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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.

©Laura Thalassa Laura Thalassa (P)2018 Laura Thalassa

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  • KT
  • 05-30-18

what is this?.

so, this was a struggle for me. so much so that I ended up returning it by chapter 6.
the plot is just 100% unbelievable and the heroine was.. something else
first, we start out with 4 people drawing lots to determine who will stay behind and kill Pestilence. our heroine loses. and then we learn from her, she's a terrible shot. what? and she killed a pheasant once and it haunted her. why was she even in the running? honestly! if we're planning to sacrifice someone (which they were) why are we considering someone who will most likely fail in the mission
but, of course, she doesn't. she somehow hits him but it's not enough to kill this guy! so she heads back to her camp, grabs lighter fluid and matches, comes back, has a freak out, douses him, throws up, freaks out more, and finally gets him burning and then just sits there to watch. thankfully, this immortal was cool to just wait there for all this happen.
next, he finds her, binds her hands and makes her run behind his horse. and she does. for miles. thank God she's a well trained marathon runner! oh wait, she's not.
besides the plot infuriating me with just how unbelievable it is, the dialogue was grating and unnatural.
also, she's checking this guy out pretty much off the bat. I think it would have been better if she slowly realized he was good looking, like after he starts being nice or something? I'm not sure if that happens because I returned it but I'm just trying to consider what would really happen if I was captured by a bringer of the apocalypse
anyway, I guess if you're in the mood for this type of thing, with what I feel is a super Mary Jane heroine, go for it.

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Stockholm Syndrome

This books is what Stockholm Syndrome looks like, "Do what I say or you be severely punished". There's a point where she has the chance to run from him but is terrified that once he recovers he's just going to find her and punish her even worse than he already has, but convinces herself it's out of concern for his immortal recovery. I honestly don't understand how it has such high ratings. The plot was interesting and I thought it would be more of a 'Beauty and the Beast' theme, but it was so horrible with its plot holes, lack of character development aside from sexual attraction, and dialogue was so forced. If it weren't for the narrator, who helps jazz it up, I would have dumped this book sooner.

Supremely disappointed.

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If you like cheesy sexy and constant reminders..

of his body. This book is for you..for the rest of us that was looking for a plot...move along. end of world? no problem...he has sexy body....all good. meh.

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Beautiful cover, corny dialog

Yep I got enticed by a beautiful cover so sue me. You ever just get in the mood for a trashy read? Rhetorical question you wouldn't be here if you didn't. This plot to me was highly interesting but the execution of course was below par.

Let's start with the main character Sarah. False modesty seemed to sweat off of her. Please tell me of a more annoying trope than someone acting like they haven't done a good deed when they have 100 times over. "You saved a man." "No I was just there and it happened it's nothing no no no don't thank me." *blush* And come on is she really ignorant enough to think no one else has tried to kill Pestilence? And oh the inner ramblings. A little immature and eye rollingly annoying at times. I gawked at one scene were Sarah gets hurt and instead of soaking up every second she can so the rest of the world doesn't parish she's like "I'm healed let's go take out the rest of the world."

The book had a nice atmosphere which was nice for the cold fall weather. A little world building which is always my favorite. I loved Tricksy even his silly name. Pestilence character was over all well done. Of course I have my gripes but he was curious and timeless. Though the talking during, and I'm finger quoting here, love making was weird. But in all honesty I couldn't imagine the weight on his shoulders to be put into being to destroy the world. It must be very lonely.

I felt very uneasy about them throwing God into some things. It sound off hand and in poor taste. I am in no way wildly religious but it's unnerving when you mention God in trashy books like it was his plan all along for you to bone her.... So to end this rambling I was just disappointed at the main character. This was also a strange subject to write about riddled with mine fields and to me the Author wasn't careful enough to get around most of them. The cheesy inner monolog probably is what ruined it most for me. Oh and the talk about #lovemaking sometimes while in the middle of the act. Trashy books for me are always balanced on a ledge and it takes one corny conversion to tip it over.

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Ridiculously good!

I am utterly in love with this book, and the excellent job done reading it. I honestly don't know who did the better job. Get it. Listen to it. It's so worth it. It was funny, it was tragic, it had an amazing ending. I'm so happy I subscribed to the romance package or I may never have found this!

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Narrator Pronounces It “Pestulins”

The narrator kept pronouncing “Pestilence” as “Pestulins.” Like a combination of “pustule” and “pestilence.” I know that sounds really nit picky of me, but the word comes up 845 times in the book (I looked it up on Kindle), so it really grated on my nerves.

The story itself was unsettling. Pestilence really does seem cruel, but then for no apparent reason he changes. I didn’t see him reach any moment of epiphany, he just stops killing. There didn’t seem to be much character development.

I’ve really enjoyed Laura Thalassa’s books in the past, but I won’t bother any more with this series.

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Sorry but this was an awful storyline.

I loved the writing style, but this main guy is unredeemable. A kidnapped woman who started out being a hero is fine joking around with and becoming attracted to a beautiful man who has tortured her and kills children slowly with disease in front of her.. sorry that's a little too far.

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Brilliant concept ruined...

Was so excited to see how this unique concept played out in the story but it did not impress me. The female main character was so emotionally frivolous in opposition to the serious subject matter that I wanted the male main character to know he could do better.

The telling could have been so much richer but we kept returning to flippant and immature inner dialogue of the female character. They were facing end of world circumstances for heaven's sake! We never got any details about the main character's mission. He was there, he was doing his thing, and that was that.

I gave it 2 stars for concept and narration which were both very good but not enough.

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I'm so glad I ignored reviews.

I was so worried about reviews here... but it sounded so unique. But this book was a guilty pleasure... And I wanted to stop half way to give it 5 stars... I can't wait to read the rest. don't believe the hype if you like cheesy good romance it's just right. loved it. unique storyline.

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Fresh and Enthralling

This is a romance that beautifully combines a strong, intelligent heroine, with adventure and suspense. I greatly enjoyed the fresh narration of the heroine, with her realistic thoughts and humorous cursing. I only have two critiques: I would have enjoyed narration from the male character’s POV, but that’s just preference; and it got monotonous when emotions were constantly conveyed by “the eyes” and not dialogue. It seemed like an easy way out, which wouldn’t be bad, except it seemed overly used.

Other than those two things, I’d recommend this romance, with its sexy scenes, to people who love something new and tumultuous, who also like their heroines with spunk.

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  • Enellyia
  • 10-07-18

Enjoyed.

Spoilers.

Despite it being dark and very sad at times, I really enjoyed this book. I'm glad I didn't listen to all the negative reviews I've seen. Pestilence is cold and at the beginning really does treat Sarah bad after she tried to kill him, but he isn't human and doesn't see that her trying to kill him was a sign of good and that she only did it to try and protect humanity. Pestilence has one purpose, and that is to punish humanity for being cruel, greedy and unworthy by spreading a killing plague. He doesn't even like doing it, but is driven to do so by the will of a higher power and what he believes is his only purpose. He wasn't even a man before this, and was only given an human, yet undying, form to do his job, so he has a lot to experience. It takes a lot to change him and all the while Sarah has to witness the worst of the plague that he spreads by seeing people die. Even children. Seeing her care for the sick and show them kindness is a big part of his change, as is seeing a lovely old couple show him kindness despite the fact that they know they are going to die and that he is the cause. Sarah shouldn't love him, considering all the people that have died because of him, but love is what it is. It isn't prejudice. And in the end it's her love that changes him, and potentially saves millions of other people. I say potentially because there are three more horsemen to come. I'm looking forward to the next ones.

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  • NAT.orious reads
  • 09-21-20

2 STARS ... barely ★★✩✩✩

I recommend this book to… my enemies :) Have fun you losers.

⤐ Overall.
Ladies, Gentlemen and everybody in between and outside of that binary, I give to you: white people.

We love to listen to gruesome podcasts that exploit other peoples' misfortunes via the wonderous and yet cursed format we know as true crime podcasts, eat the food of cultures we are unable to appreciate and acknowledge beyond their kitchen skills and romanticise the idea of victims of kidnapping going full Stockholm on their captor-slash-mass murder. But only if he's Christian. Everything else would be treason to humanity in favour of terrorism.

That being said, I do not reject the idea of taking Christian lore/narratives and make them into something interesting. Bible-inspired retellings can be fun and exciting, as is the case with the The Road to Hell series. Neither do I want to put any of the above on the shoulders of the author. I'm positive she didn't intend to enforce any sort of islamophobic behaviour onto her readership! It's just something my wandering mind kept coming back to simply because the narrative didn't quite catch on me. This specific thought is also not the reason my rating is so lol. That's mostly owed to the Dark 'Romance'/Stockholm relationship and the flat arc of suspense.

⤐ The Pros.
Pestilence gave me the chance to rediscover my joy for crocheting... That's about it, I'm afraid.


⤐ The Cons.
Let me phrase it like this: Had the book been any worse, I wouldn't even wish it upon my worst enemy.

The world-building was ghastly. Up until the second third, I was nothing short of confused about what kind of world I had to imagine myself in. Personally, I felt like It is only through the plot itself and not smooth use of literary tools that we learn that Pestilence is set in some post-apocalyptic/mid-apocalypse world wrecked by the horsemen as we know them from the bible. Of course, that might also depend on my level of engagement.

The first paragraph of my review already gives you a decent impression of what I disliked about the general idea behind the narrative. Adding to that is the poor execution as well. I'm currently in the middle of another one of Laura's series and it is clear that she is able to engage an audience despite the twisted nature of a romance. Why she didn't manage that in Pestilence is a riddle to me.

At least, because of this experience, I had super low expectations going into The Queen of all that Dies and was positively surprised in the end, despite some reservations towards the dark romance genre in general. If you seek a questionable romance with a fierce heroine and a two-faced love interest, please look either there or completely elsewhere.

⤐ What’s happening.
‘Ah, America,’ Pestilence says with distaste, dragging me back to the present. ‘Here they are made particularly mean.’

Read this book and follow the story of a woman who falls in love with a mass-murderer who is reimagined after the image of the four horsemen. Despite him constantly and viciously killing people, Sara will not be able to resist this sexy, tanned six-pack on two legs.
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2 STARS. Definitely a disappointment. It might not even have been worth finishing for a variety of reasons.

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  • Emma
  • 07-05-18

Very obvious

If you are looking for some trashy end of the world supernatural romance this is the book for you. Think twilight with plague. It is ok. Sometimes steamy. Often problematic.
I think we all know what happens in the end

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  • susan mckenzie
  • 02-05-21

Apocalyptic, dark romance and much more.

I don't think I can put into words how great this book is, I've re-read it several times and listened to the audio version. The narrative is amazing, she brings Sara to life. The story is so heartbreaking, twisted in some parts. But by the time you get to the end, you're desperately praying for it to never end. This is by far my favourite Laura Thalassa book, I love the whole series, but pestilence will always be my absolute favourite. He captured my heart right from the beginning, I'll even admit that the narrator makes a perfect definition of him and makes him sound..... Well sexy, just like he's portrayed in the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-09-21

Good Story

I have read this book several times and now listened to the audio in preparation for the forth book due for release soon. I loved the characters and their relationship build up, the battle of emotions from both Sarah and Pestilence. it is a good read.

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  • MR J R MOORE
  • 10-09-21

Don't waste your time

Genuinally awful. The idea is cool but the execution is horrible, the dialogue is cringey and badly written and they spend the whole book wandering around on a horse.

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  • Justyna
  • 09-20-21

loved it

Great book and good narrating. interesting and funny, with great characters and plot. loved it.

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  • Joga
  • 07-09-21

Is it ok to enjoy Stockholm syndrome stories?

Did listen to this story a few months ago. Still enjoy reading cross reviews about it.

Listening to this story was an experience like no other. I felt wary the whole time and still enjoyed it. That there is a reason enough for me to recommend the book. It takes a good author and a good story to do that to you.

Listening to a story where the heroine sounds sound of mind and kind of kick ass in the beginning, and then falls in love with the mass murderer of the human race and she did begin the book trying to kill. And that love saves the human race from him at least? It sounds lame. Thanks to Laura Thalassa the story is far from it though. I have no idea how she does it. Might have something to do with the recurring idea of free will of the human race and the lack of it by other beings made by the god of the Bible. And I really enjoy mythical anything that makes me think about these things.

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  • Daisy
  • 05-12-21

Make sure you have your tissues ready

I dont think I've cried that hard at a book in a long long long time. Very emotive, and gets you thinking about humanity as a whole. Great read! can't wait for the next one

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-23-21

Amazingly good and sad

I was not sure what to expect when I started reading the book. It was recommended by a friend and, after reading the reviews, I gave it a go and I am super glad I did. The way their relationship develops and we find out more about pestilence and his purpose made me feel conflicted. Their first time was beautiful and I loved how their relationship ended up. There is a lot of sadness and macabre scenes when the author describes the plague. Even so it is a great book, beautifully written and I adore the audiobook performance, she really makes you feel and her different voices are really good, even when she plays the male ones.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-18

This was a great read. unexpected and enthralling

I loved it. narrator was easy to listen to and did both voices really well

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  • Icey
  • 09-02-21

Splendid performance!

I have to write a review to show how much I like Susannah Jones's performance! You nailed it!
I add all other books narrated by her to my wishlist when I finished this book, she is a magician with her charming voice!

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  • DebraP
  • 09-10-20

Murder meets Love

Amazing how close this rings to today’s problems with COVID spreading throughout the world.

The author did a fabulous job with the story, hate to love and all the emotions between,, a journey.
Also the narrator bought it to life, it felt as if she lived it not just spoke or read, wonderful

Can’t wait to get to the next in the series.