The Midnight Sea
Children/Young Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)
Magic, romance and an epic war between good and evil come together in this first installment of a trilogy set in ancient Persia. The story follows Nazafareen and her captive daeva, Darius. As they pursue a deadly foe across the arid waste of the Great Salt Plain to the glittering capital of Persepolae, unearthing the secrets of Darius's past along the way, Nazafareen is forced to question his slavery—and her own loyalty to the empire.
Plot/Idea: 3 out of 10
Originality: 2 out of 10
Prose: 3 out of 10
Character/Execution: 2 out of 10
Overall: 2.50 out of 10
In Ross’ dry fantasy, Nazafareen, a poor girl who has lost her younger sister to a demon attack, leaves her village(4) in order to become a demon-fighting soldier. Despite the first person narrator, Nazareen is a hard character to connect with due because Ross tells the reader about Nazafareen’s emotions rather than showing her experiencing them. Most scenes are full of an overwhelming amount of dialogue with little action.
Date Submitted: June 15, 2016