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Publisher's Summary

Kaylin returned from the West March in one piece. Now that piece is fraying. She's not at home in the Imperial Palace - and she never intends to be. All she wants is normal garden-variety criminals and a place of her own. Of course, normal in her new life involves a dragon as a roommate, but she can handle that. Kaylin can't as easily handle the new residents to the city she polices, because one of them is Nightshade's younger brother. On a night when she should be talking to landlords in perfectly normal buildings, she's called to the fief - by Teela. A small family disagreement has become a large, complicated problem: Castle Nightshade's latent magic is waking. And it's not the only thing.
©2014 Michelle Sagara (P)2014 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"The concept of home plays a big role in Sagara's newest Chronicles of Elantra installment. Being a fish out of water is the other theme explored, since a number of new secondary characters are from out of time. Sagara brilliantly weaves these threads together, developing emotional resonance that intermingles with the unfolding danger." ---RT Book Reviews
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4 out of 5 stars
By Cheri on 08-28-14

still a good listen...but...

i have loved this series from the first. that being said, i feel it's time for Kaylin to grow up and mature. this is book 10 and still we listen to the tantrums, and the childishness of Kaylin as a 20 year old, that we listened to as a 13 year old. it is high time she be allowed to grow up by the author.
i seriously missed the role of Nightshade, he was a vague mention at best. Severn had a small supporting part, Teela had a bit more, but nothing of consequence. all the old, well loved characters were sadly missing any importance in this book, and therefore was not as enjoyable a listen.
i hope the appearance of new characters does not mean the beloved characters that make this series so good, will not be part of the core of the next book/s. it is a combination of these main characters of the first 9 books that make this series work. without them, the book falls short, as this one did.

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4 out of 5 stars
By nancy on 10-06-14

story shift

I really like Sagara's work but the last few books in this series reflect an experience a great deal like watching a dog circle a space trying to lay down. I think long running series get into this problem as the stories need to shift focus to continue. I think this problem is knowable and I think the authors should invest in a good editor. Sagara's work will never reduce to Elmore Leonard's notion of just take out the boring parts. The circles and hesitations are part of her art, but when authors need to redirect there is a confusion of repetitve language that an editor could help a reader negotiate. These writers seem to get through on contracts and fan preference but honestly- there is a tedious quality to their search through buildings and action sequences and moral dilemma's that are just tiring. I really like Sagara's work and will continue to buy the audio- I love the narrator- but in her case I would offer a notion ment to help. There is value in her work that is both interesting and affecting.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mr C. on 09-15-16

Gripping story

A gripping tale Full of humour and drama that will keep you moving from the relaxed position to the edge of seat and back again

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 02-12-17

love this series

great storyline, great naration. I loved the characters as well. Cant wait for the next one.

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