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Cast in Oblivion

Written by: Michelle Sagara
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
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Politics are hell.

Kaylin 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 Consort.

Before 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 her.

A 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 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. She needs the help of Kaylin’s houseguests - and Kaylin herself. Failure won’t be death - it will be hell. That’s where Kaylin is going.

©2019 Michelle Sagara (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Love this series

I have followed this series for quite some time and was not disappointed in this latest instalment. I’ve listened to it several times since it’s release and still get something more from it every time I listen. The book focuses on the cohort and the High Halls. Although, this book doesn’t seem to follow the usual police procedural style the previous books have followed, it does set the scene for more understanding of shadow in future books. The inner dialogue that Kaylin has (especially in the latter part of the book), shows a lot of personal growth from the beginning of the series.
I loved that some of my favourite characters were together under Kaylin’s roof (the Akron, Bellusdeo, the Consort, and Teela) specifically. I liked the interaction with Nightshade, and I laughed out loud at some of the back and forth with Ynpharion.
The narrator is very good as well which makes listening a pleasure.
I am really looking forward to the next book in this series, Cast in Wisdom. It just can’t come quick enough!

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  • Bran
  • 2019-01-30

Frustrating

Let me start by saying that obviously if you have read or listened to the previous books in this series, you need to listen to this one as well. This book like many of the more recent ones in this series is full of useless introspection, and non-sequesters. The first half of this book (approx 8 hours) takes place within one or two days of story time, and nothing happens. Characters eat meals, talk about the past, and many things are described in minute detail. After the half way point, it seems like things are going to speed up, however while the plot progresses, slowly; events that should take a few minutes to occur, are stretched out again and again.
The fact that this book came out well over a year from the last one is ridiculous. 3/4 of the book is filler, and while I have gotten used to Sagara's writing style, and her prose are beautiful, this whole experience has been very frustrating. I've spent 15 years or so invested in this story line, so obviously I will get the next book next year when it comes out; but if you are not invested in this series yet, you might want to give it a pass, and find something else to read or listen to.

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  • Anne M
  • Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • 2019-01-30

slowest story of the series

Half of the book centers around the consort coming to dinner or the dinner party. Most other books deal with murders, crimes, investigations, some traveling around being chased Dragons, halls of law, Castle Nightshade, Eventon shop or the different quarters of the city. not just Helen's home for more than half and the Baranie palace for the rest. even the limit in the number of characters Kaylin interacts with is disappointing. this felt more like a short story stretched out as long as possible.

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  • Bandon, OR, United States
  • 2019-02-16

Could put it down

I've been following this series from the beginning. Sometimes the main character is annoying, but I have overall enjoyed the adventures and action of this world. However, this time it's going now where fast. The book starts having to throw a political dinner party. Different races involved, major war will happen if injury, insult or death occurs. So there is all this talk about what happened in the last many books, a recap (yawn) without making it interesting. And the planning for the party, clothing and jewerly. Then the party happens without much excitement, just more talking. I had listened now for 7 hours. Party just done.. So okay, so I'm waiting for something exciting to happen by now. So they start discussing and arguing about what happened to the party and needing to do the thing they are planning. And talk about it some more. . So they get ready to do this thing and here is more internal and external discussions about doing the thing. It is now 10 hours and still nothing has HAPPENED. I finally had to put it aside out of frustration. I may got back to it at a later point. Sometime.

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  • J. Linch
  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • 2019-02-05

Was the ‘Great American Hero’ the inspiration for

This series reminds me of that TV series. The main character of the series, Kaylin, has symbols all over her body, that appeared when she was a child, that give her powers. Powers she doesn’t understand or, for the most part, know how to use. She learns a little bit, over time, but by book 14 she really doesn’t have a clue and only now thinks she might try to do a little research to see if she can discover anything more. Really? Fourteen books to reach this point?
There was a decent amount of character building for Kaylin in the first few books, but since then the story has morphed away from Kaylin’s development, while the story continues to be told from her point of view. Other characters introduced along the way have become the main focus of the story plots. The author continues to mention some of the older characters or they have a small part of the story lines, but are pretty much dismissed at this point.
At this point I am pretty sure the author has lost whatever story line she originally intended and just keeps writing in the hopes of stumbling onto another.
I honestly told myself to drop the series about 8 books again. But for some reason I can’t really define I keep reading, maybe in the hopes the author will latch onto that new plot I am hoping for. Not sure I will read the next one, as disappointed as I am in this one.
Still LOVE the narrator.

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  • Fred Barnhart
  • Lebanon, PA United States
  • 2019-02-28

Cast In Tedium

I have faithfully listened to this series and am sad to say this one will be my last. The over description of everything and little action or progression makes me feel like I am reading a kids book report with a word count minimum.

I really like the characters, but I can’t go through another seventeen hours for two hours worth of story. Best of luck, I’ll keep an eye open for a news series by you and hope it isn’t tied to a page count contract.

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  • Daniel
  • 2019-02-13

Didn't feel like a full novel

As the series progresses it feels like there's less content in each book. Still will scratch the itch if you want to keep following this campy but badly written saga because of your difficult to explain investment in the main character and desparate hope for sexy romance that will probably never happen ...

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  • Nat
  • 2019-02-09

too much at crap and whining in action scenes

you just want some of the action to be over with and it goes on and on and on stop whining the complaining rehashing of explanations over and over. I mean you're in the middle of an action scene and they're busy arguing and going on at nauseam you just start screaming get on with it. going to have to give her the David Weber award for too much minutiae

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  • ellen davenport
  • 2019-02-04

A lot about nothing.

This story has intrigue me since book one. Unfortunately the last few have gotten repetitive. The main character is still everyone’s doormat. Even though she has been the Worlds Savior. She still gets no respect and she still let everyone walk all over her. Not much happens in this book. Not sure I will bother with the last which is very sad because I’ve enjoyed the series.

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  • Erika Martin
  • 2019-07-21

Starts Slowly but gets Better

It pains me to leave a less than stellar review for a book in a series that I have been enjoying for many years, but I have to say that this one was a bit...disappointing. Or at least the first half was. As others have mentioned, the entire first half of the book is full of nothing but talking, talking, talking about things that might happen. I mean, these books always have a lot of talking, but they usually progress the story and the characters more than they did in this one. I just wanted that part to be over so I could get to the action! Once things got moving, though, I enjoyed it just as much as I’ve enjoyed the previous books in this series. I’m glad I stuck it out, but I hope that the next book will have more action and less (pointless) taking about things!

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  • Blackrain
  • 2019-06-26

I love this series!

I have loved every single book in this series and this one is one of the best in the series. Kaylin really seems to grow in this volume. Her friends also grow and mature. Her sphere of influence is expanding and so are the troubles that she faces.
I loved that a problem that had been discovered and put aside in one of the first books is finally confronted in this one. The ending made tears come to my eyes, but you’ll have to read it for yourself to find out why. You won’t regret it!
My only issues were some minor inconsistencies in the storyline which kept me from giving a 5 star rating in the overall category. If there’s anyone who read the last one and wanted, or in my case did, scream “Wilson! His name was Wilson! Who the **** is Winston,” you’ll probably have a moment or two of this feeling. But the story is worth it.
Argh now I have to wait until next year for the next volume! 。・°°・(>_<)・°°・。