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Cast In Courtlight (Chronicles of Elantra #2)

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In Elantra, a job well done is rewarded with a more dangerous task. And so, after defeating a dark evil, Kaylin must enter a place of deceit and treachery. A world where silk and jewels hide deadly secrets….

Kaylin goes before the Barrani High Court, where a misspoken word brings sure death. And Kaylin's never been known for her grace or manners. But the High Lord'
Paperback, 488 pages
Published July 18th 2006 by Luna
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This series is so different that it is hard not to like it. The setting is interesting, the races are unique, and the main character is unlike any I've read before. Some of the problems that plagued the first novel still apply to Cast in Courtlight. Mainly, there is not enough information. Everyone knows more than the main character, and even if the main character somehow figures something out she never shares it with us. For example, say there are two characters, one says, "I have a big secret. ...more
This series has a contemporary voice and is set in a fantasy world inhabited by 5 different races, which is why I feel like it most closely compares to the kinds of worlds I'm used to in comics. This particular book focuses on the politics and culture of the Barrani, an immortal elf like race. The Barrani themselves are highly obtuse, which is frustrating to no end. And as we are constantly reminded of, Kaylin wasn't the best student when it came to cultural relations and history, so there's a l ...more
I cannot remember the last time I have wanted to like a book so much & wound up being so incredibly annoyed with it. I was deeply disappointed in this book! The author spent so much time reminding us about what the eye colors of the Barrani mean ... and how Kaylin struggles to keep a rein on her temper ... and switching between languages (and mentioning how certain ones are suited for swearing and others are not), the book would've been half the length if she'd edited all of those things out ...more
This is the kind of book that makes me forget I like reading. It is so excruciating for me to get through that I don't only not want to read it, I don't want to read at all.

Action happens. It's kind of incomprehensible and jumbled. Then since Kaylin hasn't gotten any sense of politics, magic, history or anything else, she has to have someone else inform her of the greater significance of what just happened. So then she relates the events that just happened in detail to another person so they can
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Jun 10, 2010 Casey added it
I HATED this book. Well, to be fair, I only made it through the first 15 pages, but I hated the writing style so much, and felt so strongly about it, I returned the book to the store. (I've never done that before, but I guess there's always a first time!) The back cover seemed interesting; a fresh twist on the fantasy genre. Maybe so, but I couldn't bring myself to keep going. Every other page seemed to have lines like this:

"She was lucky. Very lucky." or
"She knew she was in trouble. But she did
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4/5; 4 stars; A-

I really enjoyed this addition to the chronicles of Elantra. Kaylin Neya certainly gets challenged by all the powerful groups in her world. This book takes place pretty much exclusively in the Barrani High Court. Kaylin helps some powerful people, proves herself on more levels, and resolves some of the angst from her past.
I like the complexity of the world that this author is developing.
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
The first comment that has to be made about this book is that horrendous cover! It does not reflect the book's content or give any glimpse as to what type of book it is at all. If I were to make an assumption based solely on that, I'd guess it was an historical romance novel. It's just awful!

Luckily, the story inside it is not awful, however. I found this all together a much smoother and easier read than book one. Naturally, that will partly be down to me now understanding all the various specie
I'm going to write this review like the author wrote her book: I both liked and disliked this book. (Grimace) it was... It was both complicated and uncomplicated, startling and familiar. Like an old pair of jeans you slip on then realize they are out of style. (Shrug) Like that, but then... Not. (Frown) (some comments about eye color changing... More about eye color). Even so, well. You know what I mean right? The book was both confusing and made perfect sense.
As much as I liked the first book in this series, I liked Cast in Courtlight even more. Don't be fooled by the cheesy, romance novel-y cover. While there are romantic threads to the storyline here, romance is NOT what the book is about. In fact, I think people looking for romance might be a little disappointed - there are many potential love interests for the main character but they all remain potential (i.e. hinted at but unexplored) through the end of the book. Instead, this book delves deeper ...more
Martina the Book Fairy
I LOVE this series so far! I believe most people would call the Elantra series either high fantasy or epic fantasy. Whichever you choose, it's fantasy for sure! It takes place in a world called Elantra that is populated by at least five different races: the humans, the lion-like Leontine, the elvin-like Barrani, the wing-bearing Aerians, and the psychic Tha'alani.

The protagonist so far, is human Kaylin Neya, but I'll leave it up to you to learn more about Kaylin as you read.

Cast In Courtlight is
Kathy Davie
Second in the Chronicles of Elantra fantasy series revolving around a young woman with unprecedented power.

My Take
I don't know if I'm getting used to Sagara, or if she's actually giving out more information in her stories. It's still tricky, though, I'm still confused on certain points such as some interactions between the Lord of the March and the Lord of the Green, and you must pay attention throughout.

I keep trying to figure out why it is I like this series so much, and it's mostly for the ca
S.N. McKibben
I found the writing and audio of this book as -- WOW.

Serious, deep, sad tinged with hope and intrique. Loved the style of the writing. I totally got enthralled with the characters and want more. The two characters profoundly done right are Nightshade and Severn . One is that creepy alluring guy I hope our MC sets straight, the other reclusive but confident guy I hope she...well we'll see.

Kaylen is an officer of the Hawks. A section of the Emporor's rule. She watches and upholds the laws of the
This author can not seem to contain the chaos she creates. Other wise I'd be able to rate this book much higher. This is the 2nd Chronicles of Elantra book I've read (I was hoping the writing style would get better). The world created here has dragons, mages, dark knights, and the heroes are called 'Hawks'. It felt like a book I would write if ever I ever got off my butt and wrote one. But while this creates enough interest that I will read the rest of the series, I have no illusions that its gr ...more
The cryptic, elliptical dialogue worked in this book better than the first one, because the elves were portrayed as particularly cryptic and prone to court intrigue. I liked the stuff about words and naming. The plotting doesn't quite gel together for the ending, but parts of the ride were entertaining.

I'm also finding the "As You Know Bob," (because you should have paid attention in class, and/or should know what I'm talking about even though I am conveying the information in the densest manne
Another fascinating tale of Elantra and the mystery of what exactly young Hawk Kaylin Neya is capable of, but like the first book in the series I often found myself lost in the narrative and confused as to what great revelation the characters come upon at the end of some ominous discussion. The confusion and oddly worded sentences however take a back seat to the fact that this is a rather exciting world with characters that I really what to know more about so here's to hoping I'll adapt better t ...more
Kaylin is a fantastic character. It would be easy for her to turn into a Mary Sue in the hands of the wrong author, but Ms. Sagara neatly sidesteps this trap. She’s the center of attention and very powerful, but her youth, enthusiasm, absolute refusal to learn anything she deems less than practical, and tendency to stick her foot in her mouth make her fun to follow along with. She struggles with words sometimes, which is a trait that it can be challenging for an author to write! In this case it’ ...more
Bethany C
I liked this book even better than the first. I thought the writing in and of itself had grown. I didn't 100% understand what was happening sometimes, but that may just be because I had to read it in so many increments (it took me almost 8 weeks to read because I started it 3 days before I had my daughter.) I'll definitely continue reading this series.
Lake's Reads
Cast in Courtlight by Michelle Sagara

Kaylin had defeated an age old enemy that wants to rule over her world. She got over some issues of her past and has been marked by an outcast. You would think that after saving the world there would be a little break for her but saving people is what she does.

Kaylin has been requested to save the High Lord's son, the Lord of the West March. By doing so she will have to go to the Barrani High Court to save him. Since we already know Kaylin doesn't know when
I'm enjoying this series. This book relied on Kaylin's instincts and I found that more appealing than relying on book knowledge or "magic" or deductive reasoning. Yet each of these were also found in the story. I didn't really like the cover, because it has very little to do with the book, but that is really my only complaint. I was touched by how Kaylin was able to view Severn's "duty" regarding the children. It was sad, but the ending was peaceful and it certainly made me want to like Severn m ...more
This book was surprisingly easier to follow than the first one as it continues where it left off and adds more to the story and background information in regards to previously presented characters. In all honesty I thought there were some parts that could've been cropped but it was still an entertaining fantasy read.
I gave it ★★★ because sometimes I felt as ignorant as the heroine when it came to the customs of the Barrani, and honestly their cryptic and vague replies to questions, made it diff
Chelsea (Books for Thought)
Initial Thoughts
My initial thoughts for this one were pretty neutral. The first book in the series was pretty good and my expectations weren’t too high but I was hoping for something awesome.

My New Best Friend
I’d love Teela as a best friend. She’s really awesome. I’m honestly not the greatest fan of the main character. She’s not the smartest and is a little slow sometimes. Which is why I’d have Teela as a best friend. Plus apparently she goes out drinking a lot and drives like a maniac. Sounds l
From Booklist: "In Elantra, a job well done is rewarded with a more dangerous task. So after defeating a dark evil, Kaylin Neya goes before the Barrani High Court, where a misspoken word brings sure death. Kaylin's never been known for her grace or manners, but the High Lord's heir is suspiciously ill, and Kaylin's healing magic is the only shot at saving him—if she can dodge the traps laid for her.…"

How much trouble can Kaylin get into? Lots. Add a little more. Maybe another pinch. If she's in
Stacie ~ ninja or spy
This review is coming a bit late so my this review might be a little jumbled.

Elantra is a very intriguing world to me, mostly because I love the different species. The immortal Dragons and Barrani. Then the mortals, Aerians, Leontines, and Tha'alani. The first book was an introduction to the world. This book focuses more on the Barrani and the high court. Yes you heard whispers about it and now Kaylin actually goes there. Her powers help save the Lord of the West March but that only throws her d
This 2nd book in the Chronicles of Elantra series was a bit of a disappointment. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, so I was looking forward to this one. It's a traditional fantasy series written in a modern voice, instead of the pseudo-historical voice so many fantasy writers are fond of. It also has a strong police-mystery side to it, which is entertaining, and lots of interesting sentient species living together. I thought this book would be a continuation along those lines, but ...more
It's Festival time in Elantra, and Private Kaylin Neya has an important assignment: to stay the hell away.

True to form, Kaylin is summoned to the Halls on the very next day to investigate an attempt on the life of a Barrani lord. Accompanied by Severn (and coached from a prudent distance by Nightshade), Kaylin gets a crash course in the culture and politics of the Barrani, earns herself a spiffy new title, and manages to avert a cataclysm that would destroy the city, if not the Empire itself.

Stephen (Bones)
Well... let me begin by saying that this book was simply Amazing!!

Personally I don't think the cover does the content any justice, but then I hear a voice in my head going "Didn't your mother ever teach you not to judge a book by its cover? Now shut up and continue the review!". Let's face it... it is the second book in the series, and if the ill-chosen cover actually deterred you... then go read the first book again (because you obviously didn't read it properly the first time... as it was Awe
Stephanie Swint
I really enjoy Michelle Sagara's books. I think she does a great job creating characters that you can relate to. You feel for Kaelynn, Severn, and in this book you learn and grow to understand the Berani. I would really like to give this a 3.5

I still disagree with how this series is marketed. It appears to be a romance or YA fiction. There is not romance in the first or second book although there is a deepening of the friendship and understanding of past issues between Severn and Kaelynn. They a
Heather Faye
This will be the written review for Cast in Shadow Chronicles of Elantra Book 1 by Michelle Sagara West and it's series partners, Cast in Courtlight Chronicles of Elantra Book 2, Cast in Secret Chronicles of Elantra Book 3, Cast in Shadow Chronicles of Fury Book 4, and Cast in Silence Chronicles of Elantra Book 5.

I read this series three times. It was engaging but had a few annoying issues. The world of Elantra was well created and very detailed. I admired the multiple species and the troublesom
Feb 10, 2013 Emma rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
1. Cover 3/5
Ik vind de meeste covers niet heel erg mooi. De laatste drie boeken zijn wel een stuk mooier dan zijn voorgangers. Maar op basis van de cover van het eerste boek, zou ik de serie niet gaan lezen.
2. Verhaal 4/5
Het verhaal is geweldig! Het wordt steeds complexer hoe verder je komt. Maar het is niet zo dat je er niks meer van snapt! Juist niet, dingen worden steeds duidelijker hoe verder je komt.
3. Personages 4/5
Ik vind de personages enorm knap uitgewerkt! Echt diepgang. Iedereen heeft
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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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“Success and failure are two edges of the same blade, two sides of the same coin. To fear one is to forever deny the possibility of the other.” 16 likes
“Teela turned to Severn. "I'm having trouble remembering why I haven't
strangled her yet."
Severn shrugged. "I have that problem myself some days. At the moment,
though, the only betting pool in the office seems to be on the Sergeant."
"Ha-ha." Kaylin said with a distinct lack of cheer. And then, because she
was a fiefling, "What odds?" He cuffed the top of her head.”
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