In Cast in Chaos , the Norannir have come to Elantra from another world and have settle in the fief of Tiamaris. In the beginning of Cast in Ruin , we learn that they are some difficulties with their integration inside the fief, as its human inhabitants are quite intimidated by the armed giant wondering around… In addition, identical bodies are starting to appear inside the fief and Kaylin and Severn are delegated to the dragon court to investigate. Once again, this book starts with an excellent first chapter; Michelle really has a talent with those. I love the conspiracy of evil chicken :. He is really too arrogant and rude toward her considering all that she has done for the Empire.

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Ah, the peril of the long-running series. I knew in the back of my mind that your ongoing Elantra series consisted of many books but checking Amazon, I see that Cast in Ruin is book 7. This both surprises me and makes me wince. Cast in Ruin continues the fallout from the previous novel, Cast in Chaos , in which a magical storm introduced a new race of people to Elantra. Because this new race is one of small giants, the people of Elantra are understandably wary.

Kaylin Neya, human Hawk sort of the equivalent of a police officer and gifted with magical abilities no one else has or entirely understands, continues her ongoing etiquette lessons with the Dragon Court. Given the nature of her talents, she has to meet the Dragon Emperor sometime but first, she has to become presentable enough so as to avoid being eaten. Further complicating her life are the race of giants whose presence requires attention and a work force already taxed by an involved and long-running investigation into other matters of the city.

But things take a turn for the bizarre when dead women start showing up around the fief the immigrants have made their home. Under other circumstances, people would look towards the newcomers as the source of the problem.

That assumption is dismissed, however, by one minor detail. The dead bodies are all of the same exact woman. It took me an embarrassingly long time to read this novel. It read long and only my love for your works kept me going because had this been any other author, I would have tossed this book aside. Now I realize your books are generally long. I feel like this is a defining trait of your works.

Traditional fantasy is my love, after all. Yes, I realize there was a game-changer, of sorts, introduced in the latter parts of the novel. The problem with this is that I felt like the sole purpose of the book was to introduce this game-changer. Who came into the book. And then the book ended.

Has she made any forward progress at all? That said, we do finally get a much-needed conversation between Kaylin and Severn. Does it lead anywhere or change anything? No, not especially.

While I liked seeing what Kaylin actually thought of Nightshade, that subplot is moving about as fast as the built-up meeting to the Dragon Emperor. Perhaps even slower. Long-running series are difficult to keep interesting. What keeps me invested is change.

Sure, she gets a new roommate but how does this affect her character arc? After all, for all intents and purposes, the new character is essentially an immortal version of Kaylin and to be blunt, one of that character type per novel is enough.

I feel like the proportion of scale was lost. And new readers beware: this is a not a good entry point into the series. Jia is an avid reader who loves fantasy and young adult novels. She's also currently dipping her toes in the new adult genre but remains unconvinced by the prevalent need for traumatic pasts. Her favorite authors are Michelle West and Jacqueline Carey.

Jia's on a neverending quest for novels with diverse casts and multicultural settings. Feel free to email her with recommendations at jia dearauthor. Which is what I think is happening here.

Does that make sense? While I gave this a B, because I WAS engaged and read it very quickly, the time span issue was at the forefront of my mind.

She continues to act like a spoiled brat, which, on the one hand, when you take into consideration the condensed timeline, makes sense. This series is still an auto-buy for me, but I agree that there needs to be some series character growth, to continue to keep me engaged. Randi— Thanks for summing up my feelings about this series. I do feel that the very tight timeline is working against the series. This series is still an auto-read, but I no longer buy it.

Good review. I had to give up on this series 2 books earlier, because I felt that nothing was moving. I had forgotten thatt he actual timeline was compressed. Too bad. Apart from their history why would Severn who is a mature, integrated, interesting person still be waiting for her? It is a good reminder about the tight timeline in the book-time and its implications for the story though, Barb. Still like this series a lot and am looking forward to the next one and finding out what happens with the egg.

Thanks for the review! I also remember the author stating once that she wants to approach this series as like a TV series. I liked the book as part of a series and enjoyed from the perspective that I got to know more about the world.

I do agree that the relatively short timeline of the series as a hole just a few months from book 1 makes it hard to get growth that we want. For us its been years and I remember meeting Ms. Sagara at Confluence before the first book came out and we are thinking okay, some personal development. In reality, Kaylin is only a few months older. The problem with an episodic approach that happens a year at a time is that its been a year for us, and we have had different experiences and changed.

So its just hard to tolerate that in a book where you think she should be older too. I think thats my argument for 2 books a year.

I agree that some of her behavior is definitely whiny and somewhat immature. But I think we are beginning to see glimmers of light. I really just want to know what that egg is though.

Another year, sigh. At least Ms. I disagree with your comment about long series requiring change to be interesting. Readers can expect that the same characters will be in the next book, the same ones that were in the last book. That seems to be what West is doing here. Maybe the next one will be better.

I can sort of see your point, Jia, but I do have to say — as a reader who also comes from fantasy toward romance and not the other way around — it had the correct level of development for me again I had done a reread of all the series this years and found that when you read it like that the short time that actually passes in-story is made even more evident and since I have always loved all the threads MSW picks up like the fact that her DAW books are basically about the same world and the same developments but focussing on different areas of it — much like Sherwood Smith and her Satorias-deles stories this was just another lovely strand.

Kaylin is NOT far enough along in her emotional development to have a real romance right now — truthfully I was surprised that Harlequin is the publisher for MSW in the first place but the books must be doing something right, because she got another contract for three more books in the series.

Patricia, especially, is known for killing off long-standing characters. For my taste, these are the series that I stay with. It really just comes down to individual preference.

However, if that is, indeed, what Sagara had in mind, then I feel a little taken advantage of. A very short author into would be best and would then manage reader expectations.

With this in mind, I am now unsure whether to really continue investing in this series, if Sagara actually has no plans for a story arc…. Sometimes they do both. I guess what it really comes down to is expectations. On the other hand, it appears that others did know it was episodic or in that ballpark and are generally satisfied with their reading experience.

Perhaps this is one of those situations where the author expects the reader to be all over the intertubes to get tidbits and background on the series. Estara: OMG, yes! I understand why authors have to do that, but because I only read a series in order, I find it annoying.

When you consider the condensed timeline, she actually HAS matured. I mean, the poor girl hardly has time to catch her breath, much less spend some time introspecting. Now I just feel bad for her…but still faintly annoyed. Randi : I think she has a story arc — much like she does for the Essalieyan books — but if the books sell well enough that the publisher offers her conditional contracts, like this year, she is able to explore more details than she would have if she raced to the finish.

I come at it from a fantasy background. In some ways, I wish this series were more episodic. I like the idea that these are police procedurals in a fantasy setting but the blending of the subgenres results in some hiccups, I think.

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REVIEW: Cast in Ruin by Michelle Sagara

Ah, the peril of the long-running series. I knew in the back of my mind that your ongoing Elantra series consisted of many books but checking Amazon, I see that Cast in Ruin is book 7. This both surprises me and makes me wince. Cast in Ruin continues the fallout from the previous novel, Cast in Chaos , in which a magical storm introduced a new race of people to Elantra. Because this new race is one of small giants, the people of Elantra are understandably wary.


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Proof of Cast in Ruin, an October release. Looking forward to the book, Teri C. Not my favorite, though. It does make me wonder though.. Of course this is an auto-buy, but. I really like the cover as well.



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