Pestilence (The Four Horsemen Book 1) by Laura Thalassa
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.
I’ll admit that the cover for Pestilence won me over at first. I completely judged a book by it’s cover but then was also intrigued at the plot – the arrival of the Four Horsemen. I was excited to get into this, excited to see how it goes and how the story would unfold. And I was not disappointed in the least.
I’m a huge fan of end-of-days and apocalyptic movies but I honestly haven’t really ventured into books of the same subject matter. And I don’t know why!! Because I friggen loved this book.
The Four Horsemen arrive on Earth and send the world into a tailspin. They go dormant for a few years, I think in an effort to see if humanity can turn itself around… which they don’t. So, some divine order wakes Pestilence up and sends him on a journey spreading the plague.
Sara, our fierce heroine, tries to stop Pestilence and fails… and then becomes his prisoner. As their journey progresses, Pestilence finds his presuppositions about humanity challenged. Though there are moments that still make him question how salvageable the world really is, what he finds in Sara, and a few other characters, is a new view of what the positive energy of people can create.
Yes, it’s hard to resolve how Sara could ever develop feelings for a being that would kill humanity. I won’t lie. It was a little difficult to get past that. But the slow-burn nature of their relationship… seeing Pestilence evolve and realize his own thoughts and feelings… Pestilence isn’t killing off humanity because he enjoys it. It’s his divine mission. He doesn’t feel pleasure and joy from it. It’s why he exists. And Sara begins to realize this and how Pestilence is burdened by this mission.
Though the romance is slow-burn, I really thought the prose and storyline were wonderful. The writing was great and I’m excited to read the rest of this series!!