Cast in Deception (Chronicles of Elantra, #13) by Michelle Sagara

Cast in Deception (Chronicles of Elantra, #13)

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 th...

Details Cast in Deception (Chronicles of Elantra, #13)

TitleCast in Deception (Chronicles of Elantra, #13)
Release DateJan 23rd, 2018
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Magic, Dragons, Fiction

Reviews Cast in Deception (Chronicles of Elantra, #13)

  • Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
    Very long and a lot of traveling. I felt underwhelmed with no singular villain, more multiple possibilities - like conspiracy theories. I also thought this would be about the cohort taking the test of the name; it wasn't. It's about the cohort traveling to Elantra. No big battle in this either, lots of skirmishes.
  • Rachel
    I really love this series. I've been reading it so long that it's become a cozy read for me now. The series is really a slow build and I'm not sure if there's an end in sight. I can see the direction it's going, but each new book mostly adds more to the world building instead of feeling like you're preparing for the final conflict. For some people that could be frustrating, but I like revisiting the world and the characters and just enjoying my t...
  • Katyana
    Holy crap.I love this series. I loved this book. But this ending ... or rather, cliffhanger non-ending ... nearly killed me.Also, I feel positive that the box that Alsanis gave to Kaylin (view spoiler)[- the little ring box, when he said sometimes a home is a cage - is Teranno's name. (hide spoiler)] Bets, anyone?I'm not going to do a big review, because 13 books in, you either know the series and love it (because who goes 13 books in to a series...
  • Silver James
    Well...huh. I'm a big fan of the Chronicles of Elantra series. Michelle Sagara's prose leaves me breathless at times and she creates such appealing characters even when they're the "bad guys." Khristine Hvam has the characters' personalities and voices firmly in place, making listening to the dialogue an absolute pleasure and "living" in Kaylin's head while our main character is thinking can be a joy thanks to these two talented ladies. And despi...
  • Cross777
    I have read and enjoyed these books, passed them on to others...but this book didn't work for me.The title should have been Bickering Barrani. Nothing much happens in this book, except Barrani bickering, the reason for all the bickering doesn't happen, and leaves this book feeling like filler. The action pieces, an assassination attempt, a couple of war bands, enraged dragons, all regulated to the back round.
  • Soo
    4.5 StarsThere are a lot of reasons why I love this series but the biggest one is the way Sagara portrays emotions. It's hard to describe feelings in a way that makes sense. Emotions are simple but layered complexities. Within this fantasy world, the idea of family and love is explored in ways that engages my mind and heart. I hate to see this series end because some of the things that I want to see explored are not and may never be. From the sta...
  • eyes.2c
    Sagara's Elantra novels are just so visceral!I didn't think I would be giving this latest Elantra novel 5 stars when I was a quarter of the way through. But but the end I was saying Yes, Yes, Yes!Once again we plow through acres of the in between portal paths with Kaylin (Private Neya) and Bellusdeo (Dragon Lord), in search of the Barrani Cohort, the lost one, Teela's companions in her testing. And no this this did not start off as choice! Kaylin...
  • Beth
    That was wonderful. When is the next book?Admittedly it doesn't advance the overall plot arc but really fleshed out the cohort & Kaylin's life.
  • Janice Williams Garcia
    Severn is staying! I really hope that means there is some progression in the next book in his relationship with Kaylin. Also, wow with all the twists in this book. I'm not even sure I understand what all happened, but I fully enjoyed the story. I'm really wanting to punch the Consort at the moment. Exactly how much longer until the next book???
  • Kathy Martin
    This episode of the Chronicles on Elantra focuses on the Barrani. It especially focuses on the cohort of young people who were sent, millennia ago, to take part in a ceremony that would give them great power or kill them. They didn't die but they didn't return either. Kaylin's friend Teela was the only one who made it home at the time of the ceremony. Two others made it back to Elantra more recently and have taken refuge in Kaylin's home because ...
  • FangFan
    I'm such a fan of this series. The world-building, magic system and engaging characters, especially the main character, are so well done. This latest installment had plenty of action and rich character development. Some books in this series have been slow going (Cast in Honor being my least favorite, but still interesting), but this one starts off with a scene that pulls you right into the story, and the pace doesn't let up. I loved this book. My...
  • Taylor
    "Fine. What do you want?""I'd like you to stay out of trouble, if that's at all possible.""Something I can actually do."That describes Kaylin perfectly doesn't it?First, several other reviewers have offered hints, so I will offer only this: what place does the forest on the cover remind you of? Oh, and what Kaylin appears to be holding/guiding—it’s not light. 😂Now on to the rest of the review!This was perhaps one of my favorites in the Chr...
  • Marlene
    Originally published at Reading RealityI originally said that the Chronicles of Elantra series was urban fantasy in a high or epic fantasy setting. Our point of view character is Private Kaylin Neya, a member of the Hawks, meaning law enforcement, in the city of Elantra.Elantra is populated not just by humans, but also by Leontines, Aerians, Thallani and Barrani (read elves, sort of) and ruled by Dragons. While only the Barrani and the Dragons ar...
  • Jennifer
    The book started strong. I was so very excited to be getting back to the Barrani and maybe getting some more Nightshade and plot movement on what exactly his plan is other than getting his brother back. The first 20 to 50% was wonderful. Then I started to realize we were introducing like 3 to 4 major plot elements, most of them revolving around politics, but also portends of something cataclysmic occurring but NOTHING IS RESOLVED. The only thing ...
  • Moira
    24.1.2018 - 4,5* “Yes, attempts at murder are often misunderstandings. Unless it involves armies, in which case it’s diplomacy.”
  • Grace's Potato
    3.5Probably my least favorite book in the series. I had a surprisingly had time finishing it for some reason, and kept picking it up, reading a few chapters, and putting it down again.
  • Suz
    3+ starsI have to admit that I had trouble remaining engaged with this book. In the beginning I felt like I needed to go back and listen to the last one or two so I could refresh my memory. That feeling passed after a while, but I never really remained completely engaged throughout the course of the book. I feel pretty confident that I missed a lot of the story.I'm not sure where this series is going. For a while I thought the MC was getting intr...
  • Brent Johnson
    “The Chronicles of Elantra” series is definitely not one where it’s easy to jump into the middle of the series. Many of the books will not make much sense unless you have read the previous books and that is the case here. In “Cast in Deception”, the cohort of Barrani rescued by Kaylin have begun their attempts to reclaim the lives and positions that were taken from them by the events detailed in “Cast in Sorrow”. When Annarion, Nigh...
  • Westminster Library
    A simple trip to the Keeper’s store ends with Kaylin and Bellusdeo in the West March. The rest of the lost Barrani children, while attempting to travel to Elantra, lose contact with Terrano, Annarion, Mandoran, and Teela. A fateful meeting with Terrano, Kayla, and Bellusdeo aids the discovery and the rescue of the cohort [the lost Barrani children]. With politics at the foreground, Kaylin and Bellusdeo are placed in very dangerous positions. Ka...
  • Tiina
    2.5 starsUgh, well this book was not exactly terrible, but honestly I was sort of waiting for the book to end while reading. And not because I was so exited to see what the ending looked like, but just to have it over with. Not good. Especially as I really used to love this series.Pros:We got to read about our favourite characters (I am guessing anyone who is reading book 13 is a fan of the series).Terrano- once a villain in the series but now we...
  • gremlin
    I usually really enjoy this series. This time, by an hour or so after I was done reading I was trying to remember if anything big had happened. So much of it was politics, which Kaylin is terrible at. None of the other obstacles seemed like a big deal. I'm hoping this is just sort of a middle book kind of thing, where now the setup is done and the next one can be great.Reading it as part of the series it was enjoyable, but not as much fun as usua...
  • Julia
    One of the most linear adventures of the series, which is not a criticism. The ending feels a bit unfinished, more of a rest between the action than a resolution, but that supports the weight given to the monumental forces at play. There’s a lot of pausing to ruminate on the nature of family and trust, but overall I liked this development of Kaylin’s ragtag band of overpowered immortals. Full review to follow. Sexual Content: None.
  • Tony Hisgett
    Overall the book was a bit of a disappointment, it seemed to consist mainly of endless discussions going over the same ground, getting nowhere. I usually enjoy Kaylin’s internal dialogues and the way she tries to negotiate the vagaries of the Barrani culture, but this was just too much.As for the cohort, I really wish the author would just ditch them. I find all of them intensely irritating. It was bad enough with Mandoran and Annarion, but the...
  • Essie (Midknight.traveller)
    My brain is too scrambled to write a review rn. Will be back.
  • ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme
    The intricacies of politics is ever the pain in Kaylin's behind. Like a bull in a china shop, Kaylin is sure to stomp through and break all the delicate political alliances. The latest problem is once again Barrani issues which spill over to the Dragons and Kaylin is in the middle, trying to smooth it all out. It does not help that sometimes her help makes things worse.This writing style is not for everyone. For those who are big on action and ma...
  • Mandi
    Excellent! But now I have to wait wait for next year!This was a good story, but it leaves us with a lot of questions. Those questions will most probably be answered in the next book. Well, Annarion is getting ready to take the test of name and his cohort friends will be traveling from the West March to Elantra to join him. Of course, it can't be that simple. The cohort disappears along the path and treachery is behind every corner. Kaylin no long...
  • Beate
    Another book where the focus is on the journey and everything happening along it, rather than the goal the story sets out with. This is very much a prologue to the next book, or a bad second book looking to get you on to the finale. As usual Kaylin knows very little of what she actually is doing.If it wasn't for the fact I like the people in the story, I don't know if I would keep reading the series. Terrano and Bellusdeo pulled this book to a 3 ...
  • marsha
    Excellent as alwaysI dislike not having a complete ending but understand why it sometimes must happen. Sadly this means I must wait an entire year to read the ending. I'm not good at waiting. I have read every book in this series and of them all there is only one that is not my favorite. They are all exceptionally well written. I enjoy this authors work and this series in particular. It is on my favorite re read list. As in I often re read or lis...