Being a strong fan of Faith Hunter's books plus The Hunger Games and Insurgent series, I decided to give Michelle Sagara's "Chronicles of Elantra" a try. "Cast in Shadow" is the first installment of her popular 11 book series. I appreciate the difficulty of creating a complex society of dragons, aerians, immortals, and humans with a few dozen important characters. However, the narrative dragged with excessive attention to mine numbing detail. The action scenes (approximately 25% of the total), actually flowed well enough to maintain my interest through the much more tediously told day to day events. The young heroine, Kaylin, is an intriguing main character and I can the see the possibilities of her evolving through subsequent adventures. Kristine Hvam did a fairly good job with the narration. I am a big fan of Jane Yellowrock, and Ms. Hvam brought equal talent to Kaylin, the variety of other female voices, and the story's narrative. However, she had some difficulty differentiating the large number of different male characters.
I've had this on my wish list for awhile and am entirely happy with this purchase. I wasn't able to read the book all at once and this tale really kept a good pace. It drew me in and got to some action right away, which I love, and kept the flow of it all throughout. When I purchase audio books I'm always concerned with how the narrator can at times distract from the story. With this book the narrator was awesome! Different character voices really gets you into the story, so Bravo!!!
Overall a great great book and I will be reading the next in the series. Thank you to the writer and also
narrator for taking me to a different world 😊
really enjoyed this book, particularly through audio. good characters, but i would like a little more depth in some aspects, but this is a series, so this may come later. I'm looking forward to book 2!
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I read the free prequel novella about a year ago and I was not overly impressed. I had already purchases this book so after I forgot what was in the novella (it was that good), I went ahead and listened to this book only because I hate to waste money. I could not connect with the book. I had more questions and the characters were only paper cut outs. I felt like they went through the motions but I had no sense of who they were, where they were or what the differences were between the cast. I kept catching my mind wondering and then I would think I missed something, but no, nothing was ever explained. There were a few ideas that could have panned out but since I felt the same with the novella I decided not to finish this book. I have finished books that were worse, I just didn't want to waste my time on something I had mediocre feeling towards when I have over 200 audio books in my library that I haven't read yet. Narrator did an okay job, she just can't make up for inadequate writing.
I am listening to the whole series again, for the third time. I am only going to comment on this one. It took me a couple of tries to get into the story but once I had it is very addicting. Not only is the story well written and the characters relatable but I have never heard a better narrator. I cannot wait for the next release!
The main character was tedious. I wanted to put her in "time out" until she turned 30.
I would check out more information on the book before I would purchase another book by Ms Sagara.
Ms. Hvam did a good job as narrator, just didn't have much to work with for the main character who was predictable in her reactions.
I was disappointed with the book. I had already purchased the seond book in the series and could not even get started listening to it.
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
I compared the print edition to the audio version. I found the audio book to be a little slow and repeats things many times. I became bored with the print edition because of this. The narration is excellent and does a great job at keeping the story moving and interesting. There was a need to explain the other races and their traits and habits. This was well done. The problem came because of the number of races that had major roles and parts in this novel. There was repetition of these traits and habits that kept the story a little slow.
I was looking for a new author to start with. My daughter has read this series and convinced me to give this on a try. The plot is obvious with development of the characters good even though a little slow. I am willing to give other books by Michelle Sagara as well as reader Khristine Hvam future tries. I did enjoy this book.
I had no favorite scenes. I did enjoy explanation of the different races in this story and how the main character deals with them.
I listened to this book in two sittings. I did complete it all the same day.
This story is a little slow and repeats itself. It does hold together and the narration is excellent.
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Yes, it's interesting, fun, multi-layered and exciting. It combines many principles of fantasy in a new way.
She embodies Kaylin and brings the other characters to life beautifully!
I devoured this book and have systematically consumed each of the subsequent ones!
Love this series - try it now!
Bring some understanding of the various races and creatures in the story. There is no explanation to environment or how the various beings came to be built into the story.
Quit with the "she did, but she didn't...", "she could, but she couldn't....". this got really tedious.
Tiamaris the dragon.
The liontine characters did not make sense.
The story could have been good, but there was too much time and words spent on odd and broken descriptions of emotions and situations. There also needs to be a reason built into the story as to how this world came to be. This would help the reader better identify with story.
Khristine Hvam is a very good reader and did as good a job as possible narrating a challenging script.