by Laura Thalassa
Book 2 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.
The day Jerusalem falls, Miriam Elmahdy knows her life is over. Houses are burning, the streets run red with blood, and a traitorous army is massacring every last resident. There is no surviving this, especially not once Miriam catches the eye of War himself. But when the massive and terrifying horseman corners Miriam, he calls her his wife, and instead of killing her, he takes her back to his camp.
Now Miriam faces a terrifying future, one where she watches her world burn town by town, and the one man responsible for it all is her seemingly indestructible “husband”. But there’s another side to him, one that’s gentle and loving and dead set on winning her over, and she might not be strong enough to resist.
However, if there’s one thing Miriam has learned, it’s that love and war cannot coexist. And so she must make the ultimate choice: surrender to War and watch humankind fall, or sacrifice everything and stop him.
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Violent Mythical-Fantasy Interesting
TRIGGER WARNING: Scenes depicting brutal death and war, as well as a sexual assault. Please be advised.
War is the second book in Laura Thalassa's Four Horsemen series, and centers around Miriam, a twenty-two year old woman, who is carving out a small existence for herself by making weapons from junk. After losing her father to an accident when the horsemen first arrived, and her mother and sister to an accident escaping a civil war, she doesn't think life can get harder. Until War arrives, and his army destroys her city. Just when she thinks she will die, War takes one look and claims that she is his wife, and brings her back to camp. While Miriam tries to figure out a way to stop War and his merciless killing, she also fights her feelings and attraction to War. Can she change his views on humanity, or will she have to put aside her heart, and figure out a way to end War for good?
War is a continuation from Pestilence, which I came across while cruising around #booktok. And this book .... hmmm. How do I put this? I liked it. But I hated that I liked it. Don't get me wrong. Laura Thalassa is a good writer. War (and the series in general) is mostly (I got BIG Jason Balboa in GoT vibes reading this) original, and mostly interesting. And it is a book that has a love interest that brings on the apocalypse through war and violence, so going in and knowing that, the violence doesn't bother me. Not really. What bothers me, is the actual characters of War and Miriam. War is meant to be brutal, but I felt like the brutality doesn't ease up soon enough for me. The more Miriam pushes for mercy for her people, the worst it gets. And Miriam, as kick ass as she is at times, she is also harder to like. Many times, she should have left his ass, and all he has to do is kiss her and she caves. No. Just no! Stolkhom syndrome at it's finest.
War was harder for me to get into because I just couldn't understand why Miriam would be attracted to someone who was as relentless as War. As uncompromising. I liked him in the end - but it shouldn't take that long to like a character. At least with Pestilence, I could tell early on he didn't enjoy his task. It just was. And while this story is recycled in a lot of ways with Pestilence, one of the differences is War's devotion to his task - to the point of breaking his "wife's" heart. While War was a more difficult book to get through than Pestilence, it wasn't terrible. This is on the darker side of romance, so if you can handle violence, and an admittedly unhealthy start to a relationship, you will like this. The smut alone is *chef's kiss*