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Cast in Sorrow (Chronicles of Elantra #9)

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The Barrani would be happy to see her die. So Kaylin Neya is a bit surprised by her safe arrival in the West March. Especially when enemies new and old surround her and those she would call friends are equally dangerous...

And then the real trouble starts. Kaylin's assignment is to be a "harmoniste"-one who helps tell the tru
Kindle Edition, 480 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Harlequin Luna
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Dec 23, 2015 Cielol rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Easily my least favorite book of the series.

I would say it suffers from three major issues:

1. Kaylin is separated from her normal environment for the entirety of this book, and without that to ground the book, it feels almost...separate? Incomplete? My first feeling on finishing it was that it should have been cut down to a hundred pages and glued onto the last book (which also should have been cut down a bit), and I do think that has something to do with it. I like Marcus and the rest, too, and
I love these books. But they confuse me as equally as they enthrall me, and sometimes I wonder if the confusion outweighs my sheer interest in what I'm reading (it hasn't, yet, but it has come close in several parts). Cast In Sorrow finally finishes the tale that was started in the last book, a tale that is in part Teela's story, and you get a torrent of information about the Barrani and the West March and a little bit about the familiar. Who I still adore.

But it's confusing. It's top heavy. Th
Aug 24, 2013 Darkphoenix rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dying-to-read
Yaaay!! We have a cover, blurb and a release date!! Now all I need is the actual book... If only August wasn't so far away!!! :(

I am finally reading the ARC!!! Sorry Insurgent, you'll have to wait a bit longer...

It will be over tonight :'(

Thank you NetGalley for the ARC! :D

I seriously love this series. It is so unlike most other series out there and that is a very pleasant and a much-needed change. I finished the first 8 books back to back and this isn’t always a good thing
K. B. Welker
Aug 31, 2013 K. B. Welker rated it it was ok
We wait a year to find out if this will be the time when Kaylin understands...anything. We have all understood her hesitancy to form an intimate bond after what she went through. We have been there and loved her through all of
the catastrophes and how she unknowingly saves the day.

This is the ninth book in the series. 480 pages of the most tedious, boring, insulting drivel ever. Sagara obviously hates this character. Why else would she do this? It ticks me off.

Kaylin has always been nurturing. S
Aug 06, 2014 Mara rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3 1\2

I'm not sure where I am regarding this series. I have re-read my reviews and I realized that I loved The Chronicle of Elantra in spite of my tastes. I don't like YA and YA protagonists, but I like the Private who stars this, even when I don't understand how you can give a teen voice to a woman with such a past.

What I absolutely adore is the world Ms Sagara-West has created. But I admit that Cast in Sorrow was too much for me. In previous books I noticed how behind the best of fantasy you'l
Sep 03, 2013 "E" rated it it was ok
This series is going nowhere. Yet another rambling, incoherent story where Kaylin makes some random guesses and things turn out well, but she learns nothing about her role as the Chosen.
Jul 27, 2013 Zeenat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arcs
**ARC provided by Netgalley**

Summary: Lord Kaylin Neya has finally arrived at West March, ready to get her job as Harmoniste over with. But the Barrani in the west dislike her even more. When the Consort goes out of commission, and Teela’s anger reached unbelievable heights, Kaylin fears her job will get even harder. Will she be able to tell the story that has already failed so many people?

Review: I just read the series, and squealed with joy when I received the ARC to “Cast in Sorrow”. And so f
All Things Urban Fantasy
In addition to being ninth in the Chronicles of Elantra series, CAST IN SORROW also forms a tiny duology with its immediate predecessor. CAST IN PERIL brought Kaylin and her companions deep into the wilds of the West March and CAST IN SORROW is entirely concerned with what they find there. And though both books share the characteristic inscrutable magic, cataclysmic events, and fraught relationships, I enjoyed CAST IN PERIL’s quip-filled build up much more than CAST IN SORROW‘s disorienting magi ...more
Aug 28, 2013 Rastlin98 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-tbr-list
So Looking forward to this book. Michelle Sagara books, are always a wonder to read and so intriguing and thought provoking. I always buy a paperback cover. Really sad that I returned and got a replacement for the first in the series. As I could of sworn it had the description for whaat an Erenne was in the back. Subsequent titles dont have this. Oh well, only another 4 months to wait for this intriguing saga.
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Review originally published at The Compulsive Reader

Cast in Sorrow, the tenth book in “The Chronicles of Elantra” series, starts where Cast in Peril ended. Kaylin and the group of Barrani Lords traveling from Elantra have been joined by the Lord of the West March and his guards who will escort them to the West March.

Of course those last miles don’t go without chall
Kathy Martin
Aug 02, 2013 Kathy Martin rated it really liked it
Kaylin Neya is out of her element as she travels to the West March to take part in a Barrani ceremony. The ceremony involves healing the Green which was damaged when some ambitious Barrani decided to use their children to gain power at the an earlier ceremony.

Kaylin's friend Teela was one of those children and the only one to come back alive. The other eleven are caught some where between life and death. Teela wants to save them. Kaylin is afraid that she will lose Teela in the attempt.

Kaylin i
Sep 04, 2013 Mithdraug rated it really liked it
While the Elantra series has never aspired to be a pinnacle of fantasy literature, it consists of well-written female-oriented novels and a bunch of picturesque characters that you tend to gain an opinion on. It is surprising, funny, and the characters are not inherently good or evil, they are surprisingly human in every each way.

The Bad:

The focus on the Barrani (the fey) in this novel makes it a bit less accessible, especially since the intrigue focuses this time, not on an imminent and present
Sep 02, 2013 Charlotte rated it liked it
Shelves: own-preorder, ebooks
I don't know how much more about words I can read in this series. I just don't know. I also got so freaking sick of everything being so vague -- it's like and it's unlike, over and over again. I'm left with a sense of "what the hell happened?" which, honestly, I think I've had after finishing most of these books because they all are so damn vague. Maybe I'm just in the wrong mindset for reading this, but this book bored me so much. The bits that interested me, that actually felt like they were m ...more
Jul 27, 2013 Hilary rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
I'm always amazed by the complexity of the magic that Michelle Sagara manages to envision, and thankful that Kaylin is a relatively normal person who doesn't understand it either! The runes, the small dragon, and Kaylin-as-harmoniste all interact in strange ways I couldn't possibly have imagined. Teela's history unfolds a little more, and the breathless pace belies the intricacy of "the green" and its interactions with the traveling party. In short, another incredible book that still leaves room ...more
Jenny Schwartzberg
Jul 02, 2013 Jenny Schwartzberg rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
I read an eARC from NetGalley and thoroughly enjoyed this latest book in the Cast in... series. Kaylin Neya is definitely growing up and coming to terms with her past, her anger issues, and her abilities. The reader needs to have read the previous books but for fans of the series, this is worth the long wait and ties up a lot of questions from the previous book. I'm happily satisfied and will reread it to savor all the surprises and felicities that Michelle Sagara provides along the way. Definit ...more
Sep 04, 2013 Nichole rated it liked it
So, I always enjoy reading this series but ... it's starting to get repetitive. Kaylin goes from crisis to crisis, resolving them purely on instinct and blind luck. She has matured a bit as a character but I feel like many of the tensions from book one have barely changed. Sure she doesn't want to kill Severin anymore. I guess that's a little progress. After this book, perhaps Nightshade's interest in her has been explained and will wane? Or not? Eh. I'm not sure that's 9 books worth of developm ...more
Aug 29, 2013 Hana rated it did not like it
I have never given a book a one star review, only because if a book deemed a one star rating I would never in a million years have finished it. Alas I have put too many hours into this series to stop now. After reading this book I realized that I should have given up on this series a few books ago. This book was tedious, boring, frustrating and more frustrating! I just could have cared less about anything that was going on. It just seemed like a bunch of annoying nonsense. I was so disappointed.
This ninth book in the Chronicles of Elantra series picks up right where the eighth book, Cast in Peril, leaves off - and most certainly does not continue the episodic nature of the earlier books in the series. Its plot is almost entirely dependent on the set-up on the previous novel. Now that the traveling group has arrived where they need to, the recitation itself takes the forefront. Naturally, unexpected issues arise and must be overcome for Kaylin to not only play her role in the ceremony, ...more
Siew Ee
Mar 10, 2014 Siew Ee rated it it was amazing
In this 9th instalment, Kaylin’s residence is bombed into smithereens, she acquires a familiar in the form of a small dragon, which incidentally saves her and her dragon roommate from premature extinction; several plot lines are introduced henceforth - Kaylin and Severn investigates the mystery of missing persons in the fief of Tiamaris; Kaylin accompanies Nightshade to the West March in exchange for information about the Imperial Exchequer and the Human Caste Court; and Kaylin is assigned the r ...more
Sep 01, 2013 Chi rated it it was amazing
OMG. Definitely one of my favorite series. Just want more of Nightshade and Kaylin. Please!!!! I hope in the next book my wish will be granted :)
Jul 25, 2015 Jai rated it liked it
Brilliant book but way too wordy this time
Dec 20, 2013 Ruth rated it really liked it
Can't wait
Kathy Davie
Aug 03, 2014 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Ninth in the Chronicles of Elantra fantasy series for Young Adults and revolving around Private Kaylin Neya.

This is a complex story with lots of ins and outs. I would seriously recommend starting this series from the beginning with the prequel in Mercedes Lackey's Harvest Moon: "Cast in Moonlight", 0.5.

My Take
It's the most incredible world that Sagara has created. I've never read anything like it, and I'm wanting to re-read it already. It's magic with what we might consider an elvish race—the B
Aug 08, 2013 WillowBe rated it it was ok
I had such high hopes for the two books: cast in and cast in sorrow. So disappointing; .i was actually bored in several sequences as well as confused. It was just more talk about words, rather Words, mystical jumbo jumbo, on the plus side, I was astonished by the revelations re Teela and happy to learn more about my favorite Barrani. For that I give it 2 1/2. But Kaylin will never grow up enough in this series to be w Severn. She doesn't want to be responsible, doesn't want to face the burden of ...more
Aug 26, 2013 Mandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! A wonderful story told by a masterful storyteller!
NOTE* This book is not the book to start the series with it is a Part 2 of 2 with Cast in Peril being Part 1 of 2.

The whole series is amazing and Cast in Sorrow takes its place with rest of the series.

Kaylin's life is never easy, including her ability to reach the West March, even while accompanied by The Lord of the West March. Kaylin goes from one peril to another, where her life and the lives of those she cares about are in jeopa
Aug 27, 2013 Nafiza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley, 2013

This is the ninth installment in the Chronicles of Elantra series and I have no qualms in admitting that I may be losing patience with it. The pace is seriously slow at times and I became frustrated by the events strewn through the narrative unnecessarily complicating it. Epic fantasy has a particular rhythm to it and sometimes Sagara hits it perfectly and sometimes she doesn’t. Cast in Sorrow has some amazing moments, especially when Kaylin is interacting with other people but a lot of the t
Aug 12, 2013 Flower rated it it was amazing
This review is based on a galley copy from Netgalley.

Cast in Sorrow is not a stand alone it is a carry on from Cast in Peril, if you haven't read the rest of the series it is definitely not the one to start with but I will say if you like characters who grow with every reading then this is the series to read and get hooked on. It may sound crazy but this is a series which I feel i have invested in and await each book with bated breath.

Kaylin it seems to be in the wrong place which alwaysleas to
Sep 11, 2013 Anita rated it liked it
I genuinely enjoy this series, and I will keep coming back to it, but it has some annoying quirks. Any time the author focuses on the Barrani people, she gets lost in the mysticism of words. I understand that a great big pillar of the world created in this series has to do with magical words, but sometimes Ms. Sagara goes on and on belaboring that theme, and I get bored. Cut to the chase already. I don't need endless mulling over the form and meaning of magical words. Move on to the action and t ...more
Aug 28, 2013 Estara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series
Recommended to Estara by: auto-buyest of autobuy series, I'd say
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Aug 04, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy
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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 Ruin (Chronicles of Elantra, #7)
  • Cast in Peril (Chronicles of Elantra, #8)
  • Cast in Flame (Chronicles of Elantra, #10)
  • Cast in Honor (Chronicles of Elantra, #11)

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“I don’t understand.”
The Consort’s smile was bitter. “No. No more do I.”
“I doubt that.”
“Do you imply that I lie, Lord Kaylin?”
“Clumsy of me. I’m not usually that subtle.”
“Climbing was one of her strengths, but she didn’t do it with grace— which, come to think, was an apt description of the way she lived the rest of her life, as well.” 6 likes
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