Sep 20, 2016

Blood of the Prophet (The Fourth Element 2) by Kat Ross || Blog Tour Review with Giveaway

Blood of the Prophet by Kat Ross cover

IT'S NO SECRET that discovering author Kat Ross is one of the best new-to-me-authors of this year! She writes with a practiced hand that stokes the flame of fantasy fans. So, it is with great pleasure that I present Blood of the Prophet—the second installment in The Fourth Element series. 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 1 of 10 of ebooks of The Midnight Sea (The Fourth Element 1).

 

 

  SUMMARY  

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…

Publication Date is September 12th 2016: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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  REVIEW  

book review rating 4 out of 5

MY ADMIRATION FOR Kat Ross grows with each new book I have the pleasure of reading. In her follow-up to The Midnight SeaBlood of the Prophet—comes an intricately plotted fantasy where she spins an incredible tale of self-discovery, survival, and justice, set in a gorgeously cinematic, alternative Persia.

After narrowly escaping death, Nazafareen and Darius, along with friends, Tijah and Myrri, immediately find themselves racing to the ancient city of Karnopolis in search of the Prophet Zarathustra—the alchemist and visionary who forged the cuff that has enslaved the daēva, including Darius and Myrri. They must find him in the hopes of breaking the magical cuffs, before Alexander of Macydon destroys Persepolae, along with every daēva bonded to the empire, chief among them is Darius’s mother. But, the necromancer Balthazar has every intention of finding the Prophet first.

Built inside this book, is an original and compelling fictional world with a magic system that is well defined. I appreciated that I’m not lost in the details of the world-building, but rather, I absorb it through the eyes of her characters and their experiences. She hints at the origins of the daēva, yet still holds back, lending a kind of mystery that spurs my curiosity.

Inasmuch as I enjoyed the adventure—fast-paced and full of surprises—it is the luminous insights into the characters and their complicated and nuanced relationships that I find most moving. From Darius’s unflinching decision toward his bond with Nazafareen when his freedom is within reach, Myrri’s utterly heartwenching sacrifice for Tijah, Balthazar’s misguided intentions to please his Undead Queen, to an unreciprocated love that has spurn a hatred centuries in the making—it is the love and turmoil of these characters that run deep and flow wide creating a remarkable story that readers will take to heart.

Though I thought the book had a slow start, with Nazafareen and Darius uncharacteristically waiting and allowing the enemy to outwit them at almost every turn, the ending is well-worth the wait and will leave you thirsty for more. Blood of the Prophet is an awe-inspiring achievement from a writer adept at writing a page-turner that is undeniably also heartfelt. Kat Ross will recruit admirers with each new book, as she has with me.

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

 

  OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES  

Cover of The Midnight Sea by Kat Ross

The Midnight Sea (The Fourth Element 1) is an absolutely stunning first installment in The Fourth Element series. Check out my review!

Publication Date is May 10th 2016: Amazon | Goodreads

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

 

  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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