Michelle Sagara

Michelle Sagara

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

(as Michelle Sagara/Michelle Sagara West)

A Tolkeinesque tale of love, betrayal, and redemption. Previously out of print, this series has been reissued by BenBella Books under the Michelle Sagara West name.

  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

(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

(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.

  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

(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. The concluding two volumes[2], 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 character consistency.[3]

  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)
  4. Skirmish: A Novel of the House War, Book 4 (January 2012)
  5. War: A Novel of the House War, Book 5 (tentative title)

Chronicles of Elantra

(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 episodic than the author's other novels, but with an imperative, underlying plot thread.

  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 (tentative title, est. Fall 2012)

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.

Short stories

Speaking with Angels (as Michelle West, Five Star Trade) - a collection of short stories (2003)

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.[4]

The author has recently decided to release many, if not all, of her short stories as e-books in various vendor formats.[5] Additionally, the six stories specifically related to the Essalieyan novels will also be available in an on-demand, single-volume print form sometime in the Fall of 2011.


  1. ^ "Wikipedia knows more about me than I do". Livejournal. Michelle Sagara. 2008. http://msagara.livejournal.com/36337.html. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  2. ^ "Michelle West update: City of Night". Wordpress. Michelle Sagara. 2009. http://msagarawest.wordpress.com/2009/05/03/michelle-west-update-city-of-night/. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  3. ^ "The Sun Sword & Skirmish". Wordpress. Michelle Sagara. 2010. http://msagarawest.wordpress.com/2010/09/23/the-sun-sword-skirmish/. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  4. ^ "Michelle West: Bibliography". Wordpress. Michelle Sagara. 2009. http://msagarawest.wordpress.com/bibliography/. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  5. ^ "Michelle West: Short Stories". Wordpress. Michelle Sagara. 2011. http://msagarawest.wordpress.com/bibliography/short-stories/. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 

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