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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….

Spellbound? Listen to more Chronicles of Elantra.
©2011 Michelle Sagara (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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  • Nina
  • Springfield, VA, United States
  • 12-12-11

Never disappoint!

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)..

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good Series, Weaker Novel

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I like this series and would say that listening to this story made my commute more enjoyable.

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

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.

Did Khristine Hvam do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

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 book were a movie would you go see it?

If this were a movie I would like to see it.

Any additional comments?

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Yvonne
  • Southfield, mi, United States
  • 11-20-12

Confused

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.

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Great book!

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Huh?

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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Love it 💜

I don't know who wouldn't like or love this book or any of these books

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another winner

great story line, an extremely charming and a bit exasperating heroine, and a FABULOUS narrator make this story ( and those before in the series) very enjoyable.

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  • KB
  • Maryland
  • 03-06-15

good story

Great ideas and lessons for your readers while keeping their adults entertained. We are hooked on this series.

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Kaylin Walks the long road

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

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It is a close race between Marcus, Evanton, and the Archon. What can I say? I love the difficult ones.<br/><br/>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.

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

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).

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

Just total absorption. I didn't want to go to work and interrupt the story. I wanted to hurry home and continue the story.

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best one yet!

Any additional comments?

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!