Blood of the Prophet (The Fourth Element #2)
By: Kat Ross
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Publication Date: September 12th, 2016
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…
Reading Blood of the Prophet further established Kat Ross as one of the authors I will automatically buy. Her alternate ancient history is lushly created and riveting, with enough of the truth wrapped around the fantasy to make it feel familiar.
This installment is much more expansive than the last. It includes multiple points of view from characters beyond Nazafareen’s limited view of the current situation and who are not always on her side. From an evil queen to an obsessive devotee, Kat has created distinct voices that seamlessly tell her story. Though Nazafareen, and her time with Darius, is still my favorite to read.
The book finishes out with no cliff hangers, but a clear direction in where it is suppose to go, setting up the final book. It deftly maneuvers around any middle book slumpage, adding to and fleshing out the plot and world that has already been established, as it should, while maintaining a power of its own.
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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