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Cast in Oblivion WARNING This rant is a personal opinion.As you can see from my review on book 1 I wrote a few months ago, I m a huge fan of the series, but that doesn t mean I don t get annoyed after 14 books Back to the review Repetition there was a lot of it It was the wrong kind of repetition To the point where we lose the identity of the character as they are all saying the same or similar sentences throughout the 14 books.Infro dump a lot A lot of info dump It made Gergana very mad In all sen WARNING This rant is a personal opinion.As you can see from my review on book 1 I wrote a few months ago, I m a huge fan of the series, but that doesn t mean I don t get annoyed after 14 books Back to the review Repetition there was a lot of it It was the wrong kind of repetition To the point where we lose the identity of the character as they are all saying the same or similar sentences throughout the 14 books.Infro dump a lot A lot of info dump It made Gergana very mad In all senses of the word.Logic who needs it, when you have magic that fixes everything when the plot is stuck for 9 hours The author does try to provide us with logic about the world and magic that, sadly, is still illogical to Gergana Maybe Gergana is just stupid It is a possibility Yes, there were many short sentences in this book Fullstops everywhere Characaters so many Gergana is confused, she no longer cares enough to remember all of them Gergana wishes she knewabout some of the characters, but the content of the books is mainly infodumps, expositions and remembering events from previous books we have already read and remember anyway This book was boring, it was the wrong kind of boring Demonstrably Especially considering how much I love the world and the side characters inhabiting it There were so many words 18 hours worth of audiobook, to be precise And yet, nothing was said Again Despite numerous characters rambling to their hearts content I didn t even know who, out of the 15 characters, was talking 70% of the time not audiobook narrator s fault, they were just too many now But I also didn t careOk, all joking aside, I realize that I m being selfish Since the first book, I had these PERSONAL expectations of seeing Kaylin do actual detective work that doesn t involve a powerful entity trying to destroy the world with magic I wanted to seepolitics and interactions between the races, misunderstanding andmundane stuff that the characters do in their everyday life in this amazing world Most of all, I wanted to see change what if Kaylin got fired, or changed jobs, or, God forbid, get a promotion What about relationships it s been 14 books, Goddammit What if two races actually started a war with each other that didn t involve a villain or magic or some random destructive force and Kaylin had to come up with a compromise What if she GREW UP What kind of person she can change to Will she become too full of herself for a book and realize her mistake by the end of it, will she fail miserably in another and have to overcome her fear and disappointment in herself, in order to grow evenand then save the world Will she abuse her power on purpose and then wonder whether she is deserving of it Will she get an annoying fan club that worships her as the Chosen and drives her nuts, especially when she s trying to do her job.What do we get instead for 14 books Lots of actions That happens, as usual, somewhere else, as Kaylin is stuck in her own mind, thinking about her past, about her friends, about how she feels aboutEVERYTHING We already know how she feels, we read the same stuff in every single book We hear lots of thought about names and magic and how Kaylin feels that we really don t need and and that s what I mean by me being selfish The only reason, I got so triggered, was not because I couldn t bear the book itself After all, if it was that bad I would just stop reading and move on to something else I got triggered because the book and many of its predecessors weren t meeting my PERSONAL expectations Sure, there were repetitions, info dumps etc but thatdidn t use to bother me in the past, back when I believed the books will one day head towards the way I wanted It was the main force that kept me going, even when I could feel losing brain cells reading stuff such as said nothing 28 tmes in this book Not as bad as said nothing Loudly 2 3 times what does this even mean Demonstrably was used only 10 times now I m sure there are synonyms, but why bother Barrani blue 6 times what is Barrani Blue I thought they had a certain blue for hate, a darker blue for murderous intent, a lighter blue for excitement, etc Which one is it And why are we suddenly talking about missing whites and pupils in their eyes Since when is THAT a Barrani Blue Why do I feel so stupid You should not be here You are here Ok, back to my point Authors shouldn t feel the need to conform to other people s expectations I don t want Michelle Sagara to change her writing style and plans for future books to please me, or even the majority of the readers Writing, like any creative art, should be done to please the creator first And I don t think we should feel guilty for expressing a negative opinion on books we ve read, especially after we ve invested so much of our time, money and emotions From what I ve seen, people who have complained about Cast in Oblivian are people who feel personally attached to the series, who want to seereason for them to continue reading We ve reached 14 books after all, if that s not dedication and love I don t know what is But at the end of the day we don t always have 18 hours available to listen to mainly info dumps and boring reminiscence PROS The first half can put you to sleep Fast Or give you a headache The cover is pretty, as usual These series are rather colourful, so they look nice on a shelf IT DOES get better after around 60%, and there were a few scenes, less than 5, that made me remember why I loved the Elantra Chronicles so much CONS What is even the point any I m a huge fan of the series, despite all of the flaws And yet, this is the first time I m on the verge of giving up For me, personally, this book was just lazy It screamed boredom But I am selfish I have expectations, I ve been having them since book 1, and now, after 14 books I realize my expectations will never be met And who am I to dictate to a person how to write the book they want to write It s my fault for keep hoping the series will progress one way when they actually never doprogress Originally published at Reading RealityThings are like other things The stories we ve read in the past affect how we view the stories we read in the present There was a point in Cast in Oblivion where one of the characters describes Ravellon as the spike that is holding all of the parallel worlds together and I had an OMG moment and realized that Ravellon might be Amber In Roger Zelazny s incredible epic urban fantasy series, beginning with Nine Princes in Amber, Amber is the one true world a Originally published at Reading RealityThings are like other things The stories we ve read in the past affect how we view the stories we read in the present There was a point in Cast in Oblivion where one of the characters describes Ravellon as the spike that is holding all of the parallel worlds together and I had an OMG moment and realized that Ravellon might be Amber In Roger Zelazny s incredible epic urban fantasy series, beginning with Nine Princes in Amber, Amber is the one true world and all the other worlds, including ours, are mere shadows of it.Ironically, in Elantra, Shadow seems to come out of Ravellon But the analogy might still hold Or hold enough to serve as metaphor Which is an often raised topic in Cast in Oblivion, as so much of what Kaylin experiences is described as being a metaphor She doesn t see the world the way the others in her life and even in her house even the house itself see it And while her metaphors are frequently frustrating to her companions, and often not strictly true, they usually turn out to be right.For select values of right Generally right enough to fix whatever has recently gone wrong even if, or occasionally especially because, Kaylin is at the heart of what went wrong in the first place At least she often feels like it is And that idea, like Kaylin s metaphorical view of her circumstances, may not be strictly true, they are also usually right or at least point her in the right direction.Sometimes like a knife.The Chronicles of Elantra by this point, 14 books in, is a densely packed epic fantasy Packed to the point where no reader could possibly start here and have any of it make sense Because this book in particular feels very insular in the sense that the events and issues that are at the forefront in Cast in Oblivion have been bubbling along since book 8, Cast in Peril if not before In fact, much of the action in every book since Cast in Peril has its roots in the journey that begins in that book.In other words, don t start here If any of the above or below sound interesting, start with either the prequel novella, Cast in Moonlight, or the first book in the series, Cast in Shadow.At the beginning of the series, it felt like urban fantasy, albeit urban fantasy set in a high fantasy world As the series, and Kaylin, have evolved, it has become an epic fantasy, with Kaylin Nera, human, mortal, flawed, young and Chosen as the point of view into a world that is run by people muchpowerful than she Kaylin is always operating way above her weight class and suffering through impostor syndrome at every turn.She s awesome, not because she s powerful, but because she never stops trying no matter how scared she is or how many of those powerful people either underestimate or overprotect her at every turn.In the end, this is a story about friendship, and the heights and depths that people can and will reach in its name It s also a story about family of choice and the ties that one chooses to bind oneself with.And it s about the power of truth and honesty And especially about the dangerous nature, and painful truth, of the power of choice.Escape Rating A I love this series, but you can t get into it here And I ll confess that it takes a while each year to get back into it The story is like a spider s web, sticky and interlocked at every turn.It s also difficult to review I can say that I love this series, and I do, but that s not informative Trying to say why I love this series is awkward But I ll try.I do love a highly convoluted political fantasy, and this series has certainly become that The Barrani, who are this series equivalent of elves sorta kinda are immortal They hold grudges for millennia As do their ancestral enemies, the dragons Who are also immortal And currently ruling the empire the Barrani are part of.The part of the story that we are in revolves around family politics and a sibling rivalry that has literally gone on for centuries But even though the Barrani are immortal, it has not made them wise not in any way.Kaylin is in the position that she is in because one Barrani hoped against all hope that she might be able to save his brother The brother that he became outcaste for and that word means exactly what you think it means And this in a society where people are muchlikely to kill their siblings than either love or trust them.This series also has its roots in urban fantasy, complete with the requisite snark although that snarkitude has become oddly similar to that in both J.D Robb s In Death series and Lindsay Buroker s Emperor s Edge series It s the kind of smirky and sometimes gallows humor that draws its rueful chuckles from how much we have come to know, and care for, these characters They aren t telling jokes, they are telling on each other with honest love, honest regard and occasionally an honest desire to put one over on their friends and frenemies.But in the end what draws me back to this series is the character at its heart, Kaylin Nera She began the series in Cast in Moonlight attempting to commit a really grand suicide by cop, only to find herself adopted instead of imprisoned.She is a character who has broken far, far out of her original setting in the crime and shadow riddled fiefs where she learned to keep her head down and became one of the criminals At first, she seemed as if she was just plain grateful to have become a very young and very immature Hawk, one of the law enforcers of this world But her circumstances keep forcing her to become , and her internal voice is the scared, uncertain yet determined voice of anyone who has ever come so far and so fast from where they began that they are just certain that it all not merely can be taken away, but should.And she tries anyway.One final note, one of the interesting themes in this particular entry is about the power, and the responsibility of choice, and just how different that perspective of choice is depending on where the chooser stands on any scale of wealthy, poverty, power and responsibility Kaylin knows that in her early life, even her terrible decisions were her choice Her alternative choice to committing the crimes of her early years was death, but it was still her choice The Adversary of this story is not, strictly speaking, evil Instead, it offers choices to people who choose to take a path that seems evil in pursuit of power But the choice, and the offering of that choice, is not evil in and of itself only the result.I m still thinking about that, and probably will be when the untitled 15th book in this series comes out, hopefully this time next year And not nearly soon enough Audible version.I find Kailyn puerile, in all things if I m honest This book did little to assuage me of that feeling I should disclose this isn t a new feeling I listened to the audible version of this book although the narrator did well, through no fault of her own this book was a monotonous if not prosaic listen However, the alternative is reading it myself I m sure the audible version is the better option All that said, I m invested in the world find the secondary characters inter Audible version.I find Kailyn puerile, in all things if I m honest This book did little to assuage me of that feeling I should disclose this isn t a new feeling I listened to the audible version of this book although the narrator did well, through no fault of her own this book was a monotonous if not prosaic listen However, the alternative is reading it myself I m sure the audible version is the better option All that said, I m invested in the world find the secondary characters interesting I will in all likelihood continue the series My one wish would be the author does away with Kailyn s willfully bovine attitude speeds up the overall arc going forward.Should the character growth continue at the pace of molasses I ll eventually lose interest cut my loses.This reader s ability to look past Kailyn s bovine attitude has an expiration date the author is getting precariously close to that date controversial rant I know many readers feel Kailyn s continuously playing hero is deserving of a promotion respect I d wager to point out Kailyn s treatment is a direct reflection of her attitude She uses her station as an excuse for her ignorance Kailyn has been given every opportunity to move past her self imposed box by the dragons now by the consort herself She refuses to apply herself past learning the very basics to prevent the Hawkes or Emperor embarrassment She doesn t take the lessons seriously As a result of her behavior attitude, the hawkes treat her like a lucky favorite pet the emperor treats her like a troubled child that needs to be curtailed I feel perhaps if Kailyn takes an interest in herself her career past wishing she could become a relevant political power in all courts IMO Readers are takingof an interest than Kailyn does in herself, her accomplishments,importantly her potential I m not sure why this is appropriate 14 books in.You can take a dehydrated horse to water but you can t force it to drink Ultimately the horse needs to take the initiative to survive I hate everyone who reads this book before me Very good end of arc The beginning of a new one coming soon I always like the way the elf queen sorry I m an audiobook reader so I have no idea about spelling half the time I enjoy how she reads When they spend time in court I always find those books the most fun I wish the dragon could go with her I think I figured out the dragon s hoard The fight to hold off shadows I m not sure how it s going to play out though I ve reread the seri I hate everyone who reads this book before me Very good end of arc The beginning of a new one coming soon I always like the way the elf queen sorry I m an audiobook reader so I have no idea about spelling half the time I enjoy how she reads When they spend time in court I always find those books the most fun I wish the dragon could go with her I think I figured out the dragon s hoard The fight to hold off shadows I m not sure how it s going to play out though I ve reread the series for the 3 time Still enjoyable So, I obviously like the series because I m reading book 14, but much of the book felt like a very large info dump We have stuff from the dragon court s background info on the Barrani We havefrom the Arkon We getfrom all the people in Kaylin s head.Honestly, very little happens in most of the book.Even though there s a lot of info dump, you definitely can t start here This is all building on things you should already know and people you ve already encountered None of it would m So, I obviously like the series because I m reading book 14, but much of the book felt like a very large info dump We have stuff from the dragon court s background info on the Barrani We havefrom the Arkon We getfrom all the people in Kaylin s head.Honestly, very little happens in most of the book.Even though there s a lot of info dump, you definitely can t start here This is all building on things you should already know and people you ve already encountered None of it would make sense without earlier books.I miss her doing active Hawk stuff I miss her doing midnight runs as a midwife I can understand how work can stop although, really Tain, Teela, Kaylin, and Severn are ALL excused from work , but I don t understand how she s suddenly not necessary as a midwife right now I miss Tara.I m frustrated that people think she should figure out the Chosen stuff all on her own I m glad she s making progress, but it s still not fair.And Severn has pretty much no personality at all in this book He s present when needed, fights when needed, and provides a set of eyes for Kaylin to see through when needed That s it When you are fourteen books into a series, obviously, there is something that you like about the series and has kept you reading book after book I am no exception I love the overall premise and potential of the story I like several of the characters Kaylin, Nightshade, and Mandoran being my top three favorites I find myself liking Hope and Spike a little bitafter this book, when previously I found the familiar very annoying I also liked Evarrim, Ynpharion, and Emmerian in this one T When you are fourteen books into a series, obviously, there is something that you like about the series and has kept you reading book after book I am no exception I love the overall premise and potential of the story I like several of the characters Kaylin, Nightshade, and Mandoran being my top three favorites I find myself liking Hope and Spike a little bitafter this book, when previously I found the familiar very annoying I also liked Evarrim, Ynpharion, and Emmerian in this one The world building is well done The overall story continues at a slow build My biggest gripe with this particular book is that over 60% of it is comprised of discussion and introspection Okay now, granted, at this point it s book 14 and I have the grudging expectation that there is going to be a great deal of the main character, Kaylin, navel gazing This author loves to do it The first half of the book is largely a long winded discussion rehashing everything, we as readers, have learned from previous books with a light sprinkling of new information I wanted less telling anddoing There are also a few technical word errors that need editing I DID like that Kaylin figures out some things about her abilities as Chosen and can finally understand other things as well Yes, thank you It s about time She also has some brief and, almost but not quite, satisfying interaction with Nightshade I am glad that she doesn t completely ignore him and there is some minuscule resolve there I like that Nightshade actually gets a face to face moment with Kaylin, it s been several books now, and even an interpersonal comment instead of just being a source of information related to the immediate problem at hand The situation with Severn, well, if you follow the pattern then he s up next Quite possibly the best moment in the book is had between Ynpharion and Kaylin Haha 2.5 starsThe last quarter of this was quite good Until then, however, it was kind of excruciating to get through At about the halfway point I realized I felt like I was listening to an on going info dump being framed as an on going mental masturbation exercise I also had a very difficult time figuring out which character was speaking and whether or not they were speaking out loud to everyone or mentally to one specific person, or several specific persons.And yeah, I m REALLY tired of an MC th 2.5 starsThe last quarter of this was quite good Until then, however, it was kind of excruciating to get through At about the halfway point I realized I felt like I was listening to an on going info dump being framed as an on going mental masturbation exercise I also had a very difficult time figuring out which character was speaking and whether or not they were speaking out loud to everyone or mentally to one specific person, or several specific persons.And yeah, I m REALLY tired of an MC that s been unwilling to embrace her own issues and power for fourteen freaking books I m tired of it as a pacing device, I m tired of her always saving the day by bumbling intuiting her way through it I m ready for Sagara to stick a fork in this trope because it s way over done Loved reading this book again, there s so many big reveals, and yeah, can t wait for Cast in Wisdom Especially since there was mention of the fiefs and the boundaries in this book, which is what the next book is going to be about First read November 7th, 2018 Loved reading this book I just love this series so much This book dived into another aspect of Barrani, with the test since the Cohort is taking it So great, and I enjoyed it so much Can t wait for the next book POLITICS ARE HELLKaylin wasn t sent to the West March to start a war Her mission to bring back nine Barrani might do just that, though She traveled with a Dragon, and her presence is perceived as an act of aggression in the extremely hostile world of Barrani Dragon politics Internal Barrani politics are no less deadly, and Kaylin has managed barely to help the rescued Barrani evade both death and captivity at the hands of the ConsortBefore the unplanned visit to the West March, Kaylin invited the Consort to dinner For obvious reasons, Kaylin wants to cancel dinner forever But the Consort is going to show up at the front door at the agreed upon time The fact that she tried to imprison Kaylin s guests doesn t matter at all to herA private Barrani Hell, built of Shadow and malice, exists beneath the High Halls It is the High Court s duty to jail the creature at its heart even if it means that Barrani victims are locked in the cage with it The Consort is willing to do almost anything to free the trapped and end their eternal torment And she needs the help of Kaylin s houseguests and Kaylin herself Failure won t be death it s Hell And that s where Kaylin is going ❮Reading❯ ➵ Fisica 1 - Principios y Problemas ➭ Author Paul W. 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Renee Hill – 9facts.co.uk and her presence is perceived as an act of aggression in the extremely hostile world of Barrani Dragon politics Internal Barrani politics are no less deadly ➶ [Read] ➲ Games Rednecks Play By Jeff Foxworthy ➾ – 9facts.co.uk and Kaylin has managed barely to help the rescued Barrani evade both death and captivity at the hands of the ConsortBefore the unplanned visit to the West March [PDF / Epub] ☆ The Magic Cottage Author James Herbert – 9facts.co.uk Kaylin invited the Consort to dinner For obvious reasons ➽ [Lireing] ➿ Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby: An Agile Primer (Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series) 1, Sandi Metz, eBook - Amazon.com Par Sandi Metz ➲ – 9facts.co.uk Kaylin wants to cancel dinner forever But the Consort is going to show up at the front door at the agreed upon time The fact that she tried to imprison Kaylin s guests doesn t matter at all to herA private Barrani Hell [Epub] ➚ Eski Yunanca - Türkçe Sözlük Author Güler Çelgin – 9facts.co.uk built of Shadow and malice ✅ Dont Leave Me Alone pdf ✈ Author GG – 9facts.co.uk exists beneath the High Halls It is the High Court s duty to jail the creature at its heart even if it means that Barrani victims are locked in the cage with it The Consort is willing to do almost anything to free the trapped and end their eternal torment And she needs the help of Kaylin s houseguests and Kaylin herself Failure won t be death it s Hell And that s where Kaylin is going Need to ReviewNote There were a few moments when I argued at the book I know It s silly You can t argue with a book but I did This series is one where I can safely say that I ll wait till the end to see how I feel Those parts where I argued with the book I ll probably do it again the next time I read it but it doesn t matter because I finished The book is what it is because I want to argue with it.

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