The Midnight Sea (Fourth Element Series #1)

The Midnight Sea (Fourth Element Series #1)

by Kat Ross

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Overview

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 bind 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…

Praise for The Midnight Sea

"A spellbinding fantasy with some moral weight and a meatier narrative than usual, one likely to leave readers quite satisfied... Ross conjures an epic of demons and daevas, family, loss, and the turmoil of a kingdom in peril."-Kirkus Reviews

"An addictive, action-packed, glorious page-turner!" -Am Kinda Busy Reading

"For a world of shifting alliances and trusts, fully realized and multi-faceted characters, and a fantasy that takes place in a little touched upon setting in young adult literature, The Midnight Sea delivers on all fronts and starts off a new series of romance, magic, and a well-written and captivating story." -Bibliobibuli YA

"GUARD YOUR HEART. For in The Midnight Sea, Kat Ross delivers a riveting fantasy of unparalleled proportions that stole a piece of mine." -Flylef Reviews

"I really hate the word ‘epic’ because, let’s face it, it’s so overused and it’s lost its true meaning, but this book deserves that word." -Book Reader Chronicles

"The Midnight Sea has everything I enjoy in a fantasy and more. I highly recommend it for readers who love elemental magic, kick-ass heroines and a captivating story." -Cover2Cover Reviews

"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." -Book Briefs

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153758350
Publisher: Kat Ross
Publication date: 09/29/2016
Series: Fourth Element Series , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 17,466
File size: 860 KB

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's the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day, the Fourth Element fantasy series (The Midnight Sea, Blood of the Prophet, Queen of Chaos), and the new Dominion Mysteries. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios.

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The Midnight Sea 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mix ancient Greek history and a strong person's wish to Live a better life and throw in unusual beasts with thrilling action....you have a fun read. Over the course of the story the strong person is revealed to be a girl. This adds a twist which makes the story enriched and multidimensional. Very nicely done!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not the cliche fairy talr that usually graces Barnes & Nible free book shelves. The story has a lot of great characters with unexoected twists and turns. Kats dark humor complements the events that follow our Water Dogs. To be honest the name of the organization didn't appeal to me originally. However, the more I read the more I realized that the tenanciously stubborn duo were very similar to my neighbor's pit bull. Reading the final authors note was the perfect ending to a good book. I can't wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incorporates aspects of true historical facts with visionary fiction mixed in. Hard to stop reading once I started and can't wait for the second book to be released on the app
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story! The author had me hooked from the very first page. I'm really hoping the second book is available on Nook soon!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down once I started it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kat's characters snag you before you know it. The injustice of this world so makes you forget it's fiction. Constant surprises, twists and unexpected turns. Once you start it's hard to walk away. I'm hungry for the next saga!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bit choppy at first, could delve into main character's feelings a but more, but overall well written with an interesting plot and good world- building.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story - great charactors. When are the next ones going to be available on Nook?
Anonymous 11 months ago
I loved recognizing different places and customs but still a wonderful fantasy . I'm looking forward to the next one. She does an excellent job of blending history, geography, and fantasy
EPClark More than 1 year ago
I got this book as part of a free giveaway, and approached it with the the trepidation one always does in these situations. As usual, 50-75% of the books I got in the giveaway were not really worth reading, but a couple of them stood out, with "The Midnight Sea" being the most standout of the bunch. The setting is familiar yet unfamiliar for epic fantasy: the action takes place in the Persian Empire during the time of Alexander the Great. But rather than being exoticized--okay, maybe it is exoticized a little, but in the way of all epic fantasy--or cast as the enemy, the Persian Empire is home to the main character, and Alexander's Macedonia is a threatening outside aggressor. All is not as it initially seems, however, and our heroine Nazafareen has to reconsider everything she believes and where her loyalties lie... "The Midnight Sea" is a fast-moving, high-action kind of epic fantasy, but not at the breathless pace of so many books of its ilk, which seem to careen from fight scene to fight scene without pausing to consider whether all this fighting is a good idea. This book is light compared with many of the dense epics the genre is known for, but it's still weighty enough to satisfy true epic fantasy fanatics such as myself, with tantalizing hints at more backstory yet to come. Nazafareen is one of those feisty heroines who so often become irritating cliches, but in her case the feistiness is balanced out by some thought and some three-dimensional depth. She's a girl/woman warrior in a society where such a thing is possible but women are still not completely equal citizens, which adds some interest to her story, and her training story shows her struggling realistically, like any trainee, without dwelling constantly on her physical inabilities compared to the men around her, because in fact she becomes extremely competent. The magic the characters have access to is only touched upon in this book, but with suggestions that it will be developed later in the series. There's a big reveal about it towards the end of the book that I don't want to give away here, but it brings up a lot of interesting questions about ethics that are only partially resolved here, so I look forward to seeing how the author resolves them in later books in the series. Overall, an enjoyable and well-done epic fantasy with a sympathetic heroine that should appeal to adult and YA readers alike.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good read! Unique and interesting storyline aswell as characters. Kept a good pace and told a good story. Kudos. DMB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well formed characters. I expect the writer to go far.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted a light/easy read and this turned into quiet the adventure. The characters are well developed and the twist and turns of the story are very exciting. I am looking forward to continuing the story with the other 2 books in this series. I am glad that this was on B&N's free nook book shelf for me to get a sample of Kat Ross' world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable read with interesting characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting idea, cool characters, and lots of fighting. My favorite part....reading a good book for FREE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good characters,love the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found myself unable to put this book down. It has action, romantic tension and lots of unexpected twists and turns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hoping this was the beginning of a long series, but I see we will all have to wait.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply amazing, can't wait for second book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where is the second one!!??