Final Drafts & Short Review of Cast in Ruin

Crud.  Here it is, Friday, and although I have several blog ideas floating around in my head, none of them have seen fit to make it to paper.  Or screen, as the case may be.  Which makes it seem as though there’s not much going on.

Au contraire, my friend!  Too much going on, would be the problem.

First, I’ve been working like a crazy person on the final, final, final draft of BD&L.  Helps to have readers who know their stuff and aren’t at all afraid to throw a punch.  It also helps that I have a thick skin and believe in the story, or I might have just thrown in the towel.  It’s hard work revising, editing, editing some more, and then just for kicks, revising, re-writing, and – oh, did I mention editing?  It’s almost harder than writing the book in the first place.

But I’m *very* happy with it.  Where I was just happy with it before.  There’s a major difference.  And I do think I’m going to come out of the entire process a better writer.

At least, I damn well better.

Secondly, although it started out a bit slower than usual, I got totally sucked into Michelle Sagara’s latest installment in the Chronicle of Elantra series:  Cast in Ruin.  To be honest, it took me a few chapters to really start grooving on it – I’m not sure why.  Once I did, however, I had a hard time putting it down.

All the characters we’ve come to know and love (or, not so much) over the course of the series, are back.  And Private Kaylin Neya finds herself once more embroiled in the middle of a situation she doesn’t understand but can’t avoid.  Much to the irritation of the Dragons.

My only disappointments were that we didn’t learn anything new about Kaylin, and there was far too little of Severn.  He is always there, has been there since the very beginning, like a constant shadow.  I’d like to see him become something bigger.  I hope he has more of a destiny than just having Kaylin’s back.  As important as that may be.

Exquisite characterization and incredible, logical world building, seem to be Sagara’s strong suit.  The seventh book in the series does not dissapoint in that regard.  And, although I feel it wasn’t the strongest plot line in the series, you get the feeling Sagara is setting the stage for what’s to come.

If you’ve never read any of the Elantra series, I suggest you start.  Right now.  But start with the first as they build on each other.

I’m eagerly awaiting the next book . . . which I realize is going to be a while.

Third — well, Thanksgiving, the day job, the dogs, the sheep, the husband, friends, family — life.  Which I wouldn’t trade for the world so have, by necessity, become a juggler.

I’ll try to resume a more regular posting schedule but I make no guarantees.

In the meantime, watch for Monday’s Special Guest Blog.




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