Michelle Sagara

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Michelle Michiko Sagara (born 1963) is a Japanese-Canadian author of fantasy literature, active since the early 1990s. She has published as Michelle Sagara, as Michelle West (using her husband's surname) and as Michelle Sagara West.[1]

She lives in Toronto and is employed part-time at Bakka.



The Sundered[edit]

(as Michelle Sagara/Michelle Sagara West)

A Tolkienesque tale of love, betrayal, and redemption. Previously out of print, this series has been reissued by BenBella Books under the Michelle Sagara West name, and is available in Kindle edition at Amazon.[2]

  1. Into the Dark Lands, 1991
  2. Children of the Blood, 1992
  3. Lady of Mercy, 1993
  4. Chains of Darkness, Chains of Light, 1994

The Sacred Hunt[edit]

(as Michelle West, DAW Books)

The Kingdom of Breodanir is facing a threat unlike any seen for centuries. An orphan boy and his adopted brother struggle against the ties that bind them together (and to their land) as they complete an impossible journey to save the world - at the risk of their own destruction. These are the first books set in the Essalieyan universe to be published.

  1. Hunter's Oath (October 1995)
  2. Hunter's Death (June 1996)

The Sun Sword[edit]

(as Michelle West, DAW Books)

Sixteen years after the events of The Sacred Hunt, the Empire of Essalieyan and the Dominion of Annagar are at war due to machinations of the Kialli. The resulting struggle for power will define the lives of those who would bring an end to the Kialli threat. Events laid out in The Sacred Hunt are referenced, but are not necessary to follow the story.

The House Wars series intersects the Sun Sword series. Michelle Sagara published a synopsis of the Sun Sword series for readers of House Wars to give necessary background. The synopsis is in three parts linked from this page: https://msagarawest.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/skirmish-and-the-story-so-far/ The second and third parts, according to Michelle West, are written as novel text, rather than point-by-point summary.[3]

  1. The Broken Crown (July 1997)
  2. The Uncrowned King (September 1998)
  3. The Shining Court (August 1999)
  4. Sea of Sorrows (May 2001)
  5. The Riven Shield (July 2003)
  6. The Sun Sword (January 2004)

The House War[edit]

(as Michelle West, DAW Books)

Set in the Essalieyan universe, The House War chronicles the story of Jewel and her rise in House Terafin. The first three novels return to the origin of Jewel and the discovery of her den. They also revisit some of the narrative from Hunter's Death, though told from different (and complementary) character perspectives.

  1. The Hidden City: A Novel of the House War, Book 1 (March 2008)
  2. City of Night: A Novel of the House War, Book 2 (February 2010)
  3. House Name: A Novel of the House War, Book 3 (January 2011)

The concluding volumes, beginning with Skirmish, take place after events of The Sun Sword. Because of this timeline juxtaposition, the author recommends reading The Sun Sword series before Skirmish to maintain consistency.[4]

  1. Skirmish: A Novel of the House War, Book 4 (January 2012)
  2. Battle: A Novel of the House War, Book 5 (December 2012)
  3. Oracle: A Novel of the House War, Book 6 (May 2015)
  4. Firstborn: A Novel of the House War, Book 7 (Feb 2019)
  5. War: A Novel of the House War, Book 8 (June 2019)

War is the final novel in the House Wars arc.

The Burning Crown

(as Michelle West, DAW Books)

This is a set of 4 novels sold to DAW and previously called The End of Days arc. The Author expects the Burning Crown series to be roughly the same length as the Sun Sword series, which was 6 novels. This is the last arc of the Essalieyan universe.

  1. (currently untitled) (Due to Publisher July 2020, publication in 2021)[5]

Chronicles of Elantra[edit]

(as Michelle Sagara, Luna Books)

Kaylin is a young woman with a complicated history. Although taking place in a fantastical universe, this series has a strong tone of urban fantasy and a single character perspective. The books tend to be more procedural than the author's other novels, but with an underlying, driving plot.

  1. Cast in Shadow (August 2005)
  2. Cast in Courtlight (July 2006)
  3. Cast in Secret (August 2007)
  4. Cast in Fury (October 2008)
  5. Cast in Silence (August 2009)
  6. Cast in Chaos (August 2010)
  7. Cast in Ruin (October 2011)
  8. Cast in Peril (September 2012)
  9. Cast in Sorrow (October 2013)
  10. Cast in Flame (July 2014)
  11. Cast in Honor (November 2015)
  12. Cast in Flight (October 2016)
  13. Cast in Deception (January 2018)
  14. Cast in Oblivion (January 2019)
  15. Cast in Wisdom (January 2020)
  16. Cast in Conflict (tentative title, Publication date TBD, 2021)[6]

Cast in Moonlight is a novella that describes Kaylin's introduction to the Hawks of Elantra. It may be found in Harvest Moon, a short story collection released by Luna Books in 2010 or downloaded in kindle format from Amazon.[7]

The Chronicles of Elantra have also been made available as audio books.[8]

The Wolves of Elantra[edit]

(as Michelle Sagara, Mira Books)

Multiple races carefully navigate the City of Elantra under the Dragon Emperor’s wing. His Imperial Wolves are executioners, the smallest group to serve in the Halls of Law. The populace calls them assassins.[9]

  1. The Emperor's Wolves (To be released October 13, 2020)[10]

Queen of the Dead[edit]

(as Michelle Sagara, DAW Books)

Emma Hall is a high school student whose first (and only) boyfriend died in the summer in a car accident She spends far too much time in the cemetery at Nathan's grave and begins to see things she's never seen, and to hear things that no one else hears. Distinctly more "contemporary" urban fantasy than her other series.[11]

  1. Silence (May 2012)
  2. Touch (January 2014)
  3. Grave (February 2017) [12]

Short stories[edit]

Other short stories by Michelle Sagara West have appeared in magazines and anthologies under a variety of surnames. These are referenced at her complete bibliography.[13]

The author has decided to release many, if not all, of her short stories as e-books, as her schedule permits.[14] Additionally, the six stories specifically related to the Essalieyan novels are available together in a single-volume, on-demand print format titled Memory of Stone and other stories.

"Sigurne" is a short story created from material that was edited out of ORACLE. Michelle Sagara has made the short story available for free download in PDF format on her website. [15]

Review columns[edit]

Under the name Michelle West, Sagara writes a long running book review column, Musing on Books, for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. As of the end of 2019, she has written 56 columns.[16]


  1. ^ "Wikipedia knows more about me than I do". Livejournal. Michelle Sagara. 2008. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
  2. ^ https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=sagara+sundered
  3. ^ https://msagarawest.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/skirmish-and-the-story-so-far/
  4. ^ "The Sun Sword & Skirmish". Wordpress. Michelle Sagara. 2010. Retrieved 2011-05-21.
  5. ^ "DAW news: The Burning Crown".
  6. ^ https://michellesagara.com/social-distancing-journal-15-short-story-turn-of-the-card/
  7. ^ https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Cast+in+Moonlight
  8. ^ "World Fantasy convention & Audio Book News". Wordpress. Michelle Sagara. 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
  9. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Emperors-Wolves-Elantra-Book-ebook/dp/B0813QYB6R
  10. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Emperors-Wolves-Elantra-Book-ebook/dp/B0813QYB6R
  11. ^ "Silence, cover". Wordpress. Michelle Sagara. 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
  12. ^ https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30212514-grave
  13. ^ "Michelle West: Bibliography". Wordpress. Michelle Sagara. 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-21.
  14. ^ "Michelle West: Short Stories". Wordpress. Michelle Sagara. 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
  15. ^ http://michellesagara.com/holiday-post-excerpt-from-oracle/
  16. ^ "Series: Musing on Books". isfdb. Retrieved 19 April 2020.

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