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Cast in Silence (Chronicles of Elantra #5)

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  6,550 Ratings  ·  212 Reviews
Don't ask. Don't tell. Stay alive.

A member of the elite Hawk force that protects the City of Elantra, Kaylin Neya has sacrificed much to earn the respect of the winged Aerians and immortal Barrani she works alongside. But the mean streets she escaped as a child aren't the ones she's vowed to give her life guarding. Those were much darker…

Kaylin's moved on with her life—and
Paperback, 461 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Luna Books
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Nov 21, 2015 Choko rated it really liked it
*** 4 ***

“Manners,[...] are severly underappreciated in my opinion".
Where practiced well, they remove the probability that someone in my position will be forced to go through the effort of killing someone in yours. Belive that on occasion that much death can become tedious.”
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
This book is really a 4.5. first of all, I'm biased a bit because I love the characters of Kaylin and Severn.

This book was more of an exploration of desires, regrets, decisions, and the famous motto of the Stones 'you can't always get what you want, but if you try 'sometimes, you just might find - you get what you need'.

The character of Morse was interesting and created a good mentor/foil for Kaylin and as she was also the exact opposite of Severn - it was good to see how both influences molded
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Laura (Kyahgirl)
4/5; 4 stars; A-

This was an excellent addition to the series. Five books is a long time to wait to start to really connect to the characters in a series but this is the book for me. I was impressed with the Tower, the 'travel', the emerging role of the new leader in Barren. It was all good. (view spoiler)
Kathy Davie
Nov 18, 2016 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, i-own-this
First read 2 March 2013.

Fifth in the Chronicles of Elantra fantasy series revolving around Kaylin Neya, a private in the Hawks law enforcement agency.

My Take
Whoa...lotsa action in this one, but not a current day investigation of any particular peoples, although we do learn what happened to Kaylin in the six months she was missing and why she ended up with the Hawks. Oh, boy. Didn't see that one coming. Instead, Kaylin, Severn, and Tiamaris fall back in time in this particular adventure and expl
Dec 30, 2010 Karissa rated it liked it
This is the fifth book in the Chronicles of Elantra series by Sagara. Originally Sagara was contracted for five books, but it looks like that's been extended to eight books total. This was definitely not the best book in the series. It was still a good read, but at times I was really bored.

In this book Kaylin is sent to investigate some strange goings on in the fiefs. For once her journey doesn't take her to the fief of Nightshade, but to the fief of Barren where Kaylin lived out 6 months of her
May 10, 2010 Jessie rated it liked it
Instead of writing a review for each of the first five books in the Chronicles of Elantra, I will just write one here.

Kaylin is a young girl who flees the fiefs after a tragic childhood and crosses the bridge into the city of Elantra. There, she serves the Hawk Lord as one of his Hawks (the eyes and ears of the city). Kaylin's world is filled with Dragon Lords, immortal Barrani, bird-like Aerians, and cat-like Leontines. But Kaylin is also more than merely human.

The story was interesting and th
I liked this book and this series. But it has been months since I read the first 4, almost a year, and it is hard for me to remember the details. I keep wanting and waiting for Kaylin to develop a romantic relationship with one of the characters or a new one, but it never would fit into the plots. As for the plot of this one, it seems more lost than the last. The everydayness of police work is not in this one but for the very beginning, for the rest of the book it seems to be flashbacks( which ...more
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After leaving the fief of Nightshade and before showing up among the Hawks, Kaylin went missing for six months. She was in fact in the fief of Barren, serving the fieflord. In Cast in Silence, Kaylin's past comes back haunting her in the form of an old friend transmitting a message from Barren. Since this message has been delivered in front of Severn, Kaylin had not choice but to tell him the truth about her past. Then she is send with Tiama
May 20, 2013 Estara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series
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Aug 02, 2009 Jeffrey rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sagara fans of this series
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2009
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Dec 20, 2009 Annette rated it it was amazing
First off let me say that I have never been disappointed in any book published under the Luna books label yet. I highly recommend reading any of these books if you are looking for that gritty sci-fi/fantasy magic filled struggling broken souls kind of story.

Michelle Sagara West has an amazing storytelling voice. I can read her books in a sitting because they are so amazingly raw and real. She blows away the usual male-driven fantasies. You know the story. Boy lives on farm. Boy discovers magic.
Feb 12, 2011 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Simply brilliant. Michelle Sagara West is a truly amazing author. This series is utterly mind blowing and I can't possibly begin to disect how she makes such a rich and vibrant fantasy world. Her characters are so vivid that they could jump off the page but I'd much prefer to dive into their world with them. I don't think Tolkien and C.S Lewis held me this captive. I feel like I truly go on a journey with these books.

Kaylin journeys into her past before the Hawks but after the fief of Nightshade
Jan 23, 2012 WillowBe rated it really liked it
So i was surprised that this wasn't a case of being a child prostitute, but a general thug and murderer. Well, that is kind of heavy. Of course, it was obvious that Barren had coerced her into sexual activity. It was good to see Kaylin reaching for something and trying to change rather than digging in her heels. Of course, the whole Tara/Tower thing was so harrowing- geez. talk about tough love. The ending was great since we'd completely forgotten about the second person to enter the tower, ...more
Aug 11, 2009 Ann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I have to admit before this review that I am completely biased about this series. I love love love it. It just pushes all my happy reading buttons.

This book is no exception. Given that my favorite character is Lord Nightshade, I was a happy squeeing fangirl to glean more information about Kaylin's relationship with him.

And to top it off, we learned more about the past, more about the six months between when Kaylin left Nightshade's fief before she became a Hawk... how she became a hawk... and go
Jan 05, 2012 Sho rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read, fantasy
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Sep 19, 2015 Mskychick rated it it was ok
Shelves: henrico-ebook
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Kaylin’s understanding of the Dragon term hoard wasn’t exact, but time had made clear that it meant “touch any of my stuff and die horribly.”

“Stop judging your life only by the failures,” he whispered.
“What should I do?” she whispered. “I’m always going to fail.” “
We all do,” he said softly, his voice closer now. “We all fail. But none of us fail all of the time.”

Dragons, in Kaylin’s experience, had as much sense of humor as wet eggs.

But if there was no inherent justice in life, it
Anne Osterlund
Dec 31, 2010 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it
Kaylin has a past. A past which is dang hard to drag out of her.
But when the elements spin, and the dragons start bossing her around, and an assassin from the fifes comes bearing a message, she has no choice but to go back.

Back to the place where she was hurt.

And where she hurt others.

And where the tower now waits. To test her with all the terrors of her past.

Awesome! I have been waiting FOREVER for Kaylin to start digging into her past again. And the climax just came out of nowhere and hit me o
Jun 11, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
In this book, we learn more about Kaylin's past and the nature of the fiefs (finally, the fiefs were really mysterious and confusing in other books). Good plot, fantastic secondary character in Morse, but way too much internal dialog going on. I skimmed a lot of that!
Apr 16, 2014 Louisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-reads
Oh, such a great book, loved rereading it, because such a great world, and facing the Devourer, and helping with the his painting, a bit of commenting about Marrin with the baby from Fury, and yeah, a bit of fight with the Consort, but she'll be forgiven by Cast in Flame!!!
Dec 04, 2015 Paraphrodite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2015
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Janice (Janicu)
Nov 23, 2009 Janice (Janicu) rated it liked it

This is one of my reads during the 24-hour read-a-thon. I bought this a while ago but hadn't had the time to read it until now.

The Premise: This is the fifth book in the Chronicles of Elantra series which is a fantasy set in the city of Elantra, where Kaylin Neya, a member of one of the arms of law, called the Hawks, lives. Kaylin is the focus of a lot of attention because of mysterious symbols written all over her body, which have been there since her bir
Katelin Campbell
Jun 08, 2016 Katelin Campbell rated it really liked it
Originally posted to A Bookworm's Confessions

I am really enjoying this series. It's just so interesting because it's a whole different world with different species and I love it.

This book focuses on Kaylin's past. We know from previous books that after she ran from Severn in Nightshade, she disappeared for six months before she showed up to become a Hawk. Kaylin always dismissed those thoughts and focused on other things, leaving the readers wondering. Cast in Silence finally explores those si
Oct 09, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it
This time around Michelle Sagara is exploring Kaylin’s past and the things that brought her out of the fiefs. She’s also delving into the relationship between a fief and its lord, and how these things are necessary to protect the city from a deeper shadow. There’s more than enough going on in these two topics to keep things lively and interesting.

Sagara’s characters are my favorite part of the Chronicles of Elantra. Kaylin is a pain in the ass, but an enjoyable pain in the ass. Sagara nicely bal
Sep 26, 2016 Mei rated it liked it
In which Kaylin is still impulsive but manages to end up, as usual, on the right side of things. She does stop putting her foot in it quite as much (she'd hardly have a foot left) and does manage to curb her impulse to say the first thing that comes to mind (which ceased being endearing somewhere in book two). But I liked this as some of the other previously secondary characters get a chance to spread their wings (geddit, geddit?) and develop. And now I am cursing because I've just ordered books ...more
Heather Faye
Aug 16, 2012 Heather Faye rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Sally Schmidt
Apr 18, 2016 Sally Schmidt rated it really liked it
I read this entire series (all 11 books currently available) in less than a month. Which means that I liked the series, and it's all compacted into my brain and I may not remember the finer details of what happened in what book and in what order - outside the major plot points, of course.

First, a general comment on the series as a whole. The world-building and detail is amazing, although some of the repetition does get annoying - I could do with a LOT less mentions of eye color, Marcus' ruffled
Essie • (Midknight.traveller)
The book starts off with a Kaylin in a sour mood and a foreboding feeling that something is going to happen. It only gets worse with her visit to the Keeper Evanton where she is informed that something is awry in the Elemental Garden. Then Kaylin gets a visit from an old friend from the time she spent in Barren. A time she would rather forget and on top of that is presented with an ultimatum. Either come to Barren or have your secrets exposed.

The book is mainly about the fief of Barren and Kayl
May 02, 2010 Mei-Lu rated it really liked it
The more I read the Elantra books, the more they remind me of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Like Buffy, Kaylin is a girl who struggles with things we can all relate to - her job, her studies, her complicated relationships. At the beginning of the series, everybody underestimates her because she is, after all, just a girl. Except, she's isn't - she's brave, she's loyal, she's good in a fight and she is gifted with a extraordinary powers. She is Chosen and that seems to mean ...more
Nicole Bunge
There's something about the author's style of writing that is both intriguing and confusing to me. It's admittedly hard to describe magic and the paranormal (visions, battles) of otherworldly happenings in a coherent way. I imagine that's what it's like for the heroine - who is repeatedly thrown out of her depths with ancient beings (where being sassy and headstrong isn't really any sort of asset and gets you treated like a very slow, very annoying child by dragons, elves [sorry, but that's ...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 Courtlight (Chronicles of Elantra #2)
  • Cast In Secret (Chronicles of Elantra #3)
  • Cast in Fury (Chronicles of Elantra #4)
  • 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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“Manners,[...] are severly underappreciated in my opinion".
Where practiced well, they remove the probability that someone in my position will be forced to go through the effort of killing someone in yours. Belive that on occasion that much death can become tedious.”
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