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Cast In Courtlight (Chronicles of Elantra #2)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  8,595 Ratings  ·  285 Reviews
No good deed goes unpunished…

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.
Paperback, 488 pages
Published July 18th 2006 by Luna
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

Actual rating: 3.5 stars. Because I'm in a good mood today.

Uh-Oh. Trouble in paradise Elantra? Looks like it. I mean, this definitely went downhill pretty fast. Book 1 in this series was nothing short of awesome. Hey, how many times have I not DNFed rated the initial instalment in a series 5 stars? Not many, I tell you. If you don't count books written by my Holy Trinity, that is (view spoiler)
Feb 21, 2017 Justine rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
3.5 stars rounded up. Things slowed a bit for me in the middle, but this one had a great start and finish to it.

I quite enjoyed this second book in The Chronicles of Elantra. Sagara does a great job adding to the world she has created, with this installment giving a lot of insight into the enigmatic Barrani. I really like how she writes the scenes where Kaylin uses magic, and there were a couple of great ones here, including an exciting finish. There is definitely the sense that the story is bui
Apr 02, 2013 Patti rated it it was ok
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.
Oct 31, 2015 Choko rated it really liked it
*** 3.5 ***

It is hard to follow a great first book and I can understand the little dip in storytelling. The world building is still amazing, the idea is still engaging and imaginative! I love the various races and in this book we get a better sense of the social structure of Elantra and magics. However, the story did not flow like in book one and there was a bit too much angst for my taste. On top of that, for no good reason, if you ask me, Kaylin acted like a total brat when it came to studying
Feb 04, 2017 Robyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
These are just addictive page-turners for me. Quite hard to stop just going straight to the next. I enjoyed learning more about the Barrani, and the developments between Kaylin and Severn, as she learns to deal with their shared history.
Jan 12, 2011 Ithlilian rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jun 15, 2011 Bonnie rated it it was ok
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
Apr 06, 2013 Estara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
May 25, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Sep 21, 2008 Latharia rated it it was ok
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
Jan 12, 2014 Wickedshizuku rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: High Fantasy fans, Jim Butcher fans
Recommended to Wickedshizuku by: Goodreads
Extremely intriquite plot, and lots of confusing twists and turns.
My prediction for the series is that the main character will probably be like this...
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The creature features and magic sytems are excellent. If you really want to cut your teeth on something really weighty in theory and ethics; then this is for you.
This isn' t a light read either. If you take up this series I recommend you read them closely together, or you will easily get lost.
Aug 07, 2007 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
Kathy Davie
Jan 31, 2013 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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
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
S.N. McKibben
Sep 18, 2012 S.N. McKibben rated it it was amazing
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
2.5 stars!

To be honest, nothing really happened in Cast in Courtlight.


Michelle Sagara has that repitition going on. Multiple times throughout the book, she reminds us of:

-Baranni eyecolor and emotion.

-How Kaylin is known for her temper that could lead to certain death.

-How Kaylin is prone to ask infinite stupid questions that make even the side characters annoyed.

-How the Baranni are dense, immortal beings who don't have any emotion.

No character development occurred, although, Kaylin no
Apr 22, 2010 Mei-Lu rated it really liked it
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
Aug 18, 2008 Martina the Book Fairy rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 03, 2014 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
There is a lot of repetition especially concerning what color of eyes the different characters had, but since those character's eyes changed color often depending on their mood or what they were thinking the repetition didn't bother me as much as it could have in other circumstances.

I enjoyed the relationships Kaylin had with the other characters. I found it fun she had more leaway with her superiors than anyone else. I would have liked to see more of Marcus, the Hawklord, and Sanabalis. I was g
Gillian Murrell
Oct 23, 2016 Gillian Murrell rated it liked it
Shelves: wobble-2016
Sadly I found this book even more confusing than the first one. The politics was overwhelming and though Kaylin keeps telling us how uneducated she is, due to the fact she failed all her classes except the hands on stuff that she loved, I found her to be quiet knowledgeable at times. She just seemed to like acting dumb. The Barrani High Court and the way they treat there family was insane and the constant thing with the Name got really annoying.
Bethany C
Jan 30, 2010 Bethany C rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 28, 2015 Jai rated it really liked it
Brilliant book, wonderful imagination
Nov 28, 2015 Paraphrodite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2015
3.5 stars. Still a bit too long...
Sep 26, 2013 Steph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013, fantasy
Great book! Onto the next one!
Sep 03, 2014 Lokki rated it really liked it
Cast in Courtlight is a solid follow up to it's predecessor, picking up immediately following the events of Cast in Shadow. Another well paced page turner, it will leave you wanting more. While Kaylin just wants to get back to being a Hawk and walking patrol during Festival, it doesn't look like that's going to happen any time soon. Removed from the duty roster during a time when every active duty officer is double-booked as a precaution to herself and others, she's chafing under the yoke of aut ...more
Sep 23, 2014 Heather rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 02, 2014 Dani rated it really liked it
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
Sep 09, 2015 Mskychick rated it liked it
Shelves: henrico-ebook
Favorite quotes:
class—the adult form of bullying and condescension

This was polite, as it was often polite to ask questions for which you technically weren’t supposed to have the answers. She distrusted polite in men of power.

Severn’s head disappeared out the window, and reappeared just as quickly; the window was not a safe place to hang a necessary appendage if you wanted it attached at the end of the journey.

Human minds, Kaylin thought with a grimace, could only hold so much beauty; it was li
Apr 14, 2012 Carl rated it liked it
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
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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 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 Sorrow (Chronicles of Elantra, #9)
  • Cast in Flame (Chronicles of Elantra, #10)
  • Cast in Honor (Chronicles of Elantra, #11)

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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.” 23 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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