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With friends like these, who needs enemies?

Private Kaylin Neya thought her home couldn't possibly get more crowded. But when one of her housemates, Annarion, decides to undertake the Barrani Test of Name, his friends refuse to let him face his task alone - and Kaylin's sentient home, Helen, is the only structure capable of shielding the rest of Elantra from the magnitude of their power.

Annarion and Mandoran almost caused the destruction of the High Halls once already. Add nine of their closest friends, and the danger is astronomically higher - especially since these guests are at the heart of a political firestorm. Imprisoned almost a millennium ago, their recent freedom threatens the rulership of several prominent Barrani families, and the machinations of those Lords make it almost impossible to tell friend from foe.

As political tensions ramp up, the shadows beneath the High Halls are seeking a freedom that has never been possible before. Kaylin must find a way to keep those shadows from escaping, or that freedom will destroy her city, the empire, and everything she holds dear.

©2018 Michelle Sagara (P)2017 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.

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  • S. Schmidt
  • 28-01-2018

Maybe it's because I wait all year for these books

Just my opinion, but I was disappointed. Overall, I don't like the storyline of the "lost" children of The Green. I love Teela, but the rest of their storyline is boring and full of politics and demonstrates how cold the Barrani are, but... we know that already. Most of the book was spent talking politics -nothing new was learned by us or by Kaylin. I found myself rewinding frequently to listen to parts I missed because it didn't hold my attention. There was some action, some of the characters we thought we could trust are thrown into suspicion, but overall, this book did not contribute much compared to other books. It's obviously background for what's to come, but I didn't need 16 hours of this background with Cast in Sorrow and Cast in Peril already behind us. And I missed the fun of Bellasdeo (sp?) and the emperor, I want more from Kaylin and Severn, even Mandoran's character especially when he is arguing and baiting Bellasdeo and getting stuck in walls. The usual characters didn't have a significant part in any of the book -very little of Marcus, the Hawk lord, Clint, Tara or any of the characters I look forward to seeing. I enjoy the books when we get to investigate and learn more of the other races -like Cast in Flight or Marcus' story, the Tha'alani or the even the towers - the growth Kaylin gains and the "other" side of the main characters, but in my opinion, this book could have been an in-between short story and we would have learned as much and moved on to the next story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-05-2018

wasn't a great plot

I was a little disappointed in this book. It didn't have as much suspense as the previous books and there were too many loose ends.

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  • clarksterAZ
  • 17-04-2018

A prequel with too much inner dialogue

I was bored with the story and half way through I wanted it to end.
No action to speak of, just traveling and talking. The previous books were better, obviously a setup for the next book.

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  • hkay
  • 27-03-2018

Good but only half a book...

Really tired of tge books in this series being broken in two, and badly. Now a year long wait for the second half of this tale?

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  • Rosemary
  • 30-01-2018

Yawn

Well that was boring. More and more with each of these books, I'm left at the end wondering what the point is. The narration is great but I'm tired of the soul searching and all the usual formulae. It's just dull at this point.

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  • seth
  • 16-07-2018

Loved it

I loved the book. I had a hard time getting away from this one like all the other books in this series.

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  • Original_Patricia
  • 04-07-2018

Let's do the twist

This story is full of the unexpected twist and turns that I was sure that I had missed some very important detail. I found myself rereading every few pages the details were so subtle. After a while it became clear that I wasn't missing anything but going on the same adventure for understanding with our characters. Once this was established it was easier to just hang on and enjoy the ride. And enjoy the ride is what I did. I still feel I will have to reread the book again sooner rather than later but for now I am more than happy with having finished.

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  • Blackrain
  • 02-07-2018

Nooooooooooo A Cliffhanger

This book was great as the rest of the series. Unfortunately, the ending is the biggest cliffhanger so far in this series! I love the new character that’s introduced, the return of some of my old favorites, and the development of some of the old characters. The plot gets more intense and the problems more tangled.

I think I might just explode waiting for the next book. I knew it would be good so I held off reading it until now so that the wait for the next book wouldn’t be so long, but now I wish I’d waited even longer!
Khristine Hvam did an amazing job with the narration. She’s excellent at giving each character their own voice, or speaking speed, or age, or accent to differentiate them from each other. I look forward to more of her narrations.

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  • Duchesscjay
  • 14-02-2018

Elantra

The story continues with the cohort. Once again Kaylin, accompanied by Belusdeo ventures into the West March, courtesy of the Elemental water in the Keepers Garden. Quite without a by your leave or even warning. The Hallerones welcomed her and tolerated Belusdeo.
Nothing is ever simple, when the battles were finished Kaylin had acquired more misfits for Helen to house and finally Kaylin got to sleep. Without danger lurking.

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  • SupermeanRose
  • 14-02-2018

More a bridge than a book

I have enjoyed this series but also a little frustrated by it. Kaylyn’s character is maturing very slowly. Her constant self absorption with her own ideas is starting to ruin the series for me. This book was more an introduction of characters and setting the scene for the next book. Lots of good information but more of a bridge to what’s coming then an actual book. Also her weakness in keeping navarahm out of her head is appalling.

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  • Fth
  • 11-03-2018

As amazing as usual

Cast in deception is very much in keeping with the others in this series and manages to convey complex and foreign ideas very well. Can't wait for the next one