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on November 18, 2010
In the fifth installement of the Chaos series, Private Kaylin Neya is once again getting in to trouble and trying to save the world.
A series set in a fantasy universe where humans live with many different species their equals. Some are immortal like the Dragons and Barrani, and others like the Leontines have their own quirks that make interspecies relations always interesting...
As Kaylin continues to delve into her arcane powers, we se her grow in maturity. Some of then tension and pressures from the previous books are back, making it evident that soon enough Kaylin will have to make decisions she has avoided facing for a long time.
This is a wonderful addition to the series, in that there is a strong plot, and Kaylin is her endearing self, though trying to work on her many faults and learn more about the Ancients and their magic. Accompanied as always by her faithful shadow, Severin she works to master her powers to protect the city of Elantris once again. Just about all the secondary characters make an appearance and it sets up quite nicely for the books to come...
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on August 8, 2010
Once again Michelle Sagara has come up with an interesting and compelling read of her character of Kaylin Neya. Kaylin once more finds herself patrolling Elani street but this time some of the charlatans magics are actually working. That and the fact it rains blood over a large piece of the city means Kaylin's adventures are just beginning. She has to balance the threat of the end of the world with her dreaded and soon to arrive etiquette lessons. Sagara as always delivers first class fantasy and gives us an enjoyable story. One which I have already read several times and will no doubt reread many times in the future. I look forward to reading Cast in Moonlight in the Harvest Moon Anthology about Kaylin's arrival in the Hawks this October.
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on August 30, 2010
I have read all the books in the Cast series to date, and was severely disappointed in the last book. As a result, it was with trepidation that I decided to read the next in the series, "Cast in Chaos". My favourite character in the series is Nightshade, and "Cast in Silence" promised to have some exciting reveals in store this time around. Unfortunately, not so much. Nightshade's part is extremely limited and barely ties into the overall story. Further, Sagara is so stingy with her clues, and all the characters talk in riddles, I'm not entirely sure what in the world Nightshade is ultimately getting at when he makes his big reveal to Kaylin. Aside from that, every time I tried to pick up the book to read it, I fell asleep. So dull. So mind-warpingly dull. You wouldn't think the book could be so slow. You would, of course, be wrong. I mean Kaylin Neya is saving the City of Elantra, and the world, again. But how many different ways and different times can she save the world? And how many times can a single world be in danger anyway? When the Devourer makes his big appearance, I even started to skip pages just to get through the scenes. But my biggest complaint, and one that Sagara actually addresses in her "Author's Note" is that this story supposed to be Kaylin's personal story and Sagara wants to chart her growth as a character (more or less). It's epic, but also personal. Which is fine, but a) the more time I spend with her, I don't think I actually like Kaylin that much and b) I don't feel like Kaylin is growing as an individual. Not learning, not getting better at magic. Not moving forward in her relationship with Severn (who truly only seems to exist as Kaylin's shadow), not even getting promoted as a Hawk. (Heck, no one else has saved the world six times. She should at least get a raise for all her efforts!) And the fact that Sagara has to actually explain this aspect of her novel to her readers makes me think I'm not the first person to complain about this. I really enjoyed this series when it first came out. It was different and exciting, with a strong female protagonist who didn't swoon over men, didn't make inane, stupid comments, and actually had some depth to her. Now, I don't feel like the story is really building toward anything. And if this is to be about Kaylin's life / growth, then give me more of Kaylin's actual life. For example, in the novel Kaylin references the times she goes out drinking with her coworkers---well, show me a scene of that. Don't just tell me about it. I can't keep reading heavy description laden scenes where a lot of metaphysical / magical things happen that go on for pages. It's dull. Or, I often feels like Sagara is being so obscure in her dialogue, I'm having trouble following her point. It's like she's deliberately trying to hide information so as not to give anything away. Unfortunately instead of making me more curious, it's putting me to sleep. I'd pass on this book, and sadly I may pass on the rest of this series. A shame, because once upon a time, I really did love it.
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