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The Red Horseman

War
(The Four Horsemen)
Laura Thalassa
Fairy Tales , Myths & Fairy Tales Low Fantasy
Independent
11 Jul 2019

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.

War: 2nd horseman of the Apocalypse

War (The Four Horsemen Book 2)

Now you know that there has to be a happy  ending by default, but getting there can be quite traumatic. Especially here where War is the male in question, and clearly modelled on a Tartar Warlord with Horde. The author says that the languages are based on ancient ones but garbled a little. I confess, I hadn’t even given that a thought. Good job the author knows her languages!

I had been waiting for this book to come out and was disappointed. I had hoped it would be longer , more like the previous ones, and for me, the actions were somewhat repetitive. See a city. Send in the cavalry. Send in the infantry. Sack and rape and loot.

For me a little real strategy would have been a bonus (see  chess or medieval warfare or Sun Tzu); some real sieges; some war engines; some mining of walls etc etc would have added to the story; plus the whole field burning behind the army and so on. It seemed to me that the author had not read enough, or lacked knowledge of, warfare and strategy.

And I didn’t connect with the heroine.

So I am not sure whether to give it a 3 or a 2. Shame.

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Angel no more

Pestilence Book Cover Pestilence
Volume 1 (The Four Horsemen)
Laura Thalassa
post-apocalyptic, fantasy, dystopian
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(21 Mar. 2018)

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.

A new series Laura has just started. And started very well. I was
engrossed in this book (take no notice of the cover picture it’s widely
exaggerated).

So it seems that humans have been judged as unworthy and 5 years
before the 4 horsemen awoke and rode across the lands.
Civilisation largely fell and the normal trappings dissolved.
Humans living in the post-apocalyptic world now have irregular
electricity and farming has finished. There is disease and poverty.
But the horsemen rode and then disappeared.
Now Pestilence is back and riding across the land spreading the
Messianic plague and everyone who catches it dies. But humans fight
back and try to kill Pestilence.
And this is the story of one such young woman who tries, and fails, to kill him. And their later adventures.

I was engrossed in this tale and even cried when I read about the
children dying of the plague  – OK I was feeling very emotional that day – but found it well written and the characters believable in that setting.

Hope that ‘War’ – the next in the series is as good – and as long.

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Bargains cost






Rhapsodic Book Cover




Rhapsodic




The Bargainer #1-3





Laura Thalassa





paranormal romance, fae, witches and wizards, sirens




CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform




(15 Nov. 2016)



Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear. Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want … at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects. But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more. For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken. If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one

I just kept reading!

At first I thought there were only 2 books and then I found a third and this was flagged as the final instalment. But I wanted more and sure enough a 4th is now due. I can’t wait.

Great fantasy series with a Fae granting wishes and favours rather than the devil and he is not after souls. Rather he wants favours in return that are hard to grant and often dangerous.

Turns out to be a grand romance series too. With a love that is waited for over many centuries.

Beautiful book covers too…

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