The Midnight Sea (The Fourth Element #1) by Kat Ross

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 civilisation may be at stake…

Release Date: Out Now

I remember reviewing “Some Fine Day” when it first came out and I devoured that book in one sitting. While looking for a new book to read I saw her name and had a quick skim of the description and was sold. 

This book follows Nazafareen and her daeva Darius as secrets are unveiled and they try to find out if all is what it seems within their society. The plot is pacey, it is interesting and there are many pieces on the board to follow that as the plot moves so do they, and you are left wondering what is happening around them.

I really enjoyed the Persian desert setting of this novel. It all connects well with sea and sand elements along with the bordering nations all fighting for control with super natural elements all intertwining. It simply keeps your attention and the pages turning – whether paper or electronic.  The building of the characters personalities is interwoven through out, from seeking revenge to knowledge and learning about one another’s weaknesses that impact later in the novel in an unexpected way.

The mind of Kat Ross likes to bring us these warped realities, this one with warped myths and legends but then as a reader we always like the surreal. The story feels almost familiar yet it isn’t there is a spin to it that I’ve not read before and for whatever reason I’ve really been into my desert-set novels of late. I will admit some confusion with the names but that may be just my inability to remember names at the best of times. 

This novel (and series) really got me hooked and was all devoured in no time at all. I really do recommend it to people who are looking for a new series to read and enjoy the sandy stories that come from the desert. 



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