- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Luna Books (1 Aug. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0373802366
- ISBN-13: 978-0373802364
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.9 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,700,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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!
First I have read by this Author and wont be the last. Its well written, witty and also has danger and tragedy. But cant wait for the next one.
What really annoys me about this book is it's wasted potential: the storyline is pretty original and does get you flipping the pages to find out what happens next. Also, the heroine is the usual plucky type who can stand on her own two feet and has an answer for everything, and yet underneath that confident exterior are a few secrets...there's magic and mystery, fighting and strange happenings and new and unusual creatures...to put it simply, it's everything I look for in a fantasy novel!
So all in all the basics are there for a good read, and I think this is what all the other reviewers are responding to when they give it so many stars. And I'm going to admit, although I bought the first two books in the series because of the glowing reviews on Amazon, after I had finished CAST IN SHADOW I wasn't particularly bothered about CAST IN COURTLIGHT (number 2). However, I had paid for it and I soon ran out of things to read, so I picked it up and enjoyed it a lot more. I think it's because I had more knowledge of the characters and the world they live in.
Because ultimately, that is what's wrong with this book: it opens, and straight away doesn't give the reader enough knowledge of the world of the characters.Read more ›
Seven years later and Kaylin is a Hawk serving under the watchful eye of the Lord of the Hawks and in turn the Emperor.
But when the killings begin again and secrets are revealed to Kaylin, she is forced to return to a place of horror and nightmares to try and find answers to a mystery that could destroy Kaylin and people she has grown to love.
This book had one of the most intriguing plots I have read in a long, long time. It was original to say the least. It started off as what seemed like so many different things going on at once - which kind of made me scratch my head in confusion multiple times - but then, towards the end of the book, it all connected and was suddenly relevant like putting together a jigsaw piece by piece (I know lame analogy right?).
An example is Kaylin's past with Severn; at the beginning of the book we learn that Kaylin hates Severn with a passion and longs to kill him...but we don't know why. It was constantly mentioned throughout the book which made me want to throw the book across the room at times because this past was refusing to be revealed (God Severn, what did you DO?!). It was only towards the end when Kaylin brings to light this past which was so much more than I was expecting. It was like a light went off in my head. It was a flawless point in the story that made me say 'oh, so that's why!'. A marvellous turning point that enables you to connect the dots, if you will.
What I also loved about this book was the writing style at times.Read more ›
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I was expecting really good things from this book, but it didn't deliver that much for me. The ideas were almost completely original, which for this genre was really refreshing but... Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2014 by Amazon Customer
The cover is very dark and dominated greatly by blue shades, furthermore it shows off the warrior side of this story. Read morePublished on 31 Oct. 2013 by M
Brilliant start to an awesome series, well rounded characters, fascinating setting. I truly enjoy reading this series again and again. Thank you Michelle.Published on 16 Jun. 2013 by C. Rhodes
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Michelle Sagara has an engaging style and I have to admit that even from the first page, I was hooked. Read morePublished on 30 July 2011 by Mikaela
Brought this book on a whim and, though I was thrown a little by the start almost believing that I'd gotten the second book in the series by mistake, once I got a few chapters into... Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2011 by Amazon Customer