POLITICS ARE HELL
Kaylin wasn't sent to the West March to start a war. Her mission to bring back nine Barrani might do just that, though. She traveled with a Dragon, and her presence is perceived as an act of aggression in the extremely hostile world of Barrani-Dragon politics. Internal Barrani politics are no less deadly, and Kaylin has managed--barely--to help the rescued Barrani evade both death and captivity at the hands of the Consort.
Before the unplanned "visit" to the West March, Kaylin invited the Consort to dinner. For obvious reasons, Kaylin wants to cancel dinner--forever. But the Consort is going to show up at the front door at the agreed upon time. The fact that she tried to imprison Kaylin's guests doesn't matter at all...to her.
A private Barrani Hell, built of Shadow and malice, exists beneath the High Halls. It is the High Court's duty to jail the creature at its heart--even if it means that Barrani victims are locked in the cage with it. The Consort is willing to do almost anything to free the trapped and end their eternal torment. And she needs the help of Kaylin's houseguests--and Kaylin herself. Failure won't be death--it's Hell. And that's where Kaylin is going.
Oh, wow, this book was just so great! We learned a lot about Barrani families and the politics within them, which is different from the politics as a race and as individuals. Family politics would fall in between those two.
The first big thing in this book was the dinner. I didn't know what to expect, and yeah, I gobbled up every word! There was a lot of information, things that were important, like a pivotal point in a Draconian/Barrani war, and Spike was pretty important too, and I enjoyed learning about him, and of how different he is, and their difficulties understanding one another.
I absolutely loved having all of the cohort in Elantra. We really got to know the other members besides Annarion and Mandoran, well, and Teela, which was really nice, because they brought different personalities to the table.
Yeah, the shadow at the base of the High Halls, that's been a part of the series since the 2nd book. So yeah, facing off against it was pretty darned big! And Kaylin is her awesome self, muddling through the confusion, and finding different, better choices. So great to read!
Loved this book so much, and I can't wait to see where it leads! So excited for more!
Author: Michelle Sagara
Series: Chronicles of Elantra #14
Read: November 7th, 2018
Reason Why: Love this series and her writing, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Mira Books
Expected Publication: January 29th 2019