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Cast in Ruin: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 7 | [Michelle Sagara]

Cast in Ruin: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 7

Seven corpses are discovered in the streets of a Dragon’s fief. All identical, down to their clothing. Kaylin Neya is assigned to discover who they were, who killed them - and why. Is the evil lurking at the borders of Elantra preparing to cross over? At least the investigation delays her meeting with the Dragon Emperor. And as the shadows grow longer over the fiefs, Kaylin must use every skill she’s ever learned to save the people she’s sworn to protect. Sword in hand, dragons in the sky, this time there’s no retreat....
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Publisher's Summary

Seven corpses are discovered in the streets of a Dragon’s fief - all identical, down to their clothing.

Kaylin Neya is assigned to discover who they were, who killed them - and why. Is the evil lurking at the borders of Elantra preparing to cross over?

At least the investigation delays her meeting with the Dragon Emperor. And as the shadows grow longer over the fiefs, Kaylin must use every skill she’s ever learned to save the people she’s sworn to protect. Sword in hand, dragons in the sky, this time there’s no retreat and no surrender….

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©2012 Michelle Sagara (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Nina Springfield, VA, United States 01-06-12
    Nina Springfield, VA, United States 01-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    What did you love best about Cast in Ruin?

    Decidedly the best one yet! and I know I say this about every last one that comes out but.. Michelle fascinates me with the stories. Tying the lose ends from each book on the next and always leaving something to be wondered. I love it!!! I am definitely looking forward to the next one and excited to see what's gonna come of the new introduced character.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it's going in a direction in which Kaylin's character is growing (though slowly - and this, in my opinion, due to the fact that not a lot of time passes between each book/story). I love that the main character's feelings are getting exposed and that there's indication something might happen in that aspect. I look forward to and hope for some


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

    I've listened to all the cast books. I started with the Free novella, which is was a genius promoting idea, I might add! I would probably never thought of downloading these books if it wasn't for that. Once I did though, I was captivated by Khristine Hvam's voice and performance. The story was great and KH really brought it to life. I hope she narrates all of Michelle's books.. I will certainly by them all!


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

    I actually almost did! I was completely


    Any additional comments?

    Phenomenal! Buy it, buy it, buy it!!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John Delaware, OH, United States 01-05-12
    John Delaware, OH, United States 01-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved it!!"

    Have been waiting for this audiobook for a few weeks. I love the story, and the narrator does a good job with the voices.

    I heard Khristine Hvam actually sat down with Michelle Sagara to plan the characters voices out with the books, and she does a great job. Another narrator that can voice act all the characters so you know who is saying what.

    The story is once again very good. One thing I like about this series is you never know what the next book is actually going to be about, though she gives you hints, I thought it would be about the strangers and that egg from what small plots she didn't finish in the last book, and I was somewhat right, but of course that is a small part of the book.

    I can't wait till the next one is out, I hope Audible releases it the day the actual book is released.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ali Bethlehem, PA 01-30-12
    Ali Bethlehem, PA 01-30-12 Member Since 2011

    Love fantasy books, usually with a strong female character. I also enjoyed just about anything from J.D Robb I am a fan of mysteries as well. I also enjoy funny and quirky novels anything from Molly Harper is a winner in my book. Since listening to audio books is important to me while I travel I also follow certain narrators as well.

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    "All Grown Up..."

    I was low on credits and looking for something new. I tend to stick squarely to romance novels, and vampires, witches, and werewolves. Needless to say I was browsing free novellas and came across Cast in Moonlight. It was soon that I was hooked, it still was a fantasy and it dealt with a side of the supernatural I had yet to consider. I have now read every book in the series, and I am aching for more. What a good storyline. I feel like I know Kaylin I am empathic to her cause, and I still feel on the edge of my seat with each new book. It's such and interesting way to picture a fictional world, and what it would be like to have to deal with the day to day in a time an place unlike ours. The storyline is deep, and funny, giving way to a strong willed child and her life as see grows into a formidable women. Each new book builds on the last, however unlike most series of books, the ending doesn't leave you hanging. Michelle closes it up in such a way that you want more, but you also know that this portion of Kaylin life is complete.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Bargmann Chambersburg, PA, United States 01-26-12
    Brian Bargmann Chambersburg, PA, United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Rebound from chaos"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Belastaia is a good new character. I love the interaction between Belastaia and Kaylin at the end of the novel. I'm looking forward to a great heroine duo in future additions in the series.


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

    Yes, several others. Khristine Hvam does a great job in all the narrations.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't really care for

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    gordon redondo beach, california, United States 01-15-12
    gordon redondo beach, california, United States 01-15-12

    gm2376

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    "Wonderful story couldn't put it down"

    i enjoy the Chronicles of Elantra 1-7 very much. Brought book 1 because the story seem interesting. I enjoy the story and the Narrator voice very much, I went ant bought the series. Instead of nit pick it the joy of reading it or listening to the story was a JOY i couldn't put it down. Michelle is a wonderful writer and story teller. The series is incomplete I hope she is working on book 8. Because the ending is the only thing I dislike. I am waiting for a ending to the story. Michelle Sagara is one of my favorite author now THANK YOU. GKM

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Luella Lawndale, CA United States 09-16-12
    Linda Luella Lawndale, CA United States 09-16-12 Member Since 2008

    buchfiend

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    "AMAZINGLY Good Start to the Series!"
    If you could sum up Cast in Ruin in three words, what would they be?

    Stunned How Good (it was)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Very hard to say. Obviously it should be the main character, Meryn, but my favorite was actually the "dead woman".....I enjoyed the entire book, which for someone with hundreds of books in my library (member since 2004 or 2005) seldom occurs. But the ending left me dying to see how life goes on for the smart mouthed "chosen one".goes on with her new roomie.


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

    The narrator has a nice cadence and voice. It helps alot to have her humor, including snorts and giggles come through the narrator's reading. The only reason I didn't give her 5 stars is that she uses the same accent for anyone who isn't "human". The dragons have the same accent as anyone else who isn't human (and they all sound like their from Jamaica, maaan). That irritated me a bit, as I was listenening while working and often couldn't keep up with who was speaking. Otherwise, she brings the story to life.


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

    It made me want to buy MORE BOOKS! I bought this to try at the reduced price and started the series with book 7. After trying so many other of the new fantasy series authors that have become wildly popular, I was amazed that this book stood out as just BETTER than what I've been listening to. I just downloaded the first book (although I wanted the second one reading the story) and looked at how many credits it's going to take me to get through the series. This book reminds me of trying the first Sookie Stackhouse when it came out and being amazed by the idea/series, or the very beginning of the Eve Dallas books (by #33, I still listen but it's getting old), or the first Vorkosigan book (Shards of Honor) by Bujold.
    I hope the rest of the series continues to keep me as happy as those series do/did. I hope Sagara can keep me this impressed for a long time!


    Any additional comments?

    When is the new installment coming? Tell me this was a teaser for the upcoming (soon) release of book 8.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Sandwich, MA, United States 01-17-12
    Ruth Sandwich, MA, United States 01-17-12 Member Since 2007
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    "This whole series is a great read"

    Loved every book in this series, It catches the imagination and holds it. The writer proves that you can write a gripping story and hold the readers interest without having to resort to lurid sex scenes or vulgar language (although there are a lot of references to Liontine swears, we just never hear them) I highly reccomend starting at the beginning and going right through the series.

    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... - oh just read it!"
    Where does Cast in Ruin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this series is one of my favorites. I have listened to the whole series multiple times. I have re-read it even more times. I will do so again before the next book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marcus, Sanabalis, Archon, Tiamaris, Severn, Nightshade, ... oh, everyone.


    Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

    Marcus, As I Keep Repeating.


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

    I do in every one of this series' books


    Any additional comments?

    Buy them, you won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    AudibleQun CA 05-14-14
    AudibleQun CA 05-14-14 Member Since 2006

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    "Good, but should have been great"
    What did you like best about Cast in Ruin? What did you like least?

    The premise is amazing. I absolutely love the idea behind this book, but I don't feel like it was executed as well as it could have been. There was a lot of Kaylin standing around at the climax of the book. No one wants to read about their hero being frozen at the highlight of the novel.


    If you’ve listened to books by Michelle Sagara before, how does this one compare?

    I like all of her Elantra books. I thought Cast in Silence started off slowly, then got interesting. I thought Cast in Ruin started off interesting then got irritating.


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

    I sometimes have trouble reading the books. I got stuck on Cast in Silence and to this day have not finished reading the e-book. For some reason, it is easier for me to listen the gargantuan amount of description rather than reading it.Kristine's reading definitely brings the books to another level for me. I really do like the voice that she does for Severn


    Do you think Cast in Ruin needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Absolutely and it already has one. The egg is up next and then things really start to get interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have given this book 4 or even 5 stars if it hadn't dragged at the end. I had a hard time listening to the end of this book, so I was left with a slightly bad taste in my mouth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Don L. Christiansen Utah 06-25-13
    Don L. Christiansen Utah 06-25-13 Member Since 2004

    Don Christiansen

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    "A great book, but..."
    If you’ve listened to books by Michelle Sagara before, how does this one compare?

    This is up there with her best; if you can get past all the profanity. Where did that come from? none of her other books that I've read/listened to have any profanity. Just hard to recommend this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Please get a rating system in place for those of us that don't care for such language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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