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…
Another world for fantasy readers to explore and to enjoy.
Nazafareen’s sister was taken by a wight, a kind of druj, that leaves her uncle no other choice but to kill her sister. It was a nightmare that continuously hunted her, and it only stopped when she joined the Water Dogs and was bonded with Darius, a daeva. Being bonded was not as easy as she needs to share her emotions with Darius. As time passed by, everything started to change – she was beginning to see that daevas were not evil and definitely not a druj and her loyalty to the empire was now on the edge of breaking apart.
I liked this novel! Just like her other book, The Daemoniac, this never failed my expectation because the story itself has something on it that bewitched me on reading it until the end.
The plot was amazing! I liked the concept of druj and daeva and the bonding and sharing of your emotions through a cuff. The setting was another point to me, too, as I kind of liked history before when I was in high school.
The characters were all awesome. I hate how Ilyas broke my heart, and I love how Darius fixed it. Nazafareen was amazing in her own ways! She was brave and full of determination, though she was really a pain in the ass (sometimes). I also like Tijah. In fact, it’s her I’m looking forward to meeting in the future. I believed she would be a fantastic friend.
The way it was written was good! The author wrote a detailed explanation here. She also gave a great description of each druj and of the places on the story. It really helped a lot to imagine the story.
What I only dislike was when Ilyas also loved his daeva. It made me think if Ilyas was homosexual or not. I liked Ilyas, and it only pushed me away, thinking he might be attracted to his own daeva.
This novel is really good. It has everything that you’ll enjoy reading. This is very recommended for fantasy readers out there!
Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the author via Xpresso Book Tours.
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Publication Date: March 26, 2016
Series: The Fourth Element, 01
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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.