I am super excited to share my latest review with you, because it is a little bit special. It’s my review of Pestilence, which came out earlier this week and I was given the chance, by the author Laura Thalassa, to read an eARC of the book last week so that I could share my thoughts.
I am a huge fan of Laura Thalassa, I read eight of her books last year, The Bargainer Series – Books 1, 2 and 2.5 and The Unearthly Series – Books 1-5. So when I heard about her newest book – Pestilence I just knew I had to get my hands on a copy! Never did I dream that I would be reading an eARC before release day.
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Author: Laura Thalassa
Synopsis: 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.
Categories: Fantasy, NA, Romance
Publication Date: 20th March 2018
Rating: 5 stars
Review: I am going to start by saying that I literally could not put this book down, I think I had my kindle in one hand for most of the day and I finished Pestilence about 12 hours after I started it. It was incredible. As you might have seen in my 2017 books round up, I did read a lot of Laura’s books last year and they all had amazing ratings, because they were all so amazing. So you can imagine how much I loved Pestilence when I say I think I have a new favourite Laura Thalassa book!
I love the whole idea of the book, there is something really unsettling about reading books that are set around or after the end of the world, (mainly because with the news some days it feels like it’s the beginning of the end) The main story takes place 5 years “post-Arrival” and it paints a bleak picture, which only gets worse as the book progresses.
I felt that the book was a discussion about the human condition, as well as about a romance and the end of the world. I am trying o hard not to give any spoilers right now… Let’s just say that in spending time with each other, both Sara and Pestilence learn a lot more about what it means to be human.
I love Sara’s character, she is brave, sarcastic, honest and just trying to do her best in an awful situation. I love her mental dialogue, she made me laugh out loud so many times. I loved reading from Sara’s point of view, her observations, her jokes and her arguments. She is a really relatable character, she makes mistakes, she has flaws and she is scared, confused and conflicted. And I love her!
Pestilence is a really interesting character and I honestly love what Laura has done with the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (and I can’t wait to see what the other three are like in the next three books). He is, all at once, innocent, ageless, bewildered, self-righteous and downright vicious. I love the way his character develops over the course of the book, it’s incredibly well done and one of the best things about the book for me. Seeing him start to listen to Sara and think about what she is saying to see his self-awareness and conscience awaken made for very good reading.
Sara and Pestilence really do bring out the best, and the worst in each other and the way the relationship between them develops, was so enjoyable to read. Not just the banter between them, which is very amusing, but also their arguments and their discussions about humans, the apocalypse and God.
Reading the book was intense, it is filled with all sorts emotions, and I mean it, this book had me in tears and in fits of giggles. I cannot remember that last time I read a book that had tears streaming down my face. But with Pestilence it happened on a couple of occasions throughout the book and at those times I felt like my heart was breaking. These sad (understatement!) parts are what made me realise how completely invested I was in the characters and their story, and this is down to incredible writing. Sara, Pestilence and the reader are on a journey together, to learn about love, forgiveness, mercy and what it means to be human.
There were so many incredible parts to the book, I loved that Sara loved books, reading and that she often quoted lines from poems or plays. My all time favourite poet, Lord Byron, even got a mention, which made me very happy! This really helped add an extra dimension to Sara, she is one of the most well written characters I have come across. By the end of the book I felt like I knew Sara so well, that when I read the last line I felt like I was losing a friend.
As you might have noticed, Pestilence is book one in the series The Four Horsemen so we have three more books to go! Each of the remaining books will focus on a remaining Horseman and the books will be drawn together by an overall story arc. I have just literally finished Pestilence as I am writing this and I cannot wait for the next book.
Pestilence is out now and you can find it on Amazon* (and it’s available as part of Kindle Unlimited)
I was sent an eARC of Pestilence by the author in return for an honest review on Goodreads, I am choosing to share my thoughts on my blog because I loved the book so much! All opinions and words are my own.