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review 2016-09-26 01:54
Blood of the Prophet (The Fourth Element #2) by Kat Ross
Blood of the Prophet (The Fourth Element) (Volume 2) - Kat Ross
I actually had the luck to read both Blood of the Prophet, and it's predecessor, back to back. So I can honestly tell you that this book is a stellar follow up to the first in the series. It's not often that a second book captures my attention more than the original, but in this case that was absolutely true. Nazafareen and Darius completely stole my heart in this book, and the ending just left me breathless for more.
 
See, my biggest issue with the first book was that it moved along so quickly that there wasn't a lot of time for character development. There was so much that needed to be set up, so many puzzle pieces to lay, that I felt like Nazafareen and Darius just didn't get enough time to flourish. In Blood of the Prophet that was easily remedied. These two felt like real people to me this time around, which made this book all the more exciting to read. I could see the link between them, and not the man made one, grow and strengthen. I also saw huge growth on an individual level in each of them too. It was wonderful to see them finally become the characters that I knew they should be, and even more fun to watch their adorably awkward banter with one another. Ah, budding love.
 
Points also go to this second book because Kat Ross didn't feel the need to rehash all of the things that she had already laid in place. The pacing here, therefore, is much better. Action meshes beautifully with story line, and it makes for a read that is engrossing without feeling too rushed. Best of all, there's a lot more of the history of the Druj uncovered here. In fact, the amount of curve balls that Ross dropped throughout this book had me on edge. If Nazafareen felt blindsided, I was right there with her. Bravo.
 
There is a lot dealt with in this book, but the main point always winds its way back around to the idea of good vs. evil. Whether that's an inherent trait, or something that is fostered through ages of deceit. I loved how many realistic issues Ross was able to bring into this story. From prostitution, to slavery, back around to misogyny. Wrapped up in Fantasy or not, these are still shown as very real questions of morality, and it's intriguing to watch the characters deal with these things in their own ways.
 
So, final verdict? This is an absolutely stunning second book and, truth be told, I enjoyed it much more than the first in the series. Blood of Prophet definitely deserves your time and, therefore, so does the entire Fourth Element series so far!

 

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review 2016-09-24 13:00
Book Tour Review for the book Blood of the Prophet.
Blood of the Prophet (The Fourth Element) (Volume 2) - Kat Ross

Blood of the Prophet
Kat Ross
(The Fourth Element #2)
Publication date: September 12th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Visionary. Alchemist. Savior. Saint.

The Prophet Zarathustra has been called many things. Now he spends his time drawing pictures of weird-looking goats. That’s what happens when you’ve been stuck in a prison cell for two hundred years. But the man who might be mad, and is definitely supposed to be dead, has suddenly become very valuable again…

It’s only been a few weeks since Nazafareen escaped the King’s dungeons with her daēva, Darius. She hoped never to set foot in the empire again, but the search for the Prophet has led them to the ancient city of Karnopolis. They have to find him before Alexander of Macydon burns Persepolae, and Darius’s mother with it. But they’re not the only ones looking.

The necromancer Balthazar has his own plans for the Prophet, and so does the sinister spymaster of the Numerators. As Nazafareen is drawn in to a dangerous game of cat and mouse, her newfound powers take a decidedly dark turn. Only the Prophet understands the secret of her gift, but the price of that knowledge may turn out to be more than Nazafareen is willing to pay…

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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.

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My Review

 

 

I thought this book was even better than the first one. And of course another person I really liked a lot had to die. While the death in the first book was sad, the one in this one was heartbreaking. 

 

I really loved Darius and Nazafareen relationship in the first book but wow it's even more intense in this one. I don't really like Darius's mother at all, Maybe that will change in the next book. One thing I didn't like at all is that Victor doesn't have hardly any book time in this book.

 

I am torn when it comes to how I feel about Balthazar. I know his done a lot of bad things but it seems like his not happy with some of the things he did. I also think his not really into hurting the Prophet. So I hope that he switches sides in the last book.

 

And of course I can't stand Queen Neblis at all, she is a really awful individual. I don't feel like she has any feelings at all. Maybe at one time in her life she did but not anymore. I do think Victor is the only one she has feelings for and that is hate. But at one time it probably was love. 

 

I hope in the last book Victor plays a bigger part in the book. Like I mentioned above that's what upset me, and that's why it got half a star taken off. 

 

I got this book for free for the purpose of giving my honest opinion on how I felt about this book. And for taken part of the book tour for this book.

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text 2016-08-31 22:32
September 2016 TBR
Mammoth: A Novel - Douglas Perry
The Apostates - Lars Teeney
Song of Princes (Homeric Chronicles Book 1) - Nadège Richards,Regina Wamba,Janell Rhiannon
It - Stephen King
Esio Trot - Quentin Blake,Roald Dahl
A Mortal Song - Megan Crewe
The Memory Thief - Bryce Moore
The Midnight Sea - Kat Ross
Blood of the Prophet (The Fourth Element) (Volume 2) - Kat Ross
Kubrick's Game - Derek Taylor Kent,Lane Diamond,Lina Rivera

I need someone to follow me around while I'm checking my email and smack me on the hand every time I agree to do a new blog tour. *sigh* Pretty much all of these books are review books for tours, or that I agreed to read for the authors themselves. It's not that I'm not excited about most of them! I am! I'm just bummed because somewhere in here I also have to fit some bingo books. September is going to be a challenging month.

 

Cool things about next month though:

 

* The IT re-read is with the Horror Aficionados group on Goodreads, which I'm super stoked for.

 

* Esio Trot is part of a HUGE blog tour in honor of Roald Dahl's birthday next month, which is going to be really really awesome! A ton of prizes will be given away.

 

* Kubrick's Game is a new book by an author that I helped out a ton before he worked his way into YA (he wrote MG books), and I get to provide one of his first 10 reviews. I feel special <3.

 

Wish me luck! This is going to be an intense reading month.

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review 2015-03-26 04:51
4.5*
Vision in Silver - Anne Bishop

The only thing that I can really say is....

I can't fucking wait for the next one!

 

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review 2015-03-25 03:33
4* for an awsome read!
Murder of Crows - Anne Bishop

This book revolves around the uprising of conflict between the Others and humans.

 

The only thing I am going to say is that I regretted that I had to go to sleep without completing this book.

 

Plot-5*

Cast-4*

Writing-4.5*

Alpha Female rating-4*

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