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Cast in Silence

Cast in Silence (Chronicles of Elantra, #5)
by Michelle Sagara

Funny thing about this book. I hated it and my husband loved it. I thought it was the worst book in the series and my husband thought it was the best. Go figure.

It took  me forever to read this book. I bought it in the summer and stopped reading about 100 pages in because I was bored out of my mind. My husband picked it up when I stopped and read it in two nights. Huh. I finally thought I would pick it up again while I am on holiday this week and it was still a struggle to get through.

I don’t think I even know what the heck went on in this story. Something about a tower that has a living avatar and it was unhappy or something and was destroying the fief it was in. There was a  lot of vague description of things happening that I just couldn’t wrap my brain around and I spent most of the time asking my husband “What the hell is going on? Did you understand any of this?”

I also spent a lot of time flipping pages going “Blah, blah, blah, unhappy childhood, things I regret, whine, blah, blah” for a lot of Kaylin’s inner thoughts and struggles as she navigated through the tower. I loved Kaylin. I did. But something about her in this book just made me lose any patience I had with her. Yes, she did things she feels guilty about now to survive, get over it. Really. Yes, she is an abysmal student and fails everything and doesn’t get to work on time, but for the love of all that is holy – she’s the only one who ever figures anything out. She’s like this idiot savant or something.

The whole business with the words forming into solid sigils and no one can see them but her and the words taking shape but she can’t really see them to see the shape? I am tired of it. I am because it is all so vague it’s frustrating. You’d think by the 5th book we’d be able to get a better description or something?

I will of course read the next book because every series is bound to have one book that you just don’t connect with and I believe this one was mine. I found this book long and confusing and I was so happy when it was over. I contemplated giving up and just leaving the last 100 pages and starting something else, but I pushed through and made it to the end. The end was slightly more understandable, only I am not entirely sure what happened with Tiamaris and the Tower. The bright side is, I love that Dragon character so I was happy he was in the story!

Totally not sure why this book is called Cast in SILENCE there wasn’t anything silent in the book. No lack of noise, no robbing of voices. I would have called it Cast in SHADOW. That would have made more sense to me.

The Chronicles of Elantra

  1. Cast in Shadow
  2. Cast in Courtlight
  3. Cast in Secret
  4. Cast in Fury
  5. Cast in Silence
  6. Cast in Chaos (August 2010)

4 comments to Cast in Silence

  • Hopefully you’ll like Cast in Chaos better! Not as much of your favourite dragon but quite enjoyable. Happy New Year!

  • I’m sorry this one didn’t work so well for you. I loved the first two books in this series, and I’m looking forward to reading more. We’ll see how this one goes when I get to it. I’m glad you are not giving up!

  • So I ended up really liking this. I get what you mean about the things that bother you, but they just don’t bother me much. A little, I guess, about the way that she is such a reluctant student but does understand things no one else gets. But I still enjoyed it. I love that your husband is reading this series, too – I’d never be able to get mine to give it a try. It’s a fun series to talk about because so much is understated and makes you stop and think.