The Midnight Sea by Kat Ross
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Meh, I hyped this one up way too much. That being said, it wasn't your run of the mill vampires and werewolves, so that was fun.
Nazafareen becomes a water dog (a soldier who hunta evil), after the death of her sister at the hands of a dark wraith like creature. All water dogs are bonded to a daeva (think Jinn-Demon mixed creature). Nazafareen is bonded to a particularly strong Daeva named Darius. They don't get along at first, but find they have more in common than they could have expected when... Well, shit hits the fan.
This story was intricate and the world building strong. Kat Ross allowed you to imagine every detail of the world in which humans and daeva must rely on cohabitation. I loved the mind link shared between water dog and daeva. Especially because the three main pairs we read about are each individually developed as their own character and also in respect to how they function as a pair.
That being said, compared to the side characters, I did not think Nazafareen and Darius shared a particularly strong bond. The book jumps from their beginning to around the 2 year mark where the romance starts to set in... Even though they rarely spend time together outside of training and missions. Don't get me wrong, I love a good romance, but there was no build up or understanding to their dedication and love towards each other whatsoever. That being said, I still enjoyed it once I started pretending there was a build up to their relationship and enjoyed it for what it was. Because I am a sucker.
Another criticism is that how often Nazafareen and Darius get caught. What are up guys doing? It irked me to no end.
Overall, decent. Kat is a fantastic writer and the second book sounds more fast paced and thrilling than the first! Will I read it? Eventually, I believe, if not solely for because the cover is gorgeous. I just need a little break from our main undeveloped pair's relationship for a bit.
Overall, I would recommend. I really would for those who like stories about Jinn or demons with human qualities.
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