May 17, 2016

The Midnight Sea Blog Tour Review with Giveaway

The Midnight Sea cover

THE MIDNIGHT SEA is an absolutely stunning first installment in The Fourth Element series. And, I am so excited to host Kat Ross in celebrating the release of her new book on May 10th. Read on for details about the book, my review, and author information. Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post for a chance to win $30 Amazon gift card!

 

 

  SUMMARY  

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...

Publication Date is May 10th 2016: Amazon | Goodreads

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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  REVIEW  

book review rating 5 out of 5

GUARD YOUR HEART. For in The Midnight Sea, Kate Ross delivers a riveting fantasy of unparalleled proportions that stole a piece of mine. And in return, she has planted a memory of a gorgeously cinematic dreamscape inhabited by bold and brilliant characters. It is a thoroughly engaging story filled with action, suspense, and romance. I want more memories—I want more of The Midnight Sea.

After witnessing the death of her baby sister by an Undead, Nazafareen wants revenge. When an opportunity to join the King’s elite Water Dogs presents itself, she volunteers. All she knows is that to become a Water Dog, you must bond with a daēva—glorified slaves with powerful magic to wield against the Undead. But when she meets Darius with his soulful, ice blue eyes, the line between master and slave are blurred. Bonded through a magical cuff, Nazafareen not only controls his power, she knows his every emotions. The bond is intricate, wholly invasive, emotional jarring and yet somehow harmonious—comforting—and a forbidden romance is born that is deeply heartfelt and heart-healing.

When the holy fire used to forge the magical cuffs is stolen, Nazafareen and Darius are forced on a deadly mission that will not only pitch them against Undead enemies in the north and a young conqueror in the west, but they will also discover the secrets of Darius's past—a secret that will have Nazafareen question his slavery and her own loyalty to the empire.

The Midnight Sea isn't without some minor quibbles, but that would be like splitting hairs and I have enough split ends as it is. There is so much to love about this book. My favorite aspect of this richly imagined dark fantasy is that Ms. Ross brutally puts her protagonists through deliberate and engaging emotional and physical struggles that had me on the edge of my seat. It was intense, it was exciting—to see the lengths with which she’s willing to push her characters. None of her characters are spared; no one is safe.

Kat Ross’s stunning first installment, The Midnight Sea, inaugurates an original series that will surely please YA fantasy enthusiasts. Fast-paced action, intriguing characters, compelling romance, and a gripping storyline, it is a well-written page-turner that will keep you enthralled to the end. The Midnight Sea was highly enjoyable, and I look forward to the second installment in The Fourth Element series.

{ I received this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you, especially to the author and publisher, for kindly giving me an opportunity to review this title. }

 

  AUTHOR BIO  

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.

Find Kat Ross: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

 

 

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