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Cast in Sorrow

(Chronicles of Elantra #9)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  5,178 ratings  ·  278 reviews

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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Yay, Squeaky!

This book dragged a bit at the beginning but it did pick up later on, so it's still a 4-star read in the end.

I absolutely love the new "permanent" character! Can't wait to see more of him.
Sep 07, 2013 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
Maria Dimitrova
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Cast in Sorrow starts off where the previous book left off with Kaulin on her way to hear the recitation of the regalia. To be honest I was sure that Kaylin will somehow screw things up before fixing them but surprisingly she pulled it off with only minor setbacks mainly caused by the Barrani's reticence and distrustful nature.

Learning more about the races of the Empire was always my favourite part of these books and the trend continued with CiS. However, this time it was more personal because
Feb 11, 2013 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 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
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
More interesting than the previous book, especially with the glass dragon now. It's all Barrani again, a continuation and conclusion to the journey started. I never love the Barrani books, but this one improved towards the end. It dragged and was too full of Kaylin's inner monologue as they all are. The ending was intriguing and promising new characters.
Dec 03, 2012 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 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 01, 2013 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
Apr 15, 2013 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
Aug 29, 2013 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.
Mar 27, 2013 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.
Kathy Davie
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First read January 1, 2014.

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 co
Please don't hesitate to come at Fans of Michelle Sagara West if you want to discuss the book or the series!

Arc provided by Netgalley

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
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 30, 2013 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
J.A. Ironside
2.5 stars tbh

And at this point I'm going to take a little break from the series and probably pick up the remaining six books later in the year.

This one lost me. The worldbuildinv is still fantastic but it's yet another Berrani based book and they are super dull. Seriously if you took everything likeable, mystical, skillful or otherwise to do with personality from Tolkien's elves or Star Trek's Vulcans, then you have the Berrani. Ok so thus book is about Teela's traumatic childhood but it still i
Kathy Martin
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
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
Jan 26, 2013 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 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-releases
3.5 Such a long and drawn out story
Sep 01, 2013 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 :)
*happy sigh* Love this series and ooh the things that Sagara put in this book! Review to come :).

4.5 stars
Review originally posted here:

Publisher: Harlequin Luna
Publish Date: Out now
How I got this book: ARC from the publisher via Netgalley

The end of her journey is only the beginning…

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
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cast in Sorrow is the ninth book in the Chronicles of Elantra series and it’s the second part of the two parter begun with Cast in Peril. Any who follow my blog and see my header will realise that I’m a fan. I re-read this series constantly and always find something new. I don’t know if that says more about how inattentive I am than how intricate the series is but never the less I love Kaylin and her adventures.

Since this is the ninth entry in the series, I don’t recommend that you start here. G
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

You can take the girl out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the girl.

Kaylin Neya is a Private in the Imperial Hawks of Elantra. She may be a lot of other things, and she may have had a lot of other identities thrust upon her, but at her core, that is the identity she has chosen for herself.

Which makes her very much a fish out of water in Cast in Sorrow, because the entire story takes place not just outside the city, but outside of any city. Ka
Mar 28, 2013 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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Mar 10, 2014 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
Mar 16, 2013 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 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Elantra stories! I read and reread them and rejoice in their being.

Returning to the Chronicles of Elantra and life with Private Kaylin Neya is a privilege and a joy. As I was reading this it once more occurred to me that our writers are the Bards of yesteryear, opening our eyes, enabling us to see through their eyes into the worlds they create. To be able to see what Sagara sees, look through her eyes into the world of Elantra and of Kaylin is fantastic and a reader's delight. Thank you.
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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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Chronicles of Elantra (1 - 10 of 16 books)
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  • 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)
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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.”
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