Blog Tour Stop + Review: Blood of the Prophet (The Fourth Element #2) by Kat Ross

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Blood of the Prophetby Kat Ross
Series : The Fourth Element #2
Publication date: September 12th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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About the Book

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…

 

The Review

If you  haven’t read book 1, then please stop now as this has some spoilers.
You can read my review of book 1 here – The Midnight Sea by Kat Ross

The book pretty much picks up from where book one left off. Although they escaped all the madness in the city of Persepolae, it seems they must return to Karnopolis to find the prophet who can free the daeva’s in the coming war with the queen of Bactria.
So Darius, Myrri , Tijah and Nazafareen leave for Karnopolis to meet with an ally known as Arshad.
Meanwhile, a necromancer and former Magi Balthazar is on a mission to also find the prophet and in the process crosses paths with the former water dogs. Will they be able to rescue the prophet before it is too late?

What did I think? So I won’t lie, I have been in a reading slump and this book didn’t manage to pull me completely out of it. But I will add that this is a really brilliantly written story.
I actually like all the characters in this book, as the author manages to create an awesome depth to them all.
We get to find out more about Darius and what he has experienced in his time when he lived in Karnopolis, there isn’t much concerning Victor in this book and I am really hoping he will be in the 3rd book.
I enjoyed the way the relationship between Darius and Nazafareen developed, they are my 2 favorite characters in the book.
Balthazar is truly a worthy villain in this book, I even fear him more than the so called queen of Bactria, this is because even when he is killing off his victims he does with interest, not malice. Now if that is not crazy person behavior I don’t know what is.
I have keen to see where the author is taking Nazafareen with the new discoveries in her abilities, she is a protagonist like no other, her strength and determination is amazing. Although her impulsive decisions might cause her more harm than good.
I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait for the next book in the series.

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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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Book Review: The Midnight Sea by Kat Ross

 

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Release date: 26th March 2016
Source:  Author
Rating:★★★★★

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Synopsis
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…

The Review

Who thought this would be the book that will bring me out of my reading lull.
I got a copy of this book as part of a blog tour and trust me it is off to a brilliant start.
The story is about Nazafareen, she is part of a Nomad clan known Four-Legs. After her sister is killed by a wight, she decides to join the Water Dogs (the king’s elite hunters) and dedicates her life to protecting the king’s empire from the undead also known as the Druj. But to do this she must be linked with a daeva. Daeva’s look human but possess great powers which allow them to manipulate the elements but not without side effects. The escape of some ancient prisoners triggers a series of events that make Nazafareen question her faith, her team of Water dogs, the slavery of the daeva’s and their origin.

What did I Think?
Well damn! This was a really good book. It did start off pretty slow or maybe that was just me and my reading lull.
I liked this book as it was set in a game of thrones kinda set up, you know epic fantasy stuff.
The story is quite original as I don’t think I have read anything like this. The author put in some really great twists that I wasn’t expecting towards the end that had me all shocked.
I think I liked Nazafareen, she is almost the full package in terms of the heroine. She seems smart and not too chatty. I never heard her complain once, she was just impulsive and it took her a while to trust Darius.
I liked Darius too he struck me as the strong silent type which made him very interesting.
Let’s talk about Ilyas… now that dude is unstable. I knew this from the moment he showed up at the recruitment. And even the was he talked to his Daeva Tommas….need I say more? So I wasn’t surprised with the way things turned out.
What I liked was the fact that every character brought something to the story even the ever so random mages. And I can tell that the follow-up books are going to delve deeper into the story.

Cover Reveal: Cherished ( Beholder #3) by Christina Bauer

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I think the covers in this series are just getting better with each book.  Another cover reveal from one of my favorite authors!

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Cherished by Christina Bauer
(The Beholder series #3)
Publication date: May 30th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

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For Elea, there’s never been a better time to turn away from witch life. The Tsar is in exile. The Vicomte is dead. And Rowan? Falling for him only broke her heart. Instead of casting spells, Elea spends her days running Braddock Farm and enjoying the flirtations of the very handsome and non-magical Philippe. Everything is going perfectly, except for one problem.

Someone’s trying to kill her.

Shujaa is a Changed One, a Creation Caster mage whose mutated form makes him invincible in battle. Now that the Tsar and Vicomte are gone, Shujaa wants to rise and rule. To do so, he must eliminate all those powerful enough to oppose him, and Elea is top on his list. Anyone who offers her aid quickly ends up dead.

In the end, there’s only one person who can keep Elea safe while helping her defeat Shujaa: Rowan. Like it or not, Elea must team up with her old love. With Philippe along for the ride, Elea plans to team with Rowan without losing her heart this time. But that’s when all her plans fall apart…

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ChristinaAbout the Author

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English as well as Television, Radio, and Film Production. Her day job is in marketing for companies like Microsoft, Cisco, and Zerto. Back in the go-go 90′s, she founded her own software start-up, Mindful Technologies. Christina believes that, upon close examination of Tolkien’s text, it’s entirely possible that the Balrog was wearing fuzzy bunny slippers.

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Fun Fact Friday – 10 Surprising Facts About Some of Our Favourite Authors

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Happy Friday! Its rainy and grey outside, but I still hope you have a fab Friday!!!

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Book Review: Firebolt by Adrienne Woods(The Dragonian #1)

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Release date: 19th September 2014
Source: Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★★

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Synopsis
Dragons. Right. Teenage girls don’t believe in fairy tales, and sixteen-year-old Elena Watkins was no different.
Until the night, a fairy tale killed her father.
Now Elena’s in a new world, and a new school. The cutest guy around may be an evil dragon, a Prince wants Elena’s heart, and a long dead sorcerer may be waking up to kill her. Oh. And the only way Elena’s going to graduate is on the back of a dragon of her own.
Teenage girls don’t believe in fairy tales. Now it’s time for Elena to believe – in herself

The Review

I was getting bored with a lot of the books I was reading and so when I got the chance to read about dragons ha! I didn’t hesitate.
Meet Elena Watkins she is 16 and lives with her dad. All her life she and her dad have been moving from city to city, staying at a place only 3 months at a time. In fact, it happened like clockwork that she even had a timer set for this occasion. On this night, she could sense that this is what was about to happen again and knowing she can’t fight her dad she gets dressed and packs only what she needs. But something goes wrong and their car is suddenly attacked by Dragons.

To Elena dragons are the things of fairy tales and it appears her dad is one too. But before Elena can digest what is happening her dad is attacked and she is almost killed. When she wakes up she realizes that her whole world will never be the same. Her dad is gone and the bedtime stories he once told her about a magical world called paegeaia become real as she wakes up there.

Elena must navigate her way through this new world which seems easier said that done as she tries to juggle a foretelling which makes little sense to her, making new friends, a powerful dragon who seems to despise her and a prince who can’t seem to get enough if her.

What did I think? Ok, I simply love dragons and let me tell you this book was just “hamazing!!!!” Jeeze I couldn’t help fangirling at the end of this book. The plot was just so awesome, I love it when my assumptions about a story are wrong. The author put a whole bunch of curve balls that had me wondering where the story would lead.
I felt bits and pieces were a bit slow and just included to fill up pages in the story. I liked Elena, but i just needed her to have a bit more faith and confidence in herself, but I guess not having a mom and the way she grew up will have that effect on you. Elena, however, seems to just be so bold in taking on what needed to be done, the other characters were great too. I liked Becky, she was pretty much no nonsense and didn’t sugar coat anything. Sammy just seemed like a hippy chick and that’s how I actually envision her. Blake….. why bother as things didn’t go as I predicted I am a bit skeptical about him. Lucien is just my secret book boyfriend (swoon). he is just so amazing with a strength and authority that was oozing off the pages.
I liked that the author gave a lot of backstory and history to the dragons. I enjoyed learning about it same time as Elena, made understanding it pretty good. The riddles were fun, I actually guessed the answer to some which was fun.
The world building was pretty good I really felt I was in a magical world with a floating academy and magical elevators that transport you to Elma and other areas of Paegeia.
Overall an awesome book that will keep you wanting so much more that you can’t help but grab book 2 to make sure the series never ends.