Review: Cast in Eternity by Michelle Sagara

Series: Chronicles of Elantra #17
Author: Michelle Sagara
Publisher: MIRA
Released: November 29, 2022
Received: Own

4 1/2 kitties

Book Summary:

There are many tasks that Corporal Kaylin Neya hates about being a Hawk. Most of those tasks involve paperwork – or running the front desk. Yet when her partner is busy, those are the tasks she’s forced to handle.

Kaylin’s tendency for finding trouble shines through once again, turning desk duty into a potentially lethal new case full of ghosts, absent buildings, and Barrani history. In other words – all sorts of trouble.

My Review:

Holy cow, seventeen books in and still going strong! I’m always looking forward to this series because I know it’ll deliver complex magical stories (often with a side of inter-species politics). Also, I adore the trouble Kaylin gets herself into.

As with the rest of this series, Kaylin’s latest adventure is shockingly complex – especially when we consider the fact that it occurs over the time span of a mere week. Helps you understand how the series has run so long, yeah?

This is probably one of my favorite additions. Well, following Cast in Wisdom. The new characters introduced have a lot of personality and add even more charm to the series. This may come as a shock, given how extensive the cast already is. My only regret is that we’re officially at the point where not every character can have their moment. For example, many pre-existing characters don’t even make an appearance in this novel (sorry in advance if this includes one of your favorites).

Delving into the ghost lore of Elantra is long overdue. It’s not something I realized was missing – until it was right in front of me. I can’t wait to see what adventure is waiting for us on the horizon! Any theories?


  • High fantasy
  • Sentient buildings
  • Dragons
  • Magic words
  • Complex magical situations
  • Part of a long-running series
  • Stream of consciousness POV

Trigger Warnings:

  • Ghost children

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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