“I enjoy Michelle's Sagara's world-building, and slights twists on fantasy tropes. Interesting mix of fantasy, mystery and adventure, and I like that she doesn't feel the need to reveal everything at once, and though some may mind her exposition chapters, I did not (though of course I write my...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I enjoy Michelle's Sagara's world-building, and slights twists on fantasy tropes. Interesting mix of fantasy, mystery and adventure, and I like that she doesn't feel the need to reveal everything at once, and though some may mind her exposition chapters, I did not (though of course I write my own exposition chapters, so maybe I'm a bad judge of that). Books like this live or die on the appeal of their main characters, and I have a soft spot in my heart for characters and people like Kaylin.”Gordon Gross wrote this review Tuesday, October 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Audible”Cyrena K wrote this review 4 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review Pending.”Tracy wrote this review Wednesday, October 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“3.5”Amber R wrote this review Thursday, September 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The first comment that has to be made about this book is that horrendous cover! It does not reflect the book's content or give any glimpse as to what type of book it is at all. If I were to make an assumption based solely on that, I'd guess it was an historical romance novel. It's just awful!
Luckily, the story inside it is not awful, however. I found this all together a much smoother and easier read than book one. Naturally, that will partly be down to me now understanding all the various species and races and with a fairly good handle on the main character and her abilities, back story and relationships. Although some of her still remains a mystery and she seems to be one of those heroines that is destined to discover new and greater power within herself as each book goes on.
This time she has to attend the Barrani High Court to assist one of the Lords there with her healing ability. This leads to all sorts of fun. She has to face a few tests- magically, intellectually and emotionally. The story arc regarding Severn and Kaylin as children gets re-addressed and looked on in a new light. We didn't really give much consideration in book one as to how Severn felt about what he'd done and it was very interesting to see it from this angle. I am glad the two have found each other again. Now I just wait patiently for them to realise they fancy the pants off each other as adults and fall madly in love. Can that happen soon, please?
It looks like we're going to concentrate on a different race in each book as I've just begun book three and that seems centred on the Tha'alani, and this one was all about the Birrani. As each race is fascinating in its own way, this is fine by me. I wasn't sure I'd ever warm to or understand the cold, reserved Birrani race, but I felt I definitely did make progress with that by the end of the book. This might help me appreciate Lord Nightshade more in the next one, perhaps. Although I'm not sure you'll ever convince me he actually cares for Kaylin as anything other than a prized acquisition. And how did he know to mark her as his within 30 seconds of meeting her anyway? What's that all about?
Well, there's only one way to find out, and that's too keep on reading!
Oh, and I have to praise the narrator of these audiobooks for really bringing them to life for me. I think she might be assisting my enjoyment of them quite a bit. Her name is Kristine Hvam, and she rocks!
4 Stars! ★★★★”
“Wow, intense-Kaylin and Severn grow closer, old scars are healing, slowly. They find themselves demanded in attendance to attend the High Court. There is a great Lord Dying, and it must be keep secret. Saving him could put Kaylin and Severn in danger, the Barrani guard their secrets. There is more than their secrets to be discovered behind the High Walls, something much darker and older. They go where no mortal has ever gone.
I could read this book 5 times and still not get all of it. There is so much detail and hidden truths behind everything said and seen. Wonderful.”
“Really liked this one, although not as much as the first it was interesting to add the barrani, but I do love Kaylin and the evolution of her relationships. Court intrigue, but not so much mystery, still enjoyed thoroughly though.”Zombie Katie wrote this review Friday, September 2, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is actually the book that hooked me on this series. The first book was complicated and confusing and I wasn't that fond of it. This one was also complicated and confusing, but this time I was prepared for that. The key is to just enjoy the world that Sagara has created and to not drive yourself nuts trying to understand everything. The setting of these books is beautiful and original and is what really sets them apart. ”Misty wrote this review Saturday, January 29, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An intriguing second book in the Chronicles of Elantra series. The setting was magical and the story was even better than the first. This time the setting and plot take place within the Barrani High Halls and we learn the secrets of the Barrani and High Halls.”Margaret O wrote this review Friday, January 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“i felt like i was missing something - didnt realize it was the second in a series. the entire time i was reading it i was trying to care about the characters but had a hard time. not my favorite book ever.”californiameaghan wrote this review Sunday, July 18, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No