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Cast in Chaos (Chronicles of Elantra, Book 6) Paperback – July 20, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
Magic runs amok in this enjoyable sixth installment in Sagara's excellent "Chronicles of Elantra" series (following Cast in Silence). As a member of a skilled police force responsible for maintaining order in the City of Elantra, Private Kaylin Neya deals with mundane hassles daily, but it's the all-too-troublesome arcane problems that fall to her most frequently, thanks to her innate (and sometimes uncontrolled) magical talents. Now a magical surge has turned a neighborhood full of charlatans into actual sorcerers and seers, and it seems to be spreading. Kaylin is ordered to investigate, but no one is prepared for the startling secret she uncovers, one that threatens not just Elantra, but the very fabric of the world itself. With each successive novel, Sagara's world grows richer and more complex. Meanwhile, Kaylin herself continues to grow beyond her own troubled past in surprising ways. Altogether, this is another satisfying addition to an already vivid and entertaining fantasy series.
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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.
She can be found @msagara on Twitter or http://msagarawest.wordpress.com
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Now yes... Every time I start these books, I'll admit I cringe a little about the dates. Basically, we're asked to believe that every couple of weeks, yet ANOTHER world-ending disaster is occurring, and Kaylin is STILL the only one who can stop it. But even with that, after a few chapters in, I could care less. I get totally lost in the story.
This one was a bit harder to follow than some of the others, I will say that. There's a lot more meat to this one, and some of it is just too much. But it was still an excellent read. Michelle Sagara continues to impress me. Can't wait for the next one to arrive!
But I was a little disappointed with Cast in Chaos. I think it's the weakest book in the series to date. Instead of reading every word, I ended up skimming a lot and flipping pages until I got to a part I liked better. I didn't get pulled into the story as strongly as I usually do. I got bored with parts. I didn't care as much about what was going on. I freely admit that I may have missed some things with my page-flipping, but this is the first book of the series where I've even wanted to hurry through the pages, and I feel that says something about this particular book. I mostly saw it as a build-up book... it provides lead-up information to what I think will become crucial in the books to come and I can see the next book being fun as it deals with the repercussions of the actions in this one.
It's still a good read. The characters I love are all there, and I love discovering each new nugget of information about their intertwined histories. I love the day-to-day irritations and interactions. I will certainly reread it and in no way will I hesitate to buy the next book. As a series, I give the Chronicles of Elantra five stars without question.
Sagara creates believable, engaging characters, in a world that she describes richly enough to make it feel real, without getting bogged down in tedious detail. The adventures are exciting, the relationships complex, the plots interesting. One of the difficulties in writing fantasy is being able to leave things open enough for the reader's imagination to come into play, without making things too confusing or frustratingly unexplained. Sagara maintains the balance superbly.
If you like fantasy, and you're looking for a series to totally immerse yourself in, give the "Cast In" books a try.
Fast paced, attention to detail, and brightly alive with humor, follow this story of Kaylin Neya, and her beautiful side-kick, Severen! Set on a entirely different world with various and dependable characters from Dragon to Hawkmen here lies the next chapter of 'Cast in'...