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Cast in Sorrow — Cover

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Guess what appeared in my email today?

Cast in Sorrow, front cover

The cover(s) for Cast in Sorrow. I know many of you have already seen it on Amazon, B&N, etc., but on the off chance some of you haven’t, I’m posting it here. The full cover is actu­ally the small file, but has the back text. The larger file is front cover only.

The small file is the cover flat — which includes the spine and the back.

Cast in SorrowI really like it. The art is by Shane Reben­schied, who also posted the image without text earlier on his tumblr.

40 Responses to Cast in Sorrow — Cover

  1. Michael says:

    It is very nice, but doesn’t Kaylin look really young? Like 15

    Anxiously awaiting release of the book. And “War”.

    Hope that you’ve been able to fix/overcome your reser­va­tions about “Touch”.

  2. michelle says:

    Touch in its final form is due back at DAW at the end of June. It has not yet left my house, if that’s any answer T_T. 

    And at my age, anyone under the age of thirty looks incred­ibly young, so she doesn’t seem that young to me…

  3. Betsy says:

    I know that feeling. It was the moment when I watched *Little Women* and they looked like daugh­ters rather than sisters.

  4. Michael says:

    Sorry that “Touch” is contin­uing to frus­trate you. I doubt I’d have useful advice even if I knew what the problem was, but I do have faith that you’ll finish it off beautifully :).

    Re. Kaylin, I’m a couple years older than you, so I do know what you (and Betsy) mean.

  5. Hugh Myers says:

    And at my age, Michelle you look about 27,tops! :)

  6. Chris G. says:

    I defi­nitely like the cover, espe­cially so that they went with yellow. Here’s hoping that the next one will be red. 

    I am a bit bummed by the changes to the spine design (as of last book), but I know that there are bigger prob­lems in the world and it’s not like they’re inter­ested in our input. 

    In any event, thanks for the post and I hope that War is going well. I also hope that every­thing else is going well for you. ;)

  7. Tyronne says:

    Cool! Love the Cover — Want the book! Want War and Touch as well! Waiting patiently!!!! It takes time to craft great stories Michelle and you are a master!!!

  8. Tchula says:

    I love the details like Kaylin’s hair sticks, and the runes around the inside of the lake. And the dress is still gorgeous! Nice cover.

  9. LOVE! Cannot wait for Sorrows and War to come out! Love your worlds Michelle…thank you for sharing them!

  10. Irene Hyland says:

    Glad to see the cover. I thought age 20/21.That was mainly because I thought she was 15 in the first novel and auto­mat­i­cally added 5 yrs. Now I will just look forward to the book. Thank you.

  11. Tyronne says:

    Was at the Chapters/Indigo website and just noticed the release date — August 27, 2013 — My 51st Birthday! What a wonderful gift Michelle! Thank you very much!

  12. The green gold colour is just beau­tiful and evokes leaf-growing woods with high canopies beau­ti­fully, but with Kaylin (finally her hair­sticks!) and the build­ings there’s also an Asian feel and then you’ve got the runes.

    The artist must have a strong faible for the golden Wonder­Woman armcuff, it shows up in most of the covers and I can’t remember Caylin wearing it — is it his inter­pre­ta­tion of her jewelled bracelet?

    One of your best covers yet, I agree. For this series. I’m a die-hard Jody Lee fan, so any Jody Lee cover is better imo.

  13. The cover is really beau­tiful, so is Kayleen, which is one of the inter­esting changes in the Cast books. She is maturing and becoming a beau­tiful woman with more respon­si­bil­i­ties. I don’t see a lake, but I see a large foun­tain with runes in the inside. The foun­tain seems to be in a large cave. Are those stone stairs in the right side, behind her? I think the real mystery is: what is she gath­ering in her hands? Stars? Some­thing that would illu­mi­nate her to under­stand what the language of the story is so she can harmo­nize. I hope that after this adven­ture her rela­tion­ship with Night­shade will improve,not neces­sarily romantic yet, but more friend­lier. It has become kind of antag­o­nistic. They still have so much to do together; I’m waiting in the next book to see what is that N wants her to do in the heart of his castle, after he told her she will never change it, and then call her through the mirror and ask her to come there. Is it to wake it? Will we see here also what is happening in Elantra at the same time? Now that I know this book is less than2 months away, I can’t wait for the next one. But that is Michelle’s magic. Thank you.

  14. Chris G. says:

    For what­ever reason, it seems that a lot of Fantasy fans and sites that I visit haven’t read much, if any, Michelle West/Sagara/Sagara West. But I just saw a list that includes her promi­nently. in between very esteemed company:

    23. George R.R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire. (1996-?)
    24. Michelle West, The Sun Sword. (1997 – 2004)
    25. Joe Aber­crombie, The First Law. (2006 – 2012)


  15. Carol B. says:

    Beau­tiful cover. Can’t wait to read the book!

  16. Thank you very much for sharing this update! 

    This is prob­ably not the most profes­sional way to go about this, but I am unsure of how to contact your publisher to request an ARC of “Sorrow” for a formal book review. I am an Offi­cial Reviewer for Blog­critics, E&K Family Books, The Romance Reviews, Netgalley, and my reviews have been published through The Compul­sive Reader, Midwest Book Reviews, and Seattle Post Intelligencer. 

    I can send you a link to the review I did for “Silence”, if you would like an example of my reviews, or you may visit my website for my publi­ca­tions credits sheet. 

    Thank you,

  17. Lesa Thomas says:

    August seems so long! Can we get a chapter or 2? :) Please

  18. Love the cover! Can’t wait for the book! :)

  19. Kate says:

    {Gets down on her knees and adopts a partic­u­larly pathetic pleading puppy pose — which is kinda pathetic given she’s in her 30s}

    What Lesa said … puhleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease : )

  20. mandi says:

    I have just finished rereading Cast in Peril for like the thou­sandth time. I so need a Cast in Sorrow fix, please,please. Cast in Peril is my second favorite in the series so far. My favorite is still Cast in Court­light, which I have reread a million times over the years. I cant wait!!!! Love the cover!!!! Can you please give us a smidge more than the blurb? Like does Mr Small and squaky talk and then does everyone want to stop talking? And how’s Teela handeling being back in the west march? 

    Thank u!!!!!! I love the series it is so totally awesome!!!!

  21. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard says:

    Off Topic here, but The Uncrowned King — The Sun Sword #2 is avail­able in the Kindle Store, the Sony Store and at KoboBooks.

  22. Hilda says:

    If Michelle remains true to form (and she is true), we should be reading the first chapter some­time in July (2 or 3 weeks). Of course, then we want the second… and third.…

  23. Robbin Coane says:

    just found it! now the wait for 6.

  24. lacretia says:

    i cant wait love the books .

  25. If it’s for Sorrow, I think it should be up on Netgalley some­time soon; the other books have gone up on Netgalley prior to publi­ca­tion. I know that the publisher has a publicity depart­ment, but I’m not in direct contact with anyone there =/

  26. michelle says:

    Thank you, Paul!

  27. Thank you very much! I had not yet started reviewing profes­sion­ally when Peril came out, and I’ve been hunting for the ARC through my usual chan­nels. I’ll keep an eye out with Netgalley.

  28. Em Maxwell says:

    Love it, agree she looks young – she looks 15 to me here, not 20s! Age is so rela­tive! So looking forward to the book, all the books. As I say on Goodreads, Cast series keeps getting better, and MSW is one of my favorites, have never rated any less than 4 stars, and many 5. Thank you!

  29. Duchess says:

    Shame, the cover looks great but I have given up on your excel­lent cast and house books because of the unavail­ability of ebook versions in the UK :-(

  30. EllenO says:

    Can’t wait to buy this book…in what­ever format I can get it in first!

  31. Natasha says:

    Like the cover!! Wonder if Kaylin will learn more about her powers (and how to control them) in this book.
    Thinking of reading the series from the begin­ning in prepa­ra­tion for this book…

  32. jccoadmin says:

    Hi Michelle, we at Fans of Michelle Sagara West decided to set up a game of assem­bling reviews of your CAST books as a count­down to “Sorrow” (58 days or approx­i­mately 9 weeks away!) I’m not sure if it’s okay to note it here, but I wanted to let you know. Do you happen to have any favorite reviews of your previous books? We can post links to them on the site, along with our reviews written by fellow fans, and get people discussing things and plot­ting possi­bil­i­ties as we wait what feels like forever for “Cast in Sorrow”. :) http://​fansofmichelle​sagarawest​.word​press​.com/​2013​/​06​/​30​/​c​a​l​l​-​o​u​t​-​f​o​r​-​r​e​v​i​e​w​s​-​c​o​u​n​t​d​o​w​n​-​t​o​-​c​a​s​t​-​i​n​-​s​o​r​r​o​w​-​b​e​g​i​ns/

  33. jcceleste says:

    May I ask if you plan to do another book after this one? There wasn’t the customary “Find out what adven­tures await Kaylin in Cast in .…” at the end of the book, and I am not sure if this is just because it’s an ARC? But I wanted to assure readers in my review that we have another year to look forward to plan­ning and hoping and fan-fiction-ing our way to the next book, after we gobble up this one. (Which I am not going to talk about at all for fear of spoilers. I adored it, though, and I am extremely grateful to you for writing it. Totally worth waiting for.)

  34. astha says:

    Hey Michelle you write amazing stories. Reading your books is like a opening a new gift. Every single time.

  35. It’s prob­ably because it was late >.>. Which of course would be on me. Yes, there is another Cast novel, tenta­tively titled Cast in Flame which I’m working on now :).

  36. jcceleste says:

    Thank you so much! My day has now been made. :)

  37. Jacob says:

    Guess we’re gonna need another please added to the pot. Pppplllleeeeaassseee :)

  38. Joann says:

    I love all The Elantra books. Have read them and can’t wait for each to come out just to watch Kaylin grow. Counting down. Thanks for a good read.

  39. Mandi says:

    Chapter 2? did i miss chapter 1?

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