KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE, AND YOUR ENEMIES CLOSER
A Dragon and ten Barrani wouldn’t be anyone’s ideal roommates if a person wants peace and tranquility at home. The residue of three Draco-Barrani wars can make things pretty awkward—on a good day. Kaylin Neya has run out of good days.
In the upheaval surrounding the Academia, the Tower in the fief of Candallar is now without its lord. The Towers were created to protect Elantra against Shadow. Dragon Bellusdeo wants to captain the Tower and continue a war she’ll never be able to abandon. But Sedarias, leader of the Barrani cohort, wants the Tower for the cohort. And Barrani and Dragons don’t negotiate, even when they’re living under the same roof.
If there were ever a time for Shadow to strike, it’s now, when alliances are fractured and the Tower is vulnerable for the first time in centuries. More than ever, Kaylin needs her friends to work together if they’re going to be able to stop the threat to Elantra.
A sentient tower that recently lost its captain must choose a replacement, pitting friends against each other in Sagara's weighty 16th Chronicles of Elantra fantasy (after Cast in Wisdom). An ancient Academia, a kind of sentient, all-ages university, has recently been discovered, and the captain of Candallar Tower's attempt to capture it got him killed. As a result, Corporal Kaylin Neya is caught in the middle of a storm brewing within her cohort of Barrani soldiers, who are all mentally connected to each other. Two members plan on leaving to attend the Academia, while leader Sedarias vies to be the next captain of the tower, hoping to give the cohort a safe place to settle permanently. But Bellusdeo, the last female dragon, also wants the tower, as it will allow her both to continue fighting for her species and safely have her clutch. It's ultimately the tower's choice who will be captain, and it has a series of high-stakes tests in store for the characters. Sagara devotes much of the page count to exposition and explication of character dynamics, delivering far less action than in previous installments. It's slow going, but series fans will be glad to return to this detailed world and dive deeper into the characters' relationships.
Best book series ever
This is one of the best fantasy series ever. I get to the end and then go back and start reading from the beginning again. Every time there is something new to uncover in this story. Thanks Michelle. I can’t wait to see what happens next in Kaylin’s world.
Another excellent chapter to a fascinating story.
There is unrest in Kaylin’s household as two of the cohort leave to join the Academia and two other residents plot and dream about occupying a recently vacated tower in the fiefs and vying with each other to succeed. The trouble is success is not dependent on each other’s skills but on acceptance by the tower itself. The tower is like Kaylin’s home, it is a sentient building, one built to contain the Shadow, the contamination that exists in Ravelon, at the core of Elantra. The conflict with the tower and the presence of Bellusdea the gold dragon, in the fiefs awakens the outcaste dragon living in Ravelon and the war escalates again.