I couldn’t wait for Cast in Sorrow to download to my Nook so I could inhale it. And I did. Inhale it, I mean. Twice.
Cast in Sorrow picks up right where Cast in Peril ends, with Kaylin et al (finally) arriving at the West March. She’s so ready for this Barrani field trip to be o.v.e.r. but what Kaylin wants is irrelevant. Because as soon as they get there, she’s faced with a sickened Consort, a closed Hallione, guardian eagles who can talk to her small-dragon-slash-familiar-slash-“pet”, a(nother) Barrani Lord mad at her, and another assassination attempt.
Poor Kaylin. And that’s before she learns of Teela’s history, the lost children, and what’s expected of her role as harmoniste in this Barrani recitation she’s been tagged to participate in. I think she’d rather have stayed in Elantra dealing with magic and etiquette lessons with the Dragons…
There is a huge amount of character growth and character history between the pages of Cast in Sorrow, and not just Kaylin’s – but Teela’s, Severn’s, and even Nightshade’s too. Love them or hate them (there’s more of the former than the latter here), you’ll see more dimensions to the aloof and haughty Barrani than before (not that they’ll thank you for pointing that out). There’s also a lot of action and interaction, and nice plot resolution.
I love Michelle Sagara’s story-weaving; the world she builds is so layered and multi-dimentional that even nine books in you’re learning something new. Kaylin is still impulsive (though better-behaved in Court), and I love her reactions to new situations and her ability to be completely herself even when she has no clue what’s going on. Her internal compass is always at good-hearted, regardless of past regrets or current uncertainties. She’s strong and as completely true to herself as she can be. I cannot wait to see where we go from here.
If you’re a fan of fantasy with beautifully-drawn characters and detailed world-building, you’ll want to read Michelle Sagara’s Chronicles of Elantra series. Start with Cast in Shadow and meet Kaylin Neya of the Imperial Hawks; come back and share how much you love her, too.
drey’s rating: Outstanding!
Title: Cast in Sorrow (Chronicles of Elantra #9)
Author: Michelle Sagara
eBook: 334 pages
Publisher: Harlequin, 2013
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon, The Book Depository
Have you read Cast in Sorrow? What did you think?