(Fourth Talisman, #5)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: March 15th 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
In the last volume of the Fourth Talisman series, the worlds of the living and the dead collide in a final confrontation that will leave Nocturne and Solis forever changed….
Three talismans adrift.
Two mad kings.
One poisonous crown.
As dark forces gather at the Rock of Ariamazes in Samarqand, Nazafareen discovers that there are worse places than the afterlife. The twisted creature pulling the Vatras’ strings is holed up in the deepest level of the Dominion—and only she has the power to follow him there, though at the potential cost of her own soul.
Prophecy claims the three daeva clans must unite to face their greatest enemy again, but two of the talismans have vanished and the third is a child more used to skulking in the shadows than leading an army. Meb the Mouse might be their last hope—if anyone bothers to take her seriously.
And within the confines of the Rock, a dying king makes a pact with the devil, setting in motion a chain of events that could spell doom for friends and foes alike.
WARNING: This book contains twists and turns, richly deserved comeuppances, shocking revelations, knock-down, drag-out fights, obsessive stalkers, some very nasty monsters…and, of course, true love.
3.5/5So It starts with a strange group of people approaching the Gates. When their request to speak to the king is denied, they start burning down the kingdom. When the King realizes who they are, he welcomes them with open arms. He is power hungry and will do what it takes to learn how to harness more. Garius wants revenge on the everyone else and uses this alliance to get what he needs to enact it.
When I first started reading this story, I felt like I was reading about ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt. It was full of names and themes that seemed so familiar. I really like Javid's character. He seemed the most real/relatable person. The story was good. My biggest problem was that I never got sucked in. The more I read, the more I kept hoping that it would get more something. The problem is that I don't really know what it is that just kept it meh for me.
The characters were great. The storyline was really interesting. I did not read the first few books, and I do not know if that affected it or not. There were alot of characters and I had some difficulty keeping them all straight. A Lot of the names were so similar, I kept backing up to see if I missed something. I might go and start the series from the beginning and see if that helps.
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.
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