Thursday, February 8, 2018

Book Shelf: Nocturne (Fourth Talisman #1) by Kat Ross

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!

More info on Goodreads......

Nocturne is the first novel in Kat Ross’s new Fourth Talisman series and is a passionate and riveting action packed fantasy that will draw readers into a world of danger, deception and powerful forces.

Nazafareen is a Breaker, a mortal with the rare ability to break spell magic, though the power comes at a high price. Living amongst a clan of daeva’s with no memory of her former self or the life she led, Nazafareen’s only choice is to journey to the city of Samarqand in the hopes that someone may have the ability to restore her memories. Yet her journey comes with a cost; leaving Darius, the only person Nazafareen trusts and knows cares about her, but to rediscover who she is Nazafareen feels she has no choice. Dangers lurk in the desert and with war looming between difference factions, Nazafareen is about to discover there are bigger threats at play than she could ever have anticipated.

I have to admit when I first heard there would be a second series once again following Nazafareen and Darius I was a bit perplexed. Not because I didn’t love the characters—I do, very, very much so—but because I felt their story had been told in the Fourth Element series perfectly. Surely there wasn’t anything new Ross could bring to this world revolving them, right? Eh….. WRONG!

Nocturne was an absolutely thrilling addition to this tantalizing world. Offering readers a deeper look into the world on the other side of the Dominion, Nocturne explores new clans of daeva’s and different societies in this first novel of a new series. There are new branches and divisions of this diverse world introduced with new faces and voices brought into the story.

Personally, I don’t think you need to have read the first trilogy to follow along, although having done so will allow you a better understanding and appreciation of the characters and what they have previously been through. I loved seeing a new side of the daeva’s that didn’t involve their enslavement and instead saw them masters of their own societies. I’m looking forward to exploring this world of magic more in the rest of the series.

Unfolding in the third person, Nocturne one again follows Nazafareen more than anyone else, but also follows Darius and many other characters. I was shocked to discover myself absolutely coming to adore Culach as well as his relationship with Mina. Honestly he’s now quite possibly my fave character and considering he was considered a villain in the past trilogy, this is saying something about Kat Ross’s writing ability.

Fast paced, exciting and with so much going on, Nocturne was a superb read and leaves me dying to delve into the next novel Solis as soon as I can!

Source: Sent for review by Xpresso Book Tours and author (Thank you ladies!)
Publisher: Acorn
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date: October 17th 2018
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks
Final Thoughts: Kat Ross always thrills me and I can't wait to read more of this series as soon as possible!


  1. Thank you, thank you, Rachel! I know, I love Culach too, he has such a great story arc and so much more coming. I do have a weakness for trying to redeem initially unpleasant characters, though for others, like Thena and the Oracle, it's more "how batsh*t crazy can we get?" lol. Anyway, love this review, you are the best!

    1. I just finished reading Solis too! Can't wait for more!

  2. This sounds like a great read! Glad you liked it, Rachel!


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