Don't ask. Don't tell. Stay alive.
A member of the elite Hawk force that protects the City of Elantra, Kaylin Neya has sacrificed much to earn the respect of the winged Aerians and immortal Barrani she works alongside. But the mean streets she escaped as a child aren't the ones she's vowed to give her life guarding. Those were much darker….
Kaylin's moved on with her life—and is keeping silent about the shameful things she's done to stay alive. But when the city's oracles warn of brewing unrest in the outer fiefdoms, a mysterious visitor from Kaylin's past casts her under a cloud of suspicion. Thankfully, if she's anything, she's a survivor….
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It's a great story and it explains so much of some passages on the previous books. I read some reviews where it was said that there were holes in the plot line but I believe that if not intentional (as cliff hangers) this book covers a lot of the "unexplained things", specially regarding her 6 month absence between the fifs and the hawks. Get it! You won't be sorry! I can't wait to hear the next one. I could probably read it because they are available in print but it won't be the same as Khristine Hvam brings so much to the plate and delivery of the story.. so I will patiently wait (sighs)..
I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
This book drove me nuts! I didn't like it very much at all. I've enjoyed the rest of the series although it does have plot holes and inconsistencies. This one was murder to get through. First, I HATE the f-word. There is a new character who uses it all the time. She isn't too major in the book but she will be a continuing character and I just bought the rest of the series on the last sale. I'm VERY disappointed in Michelle Sagara.
Second, this story is about as convoluted a telling as could possibly be. I explained to my husband in about 5 to 10 minutes what the plot is for this book. It took 14 hours to do it. I think the editor died and didn't look at it at all. It could have been at least 6 hours shorter and not lost much. She does a whole lot of agonizing over her bad past. It is a past you haven't heard of before, but not good.
I actually read 8 books while I was trying to slog my way through this one. I would listen until I got too disgusted with either the language or the story and then read something else. The only reason I continued is because I have bought the rest of the series. I suppose if I hate the rest of them as much as this one I'll return them all. UGH!!
Third, there were some really stupid inconsistencies that drove me nuts. She would NOT know what to do.... Woe is me.... Then she would be told what to do or she would suddenly know what to do and it would still be a half an hour before she either remembered she knew or acted on what she was supposed to do. Or she would be told what to do and then still get out of that situation and act like she hadn't a clue as to what to do. This more than even the other two drove me insane!!!!
To sum it up this is now at the bottom of all the books I've purchased on Audible. Go read Tiger's Curse if you like romantic fantasy. It is PG rated at worst and has a wonderful adventurous fantasy with lots of romance and NO really bad language. Maybe this series just can't be compared to that one. I loved it and am really starting to detest this one.
Kaylin spent a lot of the beginning on the book talking about how awful her past in Barren was, but when it all came down to it, most of the the people around her knew most of her past and didn't care. So, I had some trouble figuring out why Kaylin made such a big deal about all of that. I do not like flash backs but here there was a lot of information about Kaylin.
There’s an anomaly in the heart of fiefs and Kaylin is sent to investigate, accompanied by Severn and Tiamaris The story goes along okay until they enter the Tower and it gets confusing and bogged down with how a Barrani becomes a fief lord.
I liked that the tower has an avatar but confused why and how it happened. How / what happened to the Old Ones and the connection to lllian. Lord Tiameris found a horde, yeppie.
How she join the Hawks and her relationship with them was a perfect fit with the series and characters. It made a certain sort of sense why the dynamic in the Hawk is the way it is when it comes to Kaylin.
I really like this series. I enjoy the characters a lot- they're well written. This book sheds some light on what happened to Kaylin after she left Nightshade. Hvam does a great job, she's become one of my favorite narrators.
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.
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.
It was so hard to get through this one. It didn't feel like we knew where we were going or why. All the time travel and new "old" friends it was confusing and weird. Actually i'm scrolling through trying to update my reviews and realized, I don't think I even finished the book. I completely lost interest. Up to this book I was so excited, I was talking to my husband about it and the whole concept and world and he said he wanted to read it too... Then I felt like we started spinning. Not enough action or forward movement or enough of a plot that I could follow or at least believe I could predict. I don't know. Maybe I'll try again at a later time.
I do love Kristen Hvam though.
I love books. hate reviewing books because I hate reiterating what many other's have said. I hate spoiling a review.
Khristine Hvam's voices. Over the course of the series, her's has become the voices I hear even when turning the pages of the books.
It is a close race between Marcus, Evanton, and the Archon. What can I say? I love the difficult ones.
But Clint has a special place in my heart. He teases, he indulges, he cares. I wish he had a much bigger role, but then he would be hurt or stressed or in danger. He is sweet. so I want him to remain Kaylin's good friend with the Wonderful Voice and the silky soft feathers that he knows she is going to touch because she just HAS to.
having read the books first, I know that her acting (dramatization), subtle though it is, is the shining star that made me hoard away each book as soon as it becomes available for purchase. I listen to the stories repeatedly ( my favorites are also favorite re-reads/re-listens).
Just total absorption. I didn't want to go to work and interrupt the story. I wanted to hurry home and continue the story.
I like this series and would say that listening to this story made my commute more enjoyable.
This is one of the weaker books. The plot was ok but the book was long and I felt the overall story of Kaylin hardly progressed at all. Compared to earlier books it felt less polished.
KH usually does a smashing job of nailing all the character voices but at the end of this book she started confusing the characters and using the wrong voices for characters she has nailed in the past. It was confusing because I am used to certain voices for certain characters.
If this were a movie I would like to see it.
Don't let this book affect your opinion of the series. The earlier books are very enjoyable. I wouldn't skip this book because it does add to the story, but I am not sure I will listen to it again.
This is by far the best writing so far in this series. Maybe Sagara got a new editor for this book or something. On the other hand, the cursing has moved up a level. It is totally unnecessary and adds nothing to the book; it just means I have to be really careful not to have it on around my kids. Lots of f-bombs in this book. :( Other than that, it is the best book this far in the series!
This series has been great up until this book! I'm sad to say that the introduction of a character from Kaylin's past disrupted a great story with awful language. Some language can be tolerable if the story is really good, but the F-word is most definately not! I have already purchased the next couple of books in this series & I am afraid to find more disappointment. The character Morse says the F-word almost everytime she's introduced in the storyline. It's very sad to find a great author & then find that they turn to such inappropriate language in their books as they become well known.
I liked this narrator, Khristine Hvam, very much & was disappointed to hear her use such language. I search for books by narrator to attempt to avoid the books I find inappropriate & of course because of their talent. So, this really was a great disappointment. She's really a very talented narrator.
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