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Cast in Sorrow by Michelle Sagara

lassarina's review against another edition

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5.0

This picks up right where Cast in Peril left off, and everything about it is very intense from there. I've been really enjoying the way Kaylin grows through this series--she learns, she changes, but she's still so very Kaylin. This installment focuses a lot on her relationships with Teela, the Lord of the West March, and the Consort--and shows us some important pieces of Barrani culture beyond the lethal politics of the High Court. It is, as many of the books in the series have been, rather abstract in its conflicts, but it also circles back to a central question since Book 1 and answers it in a really satisfying, but also wrenching, way. A lot of threads from prior books, like Kaylin's adventures in the Keeper's Garden and just where the hell did Severn get that weapon and why Nightshade took such a damn interest in Kaylin, are picked up and woven together here, and it works really well.

Plus, the small dragon is great.

blerdess's review

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3.0

Ok so I don't think I have EVER given an actual book review (and this won't be one just a rant fyi).. I just normally mark my rating and keep it moving. But THIS TIME I had to!!! I have been trucking along for 8 books straight with this series. I have enjoyed this series pretty much (I mean I am on book 9) but OH MY GOD this book almost made me though my Ipod out the window. I actually yelled at this book and myself for the last hour of this book (audio). It dragged and dragged and dragged. I honestly think I yelled GET TO THE F'N point a few times and
Spoilername the damn thing already
. It just stressed me and it was too much. I hope the next book itsn't like this or I might have to stop the series and come back at a later date.

lavendermarch's review against another edition

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4.0

A bit confusing at some points, but it all made sense - and made me smile - by the end.

Read May 7th, 2022
This was a decent conclusion to this particular 'episode' of the series. I enjoyed it and look forward to the changes that the ending will bring to the next few books in the series. I also liked that Kaylin has continued to improve her understanding of her powers and what she can do, although I did have a couple of times where I wanted to yell at her out of frustration for not listening to what multiple other people were telling her -
Spoilerjust name the freaking dragon!
- but I dealt with it. Anyway, I'm glad I reread these two books (8 and 9) as even if they weren't my favorites in the series, I did gain a much better understanding of Barrani. 4 stars.

felinity's review against another edition

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4.0

I'm always amazed by the complexity of the magic that Michelle Sagara manages to envision, and thankful that Kaylin is a relatively normal person who doesn't understand it either! The runes, the small dragon, and Kaylin-as-harmoniste all interact in strange ways I couldn't possibly have imagined. Teela's history unfolds a little more, and the breathless pace belies the intricacy of "the green" and its interactions with the traveling party. In short, another incredible book that still leaves room for more! I think I need to reread the last few books to refresh my memory of the details, and then reread this one immediately after. (Don't even think about starting the series here!)

Disclaimer: I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

shai3d's review against another edition

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5.0

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This is one series that I have loved from the very beginning but this is the first book that I have actually read. The others were in audio format so seeing how the names are actually spelled was a bit of a shock and one that made me decide that listening rather then reading a fantasy is the way to go.



Even struggling through some of the names, I have to say that I absolutely loved this book! Kaylin has yet again done the unexpected and managed me to make it work. All of my favorite characters were more then present and there were a lot of twists and turns.



I highly recommend this book and series to anyone who enjoys fantasy. The genre of fantasy is harder to pin down because for the most part it is urban but set in another world. Rather unique and very enjoyable.



*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.

rremer's review

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3.0

Another one in the series where we are clearly not meant to fully understand all of the magical happenings. However I did like all of the Teela history and interaction. We also got a tiny snippet of Severn's missing time as a Wolf.

mistressop's review against another edition

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5.0

I hate everyone who's reading this book before me!

reginaexmachina's review against another edition

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2.0

I think part of my issue is the time between reading the last book and this one but overall I was disappointed with this book. I've been somewhat frustrated with this series that the main character hasn't grown very much and the plot has a million loose threads but I've still enjoyed each book. This book however finally changed that trend. I probably skimmed over half the book trying to find some place without endlessly confusing dialogue. I'm willing to read the next book in the hope that it gets better but if not I might finally have to give up on this series.

paladinboy's review against another edition

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3.0

Though the world building and philosophy continue to be excellent I felt like there was less tension in this one and thus, less plot momentum. Several times I had to stop and take a running start at it again. All good, just not as tight as previous installments.

emlickliter's review against another edition

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5.0

Cast In Sorrow – Michelle Sagara – This is part two of a really long trip to do the impossible, so it’s just another day at the office for Kaylin. Severn has a manhunt to finish and a weapon to repair. The Consort keeps falling out of sync with the rest of the world requiring Kaylin to retrieve her. Teela’s 11 childhood friends are all giving the Green and the last Hallonine a run for their existence. And Kaylin’s familiar is hitting critical instability and critical importance to fixing the gaping wound in the Green and restoring the 11 lost children. Nightshade’s gamble is either going to get everyone killed or resolve the defining tragedy in more than one power player’s life. There is no one who does the long game better than Michelle Sagara! Happy Reading!