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Product Details

  • Series: Chronicles of Elantra (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Luna; Original edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373803001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373803002
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,000,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Sagara swirls mystery and magical adventure together with unforgettable characters in the fifth Chronicles of Elantra installment (following 2008's Cast in Fury). Like the other Hawks—city guards who keep the peace on Elantra's lively streets—Pvt. Kaylin Neya wishes her mysterious magical abilities and Elantra's imperial mages would let her alone to do her job. When something old and powerful begins stirring in Ravellon, the heart of the fiefs, Kaylin is sent to investigate, a journey that will force her to confront unpleasant memories as well as the deadly secrets that threaten Ravellon and all of Elantra. Kaylin—whose middle name was not exactly patience—must rein in her temper and stay alive long enough to complete her mission. Fans will enjoy following her exploration of the fiefs and Elantra's history. (Aug.)
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"With prose that is elegantly descriptive, Sagara answers some longstanding questions and adds another layer of mystery. Each visit to this amazing world, with its richness of place and character, is one to relish."
-RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars) on Cast in Silence

"No one provides an emotional payoff like Michelle Sagara. Combine that with a fast-paced police procedural, deadly magics, five very different races and a wickedly dry sense of humor-well, it doesn't get any better than this."

-Bestselling author Tanya Huff on The Chronicles of Elantra series

"The impressively detailed setting and the book's spirited heroine are sure to charm romance readers as well as fantasy fans who like some mystery with their magic."

-Publishers Weekly on Cast in Secret --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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I love all the characters in the Cast In... series.
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This book had so much more Nightshade compared to Cast in Fury (Chronicles of Elantra, Book 4) that I gave it 5 stars.
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I went back and got all of the series after reading this book.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 3, 2009
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I love Sagara's writing style. I love all the characters in the Cast In... series. This book has a great story, and it's terrific to get more information on Kaylin's history. We also learn more about how the world works and some of the ways that magic works (or doesn't). Like all the previous books, I still devoured this one as quickly as possible. (And yes, I do think you need to have read the other books in the series, first.)

Why only four stars, then? I am starting to grow frustrated with the lack of forward movement in the relationships Kaylin has with the two main men in her life: Nightshade and Severn. There are some events that happen in this book that *should* have led to some real movement, one way or the other, in her relationships. Are she and Severn friends? Lovers? Brother/sisterly? Does she want to jump Nightshade's bones or just use him for his knowledge? I feel like I'm missing out on conversations, feelings, discussions that would give me a much better sense of how she feels about either of these men--even if it's increasing confusion. And, for goodness sakes, it's written in 3rd person with views from both men's points of view, so there's plenty of opportunity to give us some insight into their feelings about her. But we don't get anything at all.

Don't know if you read your reviews, Ms. Sagara, but please, oh please, give us some kind of evolution in either (preferably both) of her relationships with these guys in the next book!
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 3, 2009
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I have to start out by admitting that I've reached the point that I want something very specific (Nightshade) from this series and will find it lacking until that happens. The book probably deserves closer to 4 stars but I personally can't give it that rating. I also admit that the more I like an author/series the tougher I am with ratings. I'll try to list out the pros/cons for those not as Nightshade obsessed.

PROS:

1. Maturity. We are seeing increasing signs of Kaylin gaining some maturity here. A lot of reviews from past books have complained about Kaylin's immaturity and I think readers will be happy with this development.

2. Great ending. I'm not going to give anything away but I absolutely loved how the book wrapped up its plot line.

3. Nice background. I enjoyed learning about Kaylin's background. I liked how the author integrated the background story with the rest of the book. We learned quite a bit of background but there were only a small number of flash backs. It was nicely done.

CONS:

1. Slower paced. I'm not sure why but the book felt a lot slower paced. I'd guess it was because it had more self-reflection and less running around. This is actually a very small con because I enjoyed the slower paced scenes it was just not quite the right balance for me.

2. Nightshade. Obviously this was coming. I want more Nightshade. The scenes with Nightshade far exceeded my expectations and surprised me with the content (again not giving away spoilers here). However, there were far too few of them. It was obvious by the end of the book that these scenes were thrown in as set up for future books. I don't want to wait anymore even if the next book hints at having a lot more Nightshade.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. McMullen on August 2, 2009
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This is a middle book in a series that will not make sense unless the others are read first.

This is definitely a bridge novel. Unlike the other novels in the series, it doesn't move the plot foward much or develop the characters.

I love this series for it's well crafted world, it's rounded and flawed characters, the fast pace and the strong female protagonist who grows in every story. She doesn't much in this one.

This is a very introspective novel, a lot of it told in flashback with some action towards the end. My issue with this book is there was a very nice short story in here (essential to the next novel) and it was heavily fleshed out to make a full book. It probably deserves more than 3 stars, but I am harder on good authors who disappoint me .....

We do find out what Kaylin was doing during her 6 months in Barren.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Eckert on August 30, 2009
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This is the fifth book in the Chronicles of Elantra series by Sagara. Originally Sagara was contracted for five books, but it looks like that's been extended to eight books total. This was definitely not the best book in the series. It was still a good read, but at times I was really bored.

In this book Kaylin is sent to investigate some strange goings on in the fiefs. For once her journey doesn't take her to the fief of Nightshade, but to the fief of Barren where Kaylin lived out 6 months of her life that she would rather forget and has never shared with anyone. Kaylin, Severn, and the dragon end up finding more about the dark heart of the fief than they had ever imagined.

There was a lot of good stuff in this book. You learn more about Kaylin's past and more about the fiefs. In fact the majority of the story takes place in the fiefs. I liked this a lot since the fiefs have kind of remained a mystery. You also learn more about the dark heart of the fiefs, about the dragons as a race, and about Nightshade's past. I really like Nightshade as a character so more info about him was a good thing. Overall the book was well-written, but there were quite a few things that bothered me.

So...on to the things I didn't like. Severn was mostly present as a place holder for most of the book. In fact there were many scenes where he was supposedly in the scene but he did so little I couldn't remember if he had left the scene or not. He talked rarely and mostly just stood there and let Kaylin do her thing. Kaylin spent a lot of the beginning on the book talking about how awful her past in Barren was, but when it all came down to it, most of the the people around her knew most of her past and didn't care.
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