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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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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.

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

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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.

52 of 61 people found this review helpful

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  • Manuel
  • Highwood, IL, United States
  • 06-19-18

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.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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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.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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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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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.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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listened to it every spare moment I had!

This was my first audible book and honestly I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it, because I really love the feeling of disappearing into a book that's in my hand. The storyline of this book was really good it just sucked you right in and you wanted to know what was going to happen next. It was a lot gourrier than I thought it was going to be, the author was very descriptive with how the characters were dying and you could really see it. At first I wasn't sure I liked it but it really just sucks you into the story. I'm anxiously awaiting the second book to come out. The narrator read it just how I would have, and I really think it made it that much more enjoyable. If you're thinking about getting this book definitely do it, I don't think you'll regret it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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one of my favorites....

This was an incredible story and I'm so looking forward to book. Thrilling, romantic, exciting are the words that describes Sarah's journey.

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AMAZING AS ALWAYS!💖💖💖

I have been in love with Laura's work for ages and was over the moon when I heard what the new series was going to be about since it's one of my favorite themes. I'm so happy with the way Jones portrays the characters and how her melody adds to the story. I read it first a few months back but she adds a different time than I had in my head but it works perfectly.

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Incredible

Love love love it !! The romance , the humour and everything in between !! The story truly is amazing and the narrator did such a good job at conveying emotions !! Seriously can't wait for the next book "War" !!

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  • B.N
  • 10-07-18

Enjoyed.

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-23-18

Too much squick

The narrator was great but I just couldn't brush over the awful consequences and themes and unhealthy relationship dynamics in the story the way you'd need to to enjoy the book. I think I mostly finished the book just to see what the aurhor felt was an earned, acceptable and romantic resolution. I can't agree with her.

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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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  • Book addict
  • 05-23-18

A good listen

Interesting concept, filled with moral challenges and the hero killing a lot of people (..well he is one of the horsemen of the apocalypse so what would you expect?!) Decent romance too. I’d avoid this book if you’re squeamish or adverse to violence and death though..

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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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful