(The Four Horsemen)
Fairy Tales , Myths & Fairy Tales Low Fantasy
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
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.
Eden Hunter trilogy
Eden Hunter trilogy
D.N. Erikson (Author)
low fantasy, dark fantasy
A razor-snark, sun-soaked urban fantasy trilogy for fans of Jim Butcher and Ilona Andrews.
You'd think coming back to life on a beautiful island would be a good thing.
Turns out life on the beach kind of sucks. Especially when you spend it harvesting souls for a vampire.
But after four years of reluctant "employment," things have somehow gotten worse. Some jackass just framed me for murdering an old friend. And the cops seem pretty damn sure I did it. More concerning than potential jail time: the local goddess of rain wants my head for the crime.
You see, we cut a little deal when I came back to life that no one knows about. What'd I get from her? I'm not telling. But I'll tell you what I gave up: no weapons and no murder.
Pretty easy to follow, right? I thought so. Well, if you're a Reaper, it's a pain in the ass. Because a creature's gotta die for you to reap its soul. And despite the postcard sunsets, it gets pretty dangerous in the jungle without a gun.
Never say the gods don't have a sense of humor. But this time the joke is on me. Because if I don't find the real killer—and why they pinned this mess on me—before the week is through, I'll be returning to the land of the dead.
And this time, it'll be for good.
A trilogy of stories about a fantastical island that is
hidden from normal (and usually human), view. It is populated with a mix of
magical and mythical creatures plus some normal humans that have either
discovered it or have been brought there.
Eden was a con artist. A grifter. Until she was murdered –
specifically so she could be revived on this island and bound into service by
the ancient vampire – who had founded the island as his serfdom, and who had
hidden the island from view.
Eden’s task, bound by a magical contract which cannot be
broken, is to harvest souls. Souls are the fuel for magic on this island.
The stories tell of her more than shady adventures, as she
attempts to fulfil her contract – no killing permitted, she is only permitted
to harvest from the already dead – and outwit the people who want her dead for
various reasons. Or to use her. Or…
The first book starts rather slowly and although the writing
style is reasonable, it lacked enough humour for me. Eden is snarky and
resourceful, good with one-liners, but her dialogue could have had more humour.
The books improved as the story progressed and it seemed to me that the author
grew more confident in style and the characters and their behaviours.