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Nocturne by Kat Ross - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

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Kat Ross
(Fourth Talisman, #1)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: October 15th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Nocturne, a wilderness of eternal night.
Solis, a wasteland of endless day.
Nazafareen is a Breaker, a mortal who has the rare ability to shatter spell magic—although her power carries a high price. With the memories of her former self erased and nowhere else to turn, she comes to Nocturne hoping to start a new life under the triple moons of the darklands.
But when an assassin forces Nazafareen to flee to the sunlit mortal city of Delphi, she finds herself embroiled in a deeper mystery whose origins lie far in the past. Why was the continent sundered into light and dark a thousand years before? And what really happened to the elegant but ruthless creatures who nearly reduced the world to ashes? The new Oracle might know, but she’s outlawed magic and executes anyone caught practicing it. Nazafareen must hide her powers and find a way out of the city—before it’s too late.
As the net slowly tightens, something ancient and vengeful begins to stir in the arid death zone called the Kiln. A dashing daeva named Darius is pursuing Nazafareen, but so are a multitude of enemies. War is brewing again. Can she stay alive long enough to stop it?
So begins the first installment in an epic new fantasy series from the author of the Fourth Element Trilogy!

My Review
Nocturne is the first book in the Fourth Talisman series.While it technically stands alone from the Fourth Element trilogy, I would suggest reading those books as well, just to have a more firm understanding of the characters and the world they live in.

I went into Nocturne blind. I hadn't read any of the other books by Kat Ross, but Nocturne sounded intriguing enough, so I figured I'd give it a whirl. Plus, that cover is gorgeous.

Nocturne follows Nazafareen, a mortal girl who has a special ability. She can break magic, even though she has none of her own to use. Unfortunately for her, though, her ability has caused some serious damage. Not only can she not remember anything that happened, but she's now living in Nocturne, where it's always dark and three moons shine down.

Nazafareen only has one person who seems to like her. Everyone else mostly tolerates her. Her friend, Darius, tries to keep her safe and away from anything (or anyone) that might harm her or set her off (also harmful), but Nazafareen is desperate to get answers and doesn't always want Darius acting like some sort of helicopter parent.

When an assassin comes for her in Nocturne, she knows it's time to leave. Refusing to tell Darius, Nazafareen sets off, hoping she can find someone to help her unravel the mysteries of her mind aka her erased memories.

Nazafareen's journey, though, does not go as planned, and she ends up stranded in a city where a mysterious figure known as The Oracle is leading the charge against magic users and people with magic abilities. Nazafareen must become someone else if she wants to stay safe and make it out of the city alive.

Nocturne is a really good story. Even though I hadn't previously read any of the other stories featuring these characters, I was immediately drawn in and curious to see how things would play out.

Let me tell you, this book is a whirlwind of emotions. Lots of drama, action, and even some romance. I thoroughly enjoyed following Nazafareen on her journey, and I knew I'd be rooting for her the entire way.

The characters are all really well-written. Like I said above, I really liked Nazafareen. She's a character you can't help but want to see good things happen to. I felt kinda bad for her at times. I also really liked Darius. He seemed like a good guy. The Oracle is an awful person, though. Definitely did not like.

Plot-wise, the book sucks you in and doesn't let go. I was eager to see how it would end, and I was not disappointed. I'm so looking forward to the next book in the series.

Overall, I'm giving Nocturne 4.5 stars. I can't wait for more!
Author Bio:
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


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  1. Thanks so much for hosting me, Jasmine, I'm so glad you liked Nocturne! And I'm really happy to know you followed the story and characters without having read the first series, I worked hard to make it a fresh entry without too many spoilers (in case anyone wanted to go back and check out the others). Anyway, I love this review. The Oracle is definitely awful, lol and gets even worse :)

  2. Thanks for being on the tour! This sounds like a well written, emotional read and very character driven, too!


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