Author: Laura Thalassa
First in the 4 Horsemen Series
New Adult Paranormal Romance
They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all.
When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed.
Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed.
Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him.
And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she’ll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.
Let me begin by telling you guys, how much I adore books about the 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse…the lore, that evilness but not quite that (they are just doing what they are supposed to do which is bring about the end of the world.. no biggie right?) that always manages to captivate me.. I’m twisted like that.. and if you wrap them up in a paranormal romance… I’m obviously going to pick that book up… it’s just a fact..
So of course, after reading that blurb I was not going to pass this up, and I’m glad I didn’t… I know that this book won’t be a book for everyone, I’m warning you, it’s bloody, it has torture and I mean gory torture, violence and the theme of it (the relationship, the whole air and feel of the story) has quite a dark undertone. It’s the Apocalypse through and through and the first horsemen to come and wipe humankind out it’s our “dear” Pestilence… and he is very good at what he does, there’s no hiding and no way out..
After a setting like that it’s amazing to think how you can make a scary mass murderer like that a redeemable figure but let me tell you Laura Thalassa does it, and it’s so cleverly done.. you feel sorry for him, you feel sympathetic to his cause (because let’s be honest from time to time don’t we all wonder if we deserve to be saved after all the s”#$ things we do?) and then after a while on their journey you see his inner struggle, his hesitation, his conviction to what his task is but how much it weights on him… and you just want to cuddle that adorable killer… Does it sound crazy?? it does, but if you have read this you know what I mean. If you don’t just go read it and then we’ll talk..
I really liked Sara, she was the perfect lead for this, she’s strong, resilient (and she has to be for certain.. otherwise she wouldn’t have survive at all) And her sense of humour was what made so many of the horrible things she was living through bearable…for her and for us… How she made Pestilence slowly awaken to a sort of humanity within him was very well done..
“A woman should not be oddly pleasing. She should be a ball-busting, skull-crushing, badass motherfucker who is impossible to forget.”
How their relationship develops with all the inner conflict that it would logically bring (the man you are becoming attracted to is wiping out humanity after all) it doesn’t get pushed aside easily with love which I truly enjoyed, you feel the confusion, the pain in both of them each from their own perspectives and you just want them to overcome it.
“Last night I could not decide which you were—a tonic or a toxin,” he says. “Today I’ve discovered you’re both.”
What detracted a bit of enjoyment from the story for me was that it is a kind of a journey type story and I don’t usually complain about this but in this case it got a bit repetitive.. they just did the same things over and over. I do understand why this had to be like that but it got a bit tiring. I wasn’t a huge fan of how Sara was always referring to how beautiful Pestilence was.. It was too much.. she says it all the time through the whole book.. it got on my nerves a bit. Also the ending came rushing out of nowhere to me, maybe because at that point I was used to the slow pacing that this book has and all of a sudden things just happened and Bam, it’s over… It felt weird to me.
This is a dark tale, with so much violence and suffering but it’s also a tale about forgiveness, redemption, understanding, of change, and of course love and the power and deeper meaning all of these traits have for us all.. Even with the flaws I pointed out within this book i would still recommend it if you want to read something that will mess with your heart and your head…