- 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: 5.1 x 1.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 82 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,275,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cast in Silence (Chronicles of Elantra, Book 5) Paperback – August 1, 2009
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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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This is BOOK 5 in the Chronicles of Elantra series. The books should definitely be read in order, especially this one as it goes back to touch upon our heroine's past. Start with Cast in Shadow (The Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1)
This really is an excellent series, if somewhat esoteric. This particular book isn't my favorite for two reasons- it spends a little too much time directly in Kaylin's memory and in magically created landscape outside of reality.
THAT SAID- there really isn't any defense against the wonderful characters and wry humor throughout the book. Quite a bit of time is spent with the three of the most intriguing male characters I've ever read- Severn, Nightshade and Tiamaris. I just loved how their characters continued to grow through subtle interactions with each other and Kaylin herself.
The plot wasn't as compelling as one or two of the previous ones, but it was still engrossing if for no other reason than we learn exponentially more about Kaylin herself. It was also fascinating to watch Severn's character as Kaylin went through this - but tantalizingly little was actually revealed. I have to admit that I have a real soft spot for him and really hope his relationship with Kaylin gets closer as time goes on.
Ms. Sagara is a FANTASTIC writer. I'm so impressed with how non-entities seamlessly become characters and how much can be conveyed about human nature through this series.
RECOMMENDATIONS: (though it is very hard to recommend something close to the level of this- and I don't read enough of strictly fantasy genre to have more...)
Faith Hunter's more ethereal, less tangible, but still riveting series Bloodring (Rogue Mage, Book 1)
Lilith Saintcrow's two series, both darker and far more gritty Night Shift (Jill Kismet, Hunter, Book 1) and Working for the Devil (Dante Valentine, Book 1)
Lisa Shearin's lighter, more substantive demon-butt-kicking Magic Lost, Trouble Found (Raine Benares, Book 1)
Nalini Singh's creative use of angels and vampires in Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter)
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!