Frequently Asked Questions

How many books will the Cast series be?

I think of the Cast series as a quasi-mystery series. There are many stories in Elantra I want to write, and while I have stories, I intend to keep writing them. I do have a definite ending in mind, but it’s discrete: when I have no more stories to tell, I will write it (I think the end arc will be two or three books).

I am not really good at writing novels that stand entirely alone. I’ve tried, with the Cast novels, to have continuing elements but closing story-arcs.

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How many books will the House War series be?

Six in total; the three that take place in Jewel’s early years, and three that occur later.

Update: (Seven. Seven in total.)

Will that be the end of the Essalieyan universe?

No. There is one final arc, which I think of at the moment as The End of Days arc. I am generally not good with titles, so my internal titles often change. I do not know how many books it will be, because by the end of House War things may look somewhat different. In the way of writing (for me) things changed and opened up in Skirmish in ways that both made complete sense, but that I hadn’t intellectually mapped out, and those changes have had an avalanche affect on all future events in the world.

Will the Sun Sword books be released as ebooks?

They are now all available, through DAW, as ebooks. They should be available in all jurisdictions, as DAW held world rights for those.

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Will you join Goodreads?

The short answer is no.

The longer answer was a blog post, which I’ll link here instead of cutting and pasting it in its entirety.

27 Responses to Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Liz says:

    Hi
    My name is Liz, and I am currently reading Skirmish from the House Of War Series. I was wondering if you could make a more noticeable notation on the House of War Series web-Page about The Sun Sword Series ,involving Jewel, happening before the fourth book. Also if you could make a note on the Sun Sword Series Page to the reverse effect that would also be wonderful. I am a person who tries to read from the beginning of a timeline of a series to the end so having those notes would really help to make sure I kept the series time lines straight. I love your books and I really appreciate all the hard work that you put into your books.
    Thank you for your time.
    Liz

  2. Ralph Walker says:

    Liz,
    We, over at the MichelleWest­Ya­hooGroup, have had this discussion about reading in time line or not many times. Here is the answer I would recommend:
    If you have all of the books, I’d probably do it one of two ways:
    #1: Hunter duology, Hidden City, City of Night, House Name, Sun Sword
    series, then Skirmish, or…
    #2: Hidden City, City of Night, House Name, Hunter duology, Sun Sword
    series, and Skirmish.

    These make the most sense in terms of the timeline, IMO.
    But, however, you read Michelle’s work , you will enjoy them!

    Ralph

  3. michelle says:

    I’m sorry I didn’t answer this one sooner – it’s a page, so technically there aren’t comments on it, but I forgot >.>. I didn’t see your post until tonight, when I was looking at the FAQ and thinking about what else needed to be added.

    I did, on the other hand, make notes on the series pages of both series, so thank you :)

  4. Charley Hansen says:

    Hi, Michelle,

    I stumbled onto the Cast series and loved it. I have them (and have read them) all. Thanks for many hours of pleasure!

    The local used bookstore proprietor told me about the Sun Sword series, so I bought the first & third one, because that’s all he had. I’ve read The Broken Crown (and enjoyed it) so went to the library to find Book 2.

    But – the public library here in Greeley, Colorado, has only The Hidden City, so I picked that up, and am in the midst of reading it — and now I am totally confused.

    Because it’s easy for me to lose track of what is happening in a book (never mind in a series!!!), I would find it most helpful to know in which order I should read the books of your Sun Sword world. Ought I to start with the Hunter books? Or keep reading in the House Wars series? (I just ordered books 2,3, & 4 from Amazon).

    Please help me out here.

    Thanks so much!

    Charley Hansen (age 70)
    Greeley, CO (in the process of moving to Arizona)

  5. Tara says:

    I found the Chronicles of Elantra (aka Cast) series, and have read everything in 2 weeks… so looking forward to the next book. Great books! I stopped watching TV and got allot less sleep while reading, it just wasn’t important enough to compete with them. Very glad the character is evolving and the relationships changing and developing, it makes it so much more interesting.
    So, my standard advice to my favorite authors… Write Faster! And Thanks!

  6. CHRISTINE RABATEL says:

    Please, do you know when the end of Cast sery will be avaible in french ? I have the fourth ones but i can’t find the others ?
    thanks you

  7. Genese says:

    Hi!

    Will the Sundered series be revisited?

    I’m interested in whether Stefanos/Sara-Erin had children.
    What happened to Sargoth and the other Dark Servants.
    What exactly happens/happened to any Light/Dark servant when they’re defeated.
    Does everyone, good or bad, get to cross the Bridge.

    Also, love, love, love the Cast series.

    Thanx.

  8. shannon says:

    I LOVE YOUR CAST BOOKS BUT I LIKE TO LISTEN TO THEM I DON’T HAVE A LOT OF TIME TO READ.ARE ALL YOUR BOOKS COMING OUT ON AUBIDLE
    SOON ?

  9. sharon says:

    Michelle,
    I loved Cast in Peril! Stayed up all last night reading it. Looking forward to the next book!
    Sharon

  10. el edwards says:

    Cast in Shadows was published 7 years ago. It is a complex and detailed world. I have read all the books and will continue doing so ( am half way thru Cast in Peril). However there are times, as a read a new book that my memory can not keep up. Have you ever thought of adding a section to your WEB page that would include some some of the details, a map, or other information that would help jog my memory as i start a new book.

  11. Jess says:

    I’m reading my way through the Chronicles of Elantra and was wondering if there will ever be a map of the city in a book or on your website? I have a bit of one in my head but with each book, it changes and I would really like to see how the city works.

  12. Rae says:

    Hi Ms. Sagara,

    I’ve recently gotten your Cast books, and I truly enjoyed them! I have to admit that Severn became my favourite character almost right from the start, and as I was reading the books, I wonder…we didn’t get to see much of what really happened when Severn was with the Wolves, or even how Severn would interact with other Wolves(the camaraderie or lackthereof) in duty – only that one or two lines or so in one of the books. Hmmmm. Would we get to see the Wolf Lord in the next book? I am so curiousXD It would definitely be interesting to see Kaylin’s reaction to seeing Severn as a Wolf(which I think we would get to see at least partly in ‘Cast in Sorrow’) and how he is in front of the Wolf Lord, taking into account Kaylin’s unconscious possessiveness about the people she care about. Haha.

    Thanks for taking the time to read my comment:)

    Rae

  13. Gene says:

    A friend and I are reading through your Cast series and have just started Cast in Secret. I have no doubt that we will read everything in the series. The characters are rich with a wonderful backstory, distinctive personalities and they draw you into caring what will happen to them. The plots are clever and throw twists in that catch me off-guard (I LOVE that!) And your theme of doing good in a dark world is so very appealing.

    But my question has nothing to do with Kaylin’s adventures. Instead, I noticed your dedication at the very beginning of Cast in Secret. From what you’ve written, I’m convinced that you enjoy a certain MMORPG, which immediately spawned a million questions. The one that caused the bet was which class you like to play, most. I’m certain that my betting luck is no better than Kaylin’s, but we simply must know: Mage, or warlock? Or did we miss it, completely?

  14. hailey says:

    I love the Cast series and have read all of the books many times. I would like to know though if you have a timeline for upcoming book releases in the series.

  15. Angel says:

    Cast in Sorrow just came out which means I generally go back about three books and read from there so I don’t mis-remember anything. Which means I have read the Chronicles of Elantra ALOT. Anyways, my CoE books are all on Kindle, and there is one comment that Kaylin makes in Cast in Ruin that confuses me. Near the end of Chapter 6 (Kindle Loc 1679), Kaylin says “I think there are five dragons in total.” That doesn’t mesh with what I get from re-reading. I count six: Tiamaris, Emmerian, Diarmat, Sanabalis, Arkon, and the Emperor (as known up to this point in CoE timeline).

    I totally hate to be nit-picky, but it just always strikes me as odd when I re-read this passage. Kaylin always says she remembers the important stuff, and to me, Kaylin knowing the number of Dragons would be important in her view of the world.

    I love the Chronicles of Elantra, and while I can’t wait to find out how it all ends, I also kind of dread it; because once it is over? It means no more stories about Kaylin :( I bet that will make me very sad. And even Kaylin could take that bet and win. I just need to make sure there are no stakes involved :)

    Thanks for introducing this world and I hope for more stories to come.

    Angel

  16. Karen Huang says:

    Ms. Sagara —
    Do you have a place where you accept donations to the author? I tend to read books from the library or buy them used, which means that authors don’t receive additional royalties when I read their works. I like to make donations directly to the authors whose work I most enjoy, as a “thank you” and as a “please keep writing!”. I’d rather donate the retail cost of a book directly to the author, so that he/she receives a bigger cut than what an Amazon sale might bring.

    Thanks very much for the many hours of reading pleasure you’ve given me.

  17. Larry Boyd says:

    Having read all the “Cast” series upto and including Sorrow I have 3 questions
    1. does having a name really make Kaylin Immortal, leaving Severn to grow old and die?
    2. Do Nightshade and the Consort ever have kids, and will Kaylin midwife the births?
    3. Can the immortal Kaylin and her familiar clear the corruption from the outcaste dragon and take over the fief of Ravellon?

    additional thoughts would revolve around how good an author you are, and how much I have enjoyed the stories, ( and how much sleep I lost reading them),

  18. HILDA says:

    Michelle, I tried leaving my question in the Forums, but it keeps giving me a security problem message (I think from my computer not yours), and recommending that I leave the Forums. I’m registered there and have left comments. So, I decided to leave my question here and you may still see it. I hope you can see it and answer. I haven’t seen this topic before. You can leave your answer (if there is one) here or in Forums. I can see it and I will check.
    Have you ever considered having movies made of your 2 older series. I really believe they will be so successful. It seems the Cast series. would be an easy one for movies, and people will love them. After the success of The Catching Fire series and the Divergent series first in books, then in converting them to also successful movies, I’m so sure yours will be a much bigger success. I have read the books, and I truthfully believe (and my experience as reader agrees), that Cast and the 2 Jewel series could be an even bigger and better success.
    Have you ever tried giving them to a producer or someone with good connections in the movie filming industry. Maybe a Canadian producer or with connection with the Hollywood industry. I can easily see the Cast in two or three movies long. You may need to find and end to what Kaylin will eventually become. But with and end in mind as to Kaylin, I can see 2 or 3 hit series.
    Jewel story is different. I can and will compare this series with The Lord of The Rings. Your books are that great, some even better in narrative, ideas, characters, development. You can see that in your readers devotion and comments. There is a missing link somewhere that hasn’t let each and everyone of these books to become huge best sellers. Sometimes I close my eyes, and can see lots of sections in these books like a movie. Three or five movies long. Your books are that good. Please consider it; more than that, send your books to producers, people that are involved on these type of movies. Maybe you can find a Canadian who will be willing to enter into partnership with a producer of these series. I would love to see one of your books in movie before I no longer can. Good luck.

  19. TomeCollector says:

    Hello.
    I read Michelle Sagara and Michelle West books (love both!!), and I think of you as one of my all-time favorite authors (whichever name you use). I started out with your books in print but later switched to ebook format to save space in my home.

    I have a long commute to work, and I listen to audiobooks instead of music, when I’m on the road. After I read truly good books, I like to listen to them on audiobook, and I have all the Elantra and House War books in audio format too.

    My question: What about the Sun Sword series and the Hunt Brother duology? Will they ever be offered in audiobook format? Please say yes! I really want to be able to listen to these as well.

    Thank you for your talent and your writing!
    TomeCollector

  20. Jenna says:

    I live in the USA and have two small kids. Due to those, and other hindrances, I know the chances of meeting you are slim to none. I was wondering if there was a way to get a signed copy of a CAST book from you. I would really love one, but have no idea how to go about getting one. Please let me know!

    A Devoted Fan,
    Jenna

  21. TiredMom1964 says:

    I’m a longtime fan but new to posting. I couldn’t resist commenting because I just read that House Wars will now be 7 books instead of 6. Hurray! I got the sense after reading Oracle that you wouldn’t have enough space/time to conclude the story in just one more book, so I’m glad you’ll have the space/time to flesh it out more thoroughly. Thank you very much for providing so many hours of wonderful reading!

  22. Jana says:

    I just finished reading cast in flight and it was really good. However, this was book 12 and there are still a lot of unanswered questions. What happened to the storyline of Kaylin and Nightshade? I feel like he has practically been cut out of the story. Is Kaylin still mortal? After all, Nightshade seems to be the only one who thinks that she isn’t. What exactly happened between her and Barron? I love this series, but I feel like it’s gone off the rails a little bit. I never want the story to end, but when are these questions going to be answered?

  23. Joyce Ronquillo says:

    I searched everywhere I could think of and could not find an answer. How much time has passed in Elantra since the first book. I know how many years it’s been for me but trying to keep track it seems like maybe a year has passed for Kaylin. I try to pay attention since it helps to realize that relationships and events are more compressed than they seem out here in realityland. Does anyone know? Could Ms Sagara comment?

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