All right reserved. Neither was hair matted with old sweat, or eyes red with lack of sleep. She accepted the fact that on this particular morning, mirrors were not going to be her friend. She got out of bed slowly, studiously avoided the short hall that led from her bolted doors to the kitchen, the closets and the large space she lived in otherwise, and lifted clothing from beneath a rumpled pile, examining it carefully. It sort of looked clean.
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Start your review of Cast in Shadow Chronicles of Elantra, 1 Write a review Shelves: fantasy , not-worth-it , Elianne was an orphaned child of the fiefs, scraping out a living in the fiefdom of Nightshade with an older boy, Severn, and two other little girls.
Then one day strange markings appeared on her arms and legs, and the killings began. Now, seven years later, her Elianne was an orphaned child of the fiefs, scraping out a living in the fiefdom of Nightshade with an older boy, Severn, and two other little girls.
She practices her healing magic in secret and under the protection of the Hawklord, a rare magic that would see her sent to the Emperor if it were discovered.
But the killings have started again, closer together this time, and the Hawklord has put her on the case. To complicate matters, the Lord of Nightshade has marked her, and the marks on her body are changing again. To find the source of the kidnappings and ritualistic killings, Kaylin must understand what is happening to her and what the connection is, before more children she personally knows are taken.
This is a book I wanted to throw at the wall every second sentence. And rip into bits. I started reading it late last year and only now decided I should finish it - all the time with a frown on my face. The only reason it gets two stars is because the plot is actually very intriguing. The style is very obtuse, deliberately mysterious in the worst possible way, vague at the best of times and confusing at others.
Conversations are just as obtuse, the dialogue meant to be realistic but instead creating bigger and bigger gaps and more and more confusion. Oh, and the Lord of Nightshade, I liked him. He had an excuse to be enigmatic! Otherwise, I nearly hated it.
Chronicles of Elantra
Cast in Shadow