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Cast in Courtlight: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 2 | [Michelle Sagara]

Cast in Courtlight: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 2

In Elantra, a job well done is rewarded with a more dangerous task. So after defeating a dark evil, Kaylin Neya goes before the Barrani High Court, where a misspoken word brings sure death. Kaylin's never been known for her grace or manners, but the High Lord's heir is suspiciously ill, and Kaylin's healing magic is the only shot at saving him - if she can dodge the traps laid for her.
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In Elantra, a job well done is rewarded with a more dangerous task. So after defeating a dark evil, Kaylin Neya goes before the Barrani High Court, where a misspoken word brings sure death. Kaylin's never been known for her grace or manners, but the High Lord's heir is suspiciously ill, and Kaylin's healing magic is the only shot at saving him - if she can dodge the traps laid for her.

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    Jessica St Paul, MN, United States 10-13-12
    Jessica St Paul, MN, United States 10-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I love this series!"

    This is a really nice continuation of this series. When the author does a good job, the first in the series becomes my favorite in said series because it's the introduction to a brand new world. It isn't often for me that the second in the series is better than the first. This is one of those rare cases. The story was interesting though I missed Marcus since he didn't play as big of a role in this one. Hvam does a great job with voices. It's amazing how so many voices come from one woman.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Steph United States 07-08-13
    Steph United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Mismarketed but good"

    I really enjoy Michelle Sagara's books. I think she does a great job creating characters that you can relate to. You feel for Kaelynn, Severn, and in this book you learn and grow to understand the Berani. I would really like to give this a 3.5

    I still disagree with how this series is marketed. It appears to be a romance or YA fiction. There is not romance in the first or second book although there is a deepening of the friendship and understanding of past issues between Severn and Kaelynn. They are good books. This series could be YA fiction in the sense that it is coming of age tale, there is no swearing or sexually explicit material, really any sex at all, but it is stronger in content than some other YA fiction. It's appeal I believe reaches to an adult audience.

    Michelle Sagara had strong world building in her first book but she continues it while exploring the Berani Court and culture. This book deals with court and political intrigue along with a more intricate understanding of Sagara's magic system. Kaelynn continues to develop her magic out of necessity of her life and brings her in contact with characters of power.

    Kristine Hvam I think does a good job of differentiating her characters and capturing the characters personality. I have not read the books, but I think Hvam does a good enough job that I look specifically to listen to these books rather than read them.

    I enjoyed this book and would encourage those that liked Sagara's first book in this series to continue. Ignore book covers in this series and the fact it is published by Harlequin. Whether or not it is published by Harlequin it is not one, but it is a good fantasy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marion Madisonville, KY, United States 01-08-14
    Marion Madisonville, KY, United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2011

    I love discovering new stories while driving or working in the barn, reading voraciously since I could walk. There is no genre, just magic

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    "Great Book - Great Story"
    Would you listen to Cast in Courtlight again? Why?

    YES. I have all of the books and this one of 5 series that I would read again.
    Others are: Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark Series * / Geroge RR Martin Game of Thrones / All JD Robb In Death Series / Christine Feehan Ghostwalkers (also like her Carapthian Series) / JRR Tolkien the Hobbit-Lord of the Rings Big commitments but worth the time and money to purchase and listen to them as well as purchase in print form. *I have both for many of my books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything


    Have you listened to any of Khristine Hvam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She did an amazing job on this and on all other projects. My hope is that in making these reviews, it encourages the authors to use the talent that we feel is best as well as encourage those narrators with negative comments to work on their approach to reading the book. It is also my hope that the books we like very well will encourage the authors to write more of them knowing they have people who dearly love their work.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth United States 03-09-13
    Ruth United States 03-09-13 Member Since 2010

    I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction

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    "Entertaining 2nd book!"

    I really enjoyed this book. I'm worried about the main character and how many powerful people have an interest in her abilities. She seems to be able to do a lot with her untrained powers. I just hope that she quits fighting it and tries to learn. It seems silly to find out you have a natural talent for something and then decide you don't want to have anything to do with it. I took a point off from the story for that. Overall though, I really enjoyed the book and anticipate the next book. So far a story line without smut. I'm hoping that does not change. Hooray for Michelle Sagara! Too many authors just rely on smut for appeal and ignore the story line. Already have the next 2 on my wish list.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jen United States 01-30-13
    Jen United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I couldn't put this book down."
    Any additional comments?

    This is a great continuation of the story. I couldn't put it down and I can't wait to start listening to book 3.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paladinboy Dracut, MA 01826 12-22-12
    Paladinboy Dracut, MA 01826 12-22-12 Member Since 2008

    I love to re-read books with audible.

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    "Even Better"
    What made the experience of listening to Cast in Courtlight the most enjoyable?

    I love this series! This story is even better than the first (and just a hint, they just keep getting better!). The reader is great and presents the characters with "doing voices". Awesome Audible purchase!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B. Newsom Shreveport, LA 06-22-14
    B. Newsom Shreveport, LA 06-22-14 Member Since 2012

    I love books. hate reviewing books because I hate reiterating what many other's have said. I hate spoiling a review.

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    "Kaylin goes to High Court"
    What did you love best about Cast in Courtlight?

    Gaining a much better understanding of just how little we know of the Baroni. And getting to know Kaylin and Teela better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cast in Courtlight?

    When she gets to meet the Lord of the Green for the first time inside his soul. I really like him.


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    I love how she treats all of her characters. she makes them all individual.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I dislike this question. I wish someone would make this series into a series of movies like Harry Potter. I can just SEE the man who would be Sanabalis. Or even better--The Archon! but while I can just Hear a young James Earl Jones growling Marcus' lines, he is too dignified to act the part. So I am still trying to find the "right" personality AND voice for Marcus. Not to mention Nightshade.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Midland, NC, United States 09-20-13
    John Midland, NC, United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2005

    I am a professional driver and therefore spend a lot of time on the road. Audible has been a great source of entertainment for me.

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    "The Heroine is a Feisty One:)"
    If you could sum up Cast in Courtlight in three words, what would they be?

    Mysterious Foreshadowing Illuminating


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cast in Courtlight?

    There is a part where Kaylin (sp heard the book, never saw the spelling for her name.) gained herself a name, which by rote implies that she is now Immortal, because mortals don't have NAMES (the deep can bind you ones). But at the time she also grabbed a second name, which is a key element in this book.


    What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She totally gets the attitude of Kaylin, she personifies her completely to the extent that you start feeling her angst against things she cannot control. *lol*


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Hrmm....No. I did get a little sad when the new mother was chosen, and was glad when the new lord of the court came forth, but no real extremes.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is getting interesting. Kaylin seems almost a force of nature. A natural power check on the re-awakening of the ancients perhaps. I don't know, but look forward to book three. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Longview, TX, United States 11-23-12
    Virginia Longview, TX, United States 11-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story; mediocre writing."
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The characters in this story are great. There is a lot of depth to a lot of characters--even characters who will likely only appear in this episode. Kaylin is pretty juvenile, but it is interesting to watch her begin to mature. She has such a pure heart, you always want to root for her! In this episode, I was really interested in the change in the Barrani characters, who have seemed very flat in the others. I'm especially interested to see where things are going with Lord Nightshade!


    Any additional comments?

    In my opinion, the writing in this book is pretty sophomoric. There are too many complicated, awkward, run-on sentences that are difficult to follow. It seems like the author is trying to make herself sound more intelligent than she is. On the flip side, it's a great story, and I'll definitely be listening to the rest of the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Luella Lawndale, CA United States 09-25-12
    Linda Luella Lawndale, CA United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2008

    buchfiend

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    "Another Winner in the series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutley! One of my favs in the last year. Started with #7 on sale and was so impressed I just bought the first book and am now starting #4. Missing work to listen through the series! Picky about my purchases and this enire series is worth the credits.


    What other book might you compare Cast in Courtlight to and why?

    I enojoyed his book as much as my first read..#7. First book was good but 2 and 7 are my favorites so far. More adult with less of the erotica in many female fantasy reads. It's one of my top listens the year if not the best. Enjoy it as much as my Bujold Vorkosigan series or Flints 1632. Highly recommend the series. Kind of an Eve Dallas story set in a fantasy world.


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    Good solid performance. Did have a bit of trouble following some of the characters due to a lack of more than a couple of accents and the confusing names.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Only the insatiable desire to get through the entire stories 7.5 books ASAPP.
    I know it's good, as I have ignored work for nearly a week now.


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    "This is a five star series."

    Ignore the cover which is completely misleading. This is an intelligently written detective- fantasy novel where good and evil are not completely black and white concepts. Kaylin, the heroine, is a young police officer, called a Hawk, who has a complicated past and powers she is not fully in command of. Her associations and the use of these powers, soon bring her to the notice of the immortal Barrani a harsh race who make games out of politics.

    Khristine Hvam, the narrator, does a great job acting out the different parts, she has a pleasing voice and acts both male and female, human and mythical creature well. I'm extremely picky about narrators so when if find one I rate this highly, I would argue that the Audio version is better than print alone.

    This is one of those series which is hard to put down. I've found myself listening to the novels back to back and will come back to listen to them again. I would listen to the series in-order as the first book is also excellent and there are spoilers if you read them out of sequence.

    If you are a fan of Anne Bishop's Written in Red, I would expect you to love this book. Although the settings are different, the sense of a world where it is normal to walk among mythical creatures and deal with the quicksand of politics and humanoid relations this creates, is present in both.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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