? What is it that causes Shadow? I'm still in the dark about it (no pun intended). To read the rest of my review, click on the image below to see it on my website. Kaylin is back and she takes on yet another death defying mission. Into the heart of Ravellon, she finds something completely unexpected. This latest book in the series is yet another epic quest with danger and heartbreak. Just how much has been lost with the battle with the Shadow? What is it that causes Shadow? I'm still in the dark about it (no pun intended). To read the rest of my review, click on the image below to see it on my website.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Louisa

    This book was so fantastic, I loved the watching the two ladies both wanting the now unmanned tower! Such a great read and I can't wait for the next one! This book was so fantastic, I loved the watching the two ladies both wanting the now unmanned tower! Such a great read and I can't wait for the next one!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jafumbwa

    I tried very hard not to include any spoilers. *This review is in two parts. A short review of this book in particular followed by a reflection on the series as a whole up to the this point. This addition to the Chronicles of Elantra was exciting. Kaylin’s friends are concerned about what to do with the Tower that’s now up for grabs since it’s former Captain is gone (see Cast in Wisdom). As a result of it being located right on the border of Ravellon, it is strategically important and whoever ho I tried very hard not to include any spoilers. *This review is in two parts. A short review of this book in particular followed by a reflection on the series as a whole up to the this point. This addition to the Chronicles of Elantra was exciting. Kaylin’s friends are concerned about what to do with the Tower that’s now up for grabs since it’s former Captain is gone (see Cast in Wisdom). As a result of it being located right on the border of Ravellon, it is strategically important and whoever holds it will be the first line of defense against the Shadow. However, it’s Avatar isn’t like others that Kaylin has interacted with. It appears to have a moral ambiguity that is suspicious. Kaylin and her friends are more interesting. There are new species and Tower Captains to learn about and understand. Kaylin has built a diverse family and home for herself, most of whom are housed in her sentient building, Helen. While not all of them consider her family, that’s pretty much what they are. And just as they’re diverse in species, so are their goals. [I swear, as much as elder races think of themselves as stoic, they really do seem more reactive to base emotions such as anger, fear, embarrassment]. Anyway, they want different things and though Kaylin wants to help them, there isn’t much she can do. Life and relationships are full of change and everyone will have to decide what they can live with and what they can’t live without. In short, since more artifacts have been recovered, the storyline, which has always been full of action, is progressing in plot and character development. I can’t wait for the next book. *The series: I’ve been following the life of Kaylin Neya for nearly 20 years now. While those stories have always been exciting and interesting, Kaylin herself has often been frustrating. The issue I had was always based her lack of maturity. The series began when she was barely an adult, and very little time takes place between the stories. So, while I grew older, Kaylin barely aged. She’s young. Inexperienced in what a stable life might be, but fluent in surviving. As a character, she is impulsive; not always observant—unless it’s something that looks like it’ll cause death; and for a long time unapologetic about her lack of understanding. Due to this, there was a point a few years back when I contemplated quitting the series. It felt like dealing with an unrepentant teen who refused to learn from her errors. But I took a moment to reflect on the entire cast of characters and the events that were taking place. I realized: 1. There is a great deal of trauma that Kaylin experienced growing up and since becoming Chosen. 2. Though she is often surrounded by others with literally centuries of experience they often provide dubious guidance and ambiguous instruction. *I mean what use are etiquette lessons when she needs to know what being Chosen means? 3. Each time there is trouble, these same people often ask her “what did you do?” Only later to demand that she “do the thing!” that they haven’t helped her learn. Annnnd…that’s often the nature of growing up. People who know better too often just assume that the young are paying attention enough to just “get it” without instruction. And young people learn that sometimes something as trivial as etiquette could actually come in handy. So it’s with a great deal of satisfaction that I continue to experience her learning and growing and trusting more, both herself and her friends. And isn’t that the point of a great story? To reflect the depth and complexity of life even under nearly implausible conditions?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    Things are changing for Kaylin and her housemates. Now that Candallar has died his tower is in need of a new captain. Two of Kaylin's housemates want the tower for themselves. Bellusdeo, the only female dragon, wants the tower to continue her war against Shadow since she feels that she failed in her previous battles. She hasn't been happy in Elantra where she feels she has no real purpose beyond being the mother of her race. Sedarias, the leader of the Barrani cohort, wants the tower to provide Things are changing for Kaylin and her housemates. Now that Candallar has died his tower is in need of a new captain. Two of Kaylin's housemates want the tower for themselves. Bellusdeo, the only female dragon, wants the tower to continue her war against Shadow since she feels that she failed in her previous battles. She hasn't been happy in Elantra where she feels she has no real purpose beyond being the mother of her race. Sedarias, the leader of the Barrani cohort, wants the tower to provide a place of safety for the cohort. She is having difficulties with the cohort who are starting to develop their own interests including Serralyn and Valliant who have become students at the Academia. Sedarias feels that she can't protect the cohort anymore if they are all going off in new directions. Her very dysfunctional childhood is coloring all her relationships. Meanwhile, the tower itself has an ancient dragon at its heart and doesn't seem to be in a hurry to pick a new captain. But threats are growing and the outcaste dragon in Ravellon is eager to take advantage of the confusion to snatch Bellusdeo for his own and spread Shadow in Elantra. This was a great story. I enjoyed all the information about the towers. I also enjoyed meeting a new race of beings even though their physical appearance of being very large spiders gave Kaylin the creeps. I also enjoyed the discussions of guilt and grief and was glad to see that Kaylin is learning to move past her guilt. Fans of the series will enjoy this episode and be eager for more.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Book 16 in the series. My rating: 2 of 5 stars, disappointing. I was so excited when I saw this book was coming out on my birthday, so I pre-ordered it as a birthday present. I grabbed happily my Kindle first thing in the morning on my birthday and started to read with breakfast. It sadly didn't live up to my excitement. It moved soooo slowly. The first two thirds or so was nothing but talk about shadow, towers and Bellusdeo's past and current unhappiness. And most of that was without Bellusdeo pre Book 16 in the series. My rating: 2 of 5 stars, disappointing. I was so excited when I saw this book was coming out on my birthday, so I pre-ordered it as a birthday present. I grabbed happily my Kindle first thing in the morning on my birthday and started to read with breakfast. It sadly didn't live up to my excitement. It moved soooo slowly. The first two thirds or so was nothing but talk about shadow, towers and Bellusdeo's past and current unhappiness. And most of that was without Bellusdeo present. Severn was there for most of it, but only as a token "partner" and Nightshade just offers his thoughts. The rest of Kaylin's found family barely made an appearance, except for the squabbling Cohort, most of whom I couldn't care less about, because either they're unpleasant or just not really there. I do love the offbeat friendship between Bellsudeo and Mandoran, but I'd really like to go back to the main story with less of the Cohort. And I really need to see Kaylin grow a little. Sixteen books in and she's still mostly ignorant about what being Chosen is and what she can do. I understand that time frame-wise, a lot has happened in a very short period, but Kaylin seems to be learning nothing from what has happened to her and her friends. And there's maybe a bit too much reliance on Hope now? The scene where he tells her there's a problem she could solve, so he'll do it for her annoyed the hell out of me. If she can do it, she should do it, how will she learn otherwise?! I will keep reading the series, because I am absolutely invested in it after sixteen books, but the next one will come from the library.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tchula Ripton

    Another great installment of Michelle Sagara's Cast series. This is entry #15, and is not a good place for new readers to jump into the series. Indeed, much of the evolving mystery involves characters recently met in #14, Cast in Wisdom. A re-read of that novel might be a good idea before diving into this one. Kaylin, Bellusdeo, Emmerian, and the Barrani cohort all figure prominently, along with new characters, and a new race, the Wevaran, one of whom we met for the first time in the previous vol Another great installment of Michelle Sagara's Cast series. This is entry #15, and is not a good place for new readers to jump into the series. Indeed, much of the evolving mystery involves characters recently met in #14, Cast in Wisdom. A re-read of that novel might be a good idea before diving into this one. Kaylin, Bellusdeo, Emmerian, and the Barrani cohort all figure prominently, along with new characters, and a new race, the Wevaran, one of whom we met for the first time in the previous volume. The fief Towers, particularly un-captained Candellar, are the primary focus of the plot, and we learn more about how they relate to each other, the Academia, Elantra, and Ravellon. A must-read for those enamored of this series!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Watkins USA

    Good Another interesting adventure in this world. Some characters make progress and find their path. I do wish Katlyn would make some in her own relationship.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    Okay The book itself was fine, but delved a lot into everyone else but not Kaylin. While she’s busy fixing everyone else’s situation/ relationships, the push and pull between her, Severn, and Nightshade has been completely shelved. It feels like think keep happening to her without any true character growth from her.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Michelle Sagara consistently delivers a well developed, intricate world with fascinating characters. Cast in Conflict joins her long list of home runs.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    This latest book was a wild ride and I loved every single minute of it. It will be torture waiting for the next one.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Roxy Fox

    I both hugely loved and am a bit sad about how the book ended. My excitement about a certain event (view spoiler)[Kaylin finally goes to Ravellon even if only briefly! (hide spoiler)] Mixed with learning even more though still in my opinion not enough about the spider creatures (given a name in the book) and the shadows themselves were amazing! The sadness is because well the book ended (I want more!!) and I didn’t like what happened to a certain character I hold dear (this wasn’t anything bad I I both hugely loved and am a bit sad about how the book ended. My excitement about a certain event (view spoiler)[Kaylin finally goes to Ravellon even if only briefly! (hide spoiler)] Mixed with learning even more though still in my opinion not enough about the spider creatures (given a name in the book) and the shadows themselves were amazing! The sadness is because well the book ended (I want more!!) and I didn’t like what happened to a certain character I hold dear (this wasn’t anything bad I just had a different set of possibilities I wanted to keep available for the character) (view spoiler)[ I think Bellusdeo was limited by becoming the tower’s lord, I still wish she could have become Ravellon’s lord if she was destined to become a locations lord. It has a new tower after all. And in my dreams of how this world and story progress I thought that after Ravellon is saved or is defeated then so many other worlds are available to be explored or ruled and now Bellusdeo is stuck in a small spot forever. If she was Ravellon’s lord then she would be part of a diversity of worlds. (hide spoiler)] . Oh there was some romance which I actually approved of (as in I liked who was picked) in the dragon quarter, so for those who think these books are romances (a horrible genre to associate with this amazing series in my opinion) there is that. I personally love these books cause the romance is simply a part of the natural story and in small enough quantities that we have time to really develop all the interesting parts of the story. On the other hand, it wasn’t nearly as subtle in this book which was interesting to observe. And yet still written in a way so different than many of the other books I’ve read. I like this book better than the last (that being said the last book was key for many of the events in this and I’m sure future books), though my favorites are still in the earlier books, I loved this new installment and am looking forward to listening to it again. I love this series and now will have to return to the tortuous wait for the next story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laurla2

    -5 stars. love this series. i like that kaylin doesn't always just know what to do, or know what she's doing even as she's doing it. a book can can get old fast when easy magic is the short answer for every problem in books. there's always more than 'easy magic' required in michelle sagara's worlds. -the author does however have problems with alliteration in names. serralyn, sedarias, sanabalis, karriamis, kariannos, kaylin, killian. "i hate titles. why do we need to have fifteen different ways of -5 stars. love this series. i like that kaylin doesn't always just know what to do, or know what she's doing even as she's doing it. a book can can get old fast when easy magic is the short answer for every problem in books. there's always more than 'easy magic' required in michelle sagara's worlds. -the author does however have problems with alliteration in names. serralyn, sedarias, sanabalis, karriamis, kariannos, kaylin, killian. "i hate titles. why do we need to have fifteen different ways of calling a person?" [this made me laugh because in other books this author has written there are royal titles and military titles and names, all three given to the same character, and she refers to them by all the various titles at different points! which i find confusing as well.] "hungry students are artificially stupid students." "her reactions were her reactions, yes. the were visceral and instinctive. but her behavior was a choice." "have i made the mistake of somehow inviting your opinion?" [i need to remember this line!] "this is not a good idea." "no, but most of the best ones aren't." "it is much harder for some to have faith in themselves than it is to have faith in others." "she rolled her eyes hard enough she should have sprained them." "how we deal with failure, how we deal with what it means about ourselves and our own capabilities, says more about us than almost anything else could." "it is easy for either of us -for all of us- to believe that it was not her fault. what we think doesn't matter, it is what she feels that does. this is hers to untangle."

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alexandria Woods

    Worth the Wait *****Spoilers***** Another adventure of Kaylin Neya and good like the others. This one seemed too short though a lot happens. Bellusdeo takes the former tower of Candallar and saves Lord Emmerian from shadow infection. Turns out, he's who she's been considering to be the father of her dragon eggs. Much pressure on her to save the dragon race and though she's not moving about it quickly, she is thinking of it. Emmerian seems to have some affection for Bellusdeo. Kaylin uses her marks Worth the Wait *****Spoilers***** Another adventure of Kaylin Neya and good like the others. This one seemed too short though a lot happens. Bellusdeo takes the former tower of Candallar and saves Lord Emmerian from shadow infection. Turns out, he's who she's been considering to be the father of her dragon eggs. Much pressure on her to save the dragon race and though she's not moving about it quickly, she is thinking of it. Emmerian seems to have some affection for Bellusdeo. Kaylin uses her marks and gets her and Mandoran out of Ravellon after transporting them there from the former fief of Candellar in the midst of a battle with the outcaste dragon. Surprisingly, the Emperor and other dragons did not show up. Teela and Nightshade make a brief appearance but we don't get enough interaction with them outside of relayed messages and mindspeak which I find frustrating, especially on behalf of Nightshade. I've liked him though Kaylin has been on the fence the whole series and can't get off of it. Severn we didn't get the action when he wielded his blades either. Although most is the same, a difference in this one is Kaylin's attitude which struck me as odd. She's a lot of attitude and low on respect which she's always been liable to lose her temper and say certain things but I couldn't understand why she antagonized the tower as much as she did, especially in it's territory. Made zero sense since that tower without a captain could've chosen to kill her. I admit to some frustration that this book really didn't move the needle on the story that much and with how infrequently they're published, the wait for next is going to be an annoyance.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bobbie Kirkland

    The publisher asked me for my honest opinion of CAST IN CONFLICT (Book 16 of the Chronicles of Elantra fantasy series) by Michelle Sagara. After the events of the last book, one of the fief towers stands empty. The Arkon is no longer the Arkon and is now the Chancellor of the Academy. Lord Sanabalis is now the Arkon. Kaylin’s resident cadre of Barani are all now Lords of their court. Lord Bellusdeo is avoiding Kaylin and disappearing into the fiefs where the Dragon Court’s spies cannot follow. T The publisher asked me for my honest opinion of CAST IN CONFLICT (Book 16 of the Chronicles of Elantra fantasy series) by Michelle Sagara. After the events of the last book, one of the fief towers stands empty. The Arkon is no longer the Arkon and is now the Chancellor of the Academy. Lord Sanabalis is now the Arkon. Kaylin’s resident cadre of Barani are all now Lords of their court. Lord Bellusdeo is avoiding Kaylin and disappearing into the fiefs where the Dragon Court’s spies cannot follow. The Dragon Court, concerned for Bellusdeo, second Kaylin and Severn to follow Bellusdeo where the Dragon Court’s spies cannot. This book takes Kaylin and her friends back to the Academy, into the fiefs, and again to an empty tower. Kaylin will learn more about the nature of the towers and shadow. Will the tower find an acceptable captain before it falls to a shadow incursion? This time, Kaylin’s role of counselor to the troubled will make more of a difference to the outcome than all of her magic. I enjoy this series; overall, it’s one of my favorites. I’m not in the best frame of mind right now, so I’m not sure whether it was Kaylin’s relative passivity and tag-along role in this book that caused a lessening of interest or if it was my personal distraction. So, I recommend this book to fans of the series. It advances the story to where it needs to go for the next tale. Newcomers, start with the first book, CAST IN SHADOW. #CastinConflict #NetGalley

  26. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    In the last book, the Tower of Candallar lost its captain (master). Both the gold dragon Bellusdeo and the Barrani Sedaris (and the Cohort) want this open position. Bellusdeo because she has been a loose ends ever since her world was destroyed and she came as a refugee to Elantra. In her world, she had been the ruler. In Elantra, there is only one Emperor. Two heads, one crown. Plus, as the only female dragon on the planet (unfortunately all of the Elantran female dragons had died in the wars), t In the last book, the Tower of Candallar lost its captain (master). Both the gold dragon Bellusdeo and the Barrani Sedaris (and the Cohort) want this open position. Bellusdeo because she has been a loose ends ever since her world was destroyed and she came as a refugee to Elantra. In her world, she had been the ruler. In Elantra, there is only one Emperor. Two heads, one crown. Plus, as the only female dragon on the planet (unfortunately all of the Elantran female dragons had died in the wars), the future of the dragon race is in her hands (and has been since she first arrived in Elantra). Sedaris wants it so that the Cohort can leave its current shared home (the sentient building Helen) and have a base of operations all their own. Of course, nothing is simple. The Tower has its own opinion in all this, as to whether it will accept a new captain and which candidate the Tower might favor. I am a diehard fan of series books. This is Chronicles of Elantra Book 16. I found the read richly rewarding and highly satisfying! Highly recommended for fantasy series fans, Chronicle of Elantra fans, and fans of character-driven action of which there is more than plenty in this book!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    I always look forward to reading this series even though it tends to leave me feeling somewhat chagrined because I can’t remember all the nuances from the former (15!) books. Ditto with some of the characters from the past. Someone named Gilbert is mentioned a few times and I can’t remember who he is for the life of me other than he and Spike both originated in Ravellon. I did enjoy learning more about the Weveran and the former Arkon’s new position as chancellor of the Academia. Bellusdeo is fi I always look forward to reading this series even though it tends to leave me feeling somewhat chagrined because I can’t remember all the nuances from the former (15!) books. Ditto with some of the characters from the past. Someone named Gilbert is mentioned a few times and I can’t remember who he is for the life of me other than he and Spike both originated in Ravellon. I did enjoy learning more about the Weveran and the former Arkon’s new position as chancellor of the Academia. Bellusdeo is figured prominently as are several of the cohort members, primarily Terrano, Mandoran and Sedarias. It’s unusual that Nightshade would participate in a rescue mission occurring in a fief not his own. He and Teela have two of the three swords. Who has the third? Still waiting for Kaylin to develop a romantic interest in somebody. Figuring out how the marks of the Chosen work would be a bonus as would Hope’s purpose.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ellisa

    Still a very strong series! Usually, by the time an author gets to this many books in a series, they start to decline. Not the Chronicles of Elantra. This book is just as strong in story, character development and emotion as the first book in the series. I don't care how long it takes Michelle Sagara to write each book if this is the quality she releases. Thank you for keeping this story unpredictable and strong. All of the characters are "friends" of mine and after all these years I'm heavily in Still a very strong series! Usually, by the time an author gets to this many books in a series, they start to decline. Not the Chronicles of Elantra. This book is just as strong in story, character development and emotion as the first book in the series. I don't care how long it takes Michelle Sagara to write each book if this is the quality she releases. Thank you for keeping this story unpredictable and strong. All of the characters are "friends" of mine and after all these years I'm heavily invested in their continuing stories. Sorrowfully, I can see the end in sight. We have come over the pinnacle and are about to get to the major showdown. This is perfectly in line of the story, and I can't wait to keep reading as it unfolds. Thank you again!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anne Szlachcic

    This book us the latest book in this fascinating series by the Author , reading the previous books in the series is a must to fully understand the characters and the world building . I have always given the books in this series 5* but for the first time I cannot . The world building and the characters are superb, the storylines complex - but in this latest book perhaps too complex . A fief tower is in need of a new tenant - there are two contenders - a Barrani and a Gold Dragon , will they surviv This book us the latest book in this fascinating series by the Author , reading the previous books in the series is a must to fully understand the characters and the world building . I have always given the books in this series 5* but for the first time I cannot . The world building and the characters are superb, the storylines complex - but in this latest book perhaps too complex . A fief tower is in need of a new tenant - there are two contenders - a Barrani and a Gold Dragon , will they survive the tests put before them ? When the shadows of Ravellon and the Outcast dragon rise - will Kaylen survive ? Whoever wins the tower will leave an empty space in Kaylen’s home .

  30. 4 out of 5

    N J Verner

    This series just gets better I devoured this book as quickly as I can with work and 2 small children! A great addition to the series. My only criticism, you cannot read this book without having read the others. The whole series builds on the books before. It’s great when you can read al of them. My own personal demand - I want more Marcus! 😜 Great to get more insight into the Dragons, the fiefs and the towers. Can’t believe book 16 is still as good as ever. In fact better than some of the other b This series just gets better I devoured this book as quickly as I can with work and 2 small children! A great addition to the series. My only criticism, you cannot read this book without having read the others. The whole series builds on the books before. It’s great when you can read al of them. My own personal demand - I want more Marcus! 😜 Great to get more insight into the Dragons, the fiefs and the towers. Can’t believe book 16 is still as good as ever. In fact better than some of the other books. One of my favourite series and one of only 3 that I buy as soon as the new one is released.

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