I was so upset that the audible edition did not come out with the print edition that I bought the book at Barnes and Noble. I wanted to know about the egg. I am not sure I want one because it would come with a life I do not need, but I sure do like reading about the complication. I got the audible version for company on the road and in the house. Sagara is good company as is the narrator.
This book is part one of a book Sagara had to cut in half so the story is complete but still hangs. Readers should follow the series to this book in order to understand what is going on. Sagara does not review constantly from one book to another and I am grateful. Her writing is fun and the stories are often both thought provoking and memorable. Several have a wonderful emotional impact.
I would like to mention that Sagara has the earmarks of a serious writer. She tackles tough subjects like unforgivable choices, eternal life and its certainties, sober understanding of the nature of immortality and its friction with mortality, and the nature and problems of healing and language. There is enough information about her on the web that readers can speculate how these driving forces enter her need to write. We generally find this interest in "serious" writers from "serious" genre. The friction of maturity and responsibility is rare in this genre. The stories do not suffer from the under current of more sophisticated direction. Story is paramount in her books, but the addition of a mind working through the difficulty of knowing and understanding is a small treasure.
I find that the books written by Michelle Sagara, are always complex and well written.
this book was not the exception, starting out with a surprise from the egg as it hatched in a magical conflagration. the assassination attempt which laid waste to kaylin's life, and the beginning of her trip to the West March with the Barrani high court. the character Kaylin found many complication centering around her journey to the West March unexpected enemies and allies. and the many fall-outs dealing with the Argonaut Barrani race entails. there were unexpected battles, where the very fabric of dimensional reality is threaten, newer and stronger shadows hunted the forest around the caravan, dogging the steps of kaylin and the lady of life; also we the readers were given a greater understanding of the role of the chosen and her awesome responsibility
Wonderful narrator,she brought the story to life
I am sad to say that it was Disappointing! I caught myself often drifting throughout the story and at the end of the book I felt it was just cut off, as if you had stopped at the end of a chapter in the middle of the book. I felt cheated! Even though I had known that the Author had split the book if felt just like that and I don't think it should have - I felt like she could have closed the book at least by a point where something was accomplished with relation to the journey. Maybe I am spoiled in the sense that all of the other cast books had a story that started and ended; and although the development of some characters in relation to the protagonist was present I felt like the protagonist herself didn't. She is still struggling with the same issues that was presented in the very 1st book. She has not evolved much and for this having been the 8th book I expected a little more. I was happy to learn more about Tela and what's behind the facade of such a strong character, a bit more of Nightshade was implied and I think it also gave a bit of understanding about his character.
I have to say I really like Michelle Sagara's style of writing (even though the over usage of "shrug" and "brown raising" started to get on my nerves a bit - might be a signature move within her writing but it's still annoying), the dialog is creative and the vocabulary very rich. However, Cast in Peril left a lot to be desired. Maybe it would not have been so bad if we could have gotten the entire story in one book instead of two.
I am debating whether to get Cast in Sorrow, which makes me bitter because I have been following this series and anticipating each book..
Cast In Peril is a great next step in the Chronicles of Elantra series by Michelle Sagara, and expanding from the familiar city to the West March. Familiar characters' histories are expanded, revealing and hinting at deeper strengths and weaknesses, and carrying the long story forward, leaving the listener anxiously awaiting the release of the next book.
The deepening development of many of the characters is a favorite part of each book in the series, and the revelations in this book are fascinating as they humanize non-human immortal characters, and illustrate the limitations of immortality and how the inflexibility of Names are both strength and weakness.
The narrator is very good, and her voice characterizations are interesting -- I still have to chuckle at the Jamaican/African Leontine voices, which startled me with the first book, but which I have grown to appreciate as a good fit. She only rarely mispronounces a word, or uses an alternate pronunciation to that most familiar to me. She tells the story very well!
Intense, exciting, suspenceful!
I love the dragons, but they weren't involved in this story all that much. My favorite character throughout the series has been Lord Nightshade. I think we will start to see more and more as to why he is the way he is, and I think it has to do with why he is outcast. I am not going to be able to wait another year for the next one to come out.
She is EXCELLENT! I am amazed at how well she can keep her character voices throughout the book. You always know who is talking throughout the book. I am actually trying another series just because of her.