Saturday, April 5, 2014

Week 14 Reviews: Cast in Shadow, Cast in Courtlight, Cast in Secret, Cast in Fury




From Goodreads:
Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered -- and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin...

Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.

But children are once again dying, and a dark and familiar pattern is emerging, Kaylin is ordered back into Nightshade with a partner she knows she can't trust, a Dragon lord for a companion and a device to contain her powers -- powers that no other human has. Her task is simple -- find the killer, stop the murders... and survive the attentions of those who claim to be her allies!

From Goodreads:
In Elantra, a job well done is rewarded with a more dangerous task. So after defeating a dark evil, Kaylin Neya goes before the Barrani High Court, where a misspoken word brings sure death. Kaylin's never been known for her grace or manners, but the High Lord's heir is suspiciously ill, and Kaylin's healing magic is the only shot at saving him-if she can dodge the traps laid for her.…

From Goodreads:
Stolen goods are so much easier . . .
Still avoiding her magic lessons -- yet using her powers when need be -- Corporal Kaylin Neya is relishing investigating a regular theft once again. That is, until she finds out the mysterious box was taken from Elani Street, where the mages and charlatans mingle and it's sometimes difficult to tell the difference between the two. Still, she hopes this might be a mundane case . . .

Then in a back room, Kaylin sees a lost-looking girl in a reflective pool . . . who calls out for Kaylin's help.

Shaken, Kaylin tries to stay focused on the case at hand. But since the stolen item is ancient, has no keyhole and holds tremendous darkness inside, Kaylin knows unknown forces are again playing with her destiny -- and her life . . .

From Goodreads: 
When a minority race of telepaths is suspected of causing a near-devastating tidal wave, Private Kaylin Neya is summoned to Court—and into a PR nightmare. To ease racial tensions, the emperor has commissioned a play, and the playwright has his own ideas about who should be the focus.…

But Kaylin works her best magic behind the scenes, and though she tries to stay neutral, she is again drawn into a world of politics—and murder. To make matters worse, Marcus, her trusted sergeant, gets stripped of his command, leaving Kaylin vulnerable. Now she's juggling two troubling cases, and even magic's looking good by comparison. But then nobody ever said life in the theater was easy.…

My first review of Cast in Shadow, Cast in Courtlight, Cast in Secret, Cast in Fury
My Review:
These are 4 fantastic, wonderful, otherworldly, complicated in a most delicious way, books! They are like, so freaking complicated and interesting, and just spectacular, and so enjoyable, I just love them!!! Especially Kaylin, and Severn, Marcus and Teela, because they were just awesome!!!

These books are part mystery, part paranormal, just like the novella in Harvest Moon, and yeah, just as freaking good, if not better. Very complex, and the whole words thing, the Old Ones, and their language, and the marks of that language on Kaylin that've been there since she was 10, and her magical gifts because of that...yeah, there's all that!

Kaylin is an amazing character. She has her flaws, punctuality and the lack of it, how she can't keep what she's thinking off her face, but she has so many great qualities. She wants to serve and protect, she puts her life on the line. And I just love reading about her adventures!

There's been 2 definite bad guys, the head guys, the Outcaste dragon, from books 1 and 4, and his minions, both dead Barrani, dead in that they don't have their names any more, which leads to the just thing that was evil, the darkness, ancient evil in book 2, that is held captive by the High Court of the Barrani, which Kaylin shouldn't have to worry about, because she helped the Lord of the Green, who became the Lord of the High Court, to take his place as High Court Lord, and he'll have to continually face that. Finally, the bad guy of 3, a ex-A-I-forget-their-full-name-and-spelling and wants to have control of the elements, which can be alive. But he got eaten at the end of 3, so he shouldn't be a problem any more.

Yeah, this was a freaking great series, and I'm loving rereading it!!!!

Author: Michelle Sagara
Series: Chronicles of Elantra #1, 2, 3, 4
First Read: August 9th, 2013, August 10th, 2013, August 17th, 17th, 2013
Read: March 31st, April 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2014
Source: Own
Reason Why: Rereading! And they're a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book!
Publisher: Luna
Published: July 1st 2005, August 1st 2006, August 1st 2007, September 22nd 2008

Cast in Shadow:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Cast in Courtlight:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Cast in Secret:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Cast in Fury:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars


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