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Pestilence (The Four Horsemen Book 1) Kindle Edition
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.
- ASIN : B07B6BRTJP
- Language : English
- File size : 3423 KB
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- Print length : 381 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 198666581X
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I struggled to get passed the fact it's basically Stockholm Syndrome in story form. He dragged her behind a horse until she was raw.... But she forgave him because he was hot.... Hell no. Like what the actual F.
I was hoping this story would turn around and she eventually got her senses and slaughtered him, but no. Even after he sl*t shamed her she still dumbly followed him because he was so attractive.
If i keep writing about how much I hated this book, I'll be here for days. If I had a fire pit, I'd use this book as fire wood.
Sorry, but it's got me so mad. Like I'm hoping the next one in the series isn't as bad as this book. Please don't make her ignore literally the most obvious physical abuse because the guy was "hot" or "otherworldly gorgeous". Please, I'm begging!
This is the first in the Four Horsemen series - set in a dystopian world, it follows Sara, a local small town firefighter with a penchant for the dark and macabre poetry of Poe, Lord Byron and Emily Dickinson, who tries to take down Pestilence as an act to save the world - only he gets the better of her, kidnaps her and takes her on his trek of destruction across Canada and the US.
And here are my own personal thoughts on the book. I really enjoyed this book, I think the author has put in a lot of time and thought into the views that Pestilence has about humanity ("Your hearts are hard and your minds are set on a selfish, destructive course."), how Sara reacts to his attacks and, in general, the world view on what humans are doing to the planet. This is all thought provoking whilst being a highly entertaining book - and I recommend it highly.
I'm giving it a solid 4.5 stars as the first in the series and look forward to reading how the other Horsemen deal.
I will admit that once you get past that part of the story it becomes a good storyline... but be warned this book is more than enemies to lovers.... Pestilence being a God has no human emotions as such and through the relationship he builds with Sara she helps him see the world in a way that is beyond his mere task to spread the plague.
Recommend reading 📚
Ok. So. This is a new romance series with alternating heroes, who happen to be the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Death, Famine, War, and Conquest. Though in Thalassa’s series, ‘Conquest’ is interpreted as Pestilence, and he is the first hero we meet – or rather, anti-hero.
I kept seeing this book crop up on Goodreads, and I admit – I enjoyed the juxtaposition of a very romance-y front cover with the title PESTILENCE in shiny gold font. I probably would have shrugged it off as a grab in bad taste, but then I saw the Goodreads star-rating of a whopping 4.08 with 9,464 ratings. Um. WHAT?! I had to know what this was about.
And, reader – I was shocked to discover that I LOVED every moment of ‘Pestilence’. I particularly loved imagining the author at a party, when someone’s all like; “Oh, you’re a romance writer! And what’s your latest book called?” And she’s just like: *sips martini* “Pestilence.”
Our heroine in this first book is Sara Burns who is a fire-fighter (I know, I know) amongst her station buddies, she draws the short straw to stay behind in her township and take-out the riding Horseman whose presence will immediately lead to death for everyone in the vicinity.
So, let’s get something straight; the disease Pestilence spreads simply by projecting and visiting a town is less STDs, and more air-born black plague and influenza viruses. There are boils and pustules though, and it’s definitely a gross death – but at least it’s hands-free, right?
Sara does indeed attempt to kill the Horseman, but then quickly realises that he’s immortal and unstoppable, and PISSED at the attempt on his life and that of his ‘loyal steed’. He decides to exact revenge on Sara by keeping her alive and forcing her to journey with him, spreading death and destruction.
Ok – fair warning – Pestilence and Sara’s first stages of romance are anything-but, and involve her trying to burn him alive and then him tying her to the back of his horse and dragging her along asphalt if she can no longer walk. Yeah. It’s gruesome. And a big part of me (much as I weirdly enjoyed this book?) always wanted them to circle back to the genesis of their courtship, like; “Remember when I went Salem Witch Trials on your ass and you nearly tore my arms off torturing me? Good times.”
But trust me – the relations do improve. Greatly. And this becomes a very hot and heavy romance, that I can really only think to liken to Briseis and Achilles in the atrocious 2004 mega-movie ‘Troy’, when Rose Byrne and Brad Pitt smouldered on the big-screen playing conqueror and conquest.
I mean. Never in my life did I think to read the line; “Standing on the other side of the room, his hair still dripping from the shower, is a very naked Pestilence,” would make me sit up and take notice but there you go. Thalassa makes it work, and kudos to her.
I will say the groundwork for the ‘Four Horsemen’ as a series with alternating heroes is a *little* weak, but mostly because Thalassa has left the Horsemen so open to interpretation … Sara and Pestilence do talk about God – but Pestilence confirms it’s an all-being type thing, and okay’s referring to God as a woman too. The Horsemen don’t have names so much as purposes, and it’s a little unclear how long they’ve been on earth for (I think they’ve been here all along, but only made their appearance known recently?) but Pestilence also implies that his “brothers” are currently sleeping … I don’t know. What I do know is; I am intrigued. And I am already calling it, that Death will probably be the Zsadist-esque (from ‘Black Dagger Brotherhood’ by J.R. Ward) most tortured bad boy and fan-favourite of the series.
I am only a little bummed that there’s no release date yet for second book ‘War’ – because, DAMN am I invested in this series now and I am 1000% committed to this erotic extravaganza of a biblical apocalypse.
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I’m trying to find a way to adequately convey how much I loved this book. I have been highly anticipating the release since I first heard about this book at the end of last year and the cover is just so beautiful too.
I loved everything about Sara’s Character, she is stubborn, brave, determined and compassionate and most of all not whiny or boring which was a refreshing change. I found connecting with her really easy. I liked how she was written, like an everyday run of the mill person who was living a normal life and until the world turned to shit. Lots of her inner thoughts had me laughing on more than one occasion.
Pestilence… damn.. he is such a complex character, sent to earth with one mission: to spread the plague which he does and it’s his singular focus until Sara. I liked the pacing the relationship between him and Sara, it was just right, I didn’t begin to like him until Sara did. Seeing him (through Sara’s eyes) slowly beginning to understand that humans aren’t just two-dimensional beings was really something.
The story itself was addictive I finished it in a day it was that good. There are many ups and downs, you get to see a variety of ways mankind acts when the worst has happened and they are not all good reactions and I really think that gave this story a real believable feel to it.
Overall this was a really epic read, one of my favorites of this year so far and I really can’t recommend this enough
The main characters are beautifully described, and their relationship is questionable but as the story develops, so does the relationship. The fact that she falls for the guy who's killing off human-kind seems to be the big NO-NO for some people. One reviewer somewhere once put it simply; would you really feel like humans deserved a place on this earth after what they have collectively done to it, and doomsday was around the corner? I have to say, that as much as it would pain me to die and lose everything, if judgement day was upon us, I could definitely understand.
The book is beautifully written, with laugh-out-loud moments. I found that I could really relate to Sara, and you really do feel involved with the complexity of the relationship. I particularly loved Ruth.
I would definitely give this book a read, even if you find yourself on the fence.
Basically this book was the mofoing BOMB! Like literally blew my mind away... I'm just so gutted it ended but I'm so glad the story stayed true to the characters and world building, I'm running out of ways to describe just how good this book made me feel and I would so re read this all over again (when my heart eventually recovers... Hopefully someday 😭♥️)
There is absolutely nothing I would do to change this story and the book, the cover for starters HELLOOOO art ! Love it! Then the story ... Gurrrrrl I can't even... This gurl just wrote her bloody socks off and you need to read it, like now!
Anyways I'm just going to go into a corner now and contemplate how any other book is going to even stand next to this... Ughhh what have you done Ms Laura !? 😂♥️
For real I wasn't expecting this AT.ALL... if you couldn't already tell, I have read some of her other books before (queen of all that dies, also another banger ! ) And was so gobsmacked with how good they were that I didn't imagine anything to top them but there I go underestimating this amazing author ! So now she has a fan for life hunnies 😂😂 thank you so so much for this and all your other amazeballz books and banter, love them, don't stop writing ♥️♥️♥️
As usual, this was excellently written and this author does have a style of writing that I find ever so easy to get lost in.
This is set five years into an apocalypse and I really appreciated the dystopian end of days vibe this had going for it.
I do think more could have been made of this particular backdrop and this is where this lost points for me.
I myself would have prefered less of the morality discussions and what is right and wrong good versus evil and more of a survivalist and action mindset to the narrative.
The constant ongoing journey at times could become monotonous as I felt we were reliving the same script on a continuous loop.
So this has Sara drawing the short straw and receiving the unwanted and unpleasant job of taking out pestilence who is sweeping the country spreading his plague far and wide.
As the Horseman, himself is actually the Almighty's holy weapon and himself immortal and as punishment for her actions, she now finds herself at his cruelly sadistic mercy, a prisoner of Pestilence's whim's made to pay by the object of her murderous intentions.
Initially, the interactions here between the two were extremely violent and cruel on both sides.
I think this was to showcase the gradual slip into something more than mutual apathy.
Sara is almost Pestilence's teacher on humanity he himself seems to have a limited understanding and empathy on the humans he is tasked with annihilating.
Up until now, he has only seen the bad never the good and as Sara slips under his skin he finds himself questioning his task much more.
At the onset here it's almost like he is just doing a job, an unpleasant one but a task that needs completing.
As he gets to know Sara and experience what it is actually like to live as a man and as a result become more human in the process experiencing his own emotions and longings he slowly starts to evolve into something more.
Despite his vast age at times he is almost like a child being slowly educating and breaking free from the parent, finding his own way, making his own decisions and starting anew.
This in itself was a journey of discovery as through Sara Pestilence learns Mercy, compassion, hate, Love and all that makes us human and fallible.
At times this was such a bleak tale with its utter hopelessness and heartbreak but this was then counterbalanced by the slowly emerging love.
This was also very slow burn which it did need to be due to Pestilence's lack of experience which also fit within the narrative.
The romance experienced here was really well done but I did sometimes feel a slight disconnect from it, I think maybe not having pestilence's POV contributed to this for me, I much prefer and appreciate if both sides are included in my romance.
I also wasn't a massive fan of the eventual conclusion here either and another observation I myself would have like Pestulance to be more bad-ass, the dude kept getting himself shot-up.
I would have imagined an age-old entity would have better self-preservation skills myself.
Also on a final note whats with that eventual name choice?
Finally, I did enjoy this and am most certainly planning to read the next in this series War and despite this not being my top book from this author it's still a solid well-written read that I am happy to recommend.
Now I feel very conflicted. A part of me loves the journey of the two characters fighting their very nature and overcoming everything to be together. Because that is the sum of the plot. But there is something missing for me which makes me frustrated because I can't pin point it.
I truly enjoyed Pestilence's brutal blunt honestly and genuine baffledness at Sara. I loved Sara's fire and her humanity. It was the light in a dark tunnel. They definitely balanced eachother.... Well eventually.
I feel like as a whole they had great chemistry and I really enjoyed the cat and mouse push and pull they had going on because it built the suspension making the tension almost unbearable. And honestly they had hilarious banter and bickering which had me laughing so hard.
Now I feel like it ended so abruptly there wasn't enough time to be prepared and I felt a little cheated by it. I also feel like as much as the character development was essentially the plot of the story... I feel like there could of been a little more in there in terms of plot.
But in saying all that... I honestly devoured this book so I don't know what I'm saying. I mean I enjoyed it and it is different to the usual romance plots which is exciting. But I felt something missing which has stuck with me but I can't pin point exactly what...
So it's 4 stars because I devoured this book and it made me feel all the feels and its written great.