by Kat Ross
Publication date: September 12th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Visionary. Alchemist. Savior. Saint.
The Prophet Zarathustra has been called many things. Now he spends his time drawing pictures of weird-looking goats. That’s what happens when you’ve been stuck in a prison cell for two hundred years. But the man who might be mad, and is definitely supposed to be dead, has suddenly become very valuable again…
It’s only been a few weeks since Nazafareen escaped the King’s dungeons with her daēva, Darius. She hoped never to set foot in the empire again, but the search for the Prophet has led them to the ancient city of Karnopolis. They have to find him before Alexander of Macydon burns Persepolae, and Darius’s mother with it. But they’re not the only ones looking.
The necromancer Balthazar has his own plans for the Prophet, and so does the sinister spymaster of the Numerators. As Nazafareen is drawn in to a dangerous game of cat and mouse, her newfound powers take a decidedly dark turn. Only the Prophet understands the secret of her gift, but the price of that knowledge may turn out to be more than Nazafareen is willing to pay…
Nazafareen, Darius, and their friends travel to the city of Karnopolis to find the Prophet Zarathustra. There is no time to lose if they want to save the life of Darius’ mother. They must free her from the cuff she wears binding her to the King, before Alexander burns Persepolae. Only the Prophet knows how to break the cuffs that enslave the daevas. Little do they know that they are not the only ones looking. Queen Neblis has sent one of her necromancers, Balthazar, and King, Artaxeros the second, sent the spymaster of the Numerators, both on the same quest. Will they be able to find the Prophet before the others find him? Will Darius and Nazafareen be able to stay hidden from the evil regime while they search?
If you read the first book in the series, The Midnight Sea, then this book is a must read. It starts where the last book ended. I found the first part of the book to be a little slow, but then it picked up the pace and was very intense the rest of the way through. I love the characters of Darius and Nazafareen. It was wonderful to be back in their world again. We get to see their love for each other grow and Nazafareen’s power grow as well. I also really liked the two friends that accompanied them on their search, Tijah and Myrri.
This book is well written with wonderful world building. The characters are very well developed. Not just the main characters, but the side characters as well. I will be anxiously awaiting the next installment in this series. Especially with the way the book ended. Although it didn’t end on a cliff hanger per se, some things are about to happen that will put many of the characters I have come to like in extreme danger.
I really liked this book. As far as second books in a series go, this book is pretty good. It avoided the second book syndrome where the first book is really good and the second falls flat. That being said, I still like the first one a little bit better. If you haven’t read The Mignight Sea, you definitely should read it first. The Blood of the Prophet is a great sequel, but you will be lost if you haven’t read the first book. I recommend this book to anyone who loves YA books like I do. Especially if you like dystopian societies with magic thrown in the mix and a little bit of history, then this series is for you. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.