Published by Acorn Publishing on March 26, 2016
Series: The Fourth Element #1
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy & Magic
Source: ecopy from Publisher
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 leash 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 the first in the young adult fantasy series, called The Fourth Element, by Kat Ross. The Midnight Sea is what I would describe as high fantasy, and I loved it. It kind of reminded me of the Storm Siren trilogy by Mary Weber. Kat Ross creates a rich fantasy world, full of new and scary creatures, lots of magical powers, and an intricately woven plot that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. (and then maybe even longer because there is a cliff hanger on this one.)
The Midnight Sea is the story of Nazafareen, and her “good” daeva, or demon, Darius. In this world they use the good demons, or demons who have been trained in the way of the light to defeat the bad demons- the Druj. Humans with powers, or the capability of having powers (I was a little unclear as to this part) are linked with a daeva, which creates a bond between them and their powers. It makes them stronger, allowing them to kill the Druj. But in the case of Nazafareen and Darius it also caused them to get closer and closer with one another. I loved this aspect of The Midnight Sea. It made for a really great, slow burn romance.
My only gripe about the story is that I wish it came with a glossary of terms and a map at the start of the story. Kat Ross has created a very intricate world with a lot of moving parts and new names, and I would have loved to have some context before I started reading. She does give a note to the readers at the end of the story that explain where in history we can place this story, and I loved that extra, but I think it would have worked better at the start of a story…with a map. Maybe it is just me, but I believe that every fantasy story should come with a map of the world. It helps me visualize as I am reading.
The Midnight Sea was a story that surprised me at the start, in the middle and again at the end. There were lots of plot twists woven into the story, some that I totally did not see coming at all! Fans of fantasy books will love this one. Do not miss The Midnight Sea. I can’t wait for the next book in the Fourth Element series.The Midnight Sea by @katrossauthor is a great book for #fantasy lovers Find out why @BookBriefs thinks so & win… Click To Tweet
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