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Book by Sagara Michelle


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  • Broché: 409 pages
  • Editeur : Luna Books (août 2005)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0373802366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373802364
  • Dimensions du produit: 20,4 x 13,2 x 2,6 cm
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4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Lady Lama TOP 500 COMMENTATEURSVOIX VINE sur 13 mai 2011
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La couverture de « Cast in Shadow » est particulièrement trompeuse. Elle fait penser à de l'urban fantasy. Comme la maison d'édition (« Luna Press ») fait parti des Editions Harlequin, on peut même penser que c'est de l'urban fantasy extrêmement formatée. Et bien, pas du tout !

Je ne qualifierais pas le premier tome d'urban fantasy, mais de fantasy classique et assez déconcertante pour surprendre les lecteurs non aguerris. Franchement j'ai du mal à comprendre ce que ce titre fait chez Harlequin, c'est même presque un exploit qu'il ait réussi à trouver son public, ou plutôt à conquérir un public qui ne lui était sûrement pas acquis d'avance !

Les tomes existants
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« Les Chroniques d'Elantra » sont une série comportant actuellement six titres, et un septième est prévu bientôt:
1- Cast in Shadow (2005)
2- Cast in Courtlight (2006)
3- Cast in Secret (2007)
4- Cast in Fury (2008)
5- Cast in Silence (2009)
6- Cast in Chaos (2010)
7- Cast in Ruin (prévu pour octobre 2011)

Ce qui étonne au début
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La narration est à la troisième personne, mais par un narrateur qui ne semble pas omniscient. On a une vague description des environs et des personnages, mais pas toujours d'explications sur les sentiments des personnages. Quant à la compréhension du monde décrit, c'est à nous de nous la forger, au fil des pages.
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Devenue à force de lectures fantastiques variées plutôt (trop ?) exigeante, j'ai trouvé quelques maladresses au cours de ma lecture, et pour cette raison ne gratifie pas ce premier livre de la série "Cast" de plus de 4*.
D'un autre côté, l'impression d'honnêteté que laisse ce livre (impression de plus en plus inhabituelle dans cette gamme de fantasy) compense largement la gaucherie parfois ressentie (surtout au démarrage de l'histoire).

L'héroïne, Kaylin, est une jeune orpheline, qui a été incorporée une demi-douzaine d'années plus tôt à l'une des gardes de la ville, les Hawks, qui l'ont accueillie à bras ouverts, et au sein de laquelle elle joue le rôle de la mascotte parfois sévèrement secouée, mais aussi très chérie.

Le contexte est urban, puisque l'histoire se passe dans une ville, Elantra, mais le monde semble être différent du nôtre, comme dans une fantasy classique.
L'ambiance est également très urban fantasy : Kaylin va travailler au "bureau", et les échanges entre les protagonistes, particulièrement entre elle et ses supérieurs ou collègues, est assez moderne - mais sans faute de ton.
L'auteur sait manier les détails et aussi se servir parfois d'idées associées habituellement à d'autres concepts pour les réintégrer habilement dans son récit, et arrive ainsi à créer une ambiance pleine de vie et de personnalité.

Plusieurs races intelligentes vivent ensemble...
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Par Amélie sur 5 juillet 2013
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I first read this book in French and because of the horrible job the translator had done, I found it interesting but extremely confusing and not exceptional (whole passages were suppressed in addition to a lot of adjectives and adverbs all along the book, they apparently found that it was too long ...). Yet, some things really intrigued me and I still bought the second book and switched to English from the third one. Her writing style is particular and people will love it or hate it; personally, I loved it.

The world building was really interesting. I loved to learn about all the different races that composed Elantra, their particularities, their customs and their tense relationships. Yet, because we only discover this world through Kaylin's eyes and because she is not a great learner, the details we know are rather sparse and let us constantly hungry for more. Kaylin's limited vision is probably what I regret the most about this series.

I liked that the eye color of all the people (except the humans) change with their mood, I think that it is an interesting details and it certainly helps to better understand and eventually sympathize with people like the Barrani who are always expressionless and aloof.

I really loved the way Michelle Sagara handles her immortals, both in this series and her other ones. They really seem to be another race, different from us in the way they think and feel; it is not just an artifact to render them more interesting like with many other authors whose immortals always seem too human despite all their efforts.

As for the characters, I was often annoyed by Kaylin's behavior or opinions as she seems to be too immature despite all she has had to go through.
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Good idea, good potential, good writer, but . . . 5 février 2007
Par CeciM - Publié sur Amazon.com
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My first thought after finishing this book was "Well, it was good but not great." At least I didn't think "What a waste of my time," because the author is basically a good writer. The characters and the world are interesting and I'm left wanting to know more.

I've tried to define for myself why I wasn't as enthusiastic as other reviewers, and I think it's the details that overwhelm you while reading but don't add up at the end. The one nagging flaw to me is that the whole premise that drives the "suspense" is not really a mystery to Nightshade, Severn, the Lord of Hawks, or the Dragons. They don't know literally who is the culprit, but they all know what Kaylin should be told ASAP - yet the story drags it out to the bitter end. I think this would have been a better story, and the author is good enough to pull it off, to reveal the truth about Kaylin up front and then tell the story about how she solves and/or deals with her dilemna. I was also annoyed with the attempt to be humorous about Kaylin's chronic tardiness and perpetual circles under her eyes. Is this to establish Kaylin as an antihero? Inept? Lovable and cuddly? Every other Hawk's fledgling? I would rather know more about Kaylin's thoughts and history and less about her laundry, too. (The laundry, hunger, tardiness, and lack of sleep are examples of too many details that don't really add to the story but stood out and distracted while I read the story. I can't help but wonder how Kaylin can function if she is so challenged about clothing, eating, and sleeping. According to the details, this is a serious problem for her. The author is good enough, though, that I can almost smell K's apartment.) I also think the relationship with Severn could have been developed better and that there should have been more interaction between them.

I admit, I HATE stories that just have one crisis after another that drive the supposed plot, and this book has that problem. I just think this world, the characters, and the underlying story are far more interesting than the final story that was written. I am going to read Cast in Courtlight soon and hope it delivers better than this one.

This author has a lot of potential and I'm looking forward to her future efforts. I hope she can avoid the lucrative formulaic plots because she's better than that.
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Excellent Non-Epic Fantasy 30 janvier 2008
Par Nemonus - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
Tolkein, Sagara is not. You won't find pages and pages of description about the history and races of the Empire the story takes place in, and characters do use curse words and phrases like "cool" as easily as modern people do.

I like Tolkein. However, I also count Cast In Shadow as one of my favorite fantasy books. I read it very quickly, drawn in by the main character, the world, and the witty writing style. Kaylin is not the perfect fantasy female I'm getting tired of. She complains, comes in to work late, has messy hair, hates the magic her life is full of, and still holds her own with magic and muscle like the less well-drawn heroes. I think she manages to be likeable because of her faults and quirks--they're realistic. Her past was also unique, and, although I don't want to spoil anything for those who havn't read the book, I must say that I was very pleased when the relationship between Kaylin and the Mysterious Man From Her Past which is revealed two-third of the way through the book did not turn out to be a jilted lover story. In fact, although Luna is an offshoot of Harlequin, there's little to no acknowledgement of romance in Cast In Shadow.

There isn't that much world-building in terms of the races, but I stopped caring about that when I realized how cool they were--and I think that's a main thing to realize about this book. It's to enjoy, not to think about. Read it if you like furries--there's bird people (Aerians),cat people (Leontines), and Dragons which are most often in human guise. The Barrani are sort of demon/elves, immortal and stuck up because of it, although Sagara does do a good job of making some of them likeable while retaining the racial traits that annoy Kaylin. I thought these races were enjoyable, but rather typical. Luckily there were also the creepy Tha'alani, who read thoughts via tentacles on their heads. These, as far as I know, are quite unique.

I do have some negative comments: The entire world, geographically, is not explained; Elantra is apparently one city in the domain of the far-off Dragon Emperor, and I couldn't get a feel for what was outside its walls or how its government really worked. As another reviwer noted, Kaylin's superiors are supposed to be intimidating, but although Kaylin's Leontine superior Marcus shows Kaylin his claws he is on very friendly terms with her, and the lofty Hawklord actually gets some hugs. I liked Marcus and the Hawklord, but also got the feeling that the author hadn't really intended me to, but had liked them too much herself to keep them intimidating and aloof.
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Not what I expected it to be... 12 juin 2007
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
Okay, let me start off on all the things that I am not... I am not a fan of romance novels, I am not a great fan of Michelle Sagara's (West) Huntlord books (which were the first ones I ever picked up by her). I am not at all crazy about this recent melding of the paranormal and the romatic to the point that most of the woman who are the leads in most of these books I personally would either avoid or smack around.

That said, I liked this books a lot. (No apparently I wasn't aware that Luna as an offshoot of Harlequin, I haven't read a Harlequin book since I was eleven years old.) I love feel of the characters and how well they interact with one another (even with the cursing in multiple languages. I know three or four in which to curse in and I switch as well) I wanted more though. It is great that the humans are not the top of the food chain here, that way you either make it or you don't and it isn't because of the opposable thumb, its because you can.

The plot is thin, it is very convoluted and the way that NO ONE wants to explain ANYTHING to Kaylin is to much, honey if you want to know bad enough improve your reading skills and look for the information yourself. That and holding a grudge will only hold you back, (this I know from personal experience.)

Yes the writing is choppy at times, yes Kaylin can be frustrating enough to strangle but it will get better. At least it looks as if it is... I had the new Kim Harrison and Kelly Armstrong books waiting for me to pick up and devour but this one held my interest, this one made me want to finish it... I've already ordered the second and pre-ordered the third of this series. That will be the litmus test, if this keeps my attention then Ms. Michelle Sagara (West) will have found a new (old) reader.
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Author's characteristic themes reappear 23 août 2005
Par V. Chan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Michelle Sagara also writes as Michelle West (the Hunter and Sun Sword series, which are effectively one super-series, still incomplete), and some of her characteristic plot elements appear here, together with the romanticism of her writing style. I was pleased to find that this book is much shorter and faster-moving than the Sun Sword books, and somewhat less mannered. The plot is an interesting variant of the Chosen One motif, and it is left mysterious who exactly chose the heroine and for what. It was also pleasant to find that (a)her appalling childhood trauma involving one of the male protagonists was, when revealed, actually traumatic; and (b)Ms Sagara does not try to say that because the deed was necessary it was also right.

The ambiguous demon-lover figure who has appeared in all of Ms Sagara's books (both as Sagara and as West) also appears here. The worldbuilding and characterisation are sketchy but adequate for the purposes of the story, and the heroine while irritating on occasion is at least shown as making an effort to behave like an adult. I do not know how Ms Sagara will end this story, which is nice and lets me look forward to the next book.
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"I don't understand" said Kaylin 24 juin 2009
Par akb--bookworm - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
Wow, Kaylin, neither did I!

I really wanted to enjoy this book, but I feel like I've been left scratching my head. Several times in the book, the heroine says "I don't understand." or others ask her "don't you understand?" And she doesn't understand anything going on, so how am I supposed to understand? And the worst part is that after they ask her that, THEY DON'T EXPLAIN!

Kaylin is a "hawk," which means she part of law enforcement. She was born in the slums and left at 13 after some traumatic event. Children were being slaughtered in the slums and it's happening again. Now she's been assigned the case and must revisit her past in order to stop the killings and come to peace with who she is, her magical gifts, and the people who surround her.

Sounds good, doesn't it? I thought so.

Good points of this book:
1. Entertaining--Even though I was lost for a lot of the story, it was an entertaining read. I kept reading because I wanted to know the secrets, understand the tattoos, and mere curiosity.
2. Different plot line--not too strong and a bit confusing, but it was different.

Annoying points of this book:
1. Kaylin--We never get a description of her other than her tattoos. She barely passed her exams to become a hawk, so she doesn't seem to understand anything in the world around her that includes multiple species. She isn't a very interesting character. I really didn't care what happened to her, she was very flat, ignorant, childish, and untalented.
2. Elantra--Too confusing. I don't know if it was because the story was written from Kaylin's POV who didn't seem to know anything, but this world she lived it didn't make any sense. There are multiple species, but they all seemed to fall in some sort of cliché. We were never given any clear description of what the species looked like so it was hard to imagine this world. Not only that, but she seemed to have different names for each species which made things all that more confusing.
3. Too secretive--This was the MOST annoying. Kaylin states that the immortal species know how to keep a secret and lie more than they state the truth. OK, so how am I supposed to believe anything they DO say, which isn't much. Everyone around her is content to make a small comment in passing that makes no sense and then say, "I won't tell you anymore." ooooooooooooooookaaaaaaaaaay? Because of this, it's not a mystery that she's solving, it's some random events that seem to happen because there are no clues to follow.
4. Too secretive Part 2--This book is 507 pages. We learn in the first chapter that she has some magical abilities....that's all, that she has "some magical abilities." We don't learn until page 132 what the gift is, and it's just lamely stated "I can heal." Then, we don't learn until another 300 pages or so that she has another ability and what it is. Not only that, but even though she tries to kill Severn in Chapter 2, we don't learn until page 279 why she hates him. It's fine to hold out on the readers (you know, to create tension & have twists, etc.), but when you keep referencing it and don't explain it? VERY ANNOYING.
5. Grammar--So, this is just a minor annoyance, which others have already pointed out. The grammar and sentence structures were pretty poor. It was easy to overlook.

All in all, I don't think I'll ever pick this one up again. I might for curiosity's sake read the next in the series to see if it gets any better, but I'm not holding my breath. I'm just glad that I picked this up at the library. Read before you buy.
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