*Warning: No spoilers ahead.
My heart… fell in love, got heartbroken, and then mended itself back together.
I haven’t fallen in love with a book like this since The Bargainer Series (also from Laura Thalassa!). Since Laura announced Pestilence the first book in the Four Horseman series I knew I had to get my hands on it. Teaser Tuesdays killed me every time (FYI – Teaser Tuesdays are a thing on Laura’s Facebook group page. Join if you haven’t yet! I absolutely love it). I was starving for Pestilence.
Then, on the morning of March 20th, 2018 I woke up and realized… It’s Tuesday, March 20th. PESTILENCE IS OUT! I devoured the book by 8pm that night. I have no regrets.
Sara Burns is an ordinary firefighter with a love for poetry. One day, the four horsemen arrived on Earth to wipe out mankind. Sara attempts to kill Pestilence and instead is taken his prisoner to suffer. Will Pestilence show mercy for Sara? Can Sara shield her compassionate heart from a cold, cruel, Godly-like man?
There wasn’t anything about this book that I did not like. But… if you must know some minor hiccups that not all readers would enjoy then I’ll give you some. Let’s get into the deets:
The beginning: The beginning of the book ends up mainly being Pestilence and Sara travelling and finding out more about each other. I didn’t mind this since I love both of the characters and learning more about them. However, if you don’t have interest in learning about each characters story and seeing them develop then you may be bored for the first couple chapters. (I doubt it though)
The ending: It was great! This next opinion isn’t a critique of Laura but more so on me and what I desired. There was one scene in particular (I won’t spoil it for you – but if you read the book you’ll know what I’m talking about) that Pestilence and Sara talked about that I really wanted to happen or see something develop out of the conversation but nothing developed after the fact. I’m really hoping that something along the lines of this conversation develops in the following books.
First off, let’s talk about that cover! It is so well done. It’s exactly how I imagined Pestilence to look like. They say never judge a book by its cover but I always secretly do anyways. I loved the cover and knew I would love the book.
The book was everything I needed. It was everything I imagined it to be. The deaths. The love. The intuition. The sacrifices. I was fulfilled and left wanting more. Things that I loved:
Sara – the main female lead. She is so compassionate and strong – I adore these traits. The way Laura described the train of thought going on in Sara’s head was so well written. I felt all of her emotions. I felt all of her judgements. It felt like I was Sara.
Pestilence: HOT DAMN. Pestilence sounds godly and I would love an order of Pestilence in real life. Although the book is from Sara’s point of view, Laura does a great job utilizing Sara’s intuition to portray and develop Pestilence.
Religion: I was nervous with the fact that the Four Horsemen are religious symbols and then pair them up with a fantasy book… How was that going to play out? Well worry not!
Laura did an amazing job with this. I thought she was going to gear towards Christianity but she doesn’t! She portrayed a neutral role on religion and it tied everything in. It acknowledged each religion and none at the same time..
If you are worried about being bombarded with God and one religion being forced on you, don’t worry. You are able to mold this into your own beliefs and I love it!
I don’t think I saw a review on Pestilence that was rated low. You’ll learn to love the characters (aka Pestilence) and watch them develop. Laura’s writing from Sara’s point of view really allows you as the reader to learn more about Pestilences’ character and the humans living on earth. Once you read it, you’ll join the “I’m slowly dying while waiting for the next book” club.
NOTE: I don’t recommend this book for anyone under 15-16 ish (depending on your maturity level). It has a few, very detailed, sex scenes.