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- Publisher: Mira (1 December 2015)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B016NRWC90
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Cast In Honour (The Chronicles of Elantra Book 12) Kindle Edition
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First-rate fantasy, Sagara's complex characterizations and rich world-building lift her above the crowd.-- "Kelley Armstrong, #1 New York Times bestselling author"
For those who love complex worlds where unexpected danger is always just around the corner, and that are populated with a cast of completely unforgettable characters, there is no better series than Sagara's brilliant Chronicles of Elantra. The character evolution of Kaylin and all the rest of her friends and allies is unquestionably what keeps these books so utterly addictive!-- "RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick!)" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
Michelle Sagara is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including the Chronicles of Elantra series, the Books of the Sundered series, and the Queen of the Dead series. She also writes as Michelle West and Michelle Sagara West.
Khristine Hvam has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards, placed three times as a finalist for the prestigous Audie Award, and won the Audie Award for Best Narration in 2012 and 2013. She studied acting for the theater and film, and her voice can be heard in Pokemon, World of Warcraft, and in various television and radio commercials.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
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She finds compassion and understanding in a dark force that I, personally, have always feared in the Cast series. A lovely twist for all fans to experience.
I really enjoyed reading this book.
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Broadly speaking, each book follows the same pattern. Kaylin, the sparky / whiny/ engaging / irritating (delete as preferred) heroine, works as a Hawk in Elantra - essentially a police officer. She's sent on (or flails her way into) an investigation - naturally, the dead body isn't a normal murder, but is an indication of a world-threatening event. Despite being surrounded by vastly more powerful, more experienced people (mostly immortal - Kaylin is human), Kaylin is the only person who can actually save the world, usually through inadvertent and poorly explained use of the words on her skin (Kaylin is also Chosen, which means words she can't read appear on her skin).
I do wonder why I keep reading them. There are two main answers - the first is that originally, it seemed as though it would be a fantasy arc, with a clear end point, but as it goes on without any resolution, I wonder whether the author has even an inkling of an end game? It's starting to seem like a detective series with poorly explained magic rather than clever plots as the answer. The second is that actually, I'd like to know what happens to some of the the supporting characters - what is the score with the returned Barrani? What is Nightshade's longterm plan? I think also that I'd love to read the book where Kaylin takes some accountability, stops whinging, and finally actually acts like the adult she claims to be.
This book seems to have far less actual plot than the others. Broadly, Nightshade's gone, and his brother's worried. A murder on an Elantran street, in the usual form, turns out to be far more than it seems, with an odd man (Gilbert) and a lost child (Kattea - the lost / vulnerable children are another returning theme that's starting to pall). Kaylin can of course see things differently than everyone else - although the returned Barrani this time have a different view. It all gets resolved in the end, but honestly, I'm not sure how - Kaylin saves the city again. There were simply far too many words (ironic given how important the right words are to the plots), and I skipped entire chunks because I got bored. There were occasional points of interest - seeing the brusque medical sergeant in a different environment moved her towards a three dimensional character, the Arkon's interaction outside his Library could have been interesting, and Sagara started to hint at a personality for the Emperor in his cameo - but none of this was developed sufficiently. I also wish that the author would decide whether Kaylin will end up with Severn, Nightshade or neither - and just get past it!
I'll probably buy the next one, because after having stuck with the series for this long, I'd like to see if it does ever finish- but I'm not holding my breath.
There were also gaps in the story, such as who committed the murders. That was not established.
There was hardly any connection with Nightshade or Severn, my favourite characters. There was lots of rambling dialogue, which was very confusing. Do I remember reading about a different editor?
Kaylin always seems to thought of very lowly when she is the chosen. I just don't get that there is no development in book 11.
Having avidly read this series, some books several times, I don't think that I will be buying the next one sadly. It is such a shame.
As with most of the “Elantra”-books, it's hard to condense the plot of “Cast in Honor” in a few sentences. But I'll try. The book starts just a few weeks after the pivotal events in “Cast in Flame” and people and city are still recuperating. But there is no rest for Kaylin and the Hawks, since there is a mysterious murder in town that she and her usual partners [including a dragon lady that insists on accompanying Kayiln on her tours] are sent to investigate. But the murders are not at all what they seem and during the investigation, there are hints that the murder scene is part of some ritual that could have the worst outcome for Elantra, it's actual destruction.
There is shadow involved and not in a way anyone [or I] would have thought possible, there is a lot of talk about the structure of time and it's implications for reality. And Nightshade is still missing and he and his predicament are involved, too. And although I was pretty excited to be back in the dragon city and being with its inhabitants, it was at times hard to get through the really long book. Part one was great: investigations, mystery, snarky comments and just being back with the wonderful characters in that wonderful world [there even is another hilarious encounter with the emperor]. But in the second half of the book, things get obscure again. There is a lot of magic and theory and let me be clear: that was taxing. Too much explanation, so at times I felt as if I was the one to be taught magic by Lord Sanabalis. And sadly, it wasn't the exciting and interesting kind of magic, but more of a lesson in which the teacher drones on and on and you wonder if there ever is a point. This is why I rate the book 3,5 stars: 4 for the first half, 3 for the second.
There are again implications for the future and I think [and hope] that they will ultimately lead to some great culmination or something. But if you're hoping that there is any going forward on the overall story arc, you'll be disappointed. There is a unfortunate lack of momentum concerning the “big picture” and I really really hope that Ms. Sagara is moving that along in the next book, because as much as I love Kaylin and the wonderful world of Elantra with its great concepts of magic and peoples, I need some more development and if the author keeps stalling, I will say goodbye to Kaylin.
However, the previous books have been more than compensated for this by an engaging set of characters and an enjoyable interaction between.
This book magnifies some of the real weaknesses in the series.
1. An inordinate amount of time is spent explaining the plot to each other.
2. The plot explanations are completely incomprehensible.
3. There is a huge amount of time describing "magic" but after 10 books I still have no idea what this magic is or how it works.
4. The plot is moves forward so slowly, it is almost glacial. It is like a really dull game of Cluedo - involving revisiting the same rooms again and again to get further clues to solve the "mystery".
5. There are so many characters following her around now, it would be cheaper to hire a minibus.
6. The character of Gilbert is misconceived.
I am really disappointed with this series, if it is going anywhere, life is too short for me to wait around to find out.
Things to lose in the next book:
- Leontines and Leontine (curses and all) in general
- Severn "unwinding his weapon chain"
- Kaylin worrying about anyone being "reduced to ash" by any dragon (especially the Emperor)
- Kaylin looking forward to making corporal