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Solis by Kat Ross
Release date: February 19th, 2017
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Genre: Fiction, fantasy
It’s been a thousand years since the Avas Vatras tried to burn the world to ashes. A thousand years since they were imprisoned in the brutal wasteland called the Kiln. But revenge is a dish best served cold—even, apparently, by the children of fire.
In Delphi, Nazafareen joins forces with the followers of Dionysius to rescue her friends from the Oracle’s dungeons and seek out the three talismans whose extraordinary powers stopped the Vatras before. With her own breaking magic growing stronger by the day, she must walk a razor’s edge to control her volatile temper. And if the Vatras find the talismans first, their last hope will die.
In the frozen wastes of the Valkirin range, Victor strikes an uneasy bargain with bitter enemies to keep his tenuous grip on the Maiden Keep. The other holdfasts are coming for him. But it’s a traitor within Val Moraine’s walls that may prove to be his downfall.
While Nocturne was more of a set-up book, establishing the world, key characters, the mysterious Vastras, Solis is totally full throttle ahead. Reading it was exhilarating and beyond fun. It’s one of the things I love most about Kat Ross’ books…they are always fast-paced. Not a single page is wasted in moving the characters and story along. It was seriously difficult to put down!
Without giving too much away about the first book (which if you haven’t read you really should), the story in Solis picks up where the previous book left off. There’s no waiting for the story to start or a long rehashing of what had come before. No, the story jumps right into it. The story largely revolves around the three talismans, which in the wrong hands, could lead to world destruction. I really liked how Ross wrote the Avas Vatras. These people just aren’t messing around! They are brutal and full of long built-up feelings of hate and revenge. I’m really looking forward to seeing just how far she’ll take these characters.
The characters continue to be my favourite part of this series. There are a lot of different points of view and usually, that would bother me, but not here! Ross does a fantastic job of balancing page time and creating transitions that feel organic and natural. Each character has a clear voice and unique personality. So, you without a doubt know which character the chapter focuses on. It’s also great because it really gives the reader a complete view of the story. And finally…..some more page time for my two favourite characters Nazafareen and Darius! Oh, my poor little heart!
Book three is going to be truly amazing. Solis pushed the storyline ahead, answered questions but threw even more at the reader. There are still so many mysteries that need to be unravelled! However, when I check Goodreads there isn’t any information about what comes next. Ahhhh…how am I going to handle this? I was so spoiled being able to read the first two books one after another. I guess I’ll just have to keep checking and perhaps start a re-read of the Fourth Element series?
About the Author
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.
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