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"Readers will embrace this compelling, strong-willed heroine with her often sarcastic voice."
-Publishers Weekly on Cast in Courtlight

"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

"Along with the exquisitely detailed worldbuilding, Sagara's character development is mesmerizing. She expertly breathes life into a stubborn yet evolving heroine. A true master of her craft!"
-RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars) on Cast in Fury

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New York Times bestselling author Michelle Sagara writes as both Michelle Sagara and Michelle West; she is also published as Michelle Sagara West. She lives in Toronto with her long-suffering husband and her two children, and to her regret has no dogs.

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Product Details

  • Series: Chronicles of Elantra (Book 8)
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Luna; Original edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373803508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373803507
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am a huge Chronicles of Elantra fan. These books have a special place in my heart and on my bookshelf. So be warned, I'm not an unbiased reviewer and I simply adore Kaylin and the rich and detailed Chronicles of Elantra series.

Cast in Peril is the eight entry in the Chronicles of Elantra series. Michelle Sagara has stated on her blog that she views the Cast books as almost episodic in nature, similar to a TV series, each Cast book is an episode. Well Cast in Peril is part one of a two parter.

It's impossible to review Cast in Peril without mentioning events from previous books, I will not spoil Cast in Peril but there will be spoilers from the earlier books. If you haven't read any of the other Cast books, I wouldn't recommend starting here. Read the first book, Cast in Shadow. I think it's still my favourite.

The Cast novels chronicle the adventures of Kaylin Neya. Kaylin is a police investigator, known as a Hawk in the city of Elantra. Elantra is a magical city, populated by several vastly different species, ranging from the arrogant immortal dragons and barrani to the regular and mortal humans. Kaylin is a unique inhabitant of this city, gifted with magical powers she doesn't really understand or particularly care for. In a world where many seek power, Kaylin hides hers, simply seeking to be a Hawk.

The events in Cast in Peril hinge on developments in the earlier novels. The story literally starts off with a bang. The fascinating egg which first appeared in Cast in Chaos finally hatches. And of course, the journey to the West March that Nightshade orchestrated comes to pass.

I really enjoyed Cast in Peril.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lola Jane on October 5, 2012
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I want to give this book five stars (because I adore the series as a whole and this entry is a very good book, on its own) while I alternately want to give it two stars because the plot/s resolution/s are moving at a glacial pace and this wouldn't be so painful if Michelle Sagara would just WRITE FASTER! This is how much I like this series! There are so many places I am dying to have this series go- so many plot points I want addressed! I am 100% a fan and like all fans (and toddlers, for that matter)- I want to know, NOW! But, I settled on four stars because the series really is excellent (if you can stand the dense and complex plot, the multitude of intriguing plot points whose resolution is just out of reach, the fabulous characters whose mysteries are just out of reach, and the glacial pacing) and this book is a solid addition to the series.

I won't bother to talk to new readers in this review because, while I wholly recommend reading the series, I think the plot is just too dense to recommend this one book. I doubt any reader could get it- I've read them all and I still have to re-read past books because there is no such thing as a minor plot point in this universe. Read all the books- they are a truly fabulous story. Kaylin Neya is one of my all-time favorite characters (this will sound strange but I particularly love her because she is such a well-rendered victim of so much trauma. The author is healing Kaylin throughout the story and it is done in a way that seems natural and gentle. And, you feel so much empathy for the character. She really is so well-done.) The depth to this author's characterizations is really impressive. The intricacies of her consistent world-building are really, really impressive. And, Michelle Sagara is really creative.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katrina R. on September 20, 2012
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I have been waiting eagerly for this book and it did not disappoint. Except when I got to the end and realized I'd have to wait to see the resolution to the journey in another book. :( I really enjoyed that it ventured more into the world of the Barrani. It really provided more of an insight into how they view the world as immortals, definitely requires thinking from another perspective.

I'm okay with the slow pace of Kaylin's relationships. When I stop and think about how long the time span of the books actually is it's really been fairly fast paced. And seeing more of her interacting with Teela helped to make Teela a bit more approachable.

I think the best part about this entire series is that it only improves on re-reading. There are so many details and small things that come up later, and can make you smile to recognize them. And so many things that make you pause and think about the possibilities for the future in this world. All in all outstanding.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elf2060 on September 24, 2012
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"Cast in Peril" by Michelle Sagara is part of her `Chronicles of Elantra' series. Private Kaylin Neya experiences an overwhelming Arcane attack that destroys her home but unexpectedly facilitates or coincides with the hatching of the egg she has been tending. The remarkable entity who seems to have adopted her as his charge (or is that vice versa?) startles everyone who sees it although many feel that he is a familiar and as such should not be attached to the feisty young Hawk. Kaylin is caught in the rituals that the Barrani consider vital to their existence and her allies (including fellow Hawk Teela who juggles her Barrani obligations) may not act in her best interests as she sets out on a trip to West March. Gradually, accompanied by Severn who is acting as a Wolf in pursuit of quarry, the Barrani High Court begins its journey that is going to entail radical changes that will startle her fellow travelers as Kaylin receives gifts that one of them expects to receive in her stead. A major struggle involving the beings known as Hallione and threats from traitorous Barrani threaten to end the journey before it reaches its goal but Kaylin has never been one to flee from a fight.

The stories in this series are a wonderful melding of magic and politics involving fantastical and exotic beings. The creativity and imagination that keeps building on a society that contains both dragon beings and various other predators who can shift their shapes continues to provide an exciting and unpredictable read. The complex rules and relationships attendant with the multiple races who populate this well-built world give texture and depth to a read that will delight both young adult and adult readers. It is fascinating watching Kaylin continue to mature as more power and more burdens complicate her life.
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