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Book Review: "Pestilence (The Four Horseman Book 1)" By Laura Thalassa

Updated on April 8, 2018

Scroll past the blurb and the "buy now" information to read my review. Note: this review and all my other reviews contain ***NO SPOILERS!"""

Blurb

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.

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My Review

One of the most obvious things about me when you first meet me is that I am a huge nerd. This means, I like things like Star Trek, Doctor Who, superhero movies, video games, and Dungeons & Dragons. I'm especially obsessed with superhero movies. My husband and I watch every marvel movie as soon as they come out.

I'm also a hopeless romantic. These two things have combined to make me love to both write and read fantasy (or science fiction) romance novels. I don't get crushes on celebrities like other women might. All my crushes are on fictional characters. In particular lately, I've had a huge crush on Loki.

Sure, he's killed a lot of people. He's a really bad and tortured soul, but there's something compelling about his character. Magnetic. He's funny. It's easier to empathize with his faults and his fears than his perfect brother Thor. And you know if a guy like that falls in love with you he will be highly possessive and love you that much more because he's damaged. He's the villain.

Loki has a lot of other fangirls like me because sometimes you just can't resist the draw of an evil character. I've been obsessed with villains lately because of it.

So when I saw that someone had written a romance novel where the main character falls in love with a horrible harbinger of the apolcaypse, I had to read it. Immediately.

The cover is absolutely beautiful, the blurb intrigued me, and it is a popular novel on Amazon, so I had high hopes for it. I was not disappointed. I immediately became addicted to reading it and lost quite a bit of sleep as I was enraptured by it.

This book turned out better than I hoped it would be. All the things that people usually complain about in books were missing in this novel. It handled the subject matter so well that I am jealous that I didn't write it.

The character development was amazing. I am deeply attached to these characters now. They became real people to me as they changed through out the book and grew. The author did an amazing job of showing how horrifying Pestilence was, yet making both the reader and the main character fall slowly in love with him at the same time. Sara and Pestilence were both believable, dynamic, changing characters.

Sara was by no means a damsel in distress. Was she as strong as Pestilence, a deity? No, but yet she matched him and his strength in other ways. They both challenged each other a lot, seemed like perfect matches for each other. She endured a lot physically and emotionally through out the book and although it changed her, she came out better for it.

In fact, the characterization was so deep that it's almost agonizing. Because this author pulled off one of my favorite things to see in literature: ambiguous morality, it made the story torturous (in a great way!) Yes, we all want life to be black and white and easy, but it's so much more interesting when it's not. All the characters were an intense mixture of both good and bad, strengths and weaknesses. You find yourself both rooting for them and being tortured by their mistakes. Things get blurry and it becomes confusing, even to you as a reader. It's hard to distinguish when they are doing the right thing or the wrong one. Sometimes you are rooting for them and feel you should not be.

This is not a book for the faint of heart. There are scenarios in it that rip you emotionally to pieces to read. It's the end of the world, after all, and this harbinger of Pestilence is killing everyone, yet the main character (and the reader, lets be honest) also sympathizes with him at the same time. If this occurred in modern day real life, based on the location of the victims, me and most of my family and friends would be dead. But at the same time, knowing this, I still rooted for them.

This book is an amazing romance novel. It's about the power of love to transform people, but it's also even more than that because the author wasn't afraid to shy away from any topic. She purposefully had the characters talk about things that are usually considered impolite to discuss. There was not just discussions of morality, but also of philosophy and religion.

Yet none of it every came off as preachy. You might not agree with all of their conclusions, I certainly didn't, but it wasn't offensive. It was interesting, actually, because all their thoughts on morality and religion had such serious consequences for the book.

I studied Christianity, although I am agnostic now. I expected her to just glaze over the subject of God and the Bible in her book, but it wouldn't have made sense to do so since the story of the four horsemen comes from the Bible. I'm glad she saw necessity to include religion in it because it made the story richer and more interesting.

Every page I turned until the very end, I didn't know what was going to happen next. Every time I thought I understood the "routine" of the book, it would get flipped on its head.

This was one of the best books I ever read in my life. Not only am I going to read the next book in the series, for sure, but I am going to count the days until it is released. Laura Thalassa and her amazing writing skills and insight into the world, might be one of my new favorite authors.

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