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Cast in Ruin (Chronicles of Elantra #7)

4.29  ·  Rating Details ·  5,655 Ratings  ·  208 Reviews
Seven corpses are discovered in the streets of a Dragon's fief. All identical, down to their clothing.Kaylin Neya is assigned to discover who they were, who killed them--and why. Is the evil lurking at the borders of Elantra preparing to cross over?

At least the investigation delays her meeting with the Dragon Emperor. And as the shadows grow longer over the fiefs, Kaylin m
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ebook, 416 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Luna Books (first published September 20th 2011)
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Denisa
I cried again!


Gah, this series has a way of making me cry almost every time!

It wasn't as fast-paced as the previous one, but nonetheless, it was awesome! Officially,it's the best series I've read this year.
Can't wait to see what's next!
Estara
Apr 29, 2011 Estara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of the series - this is NOT a book to start it
Recommended to Estara by: auto-buy author and series
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Scooper Speaks
Apr 07, 2011 Scooper Speaks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Favorite Lines: "It was true: hope could be unkind. You opened yourself up to the worst of wounds because you wanted to believe that something good could finally happen. But if you didn't? You missed this. This intense and perfect moment in which, while the world was almost literally going to hells all around you, hope and reality blended in a single, perfect note." (p. 394, egalley)

Cast in Ruin (Chronicles of Elantra, Book 7) is the book I've been waiting for. I've loved every book in the serie
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Sho
Oct 02, 2011 Sho rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read, fantasy
Oh my last reread of the series for now. There are no more to read in this series! I really cannnot wait to read the next book.

By re-reading I finally understood that althougth there are more dragons, there are only few that are actually awake and functioning in the dragon court. Don't know how I could have missed that in the first reading but there it is. And Kaylin knows almost all of them except for two that includes the emperor! I have to say if Sannabalis has "grey" hair, it would be all si
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Nichole Mohler
Sep 30, 2016 Nichole Mohler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again, Kaylin has been seconded to the Imperial Palace to help with an investigation. She is to go to the fief of Tiamaris and investigate 7 bodies found there. What she finds is 7 identical bodies. This investigation has many unusual attributes, so unusual that The Arkon is going to leave his Library to help. As with the previous books in this series, I will repeat, I love this series!!
Paradoxical
I am extraordinarily fond of this series, but at the same time I have to admit that sometimes it seems that the author is just throwing things out at the reader and hoping that it'll stick. Don't get me wrong, it's still fun and a blast to read, but it's also a little jumbled and confusing and sometimes I wish that things... well, that things hurried up a little or something. Not that I know what I want hurried up, but I'm still left feeling this way.

Part of it is probably because while we get c
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Phaedra
Oct 13, 2011 Phaedra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook, 2011
I'm going to be honest, it took me a little bit to get into this installment of Kaylin and company. Partially because I'm used to the style of writing to be a bit more abrupt but also because I didn't fully remember the events of the last book.

However, after reading the blurb about the book I had an idea of what would be in it. What I love about this author was that the book fulfilled everything that the back said but in a way that I never would have expected. Yes, there were murders... sort of
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Anne Osterlund
Apr 15, 2014 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kaylin knows only a smattering about dragons. They’re immortal. They’re LOUD. Their eyes tend to turn gold. And it’s better not to tick them off.

She has yet to meet a female dragon or to consider the implications of the scarcity. Until multiple identical corpses begin appearing in the fife of Tiamaris--female corpses in ostensibly human form. But with gold eyes.

Loved this one and the way it unravels, along with the personality of a certain new heroine. Kaylin and Severn must have the slowest bur
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♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
No one can insert their foot into mouth like Private Kaylin Neya. She is truly gifted at how she can drive the stick further up the asses of these pompous and arrogant Dragons. It's truly a delight to watch her struggle against saying what is on her mind. While she's becoming better at biting her tongue, her body language is as loud as a Dragon conversation. Poor Kaylin!

In this latest installment, the "People" are settling down into their new world. These giant 8 feet tall "other" scare those in
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Sharon Tyler
Sep 01, 2011 Sharon Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cast in Ruin by Michelle Sagara West is the seventh book in the Chronicles of Elantra series. It is scheduled for release on September 29 2011. Fans of the series will enjoy this installment, particularly the growth that Kaylin continues to demonstrate and a plot line that is full of excitement and important details of the larger story arch. The series keeps getting better, and I am looking forward to Cast in Peril, and the three unnamed books that Sagara has mentioned on her blog. I do not reco ...more
WillowBe
Jan 31, 2012 WillowBe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was gratified to see Kaylin maturing in this book and give the author kudos for letting Kay voice her ambivalence about what she wants and to explain it fully. Even acknowledging she may want Nightshade, just alittle, though not so much for himself, but bec Severn is a dangerous choice for her heart. And for Sev to be a real person saying- hey, I'll wait for now, but not forever, showing a bit of impatient desire but also that he will always be her friend and supporter. He was very cool asking ...more
k reads
Oct 15, 2011 k reads rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011, reviewed
This review first appeared at So I Read This Book... at http://www.soireadthisbook.com/2011/10/quick-dirty-reviews-say-hello-to.html

I’ve been a fan of the Chronicles of Elantra for quite some time and I thought the series hit a new high with book five, Cast in Silence. So I was really looking forward to the newest entry in the continuing saga of Private Kaylin Neya. Unfortunately, this installment failed to satisy. I found the writing style convoluted, even clunky at times, something I have not
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Alyssa Louie
This book felt surprisingly short, for a Michelle Sagara book, though not short for almost anyone else. ;) We learned a lot about the Dragons in this book; not so much about the workings of the Dragon Court, per se, but about the mechanics of the Dragon species. I'm still waiting to hear more about the history of how the Emperor became the Emperor. A new, highly entertaining character was introduced, and the long mystery of the apparently all-male Dragon court was discussed. There was also some ...more
Andrew
Jan 11, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this series more every book, and if I try to analyze why I come up with: it alternates between esoteric discussions about magical theory and incredibly uncomfortable social interactions. Occasionally they're the same thing. (The only thing worse than interrogating a Dragon about his reproductive habits is the Dragon knowing that answering is important.) And this is awesome! I don't know why. It's related to the Covenant thing, actually. It's the "heroine pulls out a new magic power every ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4/5; 4 stars; A-

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The huge scope of the story that the author is weaving is becoming more clear as bits and pieces of the history of the worlds are revealed. I thought it was interesting to see the dragons more or less working together with Kaylin, Severn, and the Tower.

The way the history of the Norannir race was interwined with the main plot line of this book was well done and very interesting.

Kathy Davie
First read 13 March 2013.

Seventh in the Chronicles of Elantra fantasy series for young adults revolving around a feisty young lady with a heart of gold.

My Take
This has turned into a series that I just can't wait to get my hands — and eyes — on. In spite of the whining ahead...*grin*

Sagara is retreating to her previous confusing wording in this story. I'll read sections over and over trying to figure out what she's saying...and it doesn't work. I just keep hoping that eventually I'll come across
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Karissa
This is the seventh book in the Chronicles of Elantra by Sagara. I had very mixed feelings about this book. The beginning of this book was slow moving and confusing, but the ending was very interesting. This series just moves so slowly I am really starting to question what direction it is heading in.

Kaylin is still struggling to balance her life. Between her duties as a Hawk, etiquette and magic lessons with dragons, and assisting the midwifes she has a full plate. Then Sanabalis requests her pr
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Shelley
*Genre* Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5

*Review*

“Cast in Ruin” picks up right where “Cast in Chaos” left off. The Norannir (The People) are living within Lord Tiamaris’s Fief but not everything is running smoothly. There is the natural progression of learning the language of Elantra, as well as being useful against the Shadows that continue to appear within in Tiamari’s Fief causing problems for the residents.

Then there’s the fact that seven identical female corpses suddenly appear in the Fief causing numero
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Rhonda
Oct 21, 2011 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review: Cast in Ruins by Michelle Sagara
4 STARS MAYBE 5 STARS if I had read the rest.

Cast in Ruins is the seventh book in the series and I have not read any of them before. I feel quite lost trying to figure out the different spieces, Who are the leaders, Who are good guys and bad guys. What magic exists. I would not recommend starting this series with book 7. Kaylin Neyas is a private on their police force.
It took a long time for me to figure out everything I good understand. I wish I had the
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drey
Dec 25, 2011 drey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Kaylin, and I love watching her growth in Michelle Sagara’s Chronicles of Elantra series.


drey’s thoughts:
She started out in this series an awkward young woman, on the beat for the Halls of Law, irreverent and impetuous, and known more for being late than anything else. With each installment Kaylin Neya’s grown a bit more–either in her magic, or her understanding of it. Of course, it’s still in dribs and drabs, considering that there’s nobody around who could tell her about her magic…

In Ca
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Siew Ee
Feb 25, 2014 Siew Ee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Plot-wise, things heats up pretty fast in “Cast in Ruin”. First, we have identical corpses turning up in the fief of Tiamaris. The mystery ties in with the Shadows threat that looms large again. During a fight with the shadows, Kaylin takes possession of a sword which appears to be sentient, and the storms on the borders of Tiamaris, since Tara’s awakening, have never been as fierce or consistent. And in the midst of all these problems are the ongoing investigations into the embezzlement issue w ...more
Carolyn
Sep 15, 2010 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2012-read
Oh, I liked this one!
Packed with information about the Dragon race, for once it doesn't involve a threat to everyone's continued existence. Yes, there's danger, but minimal, compared to what has occurred in previous books.
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Stacy
Jul 24, 2011 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
reviewed by http://urbanfantasyinvestigations.blo...

CAST IN RUIN was packed with events like all the other books in the Chronicles of Elantra series. Kaylin is stuck with more lessons from a dragon that doesn't particularly like her. She gets a bit of a side break by helping solve the murders of six identical corpses that are found in the fief of Tiamaris.

I understand the issues that holds Kaylin back but I am so frustrated with her lack of relationship with Severn. They are totally made for eac
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Mirjam
Aug 10, 2011 Mirjam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I've always loved Kaylin Neya, so I'm over the moon whenever I a new book in the series is published and I get to visit her in Elantra. I'm pleased to say that Cast in Ruin is as exciting a read as all the previous books in the Chronicles of Elantra. Michelle Sagara has created many wonderful characters amongst the Barrani, the Aerians, the Leontines, the Tha'alani, the Norannirs and of course the dragons. In this book we learn quite a bit about the dragons and even get to know one of the more i ...more
Maya
Nov 07, 2011 Maya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, my thoughts, the positive: More dragons are always a welcome thing. I find Diarmat oddly hilarious, though I don't think I'm supposed to. And speaking of, I think I'll love Bellusdeo, though TWO such females in any one series can't help but end in trouble. I missed Kaylin and company something awful, so I was ready to forgive all manner of things, and this book definitely did not fail to entertain me.

My thoughts, the negative: Not enough Nightshade, but it seems as though the framework is
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Anita
I really like this series. I love the main character Kaylin and her friendships with a variety of people of different species in this magic-infused world. Dragons play prominently in this book, as does the fief of Tiarmis and the avatar lady that guards it from the shadows. We also get to learn more about the giant people that appeared out of nowhere at the end of the last book. The premise of this story is a murder-mystery. Seven truly identical corpses have appeared in the fief, so Kaylin and ...more
Felicia
I don't have much to say about this, but felt compelled to add it to the stack for completionist sake. I am just so confused about where this series is going, I thought Cast in Silence was pretty good, and the first couple were just BRILLIANT, but I dunno. And Kaylin continues to be soooo emotionally messed up, I just want her to grow a bit (and get with Nightshade, but looking at this book it doesn't look good.)

Ah well.
Meghan
Apr 18, 2013 Meghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best in series. Super awkward conversation written so well. U could feel the tension in the room through the page. I don't know how we understand so much of what Severn isn't saying because he has like almost no lines- and yet? U totally feel the quiet. Right? That sounds dumb. I know. But, he is the best "quiet type" character I have read in recent memory.
Vivian
Jul 01, 2015 Vivian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I can't get enough of this series. On to the next book...
Suz
Jun 20, 2016 Suz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audio
4+ stars

This was the best one yet, bringing about big changes that I hope will enable a big jump in the maturation of the MC.

I am, however, bored with dragon superiority and condescension.
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Michelle is an author, bookseller, and lover of literature based in Toronto. She writes fantasy novels as both Michelle Sagara and Michelle West (and sometimes as Michelle Sagara West). You can find her books at fine booksellers.

She lives in Toronto with her long-suffering husband and her two children, and to her regret has no dogs.

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Other Books in the Series

Chronicles of Elantra (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Cast in Shadow (Chronicles of Elantra, #1)
  • Cast In Courtlight (Chronicles of Elantra #2)
  • Cast In Secret (Chronicles of Elantra #3)
  • Cast in Fury (Chronicles of Elantra #4)
  • Cast in Silence (Chronicles of Elantra, #5)
  • Cast in Chaos (Chronicles of Elantra, #6)
  • Cast in Peril (Chronicles of Elantra, #8)
  • Cast in Sorrow (Chronicles of Elantra, #9)
  • Cast in Flame (Chronicles of Elantra, #10)
  • Cast in Honor (Chronicles of Elantra, #11)

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“There wasn't a colloquial phrase, or curse, that went something like, "May your day be full of angry dragons" or, "May every dragon you meet today be pissed off." But, there should have been.” 29 likes
“It was true: hope could be unkind. You opened yourself up to the worst of wounds because you wanted to believe that something good could finally happen. But if you didn't? You missed this. This intense and prefect moment in which, while the world was almost literally going to hells all around you, hope and reality blended in a single, perfect note.” 17 likes
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