The Midnight Sea
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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
I’m so glad I grabbed this book. Usually, free books tend to be pretty awful, but I’m so glad to say this book isn’t one of them. I started and finished it one day—every scene was so fast paced and had so much action that I tore through the Midnight Sea without stopping. Every character was believable and so compelling (even the villains!), especially Darius, Tommas, and Nazafareen. The MC Nazafareen was fantastic. I loved her so so much right from the beginning, and Kat Ross didn’t let her fall into the same boring tropes that I see so much in YA and NA. She was realistic, determined, and described her emotions in the narrative without the tropey, sexist pitfalls that usually come with them. Her romance was so compelling, mostly because it felt like it had such a solid foundation (real friendship, no insta love!). I honestly wish I had better words for how happily surprised I was by this book. So exciting, amazing AMAZING world. The daevas were insanely cool, and so was the way Ross described the bond between them and their humans. I loved connecting all the places/people in this book with their real-world counterparts, especially Alexander the Great and Xerxes. Such a fun read. I’ll definitely be picking up the next one. Really wanted to leave a review for the author the moment I finished it—you could tell how much care and research she put into making the book, and it really makes the world feel alive
5 stars. Get this book, give it a shot! Can’t recommend it enough