To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness.
Review this product
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother solid story
Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2011
Kaylin's growth has been very subtle over the last 6 books. . . finally in Cast in Ruin she begins to verbalize - and thus come to terms - with some of the trauma of her early teen years that have contributed to an inability to relate to Severn and Nightshade on ANY romantic level. I also see Sagara preparing the way for a more refined Kaylin - it isn't a lack of ability or understanding, but simply a lack of willingness on her part to understand that etiquette is another tool, like languages or fighting. It seems she is finally beginning to accept that because of her power she will have to rub elbows with people of power on a frequent basis. So she starts to pay attention, albeit grudgingly. Loved her interactions with Diarmat - she very much needs someone in her life who won't tolerate any of her BS. She can tow the line if she isn't given any leeway. A new character is introduced - for anyone who is wondering about the apparent lack of female dragons - and it seems to me that this character is also going to be a major vehicle in the future for Kaylin's growth. There is the usual amount of action, though it almost seems contained, and plenty of hints about the West March and Nightshade's plans for Kaylin. Another satisfying read from Sagara. The only thing I don't like about this book is we have to wait another year for the next one!
Michelle has hit her stride with this book. We're finally seeing all the bits of various back-stories coming together here. The big picture is starting to emerge, and I for one am loving it. More plot loops are opening up, but now that we're starting to get that big picture, we can see where things are (probably) going. Knowing Michelle, though, nothing is guaranteed except a good ride.
This book is classic Michelle, in the sense that as the series has progressed, the pages in the book have gotten thinner and the font has gotten smaller and the book has gotten thicker. The multiple plot threads, which seemed so diverse and varied in the earlier novels, are revealing the richness and complexity of the world that are hallmarks of Michelle's work.
It's not classic Michelle in that it's her best book yet, IMO. We get to see the internal evolution of a character - personal growth - in a very compact space and through actions and interactions rather than via text and thinking. We see Kaylin start to come to terms with her power and to acknowledge her role in events as they're unfolding. She stops being a rather whiny young adult with a me-first, why-me, I-hurt-the-most kind of attitude to an adult who accepts broader responsibilities, whether she likes them or not. She gains an outsider as her 'champion,' for lack of a better word, one who will not stand to see her treated as she currently is, and this is forcing her to adjust her self-value in a way that she has actively resisted. Michelle's treatment of this development makes it organic to the plot, not a forced side effect or one that suddenly emerges.
Michelle's books are all great, hands down, but one of the things I love most about them is that each new book seems to top the previous. She's continuing to grow and develop as a writer at a point in her career where most other writers have plateaued. _RUIN_ stands head and shoulders above the previous ones, in this series and all her other series. I'm almost hesitant for the next one, because I'm having trouble imagining how it will top this. I hope she doesn't hit her plateau soon, because I love how amazing her words and worlds are.
I find it hard to set Michelle Sagara as a five star when she really deserves to be in the realm above a five star rating system. I own all of her books and have never been happy setting them down in the middle of a story to take a break. As a result there have been many overnight reading sessions or simply falling asleep while reading. As I am not a person who reads and drops a good book, I have continually returned to her books to read over and over again. I also love the fact that she does not produce a multitude of short books but provides a longer and more complete portion of the saga in one book. It’s extremely hard to find such an interesting and exciting author who not only writes intelligently but also proves top rated plots, characters and excitement in her stories.
I think that this seventh installment in the Chronicles of Elantra series just may be my favorite yet (though I know that I have said that about several of the earlier volumes...)! In the tradtion of the series, this one picks up immediately where
Cast in Chaos (Chronicles of Elantra, Book 6)
left off. The refugees, or the Norannir, are becoming settled in Tiamaris' fief, but are not yet quite at home. The Shadows continue to plague the fief - and an oddity of seven identical corpses have been discovered that Kaylin and Severn must investigate. It is an exciting book that sheds more light on the Norannir, but also on Dragons - plus, in the midst of all this, Kaylin's dreaded etiquette classes begin so that she may one day meet the Emperor in safety.
More, too, emerges in regards to Kaylin's personal relationships (with more welcome foundations to the set up of the slowest moving love-triangle I have ever read about!) and the seeds of later plots (an invitation from Nightshade to travel to the West March, Kaylin's continued care of the mysterious egg and her new roommate) emerge which seem to shift the series away from its earlier foundations in that this is becoming more traditional in the sense that it cannot be picked up at any point in the series. And as such, I am as anxious as ever to continue reading this wonderful series!
From the after affects in the previous story.There are now rather a lot of large people who speak a language nobody understands.Then female bodies begin turning up.Kaylin Neya of the Hawks has to discover who or what killed them.All the action occurs inside the Feif that the Dragon Tiamaris claims and holds.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 23, 2013
This is a really good book in the story of Elantra and its different people. It can be read on its own but I favour starting with the first book and then following the story through the different books
This entire series deserves five stars. I've read some of these books more than once, and would definitely recommend to anyone interested in the fantasy genre. Looking forward to the rest of the series.