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Cast in Shadow (Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1) (The Chronicles of Elantra) [Kindle Edition]

Michelle Sagara
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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 the 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!

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New York Times bestselling author Michelle Sagara writes as both Michelle Sagara and Michelle West; she is also published as Michelle Sagara West. She lives in Toronto with her long-suffering husband and her two children, and to her regret has no dogs.

She can be found @msagara on Twitter or http://msagarawest.wordpress.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 647 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 512 Seiten
  • Verlag: Luna; Auflage: Reprint (1. August 2007)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B000UH5Z1W
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #39.171 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Nicht mein Ding 6. September 2006
Von hwm
Format:Taschenbuch
Ich kann von diesem Buch weder ab- noch zuraten, da mir hier meine persönlichen Vorlieben in die Quere kommen. Die folgende Rezension soll zumindest einen ersten Eindruck davon verschaffen.

Kaylin ist stolzes Mitglied der Hawks, die für Recht und Ordnung in Elantra sorgen. Allein die Tatoos an Armen und Beinen erinnern an ihre dunkle Vergangenheit in den gesetzlosen Slums Elantras und ihre unberechenbare Magie. Doch die Vergangenheit holt sie wieder ein.
Kinderleichen, grausam entstellt durch dieselben Tatoos, die auch Kaylin am Körper trägt, tauchen wieder in den Slums auf und die junge Frau soll herausfinden wieso. Je tiefer Kaylin in das Mysterium der Ritualmorde eindringt und je näher sie den Mördern kommt, desto klarer wird ihr, wie nahe am Abgrund sie eigentlich steht und welche unvorstellbare Gefahr diese Tatoos in sich bergen ...

CAST IN SHADOW ist kein schlechtes Buch, es konnte mich aber aus mehreren Gründen nicht für sich einnehmen.
Irgendwie störte mich die Welt, die Sagara entwickelt hat. Sie ist von den für das Genre üblichen Rassen bevölkert (Drachen, "Elben'", Menschen etc.), ist aber nicht im "Mittelalter" stecken geblieben, sondern hat sich weiterentwickelt. Magie übernimmt dabei die Aufgabe von Technologie, es ist also keine SciFi Fantasy. Trotzdem schwirrte mir ständig "Lord of the Rings - The Next Generation" und "Star Wars" im Hinterkopf herum. Wie gesagt, ist das nicht mein Ding.
Wer die anderen Werke der Autorin kennt (sie schreibt auch unter den Pseudonymen Michelle West u. M.
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Von Mina
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This is the first book in the “Chronicles of Elantra“, a high fantasy in a classical medieval setting. There are various fanciful peoples from lion shifters to the elf-like Barrani, from mages to oracles and scary “Truthseekers”. In this colorful world, young Private Kaylin Neya works for the “Hawks“ and the Hawklord, the “police“ of sorts in the Empire of Elantra.
She has had a hard childhood in one of the independent “Fiefs”, as she was orphaned as a 5 year old and grew up pretty much on the streets. She left under dubious circumstances, went to the city of Elantra and joined the Hawks. It's obvious that there are a great many secrets and mysteries surrounding Kaylin and her rare magic is known only to a few people.

When children start to get killed in gruesome ritualistic ways, it becomes apparent that it somehow concerns Kaylin, is related to her. Not as a culprit of course, but as someone the killer has something planned for. And probably nothing good. And: the bodies appear in the fiefdom of Nightshade, where Kaylin lived before coming to Elantra. So although being young and rather unseasoned, her commander appoints her to investigate the killings, aided by the mysterious dragon shifter Tiamaris and her former friend-turned-foe Severn. So the team itself makes for tension already, but this is only just the beginning and the world becomes even more intricate and more colorful with every new turn of events and the introduction of new people, races and places.

The plot is extensive and interesting, if not always evenly paced. Action, adventure and revelation alternate with lengthy and sometimes unintelligible introspection and dialogue. That kind of made the reading a bit disconnected at times.
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Michelle Sagara, also writing as Michelle West, starts a series with 'Cast in Shadow'. It is set in a fantasy world where many different races are living together while preserving their own cultures. I would describe the world and book as an interesting mixture between traditional fantasy and dark urban fantasy. There's a lot of darkness and brutality, it's set in a city filled with crime etc., but there are also different races and cultures as we know them from more traditional fantasy (e. g. an elf-like race, an interesting variety of dragon, a winged race, a lion-like people etc., all well-developed and original in my opinion).
As a child, orphaned Kaylin lived in the part of the dragon emperor's capital that is basically a slum ruled by criminals. Just at the time when strange magical writings started to appear by themselves on her arms and legs, a series of brutal child murders began. She soon realised that there was a connection, but never found out what was really going on and why she suddenly developed some magical ability. When several children close to her died, Kaylin managed to escape the slums and become a member of the Hawks, a part of the police force. At the same time, the killings ended. But now, seven years later, her past catches up to the young woman. Children are being brutally murdered again and it becomes more and more obvious that the killers are trying to take control of her and her magic by what they are doing. Kaylin will have to work together with a man from her past and return to the slums in order to stop the killings and save herself....
The book has a good plot with a lot of suspense (I literally couldn't put it down and read the whole 500 pages in a day), great characters, a well-developed world, a sense of humour and lots of atmosphere.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good idea, good potential, good writer, but . . . 5. Februar 2007
Von CeciM - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
My first thought after finishing this book was "Well, it was good but not great." At least I didn't think "What a waste of my time," because the author is basically a good writer. The characters and the world are interesting and I'm left wanting to know more.

I've tried to define for myself why I wasn't as enthusiastic as other reviewers, and I think it's the details that overwhelm you while reading but don't add up at the end. The one nagging flaw to me is that the whole premise that drives the "suspense" is not really a mystery to Nightshade, Severn, the Lord of Hawks, or the Dragons. They don't know literally who is the culprit, but they all know what Kaylin should be told ASAP - yet the story drags it out to the bitter end. I think this would have been a better story, and the author is good enough to pull it off, to reveal the truth about Kaylin up front and then tell the story about how she solves and/or deals with her dilemna. I was also annoyed with the attempt to be humorous about Kaylin's chronic tardiness and perpetual circles under her eyes. Is this to establish Kaylin as an antihero? Inept? Lovable and cuddly? Every other Hawk's fledgling? I would rather know more about Kaylin's thoughts and history and less about her laundry, too. (The laundry, hunger, tardiness, and lack of sleep are examples of too many details that don't really add to the story but stood out and distracted while I read the story. I can't help but wonder how Kaylin can function if she is so challenged about clothing, eating, and sleeping. According to the details, this is a serious problem for her. The author is good enough, though, that I can almost smell K's apartment.) I also think the relationship with Severn could have been developed better and that there should have been more interaction between them.

I admit, I HATE stories that just have one crisis after another that drive the supposed plot, and this book has that problem. I just think this world, the characters, and the underlying story are far more interesting than the final story that was written. I am going to read Cast in Courtlight soon and hope it delivers better than this one.

This author has a lot of potential and I'm looking forward to her future efforts. I hope she can avoid the lucrative formulaic plots because she's better than that.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Non-Epic Fantasy 30. Januar 2008
Von Nemonus - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Tolkein, Sagara is not. You won't find pages and pages of description about the history and races of the Empire the story takes place in, and characters do use curse words and phrases like "cool" as easily as modern people do.

I like Tolkein. However, I also count Cast In Shadow as one of my favorite fantasy books. I read it very quickly, drawn in by the main character, the world, and the witty writing style. Kaylin is not the perfect fantasy female I'm getting tired of. She complains, comes in to work late, has messy hair, hates the magic her life is full of, and still holds her own with magic and muscle like the less well-drawn heroes. I think she manages to be likeable because of her faults and quirks--they're realistic. Her past was also unique, and, although I don't want to spoil anything for those who havn't read the book, I must say that I was very pleased when the relationship between Kaylin and the Mysterious Man From Her Past which is revealed two-third of the way through the book did not turn out to be a jilted lover story. In fact, although Luna is an offshoot of Harlequin, there's little to no acknowledgement of romance in Cast In Shadow.

There isn't that much world-building in terms of the races, but I stopped caring about that when I realized how cool they were--and I think that's a main thing to realize about this book. It's to enjoy, not to think about. Read it if you like furries--there's bird people (Aerians),cat people (Leontines), and Dragons which are most often in human guise. The Barrani are sort of demon/elves, immortal and stuck up because of it, although Sagara does do a good job of making some of them likeable while retaining the racial traits that annoy Kaylin. I thought these races were enjoyable, but rather typical. Luckily there were also the creepy Tha'alani, who read thoughts via tentacles on their heads. These, as far as I know, are quite unique.

I do have some negative comments: The entire world, geographically, is not explained; Elantra is apparently one city in the domain of the far-off Dragon Emperor, and I couldn't get a feel for what was outside its walls or how its government really worked. As another reviwer noted, Kaylin's superiors are supposed to be intimidating, but although Kaylin's Leontine superior Marcus shows Kaylin his claws he is on very friendly terms with her, and the lofty Hawklord actually gets some hugs. I liked Marcus and the Hawklord, but also got the feeling that the author hadn't really intended me to, but had liked them too much herself to keep them intimidating and aloof.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Not what I expected it to be... 12. Juni 2007
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Okay, let me start off on all the things that I am not... I am not a fan of romance novels, I am not a great fan of Michelle Sagara's (West) Huntlord books (which were the first ones I ever picked up by her). I am not at all crazy about this recent melding of the paranormal and the romatic to the point that most of the woman who are the leads in most of these books I personally would either avoid or smack around.

That said, I liked this books a lot. (No apparently I wasn't aware that Luna as an offshoot of Harlequin, I haven't read a Harlequin book since I was eleven years old.) I love feel of the characters and how well they interact with one another (even with the cursing in multiple languages. I know three or four in which to curse in and I switch as well) I wanted more though. It is great that the humans are not the top of the food chain here, that way you either make it or you don't and it isn't because of the opposable thumb, its because you can.

The plot is thin, it is very convoluted and the way that NO ONE wants to explain ANYTHING to Kaylin is to much, honey if you want to know bad enough improve your reading skills and look for the information yourself. That and holding a grudge will only hold you back, (this I know from personal experience.)

Yes the writing is choppy at times, yes Kaylin can be frustrating enough to strangle but it will get better. At least it looks as if it is... I had the new Kim Harrison and Kelly Armstrong books waiting for me to pick up and devour but this one held my interest, this one made me want to finish it... I've already ordered the second and pre-ordered the third of this series. That will be the litmus test, if this keeps my attention then Ms. Michelle Sagara (West) will have found a new (old) reader.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Author's characteristic themes reappear 23. August 2005
Von V. Chan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Michelle Sagara also writes as Michelle West (the Hunter and Sun Sword series, which are effectively one super-series, still incomplete), and some of her characteristic plot elements appear here, together with the romanticism of her writing style. I was pleased to find that this book is much shorter and faster-moving than the Sun Sword books, and somewhat less mannered. The plot is an interesting variant of the Chosen One motif, and it is left mysterious who exactly chose the heroine and for what. It was also pleasant to find that (a)her appalling childhood trauma involving one of the male protagonists was, when revealed, actually traumatic; and (b)Ms Sagara does not try to say that because the deed was necessary it was also right.

The ambiguous demon-lover figure who has appeared in all of Ms Sagara's books (both as Sagara and as West) also appears here. The worldbuilding and characterisation are sketchy but adequate for the purposes of the story, and the heroine while irritating on occasion is at least shown as making an effort to behave like an adult. I do not know how Ms Sagara will end this story, which is nice and lets me look forward to the next book.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen "I don't understand" said Kaylin 24. Juni 2009
Von akb--bookworm - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Wow, Kaylin, neither did I!

I really wanted to enjoy this book, but I feel like I've been left scratching my head. Several times in the book, the heroine says "I don't understand." or others ask her "don't you understand?" And she doesn't understand anything going on, so how am I supposed to understand? And the worst part is that after they ask her that, THEY DON'T EXPLAIN!

Kaylin is a "hawk," which means she part of law enforcement. She was born in the slums and left at 13 after some traumatic event. Children were being slaughtered in the slums and it's happening again. Now she's been assigned the case and must revisit her past in order to stop the killings and come to peace with who she is, her magical gifts, and the people who surround her.

Sounds good, doesn't it? I thought so.

Good points of this book:
1. Entertaining--Even though I was lost for a lot of the story, it was an entertaining read. I kept reading because I wanted to know the secrets, understand the tattoos, and mere curiosity.
2. Different plot line--not too strong and a bit confusing, but it was different.

Annoying points of this book:
1. Kaylin--We never get a description of her other than her tattoos. She barely passed her exams to become a hawk, so she doesn't seem to understand anything in the world around her that includes multiple species. She isn't a very interesting character. I really didn't care what happened to her, she was very flat, ignorant, childish, and untalented.
2. Elantra--Too confusing. I don't know if it was because the story was written from Kaylin's POV who didn't seem to know anything, but this world she lived it didn't make any sense. There are multiple species, but they all seemed to fall in some sort of cliché. We were never given any clear description of what the species looked like so it was hard to imagine this world. Not only that, but she seemed to have different names for each species which made things all that more confusing.
3. Too secretive--This was the MOST annoying. Kaylin states that the immortal species know how to keep a secret and lie more than they state the truth. OK, so how am I supposed to believe anything they DO say, which isn't much. Everyone around her is content to make a small comment in passing that makes no sense and then say, "I won't tell you anymore." ooooooooooooooookaaaaaaaaaay? Because of this, it's not a mystery that she's solving, it's some random events that seem to happen because there are no clues to follow.
4. Too secretive Part 2--This book is 507 pages. We learn in the first chapter that she has some magical abilities....that's all, that she has "some magical abilities." We don't learn until page 132 what the gift is, and it's just lamely stated "I can heal." Then, we don't learn until another 300 pages or so that she has another ability and what it is. Not only that, but even though she tries to kill Severn in Chapter 2, we don't learn until page 279 why she hates him. It's fine to hold out on the readers (you know, to create tension & have twists, etc.), but when you keep referencing it and don't explain it? VERY ANNOYING.
5. Grammar--So, this is just a minor annoyance, which others have already pointed out. The grammar and sentence structures were pretty poor. It was easy to overlook.

All in all, I don't think I'll ever pick this one up again. I might for curiosity's sake read the next in the series to see if it gets any better, but I'm not holding my breath. I'm just glad that I picked this up at the library. Read before you buy.
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