Queen of Chaos (The Fourth Element #3)
By: Kat Ross
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Publication Date: January 18th, 2017
Persepolae has fallen.
Karnopolis has burned.
As the dark forces of the Undead sweep across what remains of the empire, Nazafareen must obey the summons of a demon queen to save Darius’s father, Victor. Burdened with a power she doesn’t understand and can barely control, Nazafareen embarks on a perilous journey through the shadowlands to the House-Behind-the-Veil. But what awaits her there is worse than she ever imagined…
A thousand leagues away, Tijah leads a group of children on a desperate mission to rescue the prisoners at Gorgon-e Gaz, the stronghold where the oldest daēvas are kept. To get there, they must cross the Great Salt Plain, a parched ruin occupied by the armies of the night. A chance encounter adds a ghost from the past to their number. But will they arrive in time to avert a massacre?
And in the House-Behind-the-Veil, Balthazar and the Prophet Zarathustra discover that they have more in common than meets the eye. But is it enough to redeem the necromancer’s bloodstained soul and thwart his mistress’s plans?
As a final showdown looms with Queen Neblis, the truth of the daēvas’ origins is revealed and three worlds collide in this thrilling conclusion to the Fourth Element series.
It is so sad, and simultaneously so satisfying, when a series you love comes to a close. Queen of Chaos rounds out The Four Elements in a breathtakingly written and deftly plotted conclusion that made my heart both race with excitement and ache over the bittersweet ending to such a fantastic series. Darius and Nazafareen are still my favorite people in their universe, but the cast has expanded so greatly and so beautifully since The Midnight Sea that Kat’s ability to keep everyone on their proper path, distinct from one another and well written enough to make each of them matter to me is astounding and a true testament to her skill.
This is truly a grand finale of a book, mysteries from the very beginning of the series are put to rest and our heroes win in unexpected ways. These characters are each fantastic, Balthazar is so grey, and it is wonderful, and Tijah shines so brightly in this installment and I want to read so much more about what is store for her. The origins of the daevas are discovered and their story is just as original and well constructed and beautifully imagined as you would expected. As for the ending? It is wonderfully surprising and so well done.
I loved this series, and cannot express how happy I am that each book lived up to the last. It is truly wonderful when you find an author that you can count on so fully to deliver, repeatedly, a quality work. One you can recommend to friends and acquaintances with no hesitation, a reader’s secret weapon if you will. Queen of Chaos delivers a beautiful ending that is perfect as it is but is left open enough for another story to seamlessly fit in.
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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