The Midnight Sea by Kat Ross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Summary from GoodReads
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…
I received a copy from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
One of the most interesting read of the previous month was "The Midnight Sea". I was quite surprised to see that this book was so well written and that its characters felt so real! Nazafareen has the gift to see and fight the Druj, the demons who haunt her world and the Empire. So she is taken from her clan and she grows into the ranks of the Water Dogs, the group of the fighters who serve the Emperor.
In these troups Nazafareen bonds with a Druj of her own, Darius, who is not the mindless monster everyone thinks. As the years pass and the pair grows closer, they both come to realise that there are not only evil Druj, but also they have been mistreated all these centuries.
Betrayal and adventure, fighting and romance come together in a very explosive blend and also with very well executed turn of events!
I like how Kat Ross described everything, from the deserts to the Temples as also each and every emotional scene. Her characters feel real with flaws and fears, dreams and intense emotions and I really loved how well written her story was. Not to mention the diverse sub-plot.
It really feels that this book should be more recognised and I would love to read more of this series. (I've also read the second book which will be reviewed later).
Finally, the book also is an alternative history told from a different point of view, which was also a very clever move from the author! Which one I'll not tell you. ;)
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