Welcome to my stop on The Midnight Sea blog tour which has been organised by Xpresso Book Tours (follow the tour at this link). I’m very pleased to be taking part and hope you enjoy my review. There is also an internation giveaway at the end of this post.
They are the light against the darkness.
The steel against the necromancy of the Druj.
And they use demons to hunt demons….
Nazafareen lives for revenge. A girl of the isolated Four-Legs Clan, all she knows about the King’s elite Water Dogs is that they bind wicked creatures called daevas to protect the empire from the Undead. But when scouts arrive to recruit young people with the gift, she leaps at the chance to join their ranks. To hunt the monsters that killed her sister.
Scarred by grief, she’s willing to pay any price, even if it requires linking with a daeva named Darius. Human in body, he’s possessed of a terrifying power, one that Nazafareen controls. But the golden cuffs that join them have an unwanted side effect. Each experiences the other’s emotions, and human and daeva start to grow dangerously close.
As they pursue a deadly foe across the arid waste of the Great Salt Plain to the glittering capital of Persepolae, unearthing the secrets of Darius’s past along the way, Nazafareen is forced to question his slavery—and her own loyalty to the empire. But with an ancient evil stirring in the north, and a young conqueror sweeping in from the west, the fate of an entire civilization may be at stake…
After Nazafareen, a member of the nomadic Four Legs Clan, watches her young sister die at the hands of a Druj, a demon, she vows revenge. When the opportunity arises to join the Water Dogs, the elite soldiers tasked with fighting the Druj by joining with Daevas, a form of tame demon, she takes the opportunity with both hands. But she has no idea what this will involve and where it will take her.
As the novel progresses we see Nazafareen grow from a young girl to a woman and her connection with all the characters close to her grows aswell. The fact that so many years are covered means that there are huge gaps in the timeline where we don’t see what happens, what is learned and this is left to faith, I personally would have preferred to see more detail around these missing years, and gaps in training, but the book still read well without them.
Her relationship with her trainer Ilyas is complex and develops through the book at a gentle and interesting pace, this relationship is steered in the eye of the reader in a particular way to help us understand Nazafareen’s responses to events later in the book.
Nazafareen has a special bond with Ilyas’ Daevas Tommas who she works with in the stables during her training years. He helps her learn a lot about Daevas and who they are beyond the ‘demon’ banner they are marked with.
The only female friend she has, Tijah comes along after she has been training for some time and is a wonderful friend to her having been through some traumatic events herself, she is already bonded to her Daevas, Myrri, when she arrives with the Water Dogs and has a special bond with her.
When Nazafareen is initially bonded with her Daeva, Darius there is a deep dislike but they learn to appreciate each other and learn a lot from each other about how to save each other’s lives.
During this novel Nazafareen is taken on a journey which starts with revenge, and results in her having to learn where her moral compass is situated and what constitutes good and bad.
This book was a very interesting book and drew from ancient mythology from countries such as Persia and Iran
Thank you very much to Kat Ross for a copy of the ARC to review this book via Xpresso Book Tours.
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
About Kat Ross:
Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She lives in Westchester with her kid and a few sleepy cats. Kat is also the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day (Skyscape, 2014), about a world where the sea levels have risen sixty meters. She loves magic, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Preferably with mutants.
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Title: The Midnight Sea
Series: Fourth Element #1
Author: Kat Ross
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult
Publication Date: 10 May 2016
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback