The Midnight Sea, by Kat Ross | Book Review #182


They are the light against the darkness. 29670787-2

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 Midnight Sea is a Young Adult Fantasy. There are romance elements to this novel, if you’re interested in that. The Midnight Sea is book 1 in the Fourth Element series.

I’ll admit that I only checked out this book because the cover is a very eye-catching pretty piece of art work. And with that synopsis to match it, I thought to myself that The Midnight Sea was it. I was so mislead. The Midnight Sea, while enjoyable, was nothing as to what I thought what this book was.

I like how the story starts off with the main character in an important moment in her life, and then leads us into her present day in time. Through this time it was great getting to know the main character, and how she see and felt everything.

The Midnight Sea was one of the books where I would’ve gladly welcomed a different point of view as well as the original main characters view. Alternating views would’ve been great, and maybe –hopefully– the next book will have another point of view.

However, The Midnight Sea has a major downfall in my opinion: in this story the love interest has this forbidden love thing going on. And the guy that she’s interested in thinks incredibly less of himself than what he actually is like in terms of his self-worth. Which I get it– the characters are in their teen years and I suppose there are a ton of kids out there who go through the self-loathing faze. But the extent that the author went to have this character act that way both boggles my mind and annoys me beyond belief. And what’s the cherry on top of all of this is that IT’S SO OBVIOUS THAT THEY LOVE EACH OTHER.

The story that is this story is that the story in general takes many different turns. I found myself not really enjoying the subplot romance in this book. This story could’ve done well without it, I found.

All in all, I enjoyed the cover of The Midnight Sea more than the actual story itself.

I ended up giving The Midnight Sea 2 of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Happy Reading!

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