"Has the talent to become a star in the fantasy genre"
In the Kingdom of Karaazon, in the capital of Elantra, the
river Abalyne separates the fiefs from the rest of
society. In the fiefs, warlords rule over their own domain
and have their own laws and armies. Surprisingly, the
sentient species on both sides of the river, human, avian,
immortal, etc get along with one another. Now there is a
crisis brewing that has it roots in a series of killings
that happened in the fiefs years ago when children were
killed over a period of three years.
Now the killings have started only this time there are
only three days between killings and the victims, like the
ones three years ago have strange tatoo like makings on
their bodies. Kaylin, who originally came from the fiefs,
also had the mysterious markings on her body before the
killings started. Now she works on the right side of the
law and is determined to find the killer before the
magical ritual is completed and more lives are lost.
CAST IN SHADOW is a magnificent fantasy filled with plenty
of suspense, a terrific who-done-it, and a wonderful
heroine sacrificing her own needs to provide selfless
service to end the killing in the fiefs. Michelle Sagara
provides a fantastic realm in which the audience will
believe that diverse sentient species exist and live and
work in harmony at least until the murders occur leading
to everyone pointing fingers at anyone different. Ms.
Sagara smoothly has combined mystery and fantasy in this
terrific tale. She has the talent to become a star in the
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted July 15, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 25, 2007