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Cast in Ruin (Chronicles of Elantra #7)

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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
ebook, 416 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Luna Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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May 20, 2013 Estara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of the series - this is NOT a book to start it
Recommended to Estara by: auto-buy author and series
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Scooper Speaks
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
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 empire! I have to say if Sannabalis had "grey" hair, his will be all sil
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
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
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
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
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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
♆ 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
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
Anne Osterlund
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
Siew Ee
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
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.

Sharon Tyler
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
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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
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
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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Kathy Davie
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 a section that does expla
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
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
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
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5


“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
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
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
I think that this seventh installment in the Chronicles of Elantra series just may be my favorite yet (though I know that I have said that about several of the earlier volumes...)! In the tradtion of the series, this one picks up immediately where Cast in Chaos left off. The refugees, or the Norannir, are becoming settled in Tiamaris’ fief, but are not yet quite at home. The Shadows continue to plague the fief - and an oddity of seven identical corpses have been discovered that Kaylin and Severn ...more
Michelle Sagara’s Cast in Ruin (Chronicles of Elantra, Book 7) is an intense read. Again I’ll mention that these books are high on philosophy and are not action-packed. It’s a personal taste thing. In this case you really can’t start with a later book; the world and story are too complex.

We’ve been seeing bits and pieces about the dragons throughout the first six novels, but this time we get a more intensive examination. The Arkon leaves his library again! We find out a few fascinating details o
Lake's Reads
Jul 19, 2014 Lake's Reads rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SciFi fans
Shelves: michelle-sagara
Cast in Ruin is the seventh installment of the Elantra chronicles by Michelle Sagara.

There is trouble in the fief of Tiamaris after the refugees escaped the gray in-between and have stroked in the fief. Lord Sanabalis has requested Kaylin to be seconded to investigate with her Corporal. While she is doing the tasks at hand she is suppose to be taking classes with Lord Diarmat (which we know Kaylin was never good at). Kaylin's first day in the fief is meet with shadows and something unusual. She
I love the way the story is evolving, and the way we're seeing the Immortal races impacted. I love watching Kaylin grow.

The only thing that I'm unhappy about is... well, frankly, exactly what (view spoiler) is unhappy about: they don't respect Kaylin at all. I'm going to be honest, I shouted at the book when Lord Diar-douchecake said, about Kaylin, that "respect is earned." What the fuck does she have to do to earn it? She's saved everyone more times than I can count -
Milly Jones
At time I don't even know why I am reading this book. I am frequently both frustrated and bored, by the endless repetition of character habits, the lack of development of those characters - after six books, have the dragon court still not accepted or acknowledged that Kaylin has much to offer which is outside of their knowledge and experience, and that despite her being a mortal she is valuable? The newly introduced character if Bellesdeo clearly expressed what I felt - is the correct use of cut ...more
In Cast in Ruin there are seven corpses discovered in the streets of the Dragon's fief. Each decedent is identical, right down to the clothing they were wearing at the time of death. Once again Kaylin Neya and Severn Handred are assigned to discover who they were, who killed them, and why.

On the plus side, Kaylin's meeting with the Dragon Emperor is delayed, but her etiquette lessons with Diarmat have been extended. As Kaylin and Severn try to hunt down clues to the mysterious deaths, we learn m
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Michelle Sagara West
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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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“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.” 22 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.” 8 likes
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