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Cast in Shadow (2005)

av Michelle Sagara

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Serier: The Chronicles of Elantra (1)

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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!… (mer)
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{First of 16 Chronicles of Elantra; fantasy, sword and sorcery} (2005)

Kaylin Neya has been a Hawk in the city of Elantra since she joined them at the age of thirteen, seven years ago. She also does some healing on the side because she has unusual and strong magical healing powers that can save lives when medicine is not enough. The Hawks, along with the Wolves and the Swords, keep the city safe and are answerable to the three Lords of Law. However, Kaylin grew up in the fief of Nightshade and the fiefdoms, which lie across the river, also lie outside the law. Kaylin, who had then been known by a different name, had sworn never to return to Nightshade - but now children have been found murdered, with marks on their bodies; the same type of marks that suddenly appeared on Kaylin’s body all those years ago and the reason she fled the fiefs. And now the reason she must return, to fight the evil that the sacrifices represent as only she can. Along with her will go two men; Severn, who grew up with her in the fief and who betrayed her, and a Dragon, a member of one of the immortal races. And supporting them, her beloved Hawks of many races - human, Leontine, winged Aerians, immortal Barani - who have been a family to her for the past seven years.

'Did you see it?' she asked him, all enmity momentarily forgotten. He was Severn, she was Elianne, and the streets of the fiefs had become that most impossible of things: more terrifying than either had ever thought possible.
He shook his head. 'No,' he said, devoid now of arrogance or ease. 'But I know what you saw.'
'How?'
'I've only heard you scream that way once in your life,' he replied. He lifted a hand, as if to touch her, ands shied away instantly, her hand falling to her dagger hilt. To one of many.
He accepted her rejection as if it hadn't happened. 'I was there, back then,' he added quietly. 'I saw it too. It's happening again, isn't it?'
She closed her eyes. After a moment, eyes still closed, she rolled up her sleeves, exposing the length of arm from wrist to elbow.
There, in black lines, in an elegant and menacing swirl, were tattoos that were almost twin to the ones upon the dead boy's arms.


It could have been because my reading was fractionated with this book but it didn’t flow smoothly for me; the writing style was a bit casual and rather than my usual refrain of ‘show, don’t tell’ I could have done with more 'telling'. I felt I had to infer a lot and I felt I was missing things. It was slow to take off with a lot of history hinted at but not told, until around the halfway mark at which point some history was also filled in. I did wonder if this was Sagara’s debut novel but it seems to be her thirteenth published book.

I liked the characters, though, especially Tiamaris and I like the way that, although she is now twenty and can hold her own as a Hawk, many of the Hawks still feel protective towards Kaylin and she feels they are her family.

But I know that a lot of people love this series and I’m willing to give it another go - especially since I’ve already got the next book, anyway, and I liked Sagara’s (writing as Michelle West)The Broken Crown.

3 - 3.5 stars ( )
  humouress | Aug 4, 2021 |
I love the concept of this and this book had me in equal parts intrigued and confused. Intrigued, because of the different species and dynamics and plots at play. Confused, because Kaylin is searching for answers, and her limited knowledge bleeds through the written work to leave the reader equally unnerved and equally longing for answers.

Be prepared to wonder and question most things but love the story.

Definately an interesting read. I'm on to the next installment. ( )
  sraazad | Jul 1, 2021 |
The first book in the Chronicles of Elantra introduces Kaylin Neya. She is the youngest member of the Hawks - one of three branches of law enforcement in the city of Elantra. She was born and raised in the lawless fiefs but escaped them as a young teen ager. She bears strange and potentially dangerous marks on her arms and thighs.

She left the fiefs after her protector. an older boy named Severn, killed the two younger children who lived with them. He believed that their deaths were necessary to save Kaylin from being found and sacrificed because of those strange marks.

Kaylin has made a new life for herself among the Hawks. She has learned to read and write. She has learned the two languages she needs for her job as a Hawk. She has learned weapons. She has also learned to use her magical ability to heal even though she doesn't understand it. What she hasn't learned is magic or politics or anything else that she doesn't believe has a practical use in her work as a Hawk.

But now the murders of children have begun again in the fief of Nightshade and Kaylin is sent back in with a dragon named Tiamaris and that boy she ran from now grown and also a member of the Hawks. She has to deal with the Barrani outcaste who is Lord Nightshade and she has to track down the ones who are killing children.

To do her job, she has to confront her own magic and learn more about it when little more is known by anyone currently alive.

This was an excellent start to a new fantasy series. I combined reading this one and listening to the Audible recording of the book. Khristine Hvam did an excellent job with the narration. I liked her distinctive voices for the characters. The pacing was also excellent. ( )
  kmartin802 | Oct 3, 2020 |
This book re-reminded me why I first fell in love with fantasy well before my addiction to the paranormal and UF genres. I'm looking forward to reading more of this series. ( )
  lclclauren | Sep 12, 2020 |
Ugh...how many stars? It took 200 of the 300 pages for me to be interested at all. If it weren't a Recommends Challenge book AND being used for the Book Bingo challenge, I never would have finished it. I did, however get interested...then it lulled again toward the end...then I was interested...then it drug...then I cried.

I doubt I'll read on. It's probably 2 1/2 stars, but I'll give it three for good measure. ( )
  Amelia1989 | Jun 10, 2019 |
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This is for Chris Szego, who read it first, and gave me exactly the encouragement I needed at exactly the right time
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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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