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Cast in Honor

(Chronicles of Elantra #11)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  3,498 ratings  ·  228 reviews
In the aftermath of a vicious battle between darkness and light, the city of Elantra has emerged victorious. But Shadows continue to haunt every corner of its streets...

Elantra stands strong, but countless numbers of Hawks, the city's staunchest protectors, were lost in the brutal attack. Humans, Barrani, Aerians, Leontines—none of the races emerged unscathed from the defe
Kindle Edition, 512 pages
Published November 24th 2015 by MIRA
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Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
We're 11 books into this series and I keep hoping for more character development. Every book has the same plot...

1. Kaylin will complain about how she doesn't understand her marks and what it means to be Chosen. (So why doesn't she spend some time with the Arkon and his hoard of a library and do some research? Stop whining)
2. Kaylin will magically save the day with mysterious words. There will be pages and pages about how her marks burn and she doesn't know how to use her magic to help, but she'
Eyes everywhere!

I cried and I laughed, it was a rollercoaster.

I love absolutely everything in the book and, after the cliffhanger from the last one, I couldn't wait to read it. We get new characters that are just incredible, I'm sure gonna miss them.

What I got extra in this book though were the creepy stuff!

Sometimes I'm sorry when I find a book that I absolutely love because sooner or later I finish it and I won't get to read it for the first time again (although I do have a pretty short memory
Dec 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3 stars: 5 for gorgeous world- and character-building, minus 2 for a few excruciatingly awful scenes.

I LOVED 90% of "Cast in Honor," from the crusty dragon personalities to Small and Squawky's earlobe nips. Sagara has an lush imagination and her characters are deep and vivid. That said... she’s driving me crazy with the excruciatingly dull but critical scenes where Kaylin manipulates "True Words" or "True Names" to resolve magical crises. Sagara’s vision for these scenes just isn’t translating t
Maria Dimitrova
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Eleven books in and now I can safely say that I'm in love with Elantra and it's citizens. And there's always something new to grab your interest in each book. In this particular instalment it was a young girl from (view spoiler) - basically here to do what Kaylin has always wanted to do. She comes along with the most unlikely, from what we've known so far, ally. And thanks to that ally we learned more about the Ancients and what the hell they were thinking creating the ...more
Helen Michael
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Done with this series

11 books in and a big fat 0 for character growth. Massive amounts of useless inner dialogue. Did not move the story arch along at all, because time resets itself. I do not believe that Mrs. Sagara knows how to write an adult character, or a real adult love scene. This character puts no effort into learning how to actually do anything she is supposed to and now just whines and complains that she had no choice....11 books in and she is just regressing rather than growing. Stor
Alyssa Louie
It truly pains me to write this because I adored this series in the beginning, I sat and read the first three over one weekend because I could. Not. Stop. But the last few books have felt stalled. There's very little obvious progression with the over-arching plot, very little character progression. I had AT LEAST hoped we might get an interesting look at Kaylin actually doing her job and investigating but for all this book supposedly revolved around some weird murders it turned out the story spe ...more
Nov 25, 2015 rated it liked it
I must not be a true fan of fantasy. As with many of the previous books in this series, I found the parts about magic were the least interesting portions of the story. And those parts comprised most of the 500 pages, described in voluminous detail. It took me for-freakin'-ever to wade through it all.

The parts dealing with the characters themselves--their interactions, relationships--are what have kept me interested in the series. Unfortunately, some of those characters and relationships have rem
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
Each installment of the Elantra series leaves me breathless as I wade through the complexities of Kaylin's life while she juggles her job in the Hawks, her friendships, her loyalties and her need to understand what's going on despite warnings to stay clear.

This isn't light bedtime or beach reading... but if you've been following the series you know that by now. You struggle through the pages along with Kaylin, following her through the confusion, grasping for meaning and truth. Kaylin's stubborn
Coyora Dokusho
Ahhhhh it was so good!!! I stayed up all night... luckily I don't go back to work for a couple more days! XD And homework definitely exists... in various forms and necessities... I love Kaylin!!! And everybody!! I just barely finished this one and I'm dying for the next one already... XD Really want to go back to the beginning and read the whole series again!! Gah I love the characters so much!! Go buuuuuy eeeeeeeet!! ...more
Kathy Martin
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This twelfth adventure begins immediately after the events of the eleventh. Elantra is still picking up the pieces after the battle. Kaylin Neya is recovered enough from her injuries to go back on duty with the Hawks. Her first case is to investigate the murder of three people in a normally quiet part of town. Bellusdeo, the only known female dragon and Kaylin's friend, decides to tag along. Kaylin is chosen for the investigation because she can see magic. When she nears the scene, she is drawn ...more
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the series
Recommended to Estara by: auto-buy author and series
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2015
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Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD. I am literally weeping, but in a good way.
Highly recommended.
Kathy Davie
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Eleventh in the Chronicles of Elantra fantasy series and revolving around Kaylin, the Chosen with no clue but with a heart of gold.

I did find myself wishing I had gone back and re-read Cast in Flame , 10, before continuing with Cast in Honor. It took awhile before I got caught up in what had gone before.
Remember, too, that myths are stories.

My Take
Each previous story has been one of Kaylin's exposure to the different races within Elantra, and all that trust that Kaylin has been building throu
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reads
Wow, such a great book! And so interesting! And things make a lot more sense, reading it a second time, though there were still some bits that were confusing, but still so great! Time was a pretty big part of this book, and yeah, absolutely loved reading this book and how it has the starting threads of the plot of Cast in Flight!

*First read September 9th 2015*
Yeah, this book? Just perfect! Loved it so much, and while reading it on the day that it was uploaded to NetGalley (like I did with Cast
Jul 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
I forgot I was reading it. That about sums it up. I very much enjoyed this series in the beginning, when the books were about crimes to be solved involving the different species of a strange world. The series changed along the way, and now reads like someone wrote it while sleeping. People just wander around in incomprehensible landscapes doing unknown things for an interminable length of pages. It's very frustrating, as the characters are really good! They just have nothing to do. I literally w ...more
I am increasingly unsure how to rate these books. Individually, I enjoy each successive addition to the series; as a whole, though, they frustratingly fail to build toward any real arc. I feel like I could reread the early books and get approximately the same satisfaction that I receive by reading each new installment.

This one has some good points; for the first time in several books I felt like I had a solid grasp on the metaphysics and actually understood what Kaylin was doing in her Mystical
Stacey Brutger
Dec 07, 2015 rated it liked it
3 Stars
In the aftermath of a vicious battle between darkness and light, the city of Elantra has emerged victorious. But Shadows continue to haunt every corner of its streets...

Elantra stands strong, but countless numbers of Hawks, the city's staunchest protectors, were lost in the brutal attack. Humans, Barrani, Aerians, Leontines—none of the races emerged unscathed from the defense of the city. Homes were lost, families were scattered…and the outcast Barrani Lord Nightshade is missi
Dolly Sandor
I have no idea where Ms Sagara is going with this series and I love it!!

What I liked: The characters and the different symbolisms continue to be the draw for me with the Chronicles of Elantra Series. I might not be clear on each and every plot in these 11 books but I know the characters will stay with me for a very long time.

You can never ever expect something from this series. You just have to flow with the direction Ms Sagara is taking. Each and every book takes you on a journey. What you thin
Falinia Kirker
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
I get the audio versions of these books and I don't know why I keep getting them except to have background noise while I play video games. I'll probably get the next one because I like the narrator's voice but I don't know how anyone can read the thing on paper. The magic is neat, it stops being neat after the 15th time it's explained in excruciating detail. The mind-reading is f___ng stupid, unless she's accidentally talking out loud all the time there's no way people could know *exactly* what ...more
Nov 24, 2015 rated it liked it
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Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audio
2.5 stars
Not my favorite in the series, although the end was nice and feel-good.

I understand that Kaylin is slowly becoming a bridge between all the various factions of life on her world but it's taking a long time and I'm pretty tired of the "fall around until you intuit the answer" schtick. Instead of learning court etiquette and doing beat patrols for the hawks she should be spending all her time digging into figuring out what's up with her magics.

And this particular book was a stumbling atte
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Chronicles of Elantra series is one of my favourite fantasy series and with 11 books down, it doesn't appear to be slowing down, if anything, things only seem to be getting more dire. Cast in Honor was action-packed from start to finish with never a dull moment.

As much as I like this series, it does take getting used to because of Michelle Sagara's writing style. It is different in many respects, though mostly in the way she structures her sentences. The prose is also dense and therefore som
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

Elantra is a completely immersive world. It sucks you in the moment you start the first page. Then it spits you out at the end of the book, gasping at the shock of the return to the real. You find yourself figuratively pounding on its door, begging to be let back in, only to hear a sniggering voice whisper, “come back next year”, as you scream in frustration.

I’m still sitting in that shock of return stage. I was desperate to see how it ended, and now I’m co
Dec 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm beginning to get a little tired of this series and feeling anxious to get it wrapped up, which is sad because for awhile I looked forward to new installments quite a bit. While Sagara has done an ok job with trying to keep things in the story fresh (either by introducing new characters) or having character growth, it's starting to feel unwieldy. She has so many characters going now that it's hard to keep track, and some of them spend whole swaths of the book doing nothing (looking at you, Se ...more
When our story opens, Kaylin and Crew are trying to get to the point where they can go on the hunt for Nightshade, who disappeared in the last book. But an investigation changes everything; and it turns out the investigation has more than a little to do with Nightshade.

We get to see more of some old characters, like Ybelline and Moran, and we're introduced to new characters Gilbert and Kattea, both of whom are pivotal to the investigation. And in the process, we learn just a bit more about Ravel
Dr susan
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you have not read the previous ten Chronicles of Elantra, Cast in Honor is not a good place to start. Honestly, the best place to start this series is with the first novella, called Cast in Moonlight (I think). Helen, Mandoran, Annarion, and the Emperor are quite delightful. Gilbert and Kattea are very touching and intriguing characters. As usual, Kaylin manages to find trouble when she least expects it, but she is growing up. Severn appears to need the same relationship lessons the Emperor n ...more
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
As always fabulous and lovely book. I just love the series and can reread the series over and over again and find something new every time. It's amazing to see how much every character has developed in this series, even the emperor. My complaint would be the lack of Severn in the whole book except at the very end but then it was a very revealing scene with him. Also I wish the book got more into the Arian culture. We just got the glimps of its complicated system through Hawk's cranky doctor.. ...more
MAB  LongBeach
A continuation of the long-running Chronicles of Elantra. A fairly routine murder investigation quickly turns odd, with the discovery of an orphaned girl and her unusual protector. Soon the city itself is at risk, and maybe the whole of this plane of existance. A bit talky, with lots of philosophical discussion about the nature of time and reality and life, which dampens the urgency somewhat.

Not the most compelling entry in the series, and definitely not a good place to start.
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elantra is still reeling from the battle with the Ancestors. Every race lost someone. Seems like they would get a break from the chaos, but they won't. Evanton's Garden is unstable, Nightshade is missing, and there are two new citizens in Elantra. Three murders just happen to take place across the street from them. Coincidence? With Kaylin's luck, probably not. I will say it again, I love this series!!! ...more
Expected publication: November 24th 2015 by MIRA
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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 16 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 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)
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“In practice, the Hawks are people. People are political. I don’t expect any group of people to be perfect, theoretical beings—for one, the pay isn’t nearly high enough. Some of the racial decisions made are purely pragmatic; the Barrani are preferentially sent into figurative war zones because we’re much more likely to survive them. There is no equality because we are not equal; we are different. I attempt to respect those differences.” 2 likes
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