Nocturne introduced me to a new world of epic proportions, and don't think I've even seen it all yet. The Fourth Talisman appears to be a continuation of a previous series - there was mention of events that I hadn't read yet. And while it made me curious, I don't feel like it took away from my enjoyment of the current adventure. (But I do want to go see what happened before now.)
The world of Nocturne is divided into three elements and the people that have an affinity for manipulating them. Earth, Wind, and Water. Nazafareen has lost all her memories after an adventure in the Dominion with Darius (the previous series I think), and we find her struggling to accept her new life. But she hasn't quite left her old life behind. (And here I apologize because I can't begin to spell the names of the various elemental sects.) The wind people who live high in the frigid mountains are out for revenge - again something that happened in the previous series - but we learn just enough to understand their motivation.
This revenge sets the stage for Nazafareen's adventure as she runs from her new community to try and keep them safe. Her travels take her to the land of Solis and the city of Delphi, and introduced me to Javid (who is amazing). The settings and characters really jump off the pages and I have already jumped right into the second book
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