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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The King takes us back to the very first couple in The Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Wrath and Beth. I really loved these two, and I was excited to see an entire book revisiting their relationship and showing that there's still life after the initial HEA. And that life isn't always roses.
As the war with the Lessening Society rages on with no end in sight and the Band of Bastards has taken a toll on the king himself. When Wrath makes the announcement that he wants no children to follow him into this life, it comes at a time when Beth was deciding that children were something she desperately wanted to have.
I feel like this was one of the most "real" issues faced in the series so far. I imagine many married couples end up on opposite sides of the having kids coin for various reasons. It made them seem like like fictional characters or more like a couple that could be living right next door (minus the whole everyone is out to kill them part).
Both seek their friends and family for advice - some of which was quite on point and some of it was quite hilarious. There's a lot to consider before bringing a child into the world, and I think Ward did an excellent job of highlighting that part of the relationship between Wrath and Beth.