Reviewing and Reading books that were free or are free. You see, I finally caved and bought an eReader. Now I find I can't stop reading all the free books offered on the online market. Despite whether or not the book is a good read or not. In this blog I will weed through all books, whether it was amazing or a grammatically sad excuse for a book, because the point in the end is . . . HEY, IT WAS FREE!
Monday, May 16, 2016
Hey, It's A Blog Tour for "The Midnight Sea" by Kat Ross
by Kat Ross
Book 1, in The Fourth Element Series "The Midnight Sea" Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy. 261 pages.
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, & human & 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…
My Thoughts:"Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds"
This right here is a great fantasy action book with endless suspense. Honestly, the book took turns I hadn't expected and I loved every minute,which had me turning page after page until the very end. Narrated through the eyes of main character a reader is instantly pulled into the world of Drujs, necromancers, Satraps, uprisings and the Neblis.
Being from the isolated nation of the Four-Legs Clan, Nazafareen knew only stories of the outside world. Until riders from the King's Water Dogs come asking for volunteers to help fill the ranks in fighting the evil Drujs. Nazafareen decides to join if only to avenge the death of her sister and face the demons who stole her sense of peace. In training as a Water Dog, Nazafareen is taught many things about the Nation's enemies who are the undead and usurpers in the South. It's while as a Water Dog, Nazafareen is required to bond with a Daeve named Darius, who looks human but is a version of Druj that is powerful and needs to be controlled with a link, or so she is told. Nazafareen at first has a hard time accepting her Daeve, but her understanding nature wins out over her temper, especially when they share feelings and pain through their bond. It's immediately clear that Darius is a very powerful Daeve and when the two fight side by side their bond lends to more power. So when old and powerful Daeves escape the nations most heavily fortified prison. Nazafareen and Darius, along with other bonded pairs, are sent to retrieve or destroy them. However, it's in going after the escaped Daeves that Nazafareen world and beliefs will be shaken and questioned. How can you trust your beliefs when they all may be founded on lies?
Overall, loved it and wanted more of Nazafareen! (plus Darius) This book rather reminded me of "Avatar the Last Airbender" meets "Scorpion King." Nazafareen is an awesome heroine, she has a mission and decides to fight and fights hard. Seriously that girl kicks a lot of undead butt. Plus her sense of morals keeps her centered in a changing world. Nazafareen literally gets her world turned upside down and spun around with who is a friend and who is her enemy that in the end you can't believe you may have liked some of the characters. Darius is a troubled Daeve with mixed feelings concerning his world, but luckily he finds his one truth. I'm hoping as long as he keeps focused on that person the next novel won't be too bumpy. Side note Nazafareen gets a little to hot heavy with her man all of a sudden towards the end of the novel, it was no PDA and then BAM lets get it started. I was a little weirded by it, but luckily it was short and they stop themselves. Okay now as to my favorite fact about this book I love that this is set in a strange parallel achaemenid empire in BC times, where Alexander the Great is involved against the Persian Empire. The author adds a great note in the end to help explain why some names might seem familiar but not contextual accurate. So if you are looking for new series where elements are controlled by beings, whom are either good or bad, but the world is in the balance as sides begin to show their true intentions and one girl is taking a stand to find the truth, then this book will interest you.
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.