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The Midnight Sea (The Fourth Element Book 1) by [Ross, Kat]
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"THE MIDNIGHT SEA is a richly imagined dark fantasy that immerses readers into an intoxicating world of danger, romance, and intrigue--I can't wait for the next in the series!"--Lisa Maxwell, author of UNHOOKED
"Ross has created a fantasy realm that's totally original and compelling... I'd put THE MIDNIGHT SEA alongside Leigh Bardugo's Grisha trilogy. It's a very special writer who can weave such a rich and complex tapestry, and Ross is exactly that." --Joshua David Bellin, author of SCAVENGER OF SOULS
"MIDNIGHT SEA is the kind of awesome you search for on the fantasy shelves at Barnes & Noble. The kind of awesome you're just hoping will suck you in the way Hunger Games did or Divergent, whatever your poison...and then it's BETTER. THAT kind of awesome." --Jessica Therrien, bestselling author of OPPRESSION 

About the Author

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.

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  • File Size: 2300 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0997236213
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Acorn Publishing (May 10, 2016)
  • Publication Date: May 10, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01BN5Z7LM
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Original Post: The Midnight Sea at FLYLēF Book Reviews (reviews.flylef.com)

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.
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Set in an Arabian Nights-inflected fantasy realm, THE MIDNIGHT SEA introduces us to Nazafareen, a teenage member of a nomadic people. When her younger sister is killed by a wight--one of the forms taken by the demonic Druj, undead creatures that once fought against the empire--Nazafareen swears to avenge her sister's death. She's given her opportunity to do so when the elite Water Dogs, soldiers whose job it is to hunt out and slay Druj, recruit her to join them. As a member of the Water Dogs, Nazafareen is "bonded"--linked both physically and spiritually--to a domesticated (or enslaved) Druj known as a daeva. Together, using her power of command and his magical control over the elements, Nazafareen and the daeva Darius set out to destroy Druj. But the discoveries Nazafareen makes about the Druj--not to mention her attraction to Darius, who's anything but the monster she imagined he would be--cause her to question whether she's fighting on the side of justice after all.

I don't read a lot of epic fantasy these days, though it constituted almost my entire reading diet when I was younger. Thus it's always a pleasure to discover a fantasy realm that's totally original and compelling, one I can sink into the way I used to sink into the worlds created by Tolkien, Le Guin, McCaffrey, and Donaldson. That's exactly how I felt while reading Ross's novel; the history of the realm, the mythology of the Druj, the physical description of the various environments, and the characterization of the multiple peoples, both evil and good, were so brilliantly realized I felt completely immersed in a "real" place.
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The Midnight Sea is the first in the young adult fantasy series, called The Fourth Element, by Kat Ross. The Midnight Sea is what I would describe as high fantasy, and I loved it. It kind of reminded me of the Storm Siren trilogy by Mary Weber. Kat Ross creates a rich fantasy world, full of new and scary creatures, lots of magical powers, and an intricately woven plot that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. (and then maybe even longer because there is a cliff hanger on this one.)

The Midnight Sea is the story of Nazafareen, and her “good” daeva, or demon, Darius. In this world they use the good demons, or demons who have been trained in the way of the light to defeat the bad demons- the Druj. Humans with powers, or the capability of having powers (I was a little unclear as to this part) are linked with a daeva, which creates a bond between them and their powers. It makes them stronger, allowing them to kill the Druj. But in the case of Nazafareen and Darius it also caused them to get closer and closer with one another. I loved this aspect of The Midnight Sea. It made for a really great, slow burn romance.

My only gripe about the story is that I wish it came with a glossary of terms and a map at the start of the story. Kat Ross has created a very intricate world with a lot of moving parts and new names, and I would have loved to have some context before I started reading. She does give a note to the readers at the end of the story that explain where in history we can place this story, and I loved that extra, but I think it would have worked better at the start of a story…with a map. Maybe it is just me, but I believe that every fantasy story should come with a map of the world. It helps me visualize as I am reading.
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