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Product Details

  • Series: Chronicles of Elantra (Book 9)
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Luna; Original edition (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373803567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373803569
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"First-rate fantasy. Sagara's complex characterizations and rich world-building lift her above the crowd."

--New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong

"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

"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

About the Author

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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Customer Reviews

Highly recommend to any sci fi fantasy fans.
R. Urbanavage
The further development of the main character is deeply involved with the story.
Kindle Customer
This book is the ending to the story started in Cast in Peril.
M from California

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By B. Rodgers on August 31, 2013
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First, I want to say that I love this series. I mark its release date every year, something I only do with one or two other book series. I love the characters, the races, and the world, so I awaited this book eagerly. Even more eagerly than normal, given the race and characters featured and where it would take place: the West March.

Finally, we get to see the area alluded to in book 2, which I have been waiting for ever since. Except... we kind of don't see all that much of it.

(Warning, minor spoilers may follow)

Let me back up and first cover the great things about this book. It has interesting dynamics between several of the recurring characters and introduces a few new ones, at least two of which I love. The tiny dragon Kaylin picked up is present and amusing and takes on a life of his own, as any "pet" in a book should. The Barrani are true to their typical nature for the most part, but some new traits are shown as part of the story. You get to see the Barrani version of "immature" in some characters late in the book, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Teela is a strong part of the tale, as is Lirienne, who are both among my list of favorites from this series. Even some minor characters are fleshed out a little more.

And now, I'll cover the not great things.

For all the waiting to get to the West March, we spend more time in the magical-time-space bit within it than we do with the parts that are more everyday life. We have one meal with the court of the Vale, we meet 4 of its citizens, only one of whom is really important, though two others are likeable enough. We see two locations aside from the Hallionne and the green - which is like a less personable, much larger and more ancient Hallionne.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Amy Miller on August 29, 2013
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I've enjoyed the series in general. I enjoy the worldbuilding, the cast of characters, the funny dialog, and mysterious agendas. However, I have a hard time watching Kaylin bumble through things without a clue again and again. The mystical resolutions to problems are hard to follow. No one answers any questions with a straight answer ever. I didn't really feel any nail biting drama in this one. Even though there were serious situations, they seemed remote, and I didn't feel emotionally connected to the characters. I didn't get the impression that Kaylin or any of the other characters moved forward or changed. I also didn't see any changes in the relationships between Kaylin and the other characters. I think it ended on a promising note, but honestly, I could have read the end of the book and left the rest. I understand Sagara struggled with this one. I appreciate all her hard work, but I hope that the next book is back on track.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Mindy Koch on September 2, 2013
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Just finished Cast in Sorrow. For two books in a row now, I feel like man - this is getting tedious to read!

First of all, the main character of this world is not Kaylin. The main character of this series is the world that Sagara is building. And, unlike other writers, Sagara's world is never finished being built. It is always being built - in every book, in every plot, in every paragraph, in every bit of dialog. It is all world building. Relationship building? Uh, no. Not really. Relationship building, especially with Severn and Nightshade, takes forever.

And Kaylin isn't really the main character either. She is just as "along for the ride" as we are. She is merely the conduit that we experience this world in. It is the world that is evolving and growing. Not Kaylin. Kaylin is still a private. She still wishes she had wings. She still doesn't know how to read her marks on her skin. She still stumbles into solving the situations that she is in. She is just the midwife through whom this world is birthed to us.

I like it when the story is about Kaylin. I like her magic lessons and her friendships and her relationships. I'd like for her to be more human. More interested in her marks, more interested in these men, more interested in befriending her familiar. More curious about herself and her own happiness.

It also feels like Sagara is afraid of the relationships between Kaylin and Nightshade or Kaylin and Severn and so she holds back on anything interesting at all developing. It requires the patience of a Barrani to see these relationships develop. However, everything develops at a freaking snail's pace because no one will talk about their past or their motivations for anything that they do. We have to read an entire book just to get a sliver of insight.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By M from California on September 21, 2013
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I am honestly not sure why I keep reading this series, as I find most of it incomprehensible. The only thing I can think of is that since the books only come out once a year, I forget how I feel by the time the next book is published.

This book is the ending to the story started in Cast in Peril. The story didn't need two books devoted to it, one would have been more than enough. How many scenes of words floating in the air are necessary? How many mysterious places does Kaylin have to find herself lost in? How many strange Barrani rituals are there? How many times does the small dragon have to bite her ear or smack Kaylin in the face with it's wing? How much talk about names do we have to read? It all just seems so repetitive, almost every book is the same. Nobody ever explains anything to Kaylin, but everybody gets mad at her for doing things she didn't know she shouldn't or saying things she shouldn't or asking about things she doesn't know about. We get it, Kaylin doesn't know a lot of stuff. I also don't know a lot of stuff, like what most of the story is about. There is too much mysticism & not enough straight forward plot.

Another problem I have is that this is the 9th book, when is Kaylin going to allowed to be a grownup? When is Teela going to stop calling her "Kitling" like she is still a baby? When is she going to get to hook up with a guy? She can't just be at everyone's beck & call forever, she needs a life, a real life like an adult, not like everybody's pet healer. They've been talking about her meeting the emperor since the beginning, when is that going to happen? Or is she going to have to keep taking lessons like a schoolgirl forever?
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