CAST IN FLAME
The concept of home plays a big role in Sagara’s newest Chronicles of Elantra installment. Being a fish out of water is the other theme explored, since a number of new secondary characters are from out of time. Sagara brilliantly weaves these threads together, developing emotional resonance that intermingles with the unfolding danger.
Since her apartment was destroyed by a magical bomb before she left for the West March, Kaylin Neya is currently stuck living in the Imperial Palace where dragon “conversations” are literally deafening. Since the world’s only female dragon, Bellusdeo, will be Kaylin’s roommate, the emperor has a stake in their new abode. But house-hunting has to take a back seat when Kaylin gets an urgent summons to the fief of Nightshade, as a small family disagreement between Lord Nightshade and his newly recovered younger brother has become a much larger problem. (MIRA, Aug., 496 pp., $14.95)