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.
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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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.
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.
Where does Cast in Deception rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Loved this book, as well as all in the series.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Main character is very likable, self-doubt and all.
What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Narrator makes is easy to differentiate who is speaking.
Any additional comments?
I recommend starting with the first in the series to get the most enjoyment out of each book. I can't wait for the next one!
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?
This is a great continuation of the great arc of the Chronicles of Elantra! This one is another adventure to the West March and back, bringing the cohort to Elantra. It does run heavy on politics and intrigue, and is obviously a setup for the next in the series which I suspect will be much more action-oriented, but it has a fair bit of action and suspense and gives us questions which should be resolved in the next book, and possibly another to follow. It hints at the possible coming climax of the entire story arc, so it shouldn't be skipped, even if politics and backstory aren't your thing, and there are at least cameos for almost all of favorite characters from past books. Something is waking....
Superb, complex and engaging continuation of the series. Narrator makes the best even better. I'm listening to this story over and over with great delight and appreciation. Anxiously looking forward to the next Cast novel. May it be soon please!
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.
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.
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