This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Xpresso Book Tours. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Nocturne by Kat Ross
Series: Fourth Talisman #1
Also by this author: The Thirteenth Gate
Release Date: October 15, 2017
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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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!
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The Fourth Talisman series is a spinoff series from The Fourth Element trilogy. From what I hear you do not have to have read the previous series in order to get the full enjoyment from this series but that you will not regret it if you take the time to read that trilogy. At the start of Nocturne, Nazafareen has no memory of what had taken place that brought her to Nocturne. She knew that she was carried there by Darius and that she was nearly dead because of her own fey power. Darius was the key to understanding what had happened to her and how she came to be missing a hand but so far, he was silent on the subject no matter how often she asked.
Darius for his part felt that telling Nazafareen half-truths was good for her and would keep her safe. Although it did drive a wedge between them as Nazafareen just couldn’t accept not having memories of her life up until when she was carried into Nocturne. What Nazafareen really didn’t truly understand was that if she were to return to Solis it would mean certain death. Darius for his part was just trying to protect the woman he loves but she knew he was not being honest with her and for those reasons when she learnt that there was an assassin after her Nazafareen fled, and she didn’t confide in her friend Darius about her departure.
When Nazafareen fled Nocturne, she had hoped that in addition to evading the assassin that she would find the answers to the questions that have been plaguing her since she awoke in Nocturne. Although she had hoped for the best when she left Nocturne her plans did not fare so well and when she landed in Delphi she found that the city was not a place that would be accepting of her magic. In fact, the Oracle of Delphi was actually persecuting all practitioners of magic and unfortunately Nazafareen happened to be stranded in this dangerous city. In order to survive she must hide her fey magic, find a way out of the city, and to make matters worse, the answers she was hoping to find only led to more questions.
Nocturne was an amazing story that blended Greek and Middle Eastern mythology, magic, and fantasy. The world that was created is absolutely fascinating! I love the idea of a world divided into two different parts where in one part the sun shines all the time, Solis, and another part where the nighttime rules with only three moons for illumination, Nocturne. Each area has its own inhabitants and they stay separated for the most part but things were slowly changing and not for the better. The pacing of Nocturne was just perfect and I loved all the characters in this story. The story itself is narrated from different perspectives and I always love getting the inside scoop from characters about how they are feeling or their plans. Soooo good! Overall, Nocturne is a wonderful start to the Fourth Talisman series and it definitely will have you begging for more.
*Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours and Author Kat Ross for this complimentary copy of Nocturne*
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