Published by Laura Thalassa on March 20, 2018
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic 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.
(The Four Horsemen #1)
By Laura Thalassa
Pestilence made me question my path…
For the first time, Goodreads’ “likes” lead me to a book. A lot of people might be sitting reading this thinking *Duh, Sassy, that’s what Goodreads is all about*. Well, in this case, it was a little different. I had seen the name Laura Thalassa around the traps, and I had been meaning to check her out. I saw the cover of Pestilence, liked it and when I realised she had written it, I decided that this would be my starting point. So, I added it to my Want to Read shelf and instantly my friends liked it. Liked it so much that my curiosity was even more piqued. Obviously, other readers loved Pestilence or maybe it was Laura Thalassa? Either way, my one-click-finger was influenced and I bought without even checking out the blurb.
Thank you, Goodreads friends, I am grateful you lead me to The Four Horsemen series.
Wow!! Some books come into your life and give you a shiver up your spine. Pestilence gave me a shake/shimmy/shiver that rocked my foundations. I loved the author’s writing style, her characters and the storyline sucked me in from the very first page. Almost instantly my feelings and emotions were in tumult. On this journey, I felt anger towards a killer, that morphed into guilt…because I played a part in setting his path to destruction.
This is the type of story where you can’t help but look at yourself and wonder if you should change your path a little. Am I dooming our world by my thoughtlessness? Should I be showing more love and forgiveness to my fellow humans? Has my disillusionment with politics, media and bad people in general, turned me away from lending a helping hand? The facts are there, but what will be the turning point when we really accept that we’re killing the environment? Are we already doomed because of our greed and selfishness? I loved that Pestilence made me think.
Pestilence is a dystopian romance. I don’t read a lot of these types of stories but in this case, it made me think more paranormal romance than dystopian. Bossy alpha male who makes the rules and expects them to be obeyed. A feisty heroine who stands up for what she believes in. A connection that can’t be denied. These are all things I adore in my romance, so I was left very satisfied.
I don’t really want to go too far into the storyline because I think you will enjoy it better without knowing too much. There is a lot of growth within these characters that you can’t even expect to happen when you first meet them. It’s easy to judge a killer. It’s easy to be tarred with the same brush when so many people act without thought to the consequences. Sometimes you need to look below the surface of a killer. Not everyone is bad and you just need to be in the presence of good, kind and generous people to remember that.
I absolutely LOVED Pestilence. It can at times be a little confronting, a wee bit gory and a touch dark but it was never too much or over the top. The characters were interesting, the love story was at times sweet and also sizzling. I loved getting to know them better and enjoyed seeing them come together.
I highly recommend Pestilence and can’t wait to be on the War path.