Sorry about the lack of posting; busy weekend, lots going on, some of which I expect I will tell you all about fairly soon.
Meanwhile! Here’s a post by Liz Bourke at tor.com: Revisiting Michelle Sagara’s Chronicles of Elantra
This caught my eye because
a) some of you have recommended this series;
b) I like some of Michelle Sagara West’s other work;
c) I fear I could not quite get into the first book of the Elantra series, but I’m willing to try again or even jump ahead and try a book later in the series.
so I’m interested in what Liz has to say about this series. I suppose she must have read the whole thing because why else would she be doing a post like this?
She begins this way:
Those fifteen books … are a satisfying combination of contemporary-feeling secondary world city-based fantasy, and go-big-or-go-home epic. Every single volume has a relatively self-contained arc (at least one major problem, and major frequently means fate-of-the-world, is solved in every one) but the series as a whole has continuing arcs of growth and change for its cast of characters, and especially for its protagonist, Kaylin Neya.
See, that’s the kind of thing that makes me feel like I really ought to give this series another try.
As the series has advanced, Kaylin has acquired a wider circle of friends and allies, and in part, these are what give the books fresh interest and appeal with every new volume. More people bring with them more problems and concerns and their own ways of seeing the world—and Elantra, for all that it’s a single city, is a wide weird world indeed. … The Chronicles of Elantra are enjoyable, entertaining, engaging fantasy novels that always leave me feeling satisfied—and rather reassured, despite occasional horrible things happening, because somehow, it all comes mostly right in the end.
I know some of you like this series — what do you all think of jumping ahead? If you have a favorite book in the series, what is is?