The Midnight Sea (Fourth Element #1)
Publication date: May 10th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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…
The Midnight Sea is an addictive, action-packed, glorious page-turner!
I know, I do not tend to start my reviews so strongly, but here my friends we are talking about a gem! I could not put it down and pretty much read it in one go and slept at 4 am.
So the story is set in Persia a very very long time ago, I kept wondering at the beginning of the book where it was located but soon it became apparent where we were. I think it was smartly done by Kat that way. Plus the mere mention of Persepolae sealed by conviction. There was another very smart reference of Eskander who is the king from the neighbouring land and I knew who Kat was talking about.
There could be only one! (I am not telling!!!)
The characters are really nicely developed and put together especially Nazafareen and Darius who are our pair of bonded heroes (human and daevas), their relationship evolves nicely over the period of time starting from the initial bonding ceremony till the end. We also have Illyas who actually devolves in the most interesting way throughout that same time period.
The Midnight Sea is a journey that the reader takes along with the characters and the one thing that kept popping into my mind all through the story is that History is written by the victors. Just like Nazafareen who starts questioning all she knows and all she has been taught, and by end makes life altering realisations.
The book is bloody brilliant and there is no way to put it down once started, and to be honest I cannot wait till book 2. Question: how many books are in this series?
There is everything I love in this book, action, history, some myths, a badass female lead, a hottie and a little bit of doomed romance. I am hoping the rest of the series only gets better from here cause I have to say that this is a phenomenal start of a series.
So in case I did not make myself clear, I HIGHLY recommend it and you guys are going to LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!
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.