(Fourth Talisman, #3)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: June 15th 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
In the third volume of the Fourth Talisman series, the hunt is on for the three daevas whose powers saved the world once before….
On the White Sea, realm of smashers and sea monsters, a ship is carrying Nazafareen and Darius to the Isles of the Marakai, where the wise woman Sakhet-ra-katme has guarded the secret of the talismans for centuries. But another is searching too, a daeva born in the brutal prison of the Kiln, who plans to use the talismans to free the Vatras and their mad king. When their paths collide at the emperor’s lavish palace in Tjanjin, Nazafareen and Darius face their deadliest and most cunning foe yet.
In the mountain fastness of Val Moraine, the Pythia’s minions are on the scent of another talisman, this one from the Danai clan. Trapped behind a thick wall of ice, everyone’s going slightly mad—the perfect cauldron of suspicion and betrayal for Thena, who sees a chance to redeem her failure and bring the talisman back to Delphi. Then she’ll be free to indulge her twisted obsession with Darius—and make him pay.
And in Samarqand, Javid is drawn into the treacherous currents of a royal succession. When the old king dies and his son takes the throne, the depths of the prince’s depravity become clear. A journey north reveals the source of the spell dust he’s addicted to—and leaves Javid with an impossible choice.
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’s the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day, the Fourth Element fantasy trilogy (The Midnight Sea, Blood of the Prophet, Queen of Chaos), and a new gaslamp mystery series that opens with The Daemoniac and continues with The Thirteenth Gate. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. For more information about Kat’s books, come visit her at katrossbooks.com.
Rating: 4 stars
Date Read: 7/6/18
Okay, so I’ve mentioned this in I think in both the reviews for the previous books, but I still really love Nazafareen! But again, I still feel like I don’t see enough of her between all the POVs, which kind of sucks. At the same time I do really like having all the view points because we do get to know so many characters pretty well and see so many aspects of the story. My usual issue with multiple POVs is they mess up the flow of the story or I just get so invested in one story that I don’t want to switch, but like I said, I really enjoy every single character and part of the storyline so it works very well for this book.
And when I say I love every character, I am including the “bad guys.” Culach, Nicodemus, and even the Pythia. Culach I’m believe was the bad guy in the series that comes before this one (which I haven’t read yet), but he has had a lot of, I can’t really say redeeming moments since I haven’t seen him in a such a bad light, so I guess I’ll say would-be redeeming moments. And I just have a soft spot in my heart for fire wielders (maybe stemming from Pokémon?), so I have really been sympathizing with Nicodemus and the majority of the Vatras. Plus finally getting a look into life in the Kiln, it’s so hard not to feel bad for them. And the Pythia. I really didn’t like her for the obvious reasons in the first book, but after finding out who she is… well she’s still a pretty horrible person I guess, but she’s a great character.
This book had a much faster pace and a lot more action than the previous two, which of course I appreciate. There’s been a lot of build up and people just trying to figure out what is going on and what to do, and this is a really nice change of pace. I am extremely excited to see what happens in the next book, especially with Javid! I have to say that his discovery right at the end was very unexpected and I don’t know what I would even want him to do about the situation, and oh my gosh, I so hope he is able to meet up with a certain other character who is also looking for him.