The Midnight Sea (The Fourth Element #1)
By: Kat Ross
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Publication Date: March 10th, 2016
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 leash 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…
With a fantasy twist on ancient Persia, Kat introduces a unique and captivating new series in The Midnight Sea. The characters are brilliantly formed, with Nazafareen leading the pack with her palpable mix of emotions and detailed, but not overwrought, back story. The unique locale adds a refreshing element that gives access to a whole host of mythology that is not very well explored in young adult fiction.
Within Kat’s beautifully developed world, that at once relies on Persian mythology and her own creativity, the characters proceed to be believable and understandable. Nazafareen’s blood lust is supported by her past, and Darius and his devoutness reflect well hidden insecurities and his deep rooted personal philosophies. The relationship between these two develops gradually, from fear and hatred to an unsteady friendship and into something more. As for the antagonist, this role ranges from Ilyas, whose hold on his personal sanity becomes more and more questionable, to the world as Nazafareen and Darius know it as a whole.
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.
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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