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Cast in Sorrow

The Chronicles of Elantra, Book 9
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Series: The Chronicles of Elantra, Book 9
Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
4.5 out of 5 stars (827 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The end of her journey is only the beginning....

The Barrani would be happy to see her die. So Kaylin Neya is a bit surprised by her safe arrival in the West March. Especially when enemies new and old surround her and those she would call friends are equally dangerous....

And then the real trouble starts. Kaylin's assignment is to be a "harmoniste" - one who helps tell the truth behind a Barrani Recitation. But in a land where words are more effective than weapons, Kaylin's duties are deadly. With the wrong phrase she could tear a people further asunder. And with the right ones...well, then she might be able to heal a blight on a race.

If only she understood the story....

©2013 Michelle Sagara (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Great performance but slow story

What did you love best about Cast in Sorrow?

Hvam is always gives a great performance.

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

This story is slow and focuses on just one event. Many of the previous stories had multiple situations and varied characters.

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

All.

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

Please do not.

Any additional comments?

I am afraid that Michelle has run out of avenues for the story and is just casting about. She has a beautiful writing style but unfortunately nothing to say.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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What happened Michelle Sagara?

I loved the first 7 books in this series but started to get a bad feeling as I struggled toward the end of book 8, Cast in Peril. Now, I'm beginning to think something is wrong in Michelle Sagara ' s personal life because book 9, Cast in Sorrow is like wading through mud. It's so bad I don't believe I'll be able to finish the book, let alone the series. What a letdown.

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Not as good as the previous books in this series..

i don't know where it went wrong, but this book just didn't have the same effect on me as the others. usually i can't wait for the next one, but if it isn't any better than this one, then don't bother.

it isn't that the writing was bad, or the narration...i can't put my finger on it, but the vibe was wrong. the flow and excitement was just lacking in this one.

still and all, it's a good listen, Khristine Hvam is one of my favorites. i just wish it had the same 'something' as the other books in this series.

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Full of good info

I have listened to all this series and find it very interesting. If you have never listened to any of these books it is a good idea to listen to Cast in Peril first. I like the lengths of the stories (although it wouldn't hurt my feelings if they were longer). The characters are colorful. Ms. Sagara has created a wonderful world. The narrator does an excellent job. This book picks up where the last one stops with alittle less action. The focus is saving Teala and the Green in the West March. There is a bunch of information about Barrani in this story including the "lost children", Teala and Nightshade. I only have one complaint I wish Kailyn would learn to make peace with her past more but I understand that she is young and seems to be trying to.

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A series that's gone on too long

Sadly, this was one of the worst books I've read this year. I very much enjoyed the first few books in the Cast In series, finding the development of Kaylin's character and the fleshing out of the other Hawks and secondary characters well done and overall making for enjoyable reads. But the last couple of books have been less enjoyable and this one was finally one too far. Every time Kaylin gets in trouble, she suddenly has yet another new power to overcome the problem, and I'm just tired of it. Plus this isn't about the city or the characters in it, but a bunch of weirdness and totally unappealing silliness. Sometimes, authors and publishers just need to let go of a series and start with a new one.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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The dragon made me do it

The only reason to buy this book is to get closure on the dragon situation. Should have been combined with Peril and lengthy, tedious dialogue compressed. Painful Trek to the end. Yes she is human but, should be progressing in grace and knowledge. Sick of her Whining. The way others treat her is also Unbelievable and irritating

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convoluted

I love the narrator. She breathes such life into the characters. I have read all of the books before this one and then listened to them as well. I have a love-hate relationship with this series. I find the characters compelling and the world of Elanntra interesting. At the same time the story itself is often very confusing and many times at the climax of the story I am annoyed with the main charater's long self-analysis as she tries to resolve the crisis at hand. I gave a 3 for the story because while I am sucked into the series, I found this story to be even more confusing than most. There was so much abstract symbolism and weirdness around names it just got ridiculous at times. I spent much of the story, asking myself "what!!?" and just hoping at some point during one the long aelf-dialogue sessions of the main character that maybe there'd be a summary of events I could actually follow. The story did end well for me and gave a little bit more information about Nightshade that was intriguing. I'm in for the long haul and will listen the rest while hoping for a clearer series of events in future books.

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Kaylin heals the Green

What made the experience of listening to Cast in Sorrow the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the servants assigned to help Kaylin. I enjoyed meeting the Lord of the Green again. I enjoyed the "little Dragon's" adventures.

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

When she lead the Lord of the Green to the rot in the Heart of the Green

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

Her slue of voices. her drama and narration.

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

did and did

Any additional comments?

Just buy them all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Henderson, MD, United States
  • 09-13-13

Awesome Story

If you could sum up Cast in Sorrow in three words, what would they be?

Wonderfully fantastic characters

What did you like best about this story?

The characters

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

I've listened to all of the Elantra series and I couldn't imagine anyone else reading these. The life she brings to the characters is absolutely awesome. They come alive and inhabit your mind taking you places you've only vaguely imagined. I've listened to several other stories read by Khristine Hvam and she always brings so much life to the character that pull you even deeper into the story.

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

These characters, old friends now after reading the entire series, always bring laughter and tears both. That's one of the best things about this series and these characters. They pull you into their lives and you feel their joy, their sorrow and their loves.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this series to anyone who likes fantasy, likes strong characters and detailed plots. I've hooked my wife into this series and I'm working on my daughter and granddaughter as well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Love, love, love this series!!!!

This book continued the story from Cast in Peril. It had some surprising turns, and interesting developments. I waited a year for the continuation from Peril, and it was well worth each day's wait. Great story. Cannot wait for the next one!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful