September 08, 2019

#BookReview: The Midnight Sea (The Fourth Element #1) by @katrossauthor @PublishingAcorn

Synopsis: 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… 

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About the Author: 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's the author of the Fourth Element and Fourth Talisman fantasy series, the Gaslamp Gothic mysteries, and the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Come visit her at!

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
My Review: This is totally a cover buy! I mean look at these covers are they not beautiful?  They make you want to know more.  I have to say that when I started this story it kind of irked me just a little.  I guessed that Nazafreen was going to have the power/gift and well that is just what happened.  I really wished that the author would have found a way to make her not have the gift.  I think that would have been more interesting. That she learned to work the cuffs without it or something.  My next issue was this girls name. I mean really has this world not heard of nicknames?  I ended up calling her Naza through the entire book after about saying her name three times.  Its just way too long.  So those are my issues with this one.  The rest of this was mind blowing! 

I loved how the story opened!! We get a look at the creatures that this world is fighting and my god is was so good!! The writing style was so easy to follow and I always knew what was going on and who was what and where. I was never lost and the story flowed so well.  This is a slower book to start out with.  We spend time with Naza and really learn what makes her tick.  From the loss of her sister, to joining the Water Dogs and being bonded. This is one story that is slow burn before it gets on a horse and takes off on an adventure.  

The characters are ones that I have fully fallen in love with.  The romance between Naza and Darius was perfect and I can not wait to see where the end up in book two and three.  The evil, side character, and other cast were all so amazing when people went bad and things started happening you just are so shocked that you don't process it until long after and then you are a like what were they thinking its just so mind blowing amazing! 

The plot/storyline with this one fabulous!  We get this beautiful, dark, and dangerous world that Ross has created and I loved ever second of being in it.  The Druj and Daevas are so well thought out simple but not.  Their power/gift is easy to understand and I don't feel like you have to have a background in anything to get what is going on and how it all works.   

The ending brings us full circle. We have gotten all the information that we need to really understand the world and the characters.  And we are left with somewhat of a cliffhanger. So make sure to have book two close at hand!!  

"A spellbinding fantasy with some moral weight and a meatier narrative than usual, one likely to leave readers quite satisfied... Ross conjures an epic of demons and daevas, family, loss, and the turmoil of a kingdom in peril."--Kirkus Reviews
"THE MIDNIGHT SEA is a richly imagined dark fantasy that immerses readers into an intoxicating world of danger, romance, and intrigue--I can't wait for the next in the series!"--Lisa Maxwell, New York Times Bestselling Author of THE LAST MAGICIAN
"An addictive, action-packed, glorious page-turner!" -Am Kinda Busy Reading 
"For a world of shifting alliances and trusts, fully realized and multi-faceted characters, and a fantasy that takes place in a little touched upon setting in young adult literature, The Midnight Sea delivers on all fronts and starts off a new series of romance, magic, and a well-written and captivating story." -Bibliobibuli YA 
"GUARD YOUR HEART. For in The Midnight Sea, Kat Ross delivers a riveting fantasy of unparalleled proportions that stole a piece of mine." -Flylef Reviews 
"I really hate the word 'epic' because, let's face it, it's so overused and it's lost its true meaning, but this book deserves that word." -Book Reader Chronicles 
"The Midnight Sea has everything I enjoy in a fantasy and more. I highly recommend it for readers who love elemental magic, kick-ass heroines and a captivating story." -Cover2Cover Reviews 
"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." -Book Briefs
"Ross has created a fantasy realm that's totally original and compelling... I'd put THE MIDNIGHT SEA alongside Leigh Bardugo's Grisha trilogy. It's a very special writer who can weave such a rich and complex tapestry, and Ross is exactly that."--Joshua David Bellin, author of FREEFALL

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