The Midnight Sea by Kat Ross
(Fourth Element #1)
Publication date: May 10th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
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…
Nazafareen is a member of the Four-Legs Clan. They live a very nomadic life in an isolated mountainous region. She is content with her life until her little sister is killed by a monster. They call them Druj and they are demons and the undead. The Water Dogs hunt and kill the Druj for the king using daevas. Daevas are demons and considered to be wicked as well, but they can control some of the elements. The Water Dogs bond with a daeva and then control them and their power. One day the Water Dogs come to Nazafareen’s village to recruit for their ranks and Nazafareen jumps at the chance to be tested. She wants to be able to avenge her sisters death. She passes the test and leaves her home to start on a whole new journey. Being a Water Dog is a hard life, but that is nothing new for Nazafareen. She eventually makes some friends and gets bonded to her daeva, Darius. It turns out to be nothing like she thought it would be. She and Darius each wear a cuff. The cuffs bind them together and through them they can feel each others emotions. It was very hard at first, but over time Nazafareen adjusts and becomes close to her daeva. Maybe even a little too close. Her unit is sent on a quest to find a very dangerous foe. Along the way everything that Nazafareen has been taught about daevas and the Water Dogs will come into question.
This book drew me in right from the first chapter. Some books take me awhile to get into the story, but not this one. My husband and I were going to town to have breakfast and I was waiting for him to get ready. I decided to start reading this book. I read the first chapter and then I had to read the next chapter and then I had to put it down, because my husband was ready to go. At the first opportunity, I went back to reading and read almost straight to the finish. The author is a very good story teller and I loved the characters, especially Nazafareen and Darius. I also liked how she took a character from history and inserted him into her world along with some of the things that happened during that time period. I was never bored reading this book. It was like a roller coaster ride going from highs and lows with very little lag time. I really like the world that the author has created in this book and I can’t wait to return there.
I loved this book and I’m excited for the next one, which comes out this fall. I will definitely be reading it. If you like stories about the supernatural and magic with a little bit of romance and history thrown in, then is book is for you. I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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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