Title: The Midnight Sea (The Fourth Element #1)

Author: Kat Ross
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, 
Release Date: March 26th 2016

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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…
*I received a review copy for the Blog Tour. It didn’t, in any way, affect my review*

When I saw the cover of The Midnight Sea, I was immediately fascinated. It was stunning! I was both excited and nervous to read the book because when I read books with stunning covers, I expect just the same greatness of story within.

Kat Ross didn’t fail her readers. The Midnight Sea was a brilliantly written story that every Greek period and Middle Eastern history lovers will definitely love. 

Honestly, I had no idea what The Midnight Sea was about when I joined this blog tour. I didn’t even read the blurb or the reviews. This is usually the kind of reader I am; I want going blind, I want something that will surprise me. I want something that will make me go like “Oooh” and “Aaah” just by reading few pages from the start, and Kat Ross was able to accomplish that.

The Midnight Sea depicts the story of Nazafareen, a young nomad girl from the Four-Leg Clan, who turned to be a Water Dog to seek for revenge for her deceased sister who was killed by Druj. The Water Dogs are humans bonded with daēvas who serve the King to protect the empire and kill the Druj. The Druj are the monsters that killed Nazafareen’s sister. I think, the best comparison would be the White Walkers of Game of Thrones. The daēvas are the good Druj. They’re trained in the light and they are more human both in appearance and behavior than the real monster Druj.

I knew immediately when Nazafareen’s name was mentioned that The Midnight Sea was set in the history of Middle Eastern Empire. I don’t have much knowledge about the old Middle East Empires so that’s the main thing about this novel that piqued my interest.

Kat Ross was a great storyteller. At some point, I thought her narrations were too lengthy and I got worried that it might bore me, but it didn’t happen. The more information she feeds me with her narrations, the more I get intrigue.

One of the things I like about The Midnight Sea was Kat Ross’ beautiful crafting of her characters. If any, I liked Nazafareen, a lot. She’s nothing like those we use to see on YA novels, whiny and annoying heroine. Nazafareen was very complex, she has a very likable attitude, and the best of all — she’s a real warrior.

I also liked the side characters, Tijah, even Ilyas (even though I came too hate him too soon. lol), and their bonded daēvas, Tommas, Myrri and Darius. They all have different attitudes, but they work well on their own ways.

The world-building and the use of magical element were done so great. I experienced extreme coldness in the snowy mountains, I experience sandstorm on a very sunny desert, I experience to sail on a large body of water, and I was able to see different kind of empires and their people. Add to it the real magic of this world — the elements. The daēvas have elemental powers except for fire because it kills them. Their masters, or their bonded humans hold their powers.

The relationship between a human and his/her daēva was supposed to be more of a master-slave relationship. But Tijah and Myrri treat each other like real sisters and Nazafareen became closer with her bonded, Darius, as years pass by while they’re together hunting Druj. The bonded pair feel each other’s emotions, and even physical senses and pain.

The romance didn’t happen too soon. Do you hate insta-love? Well, you gotta love the romance here! I immediately knew who will be Nazafareen’s love interest here, but it amused me how the romance didn’t happen too soon. When I say not too soon, I mean years pass by before they both became aware of their feelings — you know, just like what normal strangers would spend to get to know each other well and end up in a different kind of relationship (romantic). It was really refreshing. And when Darius and Nazafareen finally crumbled their walls, I. DIED.

Okay, now now. I know that this review is getting too lengthy, so before you get bored, this is my final thought….
The Midnight Sea was very unexpected in a lot of ways. This is the kind of fantasy novel that you wouldn’t want to wait for months or a full year, at worst, for the sequel to get into your hands. Because right now, what I only want is to have the 2nd book already (which is coming out later this year!. Come to me darling!
PS: I apologize to The Royal Polar Bear for having posted my review a day late. 🙁

I’ve always loved to read more than anything in the world, especially so-called genre stories—mysteries, fantasy, sci-fi, thrillers, horror. I like books that take you by the hand and lead you out of the mundane. That ease back the curtain and show you the wondrous and dark and unexpected lurking just around the next corner. I worked in journalism for a long time before I returned to writing fiction. Guess which is more fun?
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Author: Erika

Erika is a freelance content writer and illustrator from the Philippines. She used to hate writing in high school, but later discovered that it is something that she’d enjoy doing. Asides from books. she also enjoys the presence of few art materials, camera for bookstagram, and other bookish merchandise, on her own fantasy realm.

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