Cast in Ruin: Chapter one

It’s the end of July, and as promised, here’s Cast in Ruin, Chapter One, which Amazon lists as a 20 September 2011 release. It’s an October title; it’s sold to stores as an October title, and the date of publication that I always reference on my pages is the publication month for which the book is sold to stores. With paper books it is impossible to have an exact date without complicated legal embargos (i.e. of the type used for Harry Potter books and no one else); the Amazon date is probably truer to the time at which the book will start to arrive in physical bookstores (and therefore Amazon’s physical warehouse).

It is also listed on the Elantra page in the sidebar, but I thought I would try to save people a few clicks and a page load by linking it from this post as well. Yes, it’s taken me several books worth of first chapters to think of this, but, ummm, I plead author-brain.

The UPS man delivered the mass market paperbacks of both Cast in Fury and Cast in Silence yesterday (where, true to form, I tripped over them on the way in from work, and bounced around the front hall with Stubbed Toe. The books, however, were unharmed). Cast in Fury was originally published with a glossy cover in trade paperback; the mass market has a matte finish, but with the title, my name, and the tag-line on the back cover in full gloss. I really like the way it looks. It is, otherwise, the same book.


55 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cynthia Steele
    Jul 30, 2011 @ 23:52:55


    So sorry to hear about the stubbed toe and I hope it heals very quickly! I’m thrilled to hear these books are in paperback and I believe I saw them in Kindle format when I was searching out your books the other day! I have long been a fan of The West books as I see people calling them here all the time, but I am new to the Cast books and thus far have really enjoyed them also! Thank you for continuing to bring great stories to us, I so appreciate the work you do to make that happen!


  2. Michelle Sagara
    Jul 31, 2011 @ 00:07:00

    Thank you :D

    All of the Luna titles are in ebook formats, and they have been almost since the beginning. The West books (and I think they’re called that because Essalieyan is more of a mouthful) will be hitting the ebook channels in a month or so.

    As more people begin to use ereaders, I’ve gotten more mail about the West novels, so I’m happy that they’ll finally be available for ereaders as well.


  3. Kathy
    Jul 31, 2011 @ 00:37:19

    Strictly a comment on Cast in Ruin… SOLD!


  4. technomom
    Jul 31, 2011 @ 00:38:26

    I knew I shouldn’t read that first chapter, but I couldn’t resist. Of course, now I absolutely cannot wait for the rest of the book! October can’t get here fast enough!


  5. Michael
    Jul 31, 2011 @ 01:02:38



  6. Michelle Sagara
    Jul 31, 2011 @ 01:41:51

    I knew I shouldn’t read that first chapter, but I couldn’t resist. Of course, now I absolutely cannot wait for the rest of the book! October can’t get here fast enough!

    a) Thank you! :D

    b) this is why I personally never read preview chapters – I can’t stand waiting, and the thing that should naturally immediately follow chapter one is…chapter two >.<


    • Wrayth Lethe
      Jul 31, 2011 @ 09:29:09

      @ b) Hahahahahaha. yup. totally agree with you there! but i just cant resist it XD

      Also can’t wait for October. I adore this series. :)


    • Jacob
      Aug 19, 2011 @ 19:04:35

      Feel free to satisfy that request, I’m pretty sure that not many people here would hate if Chapter 2 just happened to be leaked along with Chapter 1 :)


  7. sho_sunaga (@sho_sunaga)
    Jul 31, 2011 @ 08:49:56

    Thank you so much for sharing the chapter here!! I can’t wait to read the whole thing soon.ヾ(*´∀`*)ノ happy dance♪
    I think I’ll reread the whole series again in anticipation of this book.


    • Estara
      Jul 31, 2011 @ 09:02:12

      Hah! I just did that in June – I still have to write up my impressions though – it was my first full reread, previously I’d only reread the previous book.


  8. Estara
    Jul 31, 2011 @ 09:01:09

    Oooh, lovely. And you’re picking up right were you left off, I’m looking forward to that.
    Angela James just finished reading the book and gave it 4 stars (as she did the others), so I’m fairly confident it’ll be a five star read for me ^^.


  9. Genna Warner
    Jul 31, 2011 @ 11:57:54

    I had to read it and now I can’t wait for the full book. It was either read it and pull my hair out waiting for the end of September or pull my hair out because I want to read it. So either way Im bald until September. :)

    I’m in the middle of rereading the House Wars books but I may put those aside and do a full reread of The Cast series now.


  10. Tina Lannes Loflin
    Jul 31, 2011 @ 12:26:14

    Dear Michelle,
    Another Elantra novel! Whee! I love the complex narratives of the books, and the heroine. I keep wishing good things to happen to her character, but along with the lessons with the dragons(and woe betide her if she’s late) and her work duties, she’s got her hands full–!
    I’m sorry you stubbed your toe. I myself have had Doggie Bruises(playing with a six month old German-Shepherd mix puppy does that…) and am pooped being a doggie mom. He wears me out. ! I love him and our cats, anyway.
    I hope with all my heart it’s cool where you are. We’ve been roasting here–even out tomatoes have been ‘cooking'(getting rotten as they ripen, alas) on the vine, much to my sister’s frustration. I am actually glad it’s overcast today. Maybe it’ll rain enough to cool us off!
    Please take care and have a great week!


  11. fyreink
    Jul 31, 2011 @ 13:01:40

    Thank you so much for the chapter! I can’t wait until September. I have a question, in the second paragraph it says there were four dragons, but weren’t there five dragons on Elani Street?


  12. fyreink
    Jul 31, 2011 @ 14:29:25

    Ouch. May I ask what timing and dates you are referring to? (bit afraid of the answer)


  13. Michelle Sagara
    Jul 31, 2011 @ 14:34:24

    Ouch. May I ask what timing and dates you are referring to? (bit afraid of the answer)

    Yes. When the last stage of proofing – page proofs – goes to the publisher, you are in theory done. There is nothing you can change. I missed this because I know, on some visceral level, that the four Dragon Lords travel outside of the palace. The Arkon doesn’t. Is he outside? Well, yes. Four is the number of the Dragon Court – The Arkon and the Emperor, while part of the Court, reside in a different place in the mansions of my mind (which are in need of strong structural repair, obviously). I am one of three people who missed it.

    But – date-wise – if there’s any chance that the manuscript is not yet in print-production, there’s a chance to have a revision made – but it is small, meant for catastrophic emergencies (of the: you will get sued for this variety) and at this point, it is zero.

    If a mass market of the book is released in future, this can be corrected; if later printings are done it can (possibly) be corrected; but it can’t be changed before it’s published and in the wild.


    • Aaron
      Jul 31, 2011 @ 15:10:48

      Which begs the question that relates to an older comment of mine:

      Is this something that would/could be fixed, silently speaking, in the e-book version?


  14. fyreink
    Jul 31, 2011 @ 15:11:30

    This really does suck :( The ARC appeared on netgalley a two weeks ago or so, so I thought that there may still be a chance to change it.

    On a side note I forgot to ask if the title is Cast in Ruin or Cast in Ruins. It’s not that important but the cover image on NetGalley says it’s Ruins.


    • Michelle Sagara
      Jul 31, 2011 @ 20:26:50

      The title is Cast in Ruin without the terminating S.

      HOWEVER, the first proof image sent out had the terminating S; it was corrected, which is why the cover I have on the web-site has no ‘S’. I have sent plaintive email to my editor – but I would not take a bet on the title that does appear on the printed book at this point >.<.


      • fyreink
        Jul 31, 2011 @ 22:30:42

        Kaylin might take you up on that bet, though.


      • Genna Warner
        Aug 15, 2011 @ 16:53:28

        I just hit Amazon to see if they listed the eBook of Ruin yet. Well the good news is that they show the cover art with out the “S” on Ruin. The bad news is the that Luna still hasn’t listed it for order as an eBook. :(


  15. Amy
    Jul 31, 2011 @ 16:15:45

    Well…my excitement just reached new levels of nuclear proportions after reading the first chapter >.< I wish I had a time machine to fast forward to the release date!


  16. ElizabethN
    Aug 01, 2011 @ 00:53:38

    I shouldn’t have read it but I did. October seems even farther away now. Of course I’ll be thinking that about the next Cast book release date the minute I finish Cast in Ruin.

    I foresee haunting of this site & the yahoo group for sightings of paperback Cast in Ruin, so that I can find it early and not have to wait for the ebook (which I’ll buy in order to have the whole series on the reader).


  17. Hilda
    Aug 01, 2011 @ 18:36:53

    I left town for the weekend to see my grandaughter and came back to a Sagara gift. Amazing!! Love it. Now, I only have to wait until September to see Kaylin’s next step. I went back to Chaos to check on the 3 dragons in Elani.. It’s hard to tell becuse the story itself says there were 3 dragons yards from Evanston’s window. When the Arkon and Sanabalis came out of the shop, they were in human form.
    It wasn’t until the outcast dragon roared that they took dragon form and Tiamaris flew away. Your answer, however, maybe address an old concern of mine. To hold an empire there has been only 4 dragon, plus the Arkon and the emperor. The rest “reside in a different place in the mansions of my mind” . Hopefully, we may see those mansions and dragons in a future book. I like them.


  18. Heather
    Aug 01, 2011 @ 22:31:00

    I can’t wait for the release! Do you plan to have a Cast story dealing mainly with Aerians? If so I hope it will be soon.

    Thank you for the wonderful stories!


  19. MaryW
    Aug 02, 2011 @ 17:10:43

    I knew I should wait to read this but having kept Cast in Chaos available for quick rereads I just could not deny my self the pleasure. Thanks!


  20. Kyra
    Aug 02, 2011 @ 19:57:51

    I’ve spent every August 1st for the past few years going to the bookstore and zooming straight for the latest Cast book like a starving velociraptor (only time I ever leave with just one book, because hunting for more of them interferes with reading this one); I’m glad to have at least the first chapter this time around.

    Like everyone else, I can’t wait; I love how you’ve written the first meeting with Diarmat—his reputation precedes him, and I was wriggling with this sort of giddy anticipation that often accompanies reading encounters with this sort of strict and powerful quasi-antagonist. Lovely feeling. There’s nothing quite like the emotional ride of reading a well-written story for the first time, when every situation and emotion is glorious and new.

    I’m now trying to figure out which way to bet, on whether Kaylin will erupt after the last sentence.


    • Michelle Sagara
      Aug 04, 2011 @ 23:25:58

      I’ve spent every August 1st for the past few years going to the bookstore and zooming straight for the latest Cast book like a starving velociraptor (only time I ever leave with just one book, because hunting for more of them interferes with reading this one); I’m glad to have at least the first chapter this time around.

      Thank you! I admit that there are authors I hunt for in the exact same way – except when I get into a bookstore, I rarely get out with just one book >.<.


      • Hugh S. Myers
        Aug 05, 2011 @ 01:41:51

        Once walked into Cody’s in Berkeley with two empty army duffle bags—filled them. They were kind enough to open a second register for me. Someone not knowing what was afoot stood behind me just in time to see the total on the cash register. I’m pretty sure his first words were ‘Oh my god what did you buy?’ To be kind we told him that there was more than one book involved :)


  21. Kat
    Aug 03, 2011 @ 16:44:40

    I will be savoring the anticipation until I can read the book. I think I might just preorder it . . .B&N has a nasty habit of never having the books I want when I want them.


  22. w-b
    Aug 03, 2011 @ 21:09:21

    I wanted to cry. The end of the chapter was just wrong and wrong and wrong. I knew I shouldn’t have read the teaser cause I have just barely been not going crazy while waiting. Now I will officially go off to my corner to go crazy. *sigh*


  23. DeDe
    Aug 04, 2011 @ 12:27:41

    Arghh…You win…again. :-) I did manage to hold out for 5 entire days before reading it though.


  24. Michelle
    Aug 04, 2011 @ 14:54:20

    I keep checking Amazon to see if/when Cast in Ruin will be available on Kindle. The print edition has been listed for pre-order for a few months, but Kindle edition is still not listed. Is Luna planning on releasing it in Kindle format the way they have with all the other books?


  25. Michelle Sagara
    Aug 04, 2011 @ 16:36:44

    Is Luna planning on releasing it in Kindle format the way they have with all the other books?

    I can’t imagine that they won’t – but you’re the second person to mention this. I have email out to my editor to ask what’s happening with the Kindle version, but I don’t have any answers at the moment >.<


  26. Michelle Sagara
    Aug 04, 2011 @ 20:44:52

    And: Yes, they intend to offer the book as an ebook, as they’ve done for all the other Cast novels. My editor thinks all that needs to be done is press a button at this point, as the information is good to go – but it obviously has to be the right person pushing the button – i.e. the one with publisher account access.

    So hopefully that will go live sometime soon – apparently none of the October titles have been set up for pre-order yet.


  27. Theresa
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 12:41:01

    I can’t wait until the book is released.

    As a side note about the Kindle version…they do “pre-sales” of the books. City Of Night was a pre-sale and then on the release date it was automatically delivered to the Kindle (at mid-night I think). I wonder if your publisher could do that. I would love to be able to whip out my Kindle at 4 am when I am attempting to rock the kiddo back to sleep.


  28. Liza
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 21:49:01

    I was doing fine until the last sentence. Curious, amused, and appreciative of Kaylin’s dawning realization of how much her life has been…observed. Then BANG.
    The last sentence.

    I have never been good at delaying gratification. I suppose one day I’ll learn.


  29. Michelle Sagara
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 21:57:48

    In my own defense – not that I am actually feeling hugely defensive, but just possibly a tad guilty – when I ended Chapter One, the assumption on my part was the person reading it would immediately flip to Chapter Two…


    • natasha
      Aug 19, 2011 @ 22:55:56

      Dear Michelle,
      Will you be putting a second chapter up later this month or september? After all this is the first time that Chronicles of Elantra have not been released in August and sense chapter 1 is such a cliffhanger.


  30. fyreink
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 19:55:14

    I am currently rereading Cast in Fury, and I have a small question. Who was the dragon that escorted Ybelline when she came to the Leontine caste court? Kaylin said that she didn’t recognize the face.


    • Michelle Sagara
      Aug 20, 2011 @ 13:57:53

      @fyreink: I have to check when I get back home (I’m on lunch @ store, but I think it was Emmerian (which I’m probably spelling wrong >.<).


      • fyreink
        Aug 20, 2011 @ 20:47:18

        Thanks. Will we be learning more about Lord Emmerian in future books? I assume Diarmat will be taking center stage in Cast in Peril, but it would be nice to learn about the other members of the Dragon Court. :)


  31. natasha
    Aug 10, 2011 @ 18:02:58

    Dear Michelle,
    Will you be putting a second chapter up later this month or september? After all this is the first time that Chronicles of Elantra have not been released in August and sense chapter 1 is such a cliffhanger.


    • Michelle Sagara
      Aug 20, 2011 @ 13:56:16

      @natasha: I wasn’t ignoring your first post, but probably should have replied with “I am seriously thinking about it but have not yet decided”. I was considering it before hand, because it does end in a bad place :)


      • Jane
        Aug 20, 2011 @ 15:09:34

        If there is ANYTHING that could possibly be posted that might convince you to put up chapter 2 please consider it (thought, begged, pleaded, groveled for) and said. :-)



  32. w-b
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 23:34:52

    If you can put up another chapter of the new cast book without causing yourself to much trouble contract wise I would like to add a 2nd or is it third? vote for that LOL it would appease the Michelle/Caste addiction I have going.


    • Danita
      Aug 23, 2011 @ 14:19:39

      I was just thinking that very thing. I’d love another chapter as long as it is okay/not too much trouble. The end of #1 has so many possibilities. I’ve already done my pre-pub reread of the Cast series early this year. Still trying to get used to the next book being in fall. Respectfully, Danita


  33. Aripyanfar
    Sep 16, 2011 @ 11:53:30

    When I read the first couple of “Cast In” books, I thought them fun but lightweight. It took me a while to realise that since I kept going back to reread the series, that there was actually something more meaty going on. As a Lit major, I’m a bit fussy about the books I REALLY admire.
    There were four elements that fooled me into thinking these were lightweight books. Firstly, the language was easy-breezy, straight forward English. Secondly, I found the action fast paced. The plots moved onwards quickly and inexorably, as in any action-adventure. Thirdly, there were lots of funny little interludes. Fourthly the use of magic mirrors that acted both like telephones and computers, and the centring of the story around a city police force, made Elantra very accessible and “familiar” as a location.
    However I kept returning to Kaylin Neya and her compatriots. I started noticing that despite the simplicity of the English, I really had to pay attention to pin down what was going on. And the psychology and social science of Kaylin’s stories weren’t simple at all. I loved that Kaylin starts off as a flawed character (making her very approachably human and believably young) with a traumatic past. She’s got a heart of gold, but is (rightly) bitter, angry, naive, self-involved and prone to the sort of impulsive behaviour (gambling, money spending) that unhappy people cannot resist.. Most of her plotlines involve her being forced into a mystical journey of the soul, or a self-confrontation, forcing her into personal growth, and a better understanding of the nature of other people and populations in her life. Meaty and satisfying literature indeed.
    So too, I really appreciate the unique imagination Michelle Sagara has taken in building a fantasy city populated with fantasy races. It is a brave coup that the Empire is ruled by a dragon rather than a human. It’s not something I’ve ever read before, and I suspect most authors are too unconsciously human-centric to think of the ploy, and carry it out. The Dragon Emperor really dug out an unconscious prejudice of my own.
    I love the arrogant, vicious, dangerous, nasty, beautiful Barrani as an Elvan analogue. Danger is exciting – when not *too* dangerous – and the Barrani certainly spice up Elantra. It’s nice to have an author reiterate that beauty of form doesn’t necessarily mean beauty of personal character, and therefore vice versa. Some of the best storytelling comes when an author is prepared to be mercilessly cruel to her characters, and the tragedy of the secret truth of the High Halls and the fate of the Barrani that fail their test of Name is a deeply compelling and moving story.
    The Tha’alani are a very well thought out answer to the hypothetical: “What if people really *could* read minds. It takes intelligence to know that a mind-reader is not going to just be a normal human with a specific personal talent. The Aerians are a delightful decorative item in the city. The Leontines are a refreshing addition to the usual fantasy cast of humans, elves, dwarves etc.
    Finally it is delicious that so many secret forests and gardens inhabit this urban city of Elantra. All these magic buildings forcing unexpectedly *inward* physical journeys to find countryside, castles, and adventure, instead of heroes traipsing off on outward journeys beyond cities and towns to find wilderness, castles and adventure. Even if these magic journeys aren’t clear metaphors for personal inward journeys, then they are at least another interesting concept by Sagara that is not often played out in contemporary fantasy..


  34. Queen
    Sep 16, 2011 @ 22:50:37

    I’m sure people have asked you this question before, but is there any chance of Kaylin having a love life? Most of her relationships seem very platonic at this point…i loved the sneak peek by the way :D


  35. LizM
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 08:32:10

    Any chance we can get the first chapter of Cast in Peril? If you’re afraid of spoiling things for people who haven’t read Cast in Ruin, you can start an email list of people who want the first chapter of Cast in Peril. I think this was mentioned in an earlier blog post?


  36. Aelynn
    Oct 29, 2011 @ 06:37:03

    I know this is probably not the place for a rant, but… I’m not sure why, but has little or no stock of the more recent Cast In books and only the first three books are available on Kindle. People are saying it’s available on the US website, but as Amazon tracks my Kindle region wherever I log in, I can’t even -see- it. All very frustrating…! I thought ebooks would put an end to the silly publishing restrictions, but I guess I’ll have to resign myself to buying an imported US paperback again.


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