Cast in Sorrow: Chronicles of Elantra #9

She could see--with her eyes closed--the shape of nightmares.

Cast in Sorrow
Michelle Sagara
Chronicles of Elantra, book nine
Paperback, 480 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Harlequin Luna
ISBN 9780373803569


The Barrani would be happy to see her die. So Kaylin Neya is a bit surprised by her safe arrival in the West March. Especially when enemies new and old surround her and those she would call friends are equally dangerous...

And then the real trouble starts. Kaylin's assignment is to be a "harmoniste"-one who helps tell the truth behind a Barrani Recitation. But in a land where words are more effective than weapons, Kaylin's duties are deadly. With the wrong phrase she could tear a people further asunder. And with the right ones...well, then she might be able to heal a blight on a race.

If only she understood the story.

The first thing I do once I have the latest Chronicle of Elantra in hand is--not read the last page (It makes no difference anyway.)--but, ok, yes, I do read the last page, but only *after* I skim the entire contents for any and all mention of "Severn".

Because it is Severn that keep me coming back for more.

This installment opens up during the journey to the West March, quickly jumps into a walk through a nightmare, literally, and by the middle, Kaylin is within the green. I swear, there is no chance of sounding logical should one try to summarize these books to someone unfamiliar with the series. Or sane for that matter. Just read the one page where Kaylin sums up her journey through the nightmare. A serious 'What have you been smoking?" moment there.

Sadly, all of the tension--romantic, sexual, or otherwise--failed to follow into this book from the last. As if it never happened at all. *whimper*

It's, quite honestly, the least exciting of the series thus far. 

Aside from nearly losing Teela. And the dragon. It is around these two, and the 'lost children' that Cast in Sorrow revolves. It is the West March, the green, and (thankfully) the departing of them that make up the book.

A book, I am both surprised and reluctant to admit, that I actually wanted, out of sheer boredom, to end.
  • If Jade and Steffi had never died, she could live with Severn. She would probably be living with him. It hadn't been much of a life, compared to the one she'd built in Elantra with the Hawks-but she'd been happy then. It was just one thing. It was just so small. If she could arrive in time. She would save Severn, too. She would save him from the torture of guilt and the absolute knowledge that he was-that he could be-a coldblooded killer.

2 out of 5 stars.

Cast in Flame
is due out in 2014.

Previously in this series:
Books 1-5 were read prior to the birth of Location 2571
Cast in Silence (#5), Cast in Fury (#4), Cast in Secret (#3), Cast in Courtlight (#2), Cast in Shadow (#1)