Published: August 2005
Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered -- and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin . . .
Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.
But children are once again dying, and a dark and familiar pattern is emerging, Kaylin is ordered back into Nightshade with a partner she knows she can't trust, a Dragon lord for a companion and a device to contain her powers -- powers that no other human has. Her task is simple -- find the killer, stop the murders . . . and survive the attentions of those who claim to be her allies!
This is the first title in an absolutely marvellous fantasy series. Full of interesting non-human sentient species, wonderful characters and exciting situations this is well worth trying to find if you haven't read it yet. There are 6 in the series so far with a 7th coming out soon. While it is not technically a YA book, I can't remember anything unsuitable for older teens. The series titles in order are:
Cast in Shadow
Cast in Courtlight
Cast in Secret
Cast in Fury
Cast in Silence
Cast in Chaos
Cast in Ruin (2011)
The newest title is now available on Netgalley which is what reminded me of the series. I you enjoy Maria V Snyder I'm sure you'll like these. Try them, they're lots of fun.