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Cast in Flame

(Chronicles of Elantra #10)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  4,332 ratings  ·  253 reviews
Any day that starts with dragon arguments is going to be bad

Kaylin returned from the West March in one piece. Now that piece is fraying. She's not at home in the Imperial Palace—and she never intends to be. All she wants is normal garden-variety criminals and a place of her own. Of course, normal in her new life involves a dragon as a roommate, but she can handle that.

Audiobook, 400 pages
Published August 1st 2014 by Harlequin Luna (first published May 16th 2014)
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Jul 31, 2014 rated it liked it
The ending is great. No question. I won't quibble over that. However, the repetition is really starting to irritate, irk, bother, grate, offend. Sentient buildings, playing with the word stickers on her skin, wandering through alternate realities, all culminating with a fight against some bad guy, ad nauseum. I don't want to be done with this series, but if something doesn't change I don't think I can keep going, which is a shame as I really love this author.
Aug 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
3 1/2

What can I say, what can I say...nothing new I guess. I should copy my review of book 9 and be done with it... < grin>
I keep reading my reviews of the former books and I realize that nothing changes in my understanding of this series. I end up loving it in spite of it.

Ms Sagara's ability as a writer and a story teller can't be downplayed, because with all my nits I keep reading and liking The Chronicles of Elantra.

same old, same old:
Maria Dimitrova
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
After the little trip to the West March that Kaylin took in the last couple of books, things are getting back to normal. That is Kaylin is back in Elantra and she's neck deep in yet another crisis. She also has to deal with living in the palace and since that is getting on her nerves, she's looking for a new place to live. However, because of her roommate there's a problem with finding a landlord willing to deal with the Emperor's ridiculous demands. So basically it's a lost cause. Until the Kee ...more
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
If there was more editing, say to take out the endless repetition and overly elaborate descriptions, this would've been 4-5 stars.

The beginning was meh, the middle was full of repetition, and the end was great. I liked the finale battle a lot and the last guest was excellent. I hope to see more of the guest. Enjoying the two new Barrani.
Mar 10, 2014 rated it liked it
I feel like I need to write the same review of this book as I did the last book. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Was any particular plot arc addressed? Not really. Did Kaylin resolve some weird magic problem through her marks, intuition, and good intentions? Yes. Did any of the relationships in the book progress? No. Where is this series going? What's the point? I've lost it.
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I received an e-ARC from NetGalley for Cast in Flame.

Approximately 6-20 hours, depending on time of day, after reading a new Sagara book you are inevitably pissed off you have to wait another twelve months for the next installment. Huge thanks that it's only twelve months, by the way. Seemingly rare these days with author’s switching to every two years or gods-know-when.

Kaylin’s journey continues with an exceptionally mundane premise for a fantasy book – apartment hunting
Sharon Tyler
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Cast in Flame is the tenth book in the Chronicles of Elantra series by Michelle Sagara. It is currently schedule for release on July 29 2014. Kaylin knows that any day that starts with dragon arguments is going to be bad, and far too many days have started that way since she returned from the West March in one piece. She does not fit in, or feel comfortable, living in the Imperial Palace. All she wants is to get back to her normal work routine, apprehending average criminals, and a place of her ...more
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am very fond of the Chronicles of Elantra and now, nine books down, I feel more invested than ever in its characters (yes, even some of the more unpleasant ones) whenever I begin a new book in an ongoing series, I am overcome with dread that it will disappoint and it never ceases to amaze me when that doesn’t happen.

This series (and perhaps Sagara’s wirting) are not for everyone, for one, her sentences and style of writing, can seem unusual and abrupt. I know that when I started it, it took m
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Dragons, magic, warriors and psychopaths in a complicated world of intrigue and politics - welcome to the world of Ms. Sagara. This series is phenomenal. Ms. Sagara is hands down one of the best writers of our time. The world she creates is intricate. Every single book builds upon the previous. Her books must be read in order and usually best one right after another. If too much time goes by between reading of the books, it may be a bit hard for a reader to catch back up to speed. In Cast of Fla ...more
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
Kaylin's tired of living in the Palace and the humiliation of stared at in the Halls. She wants a place of her own again. She wants a home. House-hunting isn't easy with the only female Dragon though, and the two lost Barrani she brought back aren't exactly giving her the time she needs. In fact, they're making life downright complicated, as if her relationships with Teela, Evantor, Tara and Nightshade weren't tricky enough.

For the first time we see something like real sibling relati
Aug 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who liked the earlier books
The latest in the Chronicles of Elantra picks up with Kaylin looking for a new place to live, and finding that the search is complicated due to roommate issues. As with most books in this series, a few innocent-seeming events turn into catastrophic chaos.

No new significant characters are introduced in this book, but we do get to see further development of characters introduced in the last book.

This book is solid, but it does bring up an issue that I've had with the
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Everything that intrigued me about this series has stagnated. You could copy-paste a plot summary from any of the last five books in the series, change the monster of the week, and the satire would be undetectable. Kaylin will never choose a guy, Kaylin will always solve the problem in long passages explaining over and over her stunning ignorance of her own powers, and Kaylin will never make a serious effort to figure out what the heck is going on with herself. She will, however, wait passively ...more
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
A lot less Nightshade that other books which I liked, but not enough Severn. I do like learning new words and this book had me press the lookup feature about 10 times. The worst part was that since it has been a year since I read the last book, I forgot so many of the minor characters names and the role they played since Sagara doesn't really summarize their past. I'm not saying I want half the book be summary, since this is vol 10 after all, but an index would be nice (especially since it can b ...more
Sigh - don't you just love a story that just resonates with your soul and you feel as if you have a real bond with the characters there. You can just go back again and again to immerse yourself in their world and just how devastated you feel when it is finished and the NEXT BOOK IS NOT AVAILABLE YET!!!!!!!
Well Michelle has done it again for me I just loved the book, the new characters who have come in to add colour, with some of our old favorites moving into the background (I am sure to be
Susan  Baratta
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm noticing in this series that no matter how much time we spend with Kaylin, she never really grows. It's getting tiring. I miss Nightshade in this book and Severn has gotten BLAH. The book is absolutely readable, they always are, but the characters are stagnating. Even the emperor was underwhelming and although that scene was unexpected and exciting, Kaylin just wasn't. Even the other characters think she's dumb and it seems they put up with her simply because she's The Chosen. I love the lit ...more
The magical aspects have very little interest to me in and of themselves, but Kaylin's relationships and quest for a home were superb.
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This joint review was originally published at The Book Pushers

Marlene: I love this series. When I finally got around to reading the first book, Cast in Shadow, I couldn’t figure out what I’d been waiting for. I glommed through the rest of the series in less than a month. Of course, that means that now I have to wait a year for each new book.

Cast in Flame was definitely worth the wait.

E: I seriously LOVE this series. Like Marlene I didn’t pick this one up right away but since I found it I
Amanda Byrne
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
Originally posted at Vampire Book Club:

Private Kaylin Neya is convinced she’ll go deaf if she doesn’t move out of the Imperial Palace soon. Too many arguments between Diarmat, Bellusdeo, and the Emperor have left her ears ringing. She’s determined to find a new apartment, but the place has to meet with the approval of the Emperor, since her roommate will be the only female dragon in existence.

It’s not long before something else demands her attention, though. Something’s w
Stacey Brutger
Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Any day that starts with dragon arguments is going to be bad.

Kaylin returned from the West March in one piece. Now that piece is fraying. She's not at home in the Imperial Palace—and she never intends to be. All she wants is normal garden-variety criminals and a place of her own. Of course, normal in her new life involves a dragon as a roommate, but she can handle that.

She can't as easily handle the new residents to the city she
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Not my favorite in the series, but it was still pretty good. I had a great time listening to it. Khristine Hvam does and excellent job, as always.

I'm looking forward to next book/audiobook in this series.
Kathy Davie
First read August 3, 2014.

Tenth in the Chronicles of Elantra fantasy series for Young Adults and revolving around Kaylin, a young private in the Hawks.

My Take
LOL, I'm not sure which task is fraught with more peril: Kaylin trying to find a new place to live that's not the palace but still receives imperial approval or the ancestor who wants to take over the Barrani.

I want to call this a bridge story in this fantabulous world Sagara has created, but it's really more of an i
Silver James
Cast in Flame (Chronicles of Elantra, #10) by Michelle Sagara [2018 Audio book re-read/listen edit] As far as story goes, this is still one of my favorites because there is so much going on! At the same time, as I listened to the story, I wanted Kaylin (as the narrator character) to get the *insert leontine curses here* on with the story because too many times, in the midst of truly death-defying/causing action, Kaylin would lapse into mushing when I wanted her to act. This may have been because it was a reread. Still, I'm a big fan of the series and I' ...more
After two books away, it's a relief to have Kaylin back in Elantra. And yet for all that the series has returned to the physical geography of its core, it feels like the emotional geography is still off-center. Kaylin is in Elantra, but her interactions remain primarily with those who traveled to (or came from) the West March. There's very little of the Hawks here, or even of Sanabalis or Tiamaris. And while I do have a deep fondness for the Barrani children, who throw a unique wrench into the w ...more
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I really, truly love this series. Every time I pick up a new book in The Chronicles of Elantra, I think that I should re-read the previous titles to refresh the story (these books are dense and a refresher would be helpful), but I can never put off reading the newest book! And after a chapter or so I'm so deep in the world that it doesn't matter anymore.

In every fantasy world, there are rules for how the world works, and generally those rules
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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A long-standing favorite series of mine; I’m finally admitting to reservations about it. Don’t get me wrong, I still love Sagara’s world building and prose but it seems that after 10 books we all just want Kaylin to understand herself and the part she plays in Elantra (and perhaps a bit more romance for her)!

Back from her West March excursion, Kaylin just wants to find a new place to live and get on with her life; however, that is just not going to happen. The action is excellent and
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reads
Yeah, I needed to reread these books, as well, from here to Cast in Flight, because they're the only full length novels that I've read once. Cast in Deception doesn't count because I just read it! Can't believe how much I forgot about this book, like the reactions of Elemental Water and Castle Nightshade to the cohort!

*First read June 11th 2014*
Oh, my, what a fantastic book! Loved the comments on speaking in 3rd person or about a person while they're standing right there, and the ending!
Oct 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I am like the rest of frustrated readers who still keep reading this series. I guess we all want to see what will happen to Kaylin. This story has dragged and dragged to a point were i actually am surprised Michelle still is spinn8ng this tale. Now that Kaylin has met the Emperor. ... i know think we will finally see the conclusion of this story! And even YA heroines they have their love interest. Seems for Kaylin she doesnt feel anything other than the greater good and being naive! I was team N ...more
Kris Sellgren
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
The heroine of this wonderful fantasy series is finally growing up: less spitting in the face of authority and more solving magical problems that only she can fix. I liked the big battle in the end, where magicians and fighters ignore their political and racial differences to defend the city. (view spoiler)
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
no. you are toying with my mind woman! u can't just end a book like that. exquisite torture. this book was so good, loved loved loved "the boys" as Helen calls them. but the ending, dude. it was well played. my only complaint is I need more severn vs nightshade time. their rivalry and teeny tiny birch sessions which are expressed with fief shrugs and eye color changes are great. must have more boy time in next one.
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Chronicles of Elantra (1 - 10 of 15 books)
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