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Blood of the Prophet

(The Fourth Element #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,474 ratings  ·  164 reviews
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 sin
Paperback, 337 pages
Published September 12th 2016 by Acorn Publishing
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Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
I received an ecopy in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

I was very pleased when I got the chance to read the sequel of this series! The setting, the world-building and the mythology behind the story had me hooked from the first book and I am pleased to say that the sequel doesn't disappoint!

As Nazafareen and Darius race against time to save the Prophet, dark forces gather in the upcoming battle between empires but also good against evil. The surprises don
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
***** 4 Stars *****

Blood of the Prophet has less action compared to the first book. The first half of the journey is about Nazafareen and her friends waiting, planning, and searching for the Prophet.

The story also occasionally switches to Balthazar's POV. I enjoyed going into his mind and discovering his past. Understanding his thirst for knowledge and learning about his relationship with the evil queen.

For me, I wish this story moved a little faster. Some areas could of been condensed or omi
Laura P.
*I received a free copy of the e-book from Xpresso in exchange for an honest review*

With Blood of the Prophet Kat Ross delivered another fantastic installment in her enthralling fourth element series.

"I knew all too well that it did no good to bolt the door against one's grief. It would simply lurk on the threshold and if you didn't come out it would kick the door down and things would go much harder for you"

The book starts right where The Midnight Sea had left us, with Alexander reading his
4.5 stars

A little slower than the first book but still very good. I did not skim.

Finally the hero and heroine fall in love and much happens. War, and the heroine's true power is revealed.

Again we have some really great antagonists who you can totally hate and even have a touch of sympathy for. Odd I know.

I love this series and although it is KU I am buying them.

Only one small criticism. The author forgets about the hero and heroine's disabilities in a few small sentences. One line says how Dari
Lonna | FLYLēF
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Original Post: Blood of the Prophet at FLYLēF (

MY ADMIRATION FOR Kat Ross grows with each new book I have the pleasure of reading. In her follow-up to The Midnight SeaBlood of the Prophet—comes an intricately plotted fantasy where she spins an incredible tale of self-discovery, survival, and justice, set in a gorgeously cinematic, alternative Persia.

After narrowly escaping death, Nazafareen and Darius, along with friends, Tijah and Myrri, immediately find themselves racing to
Chelsies Reading Escape
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
The writing was quick and easy but there was also some meaningful themes such as prostitution, slavery and religion that added some depth to the story. The characters were all well written with little quirks and traits that made them stand out. I loved the world but it could have been explained a bit better. Some of the confusion I had in the first book about the differences between species was clarified early in this sequel but in chapter 16 I got a little confused again.

Im assuming Revenants
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Major case of second book syndrome and it surprised me because this had a generally higher rating than the first book.
The major problem here was that it felt like we spent the major part of the book in the minds of the evil guys. There is the fact that for a short book there were too many villains with different agendas. It can be fantastic having several antagonist, as it is brilliantly demonstrated in Red Rising, Game of thrones or Black Prism, but this is a 300 pages book and and at least one
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy, historical fiction readers
And ... Goodreads decided to delete my review, keeping only the dates read & the 'Read' status ... because I criticized GR recently in a comment? The HELL? ...more
Alyssa Janine Busia
Blood of the Prophet is a gripping story full of lessons and exciting revelations.

On this second installment of The Fourth Element, the story takes to turn into more exciting and more dramatic events. After Nazafareen, Darius, and Victor escaped and went to the young king of Macydon named Alexander, they soon need to go again and searched for the Prophet. The only problem was that they need to go back to the empire, on the ancient city of Karnopolis, where she never wanted to set foot again. On
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
So this took me a day and maybe 2 hours to finish and I'm so glad I have the final book sitting on my shelf waiting for me because OH BOY

Despite having way less action than book 1, I think I enjoyed Blood of the Prophet a lot more because the first half of the book is basically all about planning, scheming and lots of intrigue, which I'm a big fan of.
I can see why many might find it boring because, yes, it is slow and could have been compressed a little but I personally didn't mind it at all.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
actually 3.5 stars. the plot in this book was a bit slow and lacked depth but just like the first book the characters are amazing!!!!!!

4 “Don’t break my bond” Stars

ARC provided by the author

Thank you!

Last May I read this super cool fantasy book about daevas, Drujs, Magis, Necromancers, Water Dogs, and I loved it. Once again, Kat Ross takes us back to this great world with awesome characters and unique elements, and she does a great job keeping as interested and wanting more.

For my review of the first book, go here.

In this sequel, we get to follow Nazafareen, Darius, Tijah and Myrri as they embark in a new adventure: rescuing Pr
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Okay, so, I officially love this series. This second volume starts off a bit disjointed thanks to the multiple switching viewpoints (I admit, I had a little trouble at first telling the two sociopathic POV antagonists apart, despite their different backgrounds), but it opens up the world and the magic system tremendously, and is just a damn good read.

One of the strengths of the books so far (besides the cool setting and the thought that has clearly gone into the world-building) are the sympathet
Jessica Therrien
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Even better than book one!! Gosh, I'm so glad I got to read this sooner than the rest of the of the perks of being an author is getting my hands on good reads before they are released. Seriously, this series is original & page-turning in a world so big and real it feels like LORD OF THE RINGS meets 300! I LOVE IT!! Bring on book 3! ...more
❥ Azzurra
12.18.2016: Great great great...and now?! 18th of January?! *_*

12.07.2016: I can't believe this...I'm so frigging excited right now. *_* I would have happily bought it because the first one was great but now they're giving it for free on amazon as the first in the series!!!!!!!

Slower than the previous book, and Nazafareen got on my nerves at times, but I still want to know what will happen.
***Disclosure: I received a free copy in exchange for a review.***

What's Good: picks up right after the first book leaves off, so it doesn't take much to fall right back into the flow. Kat Ross has a definite feel for portraying the scapes of Persia, and if you're not careful you'll miss more than a few historical references she slips in. The story is predictably straightforward but there's enough curves, angles and even a few revelations to keep you interested.

Character growth is mostly steady,
I did like this book a bit more than the first one, although not quite enough to bump it up to 4 stars. I like the main characters and the world well enough, but my predictions were right and I am forever cursed to obsess over side characters instead. It's an interesting enough story and I get why Nazrafeen has to be the main character, but still every time it mentions Victor, Alexander, or Lysandros my ears perk up and I'm like why aren't we following them instead. I do plan on finishing the se ...more
Diana Gugel
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good part 2.

Interesting second installment. Keeps you interested and sets you up to want more. “To be continued”— frustrating and exciting at the same time.
Maria Mantovani
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review: The Mantovanis Blog

“Blood of the Prophet” is the second volume of Kat Ross’ fantasy trilogy “The Fourth Element”, published by Acorn Publishing.

The book, published in 2016, starts where we left the main characters at the end of the first, so we find a tormented Nazafareen and Darius, as well as Tijah and Myrri, their friends. While in the previous volume the actions always took place in their kingdom, with only the perfidious Persian king as authority, here we see very well deepened als
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.

It took me a little while to get back into this because I was trying to pull up the memories of the first book. I had the general gist of The Midnight Sea in my head, but all of the different types of people confused me for at least 10%. Numerators? Magi? Immortals? Trying to figure out what they were – the roles they played and whose side they were on – within the story was confusing.

The switching of perspectives was a
Jacquie (Rattle the Stars)
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
Since reading The Midnight Sea last month, I just haven’t been able to stop gushing about how much I loved it – the characters, the world and the magic. It was EVERYTHING I look for in a fantasy book. So, you can just imagine how excited I was to receive an early copy of Blood of the Prophet to review. I had such high expectations and the book did not disappoint! If anything, it was even better than the first one and that’s saying something!

Blood of the Prophet picks up right where the first boo
Shelee at Book Reader Chronicles
I thought book one was an epic adventure filled with excitement and twists and turns, but BLOOD OF THE PROPHET comes in with double all of that - except now instead of non-stop action there's a heck of a lot of intrigue and plotting and working of the system. It is, absolutely, a crazy, intense ride of a story that continues Nazafareen's story. I couldn't have imagined this second book living up to the level that the first one did, but I was (thankfully) oh so very wrong.

Not only do we get back
Autumn Keesling
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s a testament to a great author when the sequel is better than its predecessor, and honestly, I didn’t think it could get much better than the Midnight Sea. Aahhhh-mazing!
just kat
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uno-2018
Not as good as the first but this was a much needed book in moving the story onwards. A lot happened and I'm glad all will be resolved in the next book (thank goodness it's just a trilogy!). I thought (view spoiler) I just hoped the author thought of a different way of doing it. ...more
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Caution, mild spoilers ahead.

A 4*

“The seeds of self-loathing had been planted when he was very young. It is not easy to change, even when our adult minds know better.”

I loved The Midnight Sea and I jumped to Blood of the Prophet right after finishing it. And I was mildly disappointed. Sadly, Kat Ross had the same thing happen to her series that happens to most writers. The second book in the series loses its charm and doesn’t have the same attractiveness as the first one.

Don’t get me wrong. I li
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ya, series, 5-star
This is the second book in the The Fourth Element series. I was excited to read this after the first one in the series: The Midnight Sea. And did Kat Ross deliver?

She did!

This book was thrilling and action packed, and not just mindless fighting that many authors tend to do. What the author manages to do here is weave a story that balances the physical action (the countless fighting scenes) and conceptual aspect. I really enjoy her style of writing where we can probe into the characters minds. Th
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-2018
For two centuries, the Prophet Zarathustra has been believed to be dead, his tomb a site of pilgrimage. Yet, for all this time, he has been imprisoned in a secret cell beneath Karnopolis, his continued existence a carefully guarded secret - a secret that has now become known to various parties, all of whom seek him for their own ends. Nazafareen and Darius, accompanied by Tijah and Myrri, need the Prophet to attempt to convince the Immortals of Persepolae to surrender or, failing that, to break ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
These covers are just so gorgeous I have falling in love with them so much!! This story is a continuation of book one The Midnight Sea. It picks up where book one left off and I have to say parts of it were kind of meh. If you are reading these back to back like I am, then you are going to find a LOT of things being said about book one. If its been a while since you read book one then you will be totally set!! As the author does a great job reminding you about things that happened in The Midnigh ...more
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