Cast In Secret (Chronicles of Elantra, #3)
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Cast In Secret (Chronicles of Elantra #3)

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Stolen goods are so much easier . . .

Still avoiding her magic lessons -- yet using her powers when need be -- Corporal Kaylin Neya is relishing investigating a regular theft once again. That is, until she finds out the mysterious box was taken from Elani Street, where the mages and charlatans mingle and it's sometimes difficult to tell the difference between the two. Sti

Paperback, 521 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Luna
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I enjoyed the first book in this series because it was different, compelling, and interesting. I enjoyed the second one because it was similar, but some of the things that bothered me about the first book started to get to me in the second book. Now, the things that annoyed me in previous books are all that I see, and I'm about finished giving this series a chance. The worst thing about Cast in Secret is that it doesn't give any reason to continue the series. In the other books there were secret...more
wishing kaylin wasn't so bewitched by Lord Nightshade and that there weren't so many secrets. Something needs to happen with severn, SOON. Give me something to hang onto Michelle!!! TOO moany secrets to make this an enjoyable read. gotta give me something soon or i might just get too frustrated...

Okay. I'm finished with the book now, and I'm really disliking the fact that the endings are always so FLIPPIN AWESOME. I'm so frustrated throughout the whole book because I don't understand ANYTHING, a...more
As my rating of two stars suggests, this book was merely okay, which is a huge letdown after the first two books in the series. However, I'd be lying if I didn't say this was wholly unexpected. The main character, Kaylin Neya, is so introspective, it drives me nuts. She has always tended toward this self indulgent pastime. In this particular novel, it felt as if half the story took place in her thoughts, asides and dysfunctional exchanges with ‘more intelligent’ characters.

I found myself gettin...more
Sometimes I wonder why I've stuck with this series for so long. I've never been particularly excited about it, but something about Kaylin and Elantra intrigues me. Plus, I've been reading so much urban fantasy/paranormal novels lately that something a little more high fantasy is welcome.

Cast in Secret picks up not long after the ending of Cast in Courtlight, and, just like in previous installments, Kaylin, the Hawk from Nightshade with the mysterious magical markings, must track down a missing g...more
As with Cast In Courtlight, I really struggled to like this book. I read it primarily because I'd purchased it WITH Cast In Courtlight, after being so enthralled with the story of Cast In Shadow. Well, by Book #3 of the series, the heroine (Kaylin) hasn't developed an iota of common sense, which drives me absolutely batty. Supposedly in this book, the world's fate hangs on her ability to solve a mystery ... and everyone else seems to have crucial pieces of the puzzle, but they all persist in let...more
There's a couple of things I'd like to say about this book:

1. I really liked the story and all of the supporting characters. I like how new characters are being introduced and how we get more interactions with ones we already know. I felt like we got a good ways into the meat of the story. I would really like to see what happens next.

2. Big plot hole-"omg everyone is going to die!" so lets just send 2 people to investigate it. umm...I think a few more people might have been a good idea. What, w...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

The continuing story of Elantra and the races was interesting. The part in the middle of the book when Kaylin meets the 'water' was really confusing.
Glad she's finally coming to peace with the Tha'alani.
These books are not compelling to me because I find the relationships between the characters is stunted but they are still entertaining fantasy.
I am still enjoying this series...the only thing that keeps this from being a 5-star is I'm not seeing much evidence that Kaylin is learning/growing from all of her experiences. In the moments where she is being magically tested, she exhibits a wisdom and intuitive sense that is encouraging. However in her everyday demeanor, she continues to be difficult. There's only so much foot-stomping petulance, naive bumbling, and willful ignorance that I can take before it gets tiresome. Although it was n...more
Nicole Bunge
Reviewing this is hard, mainly because I can't tell exactly what it is that I DON'T like about these books, but something nags at me.
Perhaps it's the heroine's(Kaylin Neya) near-inability to mature. She's capable of these insane leaps of instinctual emotional and magical maturity, but behaves like a stubborn 16 yr old the other 80 % of the time.
That being said, the world is well crafted with 4 main races (2 immortal - Dragons and Baranni {oh, just admit they're elves already...} and 2 mortal -...more
Kathy Davie
Third in the Chronicles of Elantra fantasy series revolving around Kaylin, a young Hawk whom many fear should be killed.

My Take
I don't get why the Quartermaster would even imagine that Kaylin would be able to get through a day without rips, tears, and bloodshed. He must know the situations she or any of the other Hawks go into…

Eew, eeeewww, spit, wipe, rub, just eewww. That is definitely an honor I could do without….ewwwwww….

It's a case in which Kaylin learns the truth about the Tha'alani. She a...more
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
Sagara's writing felt a bit wordy and self indulgent in this instalment. There were some excessively long dialogue scenes and just long scenes in general, taking a long time to change to new locations, settings and characters. I was also very confused at one point about what was going on, who was speaking, (I think she was speaking to water at one point? Or witnessing a conversation between water and the Keeper of water from a long time ago???). Anyway, I was lost, so I had little choice than to...more
This is a really strong installment of the Elantra books. It starts as a crime investigation of 2 seemingly unconnected missing persons cases and then dives into the elemental magic system, the nature of the oracles, and the world of the Tha'alani, a telepathic race that socially functions as a collective. I enjoyed the plot of this one much more than the 2nd book but didn't *really* enjoy it until the final climax, which I could barely read, it was so exciting.

And ok, after this book, I think...more
By this point in the series I was seriously hoping to see a change for the better in the writing. Hello, editor, where were you on this one? I did not enjoy being told the same information over and over, and over again. Especially while other parts of the story that could have been of interest were underdeveloped. Another beef I had with this one was that there was a whole lot of talking and thinking but you couldn't always be sure who it was coming from and their message was often not clearly c...more
Lake's Reads
Cast in Secret by Michelle Sagara

Third book in the series that tasks Kaylin with Hawk work or so she thought until she found out that it is not all that it seems.

Kaylin is advised that there is something taken from Elani Street (this we have read about a bit, it is were rich people go to get some magic done that hopefully works out). She doesn't know what is taken and isn't able to find out either. But we know that it is an end of the world kind of item. We also learn more about certain characte...more
Dawn Ramage
I just really love this series and this world...I get so absorbed in it that it's really hard to put down.
Chelsea (Books for Thought)
This cover is pretty typical and boring. I’ll ignore it though because never judge a book by its cover and all that.

Initial Thoughts
I’ve read this book before a while ago. It is a little easier to read the second time around. For whatever reason I enjoy reading these books even though I can pick out so many things that annoy me. I always get through them though.

My New BFF
I really like Lord Nightshade. I’d like to be BFFs with him. Plus he’s all powerful and stuff like that. He just really i...more
From Booklist: "Still avoiding magic whenever possible, Private Kaylin Neya relished investigating a run-of-the-mill theft. Until she found out the mysterious stolen box had been taken from Elani Street, where the mages and charlatans mingled, and it was sometimes hard to tell the difference between the two. And since the box was ancient, without a keyhole, and held tremendous darkness inside, Kaylin knew unknown forces were again playing with her destiny... and her life."

As I suspected with the...more
Unlike the first two books in the Chronicles of Elantra series, I found the story of Cast in Secret hard to get into. I literally picked up and put down the book several times over a week (unlike the first two books which I read almost in one sitting). I found the set up sort of all over the place and confusing. However, once the story got rolling, I really liked it. A lot. In fact, I got quite misty at the climax of the story. Before reading this book, I was kind of expecting the series to be a...more
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Stacie ~ ninja or spy
My review is going to be short because most I don't usually like doing review that far on in a series, unless I absolutely love them or hate them. I also figure that people have made up their own minds on whether or not to continue the series. Or if you like me, only browse reviews of later books in the series to see if you like where the series is headed. (Yes I do that but NO I do not like spoilers! Mark them people!!!) And lastly because the summaries for these books suck. Did they even read...more
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...more
Cast in Secret
by Michelle Sagara

Book 3 of The Chronicles of Elantra

I've been a bit slow in posting but that is because I hate writing not because I haven't been reading. Once I restarted this series it got its hooks into me and I have just been devouring these books. I am about to take a little break as I will be going back to "school" and it is so hard for me to put a good book down.

Many series I fall in love with and fall in love with the author and their writing and try to devour everything...more
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...more
The Novel Reader
Kaylin Neya is once again called to use her investigating skills in order to recover a stolen, magical box from a magical garden, belonging to a grumpy shopkeeper, Evanton. She soon realizes that there is more to the case when two children go missing, and that there are end-of-the-city portents involving a massive tidal wave.

In this book, we finally see Kaylin overcome one of her greatest fears and prejudices: the Tha'alani. Human-like being. with stalks attached to their heads that can read min...more
I thoroughly enjoy Kaylin's adventures. She isn't a perfect character, but she cares with all her being, which I find so appealing. It's fun to see the trouble she gets into as she goes through this story. When I figure she couldn't get herself into a worse predicament, she jumps headlong into the next - usually by saying something she shouldn't!

The story moves along pretty well. The only part that threw me for a bit was the part with Uriel. But it was an essential part of the story that makes m...more
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Cast in Secret follows on a few days after the second book in the series, Cast in Courtlight. In this instalment a prophetic dream so strong that all of the Oracles even the apprentices receive the same vision, the end of life itself. One very powerful Oracle focuses on Kaylin and begins painting a picture of her on his wall. He is so powerful that he is disabled by his gift. He doesn't speak, he doesn't sleep and he doesn't react like a normal person, his only form of expression is drawing and...more
I had hoped this series would turn out to be great and interesting. The first book was an easy read and I was excited for the next. That one was a lot more boring and I didn't see much of a development.
This one, the third book, killed my interest in that story completely. I like the world, but that's about it. I wasn't able to follow the storyline, the dialogues and the general magical happening. I know it was something about the world being destroyed if that one bad man is not found and that K...more
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After the events of the festival in Cast in Courtlight, Kaylin is back to her normal beat in the street of Elantra with Severn as her partner. However one of her friend, Evanton, an old shopkeeper and mage, asks her for help: an important and magical artifact is missing from his shop. During her investigation, Kaylin discover that a child is missing. Then, Ybelline, the Tha'alani castlord, also asks Kaylin’s help for looking for another miss...more
Jo Oehrlein
I didn't like this one as much as the prior two books. It seems like Kaylin was ping-ponging back and forth across the city. As I said in my status updates, the whole encounter under Castle Nightshade (when she enters through the alternate door) felt like an excerpt from a different book.

Nightshade was almost superfluous in this book other than giving the name of the potential perpetrator.

I did like how they tied in the missing Tha'alani adult and also the resolution of the aging keeper.

In the l...more
Kendra Lee
I'm still trying to figure out exactly why I read these books because there's so much that I miss and don't understand in them. It's all because the characters know each other so well and can finish each other's sentences and know in only a few words what the other is talking about. But I don't. So I often get confused in the conversations and feel like I've missed something.

That being said, there are things I enjoy. The creativity of the world and the complexity of it are incredible. The Tha'a...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.

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