Cast in Shadow
Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered — and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin.…
Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the w...more
Now, seven years later, her na ...more
If I were an editor, I would have required the author to have a prologue which shows us what happened to Kaylin 7 years ago and giv ...more
I just bought the audiobook and the narrator pronounces it differently.... my life is a river of disappointment
Like 75% of the reason I added this to my TBR is because the MC's name is Kaylin.
Hello, dear goodreaders! Welcome to another random rant about books I love and can't seem to write reviews for
THE HISTORY LESSON
These books are about a city called Elantra. It's a place that has finally achieved peace after centuries of war between the different races. The Big winners, aka. ...more
Sagara has an economical style to her writing, which worked very well with the way the story was layered. World building and character histories are revealed through the current events of the story, which gave it a feeling of happening more in the moment.
Based on this first book I am expecting this to be a very strong seri ...more
As a fair warning, not a lot (ie nothing) is explained or described. The author expects you to implicitly understand the layouts of buildings and magic dealings without any explanation.
The main character is imperfect, and that is likable, but that is pretty much the only likable aspect of her personality. She is rude, impatient, whiny, and ignorant of everything around her. Every other character treats her with kindness and respect (OK, ma ...more
When I saw this book has over 500 pages, I was sure I'd be really bored and it'll probably go in the DNF pile. But after I started reading it, I couldn't put it down! I finished it in a day and a half and couldn't wait to start the next one.
This book is more HF than UF. Ok, ok, fine, I can't find the "urban" at all, so why do people say it's an UF.?!
True, if I think of it as HF, then it probably doesn't deserve 4 stars, so yeah, let's just leave it at this...
HF, as in high f ...more
ETA: Anyone that wants to spoil me on all things Lord Nightshade, please do - I'm so incredibly curious about him, but I just can't force myself through anymore of the book in order to get such small moments/knowledge of him.
ETA2: Or if there's a book that I should pick up later in the series where things start to become more smoothly written and I can skip the first-(several)-book(s)-syndrome....
I've been looking forward to diving into th ...more
This isn't your typical fantasy world. I'm not sure how to classify this: it has some elements of urban fantasy but at the same time it's too close to epic fantasy. Forget the usual suspects ...more
Also, the author attempts to create a mystery (as if there wasn't enough) by withholding from the reader in ...more
So, the good: I thought the concept and the convoluted plot in theory were interesting. Unfortunately, the author did not live up to the potential. I don't, however, feel it's so much the case of good idea gone bad so much as it was really horrible writing.
I know I've complained about prose in the past but this ...more
It is a High Fantasy, but with a definite Urban Fantasy feel. It takes place in a single city, with several d ...more
Kaylin is a Hawk, essentially a policeman, in the City of Elantra. She was an orphan in Nightshade, one of the worst areas of the huge city, but escaped her life there in a blur of violence and murder that saw her the only survivor out of dozens of dead children, all marked with the same strange writing that she ...more
The main character just does things. She's completely impulsive and I don't get to j ...more
I tried. I really did try to enjoy this book. But I finally gave up. I was 85% through this book, and still waiting for it to grab me. I hate abandoning books, but I figured if i wasn't sold on this book at 85%, then there was very little chance I would be sold on it at 100%. I just couldn't get into this author's style. The writing was appallingly choppy. There was no flow to the sentences. And her train of thought must have run on tracks perpendicular to my own, because I had such trouble fol ...more
I will be reading the next book , hopefully that sheds some light on everything.
So, this series has been on my TBR for quite a while. It comes highly recommended by my GR friend Estara and a few others I follow.
I was not disappointed. I like a story with a strong yet flawed heroine. I like dragons, magics, and mysterious powerful races of beings. This book has all that.
I found it a bit tiresome how Kaylin acted and was treated by the various authority figures in her world but it wasn't enough to put me off the story. The main character in this book is only ...more
DNF @ 10%
Mostly cause I don't know what the eff is going on. I am a fish out of water. Though that would probably get remedied later but I has no patience.
Also, I have it on good account this was the best in the series and it goes down-hill and absolutely boring the further along you get.
And nobody got time for that.
I is out.
Michelle Sagara West
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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