Michelle Sagara - The Chronicles of Elantra

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  1. Elanda Tonil

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    Anyone else read Michelle Sagara's The Chronicles of Elantra?

    I'm a few behind, I think Cast in Sorrow was the last one I read, so I'm re-reading now. I'm about halfway through Cast in Courtlight now.
     
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    Just starting cast in secret!

    A reread of course...
     
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    :D How're you liking it this time? Anything you notice this time that you missed on the previous read? What's your favorite scene from the first two books on this read-through?
     
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    Hmmmm
    I find I like the scene where Tiameris
    goes dragon

    And the lord of the green gets his name...

    And about every scene with Marcus lol

    You?
     
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    For book 1 I think my favorite is in the foundling halls:
    The delightful Kaylin-Severn altercation there. ^^ I love her triumph at forcing him to go on the offensive, then her shock when he nearly breaks her wrist to stop her form taking off the bracer. :giggle That's one of my favorite scenes of the entire series thus far. Though the scene with Ybelline is also fantastic. I love that, while Kaylin has very strong opinions, once she sees evidence to contradict her opinions she changes.

    I barely remember book 2, but so far, I really liked the scene with Sanabalis:
    When Kaylin learns the name of fire. The imagery there was fantastic, I'm not sure how I missed it last time. :blink

    The Lord of the Green getting his name was very poignant, I'm looking forward to reaching that part again. I love that she has
    Andellen with her in the High Court. Good ol' Nightshade, always pushing the boundaries.
     
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    The foundling stalls.... I think I prefer her healing caiti...

    I think with sanabalis ... I like his sarcastic grandfather attitude ... which isn't always present.... lol

    It's in a future book but I kinda like the hollyown (sp?) she first goes into
     
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    Healing Catti was definitely great, what I really loved about the altercation though is that she finally quit running from the past. They deserved more than to be forgotten and shoved into the past and she finally acknowledged them and their worth, as well as her reaction to him now.

    There's nothing not a wesome about Sanabalis. ^^ He has the perfect balance of patience with no patience, it's awesome.

    Yes, that whole trip is great. I love any time Nightshade is in the picture, he just makes it so much more exciting what with the whole outcaste thing. :giggle

    I am reading about Kaylin and Severn's trial in the tower in the High Court now.
    I just read thenpart where Kaylin and Severn came across Steffi and Jade's bodies and Severn had to bury them, then the Halls chewed her out for making Severn carry her burden - maintaining balance by killing them - and then hating him for doing it. "I think he has suffered enough." I can't imagine how hard that must have been for her to say. Or what Severn thought when he heard it.
     
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    Also when she forces Severn to take her to their grave site.... it's logical but interesting where he decided to bury them... and then she finally got the opportunity to give ... jade? that flute... and then told him never to come again without her...

    but then this part she faces time and again for like the next 2 or 3 books at least.... off and on ....
     
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    I'm so far behind in this series! :eek
     
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    Where are you at?

    we can help encourage you!
     
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    I'm pretty far behind too. I was so good at getting them on release day at the beginning... and then I fell behind. :( If you want to get caught up to current, I'm re-reading from the beginning right now so you wouldn't be alone in it! :D How far into the series have you gotten?

    Have either of you read the prequel, Cast in Moonlight? It was a fun short story about when Kaylin joined the Hawks. I liked it because it it was a quick read (about 100 pages) so I hit the ground running and it got me reacquainted with the universe without all the slow start that full books inevitably have. I hadn't even realized she'd written a short story prequel... :look Reading her blog, she's finished the next book (Cast in Deception) and it's in editing now, she's also working on a Severn short story! :D

    Michelle Sagara/Michelle West is probably my favorite author. I love that she generally doesn't do the whole, "this is a new book so I'm going to explain the world to you" and just lets us observe and figure it out on our own.

    Continuing the Spoilery discussion, spoilers for the middle and end of book 2:
    ... :blink I... I can't remember where he buried them. :blink I remember that was among my favorite scenes in the whole series but I can't for the life of me remember the specifics. :blink Luckily I'm almost to that point now so I'll remember soon! ^^ I'm just past the discussion with Teela in the bath after the journey through the tower in the High Halls, where they talk about the Lord of the Green situation and the origins of the High Halls and what it all means. I'm kind of hoping to finish the book tonight, but I'm awfully tired so we'll see.
     
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    Cast in Courtlight Ch 17 - epilogue spoilers:
    So... she climbs out of the tree into the center of the High Court and she can still barely use or feel her left hand... and she's not worried about it at all. She doesn't even think about it until she's basically hit over the head with it multiple chapters later. She takes a luxurious bath, takes a nap, etc, etc, and doesn't even wonder about it. A large part of her livelihood requires her to be able to fight and whatnot and she's not at all worried that her second hand is basically just ornamental at this point. I'd have been freaking out when it didn't go away as soon as the trial was over. :cheese

    As for the portion of the epilogue at the graves, how did I not remember that Kaylin gives Severn her name here? I thought it was much later in the series, like Peril or Sorrow... :blink But I have to agree, @Randalren this is definitely one of the best scenes in the series (that I remember... which is obviously not complete... :p). I love how much these first two books focus on Kaylin and Severn confronting their past and learning to live with it. When Kaylin says, "I think he's suffered enough," it just made me want to cry, I can't imagine what Severn was thinking and feeling during this exchange. This book is my sister's favorite and after reading it again, I can understand why better. It's a pretty legit book. :D

    I'm about 1/3 of the way through Cast in Secret now! :D I'm pretty sure this book is my favorite (that I remember...), I love when characters come face to face with their opinions and discover that their assumptions are wrong. Cast in Secret spoilers:
    I felt the walk through the Tha'alani quarter was a bit too heavy-handed of storytelling, it felt like a lecture from the author rather than truly coming from the characters, but if it had been handled a smidge differently it would have been fantastic. As it is, I still liked it. "I don't like to share," made me giggle, so many subtexts which Kaylin is completely oblivious to. :lol

    I'm not quite convinced that Kaylin would really be so willing to visit Nightshade so often given her reaction to simply visiting the fief in book 1, but as we saw in that Courtlight epilogue, Nightshade plans for her to be a true Erenne, so maybe he actually is using his mark to diminish some of her aversion to him and the fief. I dunno.
     
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    I honestly think Kaylin wouldn't mind or be as annoyed at visiting Nightshade if it weren't for that stupid door of his :lol

    edit: I'm on Cast in Flame now
     
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    :giggle Yeah, I could see that. That door really is obnoxious. I just read baiut her and Sanabalis and Tiamaris using the Archive's door ward for the first time. :giggle That poor girl has a rough time with magical doors. :lol

    I need more free time, I'm never going to catch up. :p
     
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    You can come help me pack...
    I'm sure that involves free time...
     
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    :lol I'm sure it would. :p At least we'd be reading at the same pace that way ;)

    And yeah, I very much love this book. The Arkon, the libraries, the Tha'alani, Tiamaris, love it. ^^
     
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    Just finished Cast in Fury, which I generally refer to as The Book In Which Nothing Actually Happens But We Sure Talk A Lot... :look I think this one is my least favorite though I love the Leontines so I really wish I liked it more. I think there was too much walking between places and chatting but not enough real things happening. I guess I just expected/wanted the Leontine book to have more rawring and less chittering.

    On to Cast in Silence now! :horsey I like this one. ^^
     
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    I like Mr little and squawky :look
     
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    :giggle Yeah, Squawky is a pretty silly addition.

    After rereading Cast in Silence... I like Tiamaris even more.
    Him talking about playing hide and seek in the Dragon hatchery was so stinking endearing! I nearly died of cuteness overload. :love
     
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    so.... does anyone recall the fist mention of Revelon?
    I'm drawing a blank...