Blood of the Prophet
(The Fourth Element #2)
Publication date: September 12th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
*there may be some spoilers for book 1 within this synopsis*
Visionary. Alchemist. Savior. Saint.
The Prophet Zarathustra has been called many things. Now he spends his time drawing pictures of weird-looking goats. That’s what happens when you’ve been stuck in a prison cell for two hundred years. But the man who might be mad, and is definitely supposed to be dead, has suddenly become very valuable again…
It’s only been a few weeks since Nazafareen escaped the King’s dungeons with her daēva, Darius. She hoped never to set foot in the empire again, but the search for the Prophet has led them to the ancient city of Karnopolis. They have to find him before Alexander of Macydon burns Persepolae, and Darius’s mother with it. But they’re not the only ones looking.
The necromancer Balthazar has his own plans for the Prophet, and so does the sinister spymaster of the Numerators. As Nazafareen is drawn in to a dangerous game of cat and mouse, her newfound powers take a decidedly dark turn. Only the Prophet understands the secret of her gift, but the price of that knowledge may turn out to be more than Nazafareen is willing to pay…
You can read our review of The Midnight Sea if you’re still catching up!
Expanding on the world of the first book and delving further into some of the characters, plus a myriad of relationships, Blood of the Prophet keeps the pace up for the most part, with a few meandering stops to explore the nuances of a world in the throes of a great war. Though it never got in the way of the plot, there is a bit more romance in this installment, as well as some tougher subjects such as the politics of the Numerators, Magi and the like, not to mention child slavery and prostitution and the many shades of grey in a time rather far removed from our own. Ross has a great talent for seamlessly blending fantasy and magic, without forgoing the feel of historical fiction. Meticulous in such a pleasant way that I can’t help but admire her attention to detail, the journey to Karnapolis and the city itself made for a great backdrop to this story. Once again giving our hearts a bit of a stabbing, BotP makes you want to pull the covers over your head even as you keep turning the pages and peeking. I wish the third book was out right now because that was a heckuva cliffhanger m’lady. Recommended for ages 15 and up, this fantasy series will appeal to fans of fae of all kinds, and badass female mc’s.
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 lives in Westchester with her kid and a few sleepy cats. Kat is also the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day (Skyscape, 2014), about a world where the sea levels have risen sixty meters. She loves magic, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Preferably with mutants.