You know, I probably could’ve finished Cast in Fury last night, and I do somewhat regret that. On the other hand, I actually got more than eight hours of sleep, which is a wondrous thing. But that has nothing to do with the book.
We’ve explored the Barrani and Tha’alani cultures, and now Cast in Fury brings us to a third species – Leontine. Kaylin isn’t simply our main character for the series, she’s also the lens through which we experience these different cultures. Yes, that is the definition of how a third person limited perspective works, but I think Sagara goes deeper than that. When we learn about the different racial groups, we are learning about them through Kaylin’s relationship (or lack thereof) with them. In this book, that would be the Pridlea, the family group.
Leontines have a pack mentality, and you could say that the males are harem keepers. A Pridlea is made up of a male, his wives, and their immature children. There are exceptions to every rule and not every Leontine belongs to a Pridlea, but most do. And all Pridlea have the same basic structure and won’t have more than one male. Pretty simple.
In case you had wondered, these books are still all strung together. The climax of Cast in Secret was not really a secret on some levels – the entire city could see what was going on, even if they didn’t understand what they saw. Which is why before we delve into the Leontines, Cast in Fury opens with Kaylin and Severn being assigned to assist the Imperial Playwright. Richard Rennick has been instructed to write a play that will explain what the Tha’alani did (and didn’t do) to the rest of the city so that the riot police no longer have to guard their Quarter. This plot continues through the background of the book even as Kaylin gets increasingly distracted.
Of course, Kaylin can be very focused on the interests she chooses, as opposed to the duties she’s been assigned, so this is nothing new. And, as is relatively common for any situation she touches, things soon spiral out of control and what should have taken weeks or months ends up compressed into days, a theme that will repeat throughout the series.