They are the light against the darkness.
The steel against the necromancy of the Druj.
And they use demons to hunt demons….
Nazafareen lives for revenge. A girl of the isolated Four-Legs Clan, all she knows about the King’s elite Water Dogs is that they leash wicked creatures called daevas to protect the empire from the Undead. But when scouts arrive to recruit young people with the gift, she leaps at the chance to join their ranks. To hunt the monsters that killed her sister.
Scarred by grief, she’s willing to pay any price, even if it requires linking with a daeva named Darius. Human in body, he’s possessed of a terrifying power, one that Nazafareen controls. But the golden cuffs that join them have an unwanted side effect. Each experiences the other’s emotions, and human and daeva start to grow dangerously close.
As they pursue a deadly foe across the arid waste of the Great Salt Plain to the glittering capital of Persepolae, unearthing the secrets of Darius’s past along the way, Nazafareen is forced to question his slavery—and her own loyalty to the empire. But with an ancient evil stirring in the north, and a young conqueror sweeping in from the west, the fate of an entire civilization may be at stake.
*Review copy received in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*
I went into this book with not very many expectations, mainly because I hadn’t ever heard of this book before, but the blurb seemed interesting and it had a good GR rating. But, I grossly underestimated how good this was gonna be because I was totally BLOWN AWAY.
I loved this book. I loved it so very much! It’s ah – mazing! So, so, so good. If you’re a fantasy fan, YOU HAVE GOT TO PICK THIS UP! It is really good!
I love the plot and the characters and the writing and the setting and every damn thing about this! I love the world building. It is very artistically done and it’s never over the top. I like it. We were eased into the story and the world because the protag herself didn’t know much about it and we learned as she learned and that was great!
The book revolves around a lot of themes of slavery which, while a little hard to digest, give the book a lot of depth and make us read between the lines about so many more things than just what is shown. It’s a struggle and sometimes it feels like everyone is in the wrong and that’s kind of exhilarating.
The characters are great! They’re all in different walks in life and they’re so different from each other and they’ve all got a lot of heart. I admire that. They’re thrown in many tumultuous situations and they have to make hard decisions. They tell us a lot about the characters themselves and the way they are.
I particularly love how the romance builds. It’s not insta love and it’s not grand declarations of love. The love develops slowly as the characters spend more time together and get to know each other and realize that they’re in love. The sub plot surrounding the forbidden romance is amazing as hell and I love how the whole situation is shown in the book.
This is an absolutely amazing read and I’ll definitely be reading more of Kat Ross in the future! You should too!