Of Michelle Sagara that is…
Short Stories by
Mercedes Lackey, Michelle Sagara and Cameron Haley
A Tangled Web by Mercedes Lackey
Kidnapping Persephone should have been an easy task. But in the Five Hundred Kingdoms, nothings ever simple—and the wrong blonde goddess is stolen by mistake, leaving Prince Leopold without his new bride. At least until he braves the realm of the dead to get her back….
Cast in Moonlight by Michelle Sagara
Barely a teenager, Kaylin Neya is a thief, a fugitive and an attempted assassin. She also has a smart mouth, sharp wits and mysterious markings on her skin. All of which make her perfect bait for a child prostitution sting in the city of Elantra—if she survives her first meeting with the Hawks!
Retribution by Cameron Haley
In the underworld, there are tricks to killing. Like executing rivals at crossroads so ghosts won’t follow you home. But sometimes retribution is hard to avoid—and now a supernatural hit man has a contract on Domino Riley’s life. Luckily she knows a thing or two about death….
Okay, normally you present me with a short story and I’ll just smile politely and put it aside.
I don’t get short stories. I don’t know how to write them and I don’t want to read them – but if it’s a short story by an author I love… well. I love short stories!
The author whose work I adore here? Michelle Sagara of course!
It took me a while to pick up her first Cast book – Cast in Shadow. I had had a bad experience with two other Luna authors and when I’d her that Michelle (aka Michelle West) had written for them also I was very upset. But I needn’t have worried. The Elantra Chronicles (the Cast books) are brilliant. Go and buy them!
This story here is Kaylin’s introduction to the Hawks – an arm of Law Enforcement in the city of Elantra – and there introduction to her, as a thirteen year old girl from the slums of the city.
It held all of the magic that Michelle manages to poor into the full length novels, but while those books are written very tightly from Kaylin’s POV, in cast in Moonlight we are allowed to view things from the eyes of some of the other characters – all of whom appear in the full length novels – making it a very special treat.
It is a very different Kaylin who first meets the Hawks – and here Michelle demonstrates just how brilliant a writer she is for while the younger Kaylin is different you can still see in her the young woman she becomes. Cast in Moonlight is a perfect introduction to Elantra (and Kaylin) if you haven’t read any of Michelle’s work before (and if you haven’t – *gasp* – get thee to a good bookstore and buy them now! Now!) and if you have (yay you!) then it offers a very cool and entertaining episode that is well worth the read.
AND – you get to introduce yourself to Cameron Haley – who’s debut came out about a month ago, and I will be having a look at that.