Nocturne (Fourth Talisman #1)
By: Kat Ross
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Publication Date: October 15th, 2017
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!
After finishing The Fourth Element series, I thought Nazafareen and Darius’s story was over. How wrong I was. I should have expected, these two can’t seem to keep out of, or keep from attracting, trouble.
Nazafareen has lost her memories, and she doesn’t remember the battle at the end of Queen of Chaos, her life as a Water Dog, her life before that, or even her and Darius’s relationship. She can feel it though, both of them miss the bond that used to tie them together. However, their relationship is rocky as Darius stubbornly hides parts of Nazafareen’s past that he deems hurtful. That was the part I missed most about this book: Nazafareen and Darius’s relationship and what it used to be. The foundation is still there, but they are still the same stubbornly protective people, and that is to the detriment of their relationship.
These new realms of Nocturne and Solis, though, almost made up for this. I loved learning about their people and customs, the history of this place and how the people there interacted with it. And Kat has fleshed out her world with diverse new characters: complex new allies and manipulative and chilling villains.
I am looking forward to the sequel, Solis, later this month, and I can’t wait for a sweet Nazafareen and Darius reunion after all the trials and near misses these two have been through.
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 dystopian thriller Some Fine Day, the Fourth Element fantasy trilogy (The Midnight Sea, Blood of the Prophet, Queen of Chaos), and a new gaslamp mystery series that opens with The Daemoniac and continues with The Thirteenth Gate. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. For more information about Kat’s books, come visit her at katrossbooks.com.
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