Name: Nocturne (Fourth Talisman #1) by Kat Ross
Date Published: October 17, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction
Goodreads Rating: 4.3/5 Stars
How I acquired it: I received an ebook from the author via Xpresso Book Tours and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinions below.
Nocturne, a wilderness of eternal night.
Solis, a wasteland of endless day.
Nazafareen is a Breaker, a mortal who has the rare ability to shatter spell magic—although her power carries a high price. With the memories of her former self erased and nowhere else to turn, she comes to Nocturne hoping to start a new life under the triple moons of the darklands.
But when an assassin forces Nazafareen to flee to the sunlit mortal city of Delphi, she finds herself embroiled in a deeper mystery whose origins lie far in the past. Why was the continent sundered into light and dark a thousand years before? And what really happened to the elegant but ruthless creatures who nearly reduced the world to ashes? The new Oracle might know, but she’s outlawed magic and executes anyone caught practicing it. Nazafareen must hide her powers and find a way out of the city—before it’s too late.
As the net slowly tightens, something ancient and vengeful begins to stir in the arid death zone called the Kiln. A dashing daeva named Darius is pursuing Nazafareen, but so are a multitude of enemies. War is brewing again. Can she stay alive long enough to stop it?
So begins the first installment in an epic new fantasy series from the author of the Fourth Element Trilogy!
Reading Level: ★★
My Overall Rating: ★★★★
****I need to start this review by saying this is the start of a new series, The Fourth Talisman series but it immediately follows The Fourth Element Trilogy. I never read the first trilogy and while this new series technically can work on it’s own, I think I would have enjoyed it much more had I read the first three books.
Kat Ross is an amazing author. This is the first book I read of hers but I cannot wait for the next book and to read more. I was immediately gripped from the beginning despite being a little confused what was going on. Again, I don’t think that would have been an issue had I read the first trilogy. That being said I will admit I was a little upset about how the chapters were written. Each chapter would start very slow and eventually would pick up pace and just when the story was getting really good, a new chapter and POV would start and I would be back to square one. It left a lot of down time and wishing for more.
I want to start by saying the “world” in this book is incredible! I thought the idea of two separate sides of the world was incredibly unique and interesting. One was in sun every second of the day and the other side was in the dark with 3 moons being the only light. And the people from each side were completely different so they stayed in their respective sides to keep peace. When the book starts we learn Nazafareen has no memory from before she entered Nocturne. Her friend (which I think is her lover – again should have read the trilogy) Darius knows everything that happened but wants her to be safe so he’s been keeping everything secret. When an assassin shows up to kill Nazafareen she decides to leave to protect everyone around her. She’s also hoping she can find someone who will be able to restore her memories. This story takes us on Nazafareen’s journey to find out the truth while running to save her life. However, had she known the truth she would have realized she was never really safe so now Darius has to find her before she is killed.
Based on this book and other reviews I understand Nazafareen and Darius are/were lovers in the first trilogy. However, they spend so much time apart in this book that there wasn’t really a romance aspect. I think this book is definitely a set up for future books in the series and I believe there will be romance as the series progresses. But for now it could go anywhere.
When I got to the end of this book I was a little disappointed because it kind of just ended. I know, I know, it’s the end of a book and it’s supposed to “just end” but there wasn’t really a cliffhanger and nothing really was wrapped up. I won’t spoil anything but the end of the book did have me yelling at Nazafareen because I think she should have realized what was happening around her. I’m looking forward to reading the next book to find out what happens.