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Famine by Laura Thalassa


Famine

by Laura Thalassa

Published by Lavabrook Publishing

Book 3 in the Four Horsemen series


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.


Ana da Silva always assumed she’d die young, she just never expected it to be at the hands of Famine, the haunting immortal who once spared her life so many years ago. But if the horseman remembers her at all, he must not care, for when she comes face to face with him for the second time in her life, she’s stabbed and left for dead.


Only, she doesn’t quite die.


If there’s one thing Famine is good at, it’s cruelty. And how these blighted bastards deserve it. Try as he might, he can’t forget what they once did to him. But when Ana, a ghost from his past, corners him and promises pain for what he so recently did to her, she and her empty threats captivate him, and he decides to keep her around.


In spite of themselves, Ana and Famine are drawn to each other. But at the end of the day, the two are enemies. Nothing changes that. Not one kind act, not two. And definitely not a few steamy nights. But enemies or reluctant lovers, if they don’t stop themselves soon, heaven will.

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RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:

Violent Mythical-Fantasy Kinda fun

Steamy Romance

TRIGGER WARNING: Scenes depicting brutal death and torture. Please be advised.

Famine by Laura Thalassa is the third book in her Four Horsemen series, and centers around Ana, who was once spared by the cruel horsemen Famine. When they meet years later, she was hoping that he would recognize her - and spare her again. Instead, he has her stabbed and thrown in a pit. By all accounts, she should have died, but Ana held on, her hatred for Famine and thirst for revenge getting her through the worst of her injuries. When she catches up with Famine - and he finally does recognize her - her threats of violence to him enthrall him, and he decided to keep her captive. Despite his intense hatred of humanity, and her painful past that involves that first fateful meeting, their mutual attraction simmers. But in this world, is a happily ever after possible when there are other forces at play?


Getting right into it - Famine is my favorite of the series so far. It's checking off my boxes. Original - yes. Good plot? Yes. Captivating. It took me no time at all to read this book. It was equally interesting, emotional, and believe it or not - funny. This leads to characters. I really liked both Famine AND Ana. They both had a backstory! Even Famine! And no spoilers, but it's made clear early on why Famine is so cruel, and that there was a time he wasn't always like that - making his violence more digestible. And Ana's story is traumatic in a different way, but equally dark, and leads her to being the woman she is in the present tense of this book. Backstory aside, their chemistry was fucking delicious. It was a slow burn, but when it happens for these two, it HAPPENS. The banter was absolutely amazing. Two characters with a deep sense of sarcasm and wit, and a passion for getting under each others skin? Love. As for consistency, the plot has remained consistent throughout the series, but Famine stands apart for me. We get two characters that don't try to change one another, and despite not liking some things about the other, accepts it. That's a big change from the last two books.


Famine, while still a darker romance (I mean, apocalypse, and a horseman tasked by God to kill, and the horseman has his own issues with humans - it's pretty brutal at times), Famine had me smiling - even laughing - more than a few times. It has some of my favorite things in romance - enemies to lovers, slow burn, complicated characters - so for me, Famine was a hit. If you can handle some violence in your books, I recommend this one to you.


Now ... if only I noticed that the final book is not out yet before staring this series. :/


  1. In the past, Ana holding Famine while he sobbed

  2. Famine creating a new flower for Ana as a thank you

  3. Ana taunting Famine with sex talk

  4. Famine admitting that he drinks to forget all sorts of sins

  5. Famine, much to his own surprise, not letting Ana die

  6. Famine tending to the wounds from the plant she was restrained in

  7. Famine letting Ana sleep in his lap when they were staying in the abandoned house

  8. Ana saving Famine again, and holding him as he cried.

  9. Famine saying Ana's common "Calm your tits" had me cackling

  10. Ana forcing Famine to get in the bath, and swatting his butt to do so. HAHA

  11. Famine and Ana's first night together

  12. The first time they make love

  13. Famine getting Ana help for the infection, and speaking to her in Angelic

  14. The proposal

  15. I love that Famine keeps growing plants in the house, waiting for Ana to truly freak out


Ana: "I'm the gift."

Famine: "You?"

He raises his eyebrows, his mouth curving into a mocking smile. His gaze flicks over me again.

Famine: "What could I possibly want with you?"

Ana: "Maybe I could warm that cold, cold heart of yours."


Famine: "Why find me and risk my wrath yet again?"

Ana: "I wanted to hurt you."

He raises his eyebrows.

Famine: "My balls are sore, little flower, I'll give you that."


Famine: "I have never made an exception for a human before, and I'm loathe to make one now. But I'm afraid there has only ever been a single instance where a human saved my life. It unfortunately, has made an impression on me."

He leans in close.

Famine: "That should worry a feeble little flower like you."

Don't worry, buddy, it does.


Famine: "You really should've stayed away. You may still be that same little flower who saved me, but then, I'm not known for letting flowers grow ..."


Famine: "You are a human-shaped headache."

Ana: "What a compliment to headaches everywhere."

Famine: "Do you ever stop talking?"

Ana: "Only if you put something in my mouth. I'm partial to food, but dicks work too."

He glances heavenward.

Ah, blessed reaction.


Famine: "You've presented me with a problem."

Ana: "I'm going to put this in the nicest way possible. You can go fuck yourself and your problem away."

Famine: "Is fucking your only solution to any problem?"

Ana: "Is killing yours?"


Ana: 'You know, you'd probably be much less bloodthirsty is you banged your aggression out."

Famine: 'I don't want to be less bloodthirsty - and I definitely don't want to 'bang' you."

Ana: "I wasn't offering, though I'm sure you could find someone open to the idea. Probably not a living someone, but still, someone."

Famine: "You say that as though you didn't throw yourself at me mere weeks ago."

Ana: "I was blinded by memories of a nicer Famine."

Famine: "And I have been blinded by memories of a nicer, less sexual version of you."

I raise my eyebrows, an unwilling smile spreading across my face.

Ana: "I didn't realize my sexuality mattered to you."

He growls

Famine: "Will you be quiet?"

Ana: "Only if you put something in my mouth. Dicks are still an option."

Famine: "I thought you weren't offering."

I open my mouth to argue, but - oh, he's right.

Ana: "I might make an exception just this one, for the sake of humanity, or course. A blowjob to end all bloodshed - that sounds appropriately valiant."


Famine: "If I give you one of your damned compliments, will you stop questioning me?"

Ana: "Sure."

But in the silence that follows, I brace myself for some stinging barb.

Famine: "You have a lovely voice."

Ana: "But I thought you wanted me to stop talking."

Famine: "About me. Talk your ass off about anything else."

Ana: "I'm sitting here with a man who says he's not actually a man, riding a horse that might not actually be a horse -"

Famine: "He's a horse."

Ana: " - and I'm supposed to not talk about any of it."

Famine: "Precisely."

There's a long pause.

Ana: "Fine. I guess that leaves me to talk about sex. Moist, thick, wet sex."

Another beat of silence passes, then -

Famine: "Would you like another compliment?"


Famine: "Oh, for fuck's sake."


Famine: "Do not read into this."

Oh, I'm planning on reading the entire fucking series of Famine Acting Abnormally Kind and What it Means.


Ana: "Awww, I think you don't half mind my company."

Famine: "You're making me reconsider."

Ana: "Nonsense. And guess what? I don't half mind your company either."


Ana: "Are you sure you don't like sex? You're looking at me as though you might."

The horseman rips his gaze from my body, meeting my eyes.

Famine: "I am not looking at you in any way."

Ana: "Yep, you are. You definitely look like you could bang one out. I'm really good at quickies -"

Famine growls - growls! - in response, much to my delight.