Nocturne by Kat Ross
Published by Acorn on October 15th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy & Magic
Source: ecopy from Publisher
Nocturne, a wilderness of eternal night.
Solis, a wasteland of endless day.
Nazafareen is a Breaker, a mortal who has the rare ability to shatter spell magic—although her power carries a high price. With the memories of her former self erased and nowhere else to turn, she comes to Nocturne hoping to start a new life under the triple moons of the darklands.
But when an assassin forces Nazafareen to flee to the sunlit mortal city of Delphi, she finds herself embroiled in a deeper mystery whose origins lie far in the past. Why was the continent sundered into light and dark a thousand years before? And what really happened to the elegant but ruthless creatures who nearly reduced the world to ashes? The new Oracle might know, but she’s outlawed magic and executes anyone caught practicing it. Nazafareen must hide her powers and find a way out of the city—before it’s too late.
As the net slowly tightens, something ancient and vengeful begins to stir in the arid death zone called the Kiln. A dashing daeva named Darius is pursuing Nazafareen, but so are a multitude of enemies. War is brewing again. Can she stay alive long enough to stop it?
So begins the first installment in an epic new fantasy series from the author of the Fourth Element Trilogy!
Nocturne is the first book in the fourth talisman series by Kat Ross. I really love Kat Ross’ books. There should be a big ole disclaimer on this review though. Although Nocturne is the first book in a series, it is really a follow up series to Kat Ross’ Fourth Element trilogy. Though you might be able to read this series without having read The Fourth Element trilogy, I am not sure that I would recommend it. There are some spoilers for events that happen in the previous series. I think these books are best read in order. Plus, The fourth Element series is a really awesome fantasy series that is perfect for fans of The City of Brass. And even better, the whole trilogy happens to be on sale right now for only 99 cents!
Nocturne follows Nazafareen after the events of Queen of Chaos leaves off. I can’t really get into much about those events without spoiling the previous trilogy, so let’s keep it vague. Nazafareen is now in the foreign land of Nocturne, which is the land of eternal darkness. I actually love the lands of Solis and Nocturne even more than the world from the first trilogy. I just found their magic spellbinding and the setup is so unique. A land of endless sun and one of endless night. The only spoiler I will give you is that Nazafareen has forgotten much of her past and she is trying to get some answers to unlock her past.
I loved that we got to see some of the same characters, like Nazafareen and Darius, as well as some new ones. Plus, I really love it when there is a character that I cna love to hate. And boy have I hated some crazies in this series! When I think back on Nazafareen and Darius in these four novels, I just get so excited at their progression. Even with the setback of Nazafareen’s forgetfulness I still love them so much! Nazafareen and Darius feel like old friends of mine and I eat up every word that Kat Ross has to write about them. I think both the Fourth Element and the Fourth Talisman series is perfect for fans of City of Brass by SA Chakraborty, which was one of my favorite reads of 2017. I love getting to know daevas and the rich magical atmosphere that Kat Ross so expertly crafts. Her books never let me down.
And now for the hard part. As much as I loved the characters, I have to say the plot in this story stole the show. (Which is something for me to say, since you all know I am such a character driven reader.) But I could not put this book down. I want to bow down to Kat. This book seriously rocked! I loved it, I loved it, I loved it. I cannot wait for more.The Fourth Talisman is @katrossauthor new series. See why @Bookbriefs loves it! #Review & #Giveaway Click To Tweet
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I haven’t read the prior series, but I love that the author is revisiting the same characters. I look forward to reading both series.
Michelle @ Book Briefs
HI Kara, thanks for stopping by. Yes! grab the first trilogy for 99 cents. You will really like it!
Oh yay, I’m so glad you liked it, Michelle! Honestly, I get horribly nervous reading reviews from bloggers who loved earlier books because I’m terrified of letting them down, lol, so…..whew! And I swear, it gets even better with Solis, there are some serious crazies coming down the pike, girl! 🙂
Michelle @ Book Briefs
Kat! I cannot wait for Solis!! Nocturne is awesome! I am trying to get everyone to get the first series and nocturne so they can binge read them!
This is one of those iffy ones for me, but I do some fantasy and I love plot driven stories.
sherry @ fundinmental
Michelle @ Book Briefs
try the first series. I think book one is free right now and the whole trilogy is on sale for 99 cents. They books all have a similar feel, so if you like the first book, you will probably enjoy all of them 🙂
I grabbed The Midnight Sea and added it to my Goodreads TBR. I look forward to reading it and thanks for letting me know it was free.
I haven’t read any of your books but they sound very interesting.