As the undead sweep across the empire, Nazafareen and Darius enter the Shadowlands to answer the summons of the demon queen and the rescue Darius’ father, Victor. While Nazafareen struggles with her new powers that she doesn’t understand, they make their way to the house-beyond-the-veil, but will they be ready for what they find there?
This is the conclusion to the Fourth Elements series by Kat Ross. I stumbled across the first novel originally through a Goodreads Firstreads giveaway. I’m so extremely glad that I did, though I am sad that this is the last installment.
While Nazafareen and Darius journey through the Shadowlands, we discover that it is in some ways like wandering through a dark forest with a canopy that blocks the sunlight. It quickly becomes clear the dangerous nature of the Shadowlands.
Meanwhile, Tijah and her group pf daeva children are making their way across a dangerous landscape on their way to Gorgon-e-Gaz with a desire to free their parents. Along the way they encounter enemy soldiers, Tijah fights the desire to join her fallen daeva, as well as, her developing feelings toward the oldest of her companions.
The writing of this novel mirrors the writing of the first two. It is fast- paced and exhilarating. The action is nearly nonstop, but with that considered, there was still plenty of times that the characters showed their softer side. Spending a lot of time in the company of Darius’ mother and father, was also quite enlightening. Seeing his mother truly open up and show her true character and her true thoughts away from the press of a master allowed her to become more real for me as the reader.
I was shocked by the revelations behind the demon queen’s obsession with Victor. Also, I was in no way prepared for the revelations regarding the origins of the daeva.
I am disheartened that this is the end of the Fourth Element series, however, I am also hoping that there may one day be another book that further delves into the continued lives of all of the characters. I also hear that there is another series attached to this, now available. I will be considering reading this series, as well as, other works by this author.
I highly enjoyed this novel and this series in its entirety. I have given this novel five out of five stars and would recommend this novel to fans of fantasy.
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