Hello, everyone!! OMG! It has been SO LONG since my last post (although I have been somewhat more active on my Bookstagram)!! There’s been a LOT going on with my life right now and after everything I’ve been through this year I needed the time-off. As I’ve mentioned before, this year I went through the single worst thing in my life, so I’m slowly coming back.
I’m so glad I get to share my review of War by Laura Thalassa with you, specially because this book, the second one in the series, totally redeemed my opinion on book 1. Let me just state that even though I didn’t love the first book (I did like it though), you might do it. Pestilence (book 1) is a very popular book in the fantasy genre.
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.
***I received an ARC in exchange of an honest opinion***
“ Miriam Elmahdy’s Guide to Staying the Fuck Alive: (1) Bend the rules—but don’t break them. (2) Stick to the truth. (3) Avoid notice. (4) Listen to your instincts. (5) Be brave. ”
War is a book that definitely made it to my Favorites Reads of 2019 list. For me this is the redemption book in the Four Horsemen series and I am SO happy I read it!
Although I liked it (and I love Laura’s writing), I’m part of the minority that didn’t love Pestilence. U was expecting maybe something more of it, for me, specifically, there was something missing there. But War? My God, I LOVED IT! It definitely redeem the Four Horsemen for me (and now I want to see all of them together, interacting).
War is a book that griped from the very first page. It’s the kind of book I adore and War is the kind of alpha hero that I live to swoon over for!
I was able to relate a lot to the heroine, Miriam, even though I’ve never experienced what she did and we’re completely different. And that is a sign that the book was not only well constructed, but also greatly executed.
War spoke to me in so many different levels and I still can’t stop thinking about it. I finished it in 3 hours and it gave me a huge book hangover. Laura created such a compelling story and such captivating characters that even though this is a fantasy book, you cannot help but connect with it.
I love seeing an author whose books I loved grow into their craft and that is the case with Laura Thalassa’s books for me. I’m always intrigued for what she’ll bring next. And I felt like that turning every page of War, I never new what would come next and she surprised me at every page. At the same time that I couldn’t put it down, I also didn’t want it to end (and that is a problem for me because I read super fast). War is a force to be reckoned, not only War, the character, but also the book.
The plotline of this book is so different and refreshing, that even though you might have seen some aspects of it in other books, it will definitely caught you by surprise. Actually, the idea of this whole series is amazing. And the struggles humanity go through while the Four Horsemen of the Apocallipse run over the Earth, are very actual. The reason behind their appearances is very, very actual.
Miriam is the kind of badass heroine I enjoy in fantasy books. She’s a no nonsense kind of girl and even though she is strong, she’s also very vulnerable (and afraid of showing it). Adding that to the force that War is, it’s definitely a recipe for a very angsty romance! And the slow burn is also a plus here. Because seeing them getting to know each other and being comfortable with each other was great.
Miriam has a lot to overcome when it comes to War, because he is hell-bent (or better yet, heaven-bent) on destroying humanity and she is very much so a human and she doesn’t want to see people suffering and dying. And changing War is basically a failed mission, after all his divine purpose is to purge the Earth from, well, most humans. That is the cause of so much angst and I smile just talking about it (angsty queen here). Laura wrote it in a way that it’s just the right amount of wrong in War, the amount we love to hate (in my case, that I love to love).
I also love that although this book deals with a very Christian notion, it is not a religious book nor it is preaching to anyone. It’s all about the (AMAZING) story Laura created. And now I cannot wait for Laura to bring the next book. I want to meet Famine (although I’m not sure any of them can top War, I LOVE him and all his alpha maleness)!
War is the kind of unputdownable book that you want to savor slowly but you can’t help but devour it. That’s the kind of magic Laura wove into the form of a book.
“ All creatures can experience pestilence, famine, and death—but war, true war, that is a singularly human experience. ”
Click on the Buy the Book button above to get War and I recommend reading Pestilence before (it’s good to contextualize in the world Laura created and there also some spoilers on War) so here is the link to buy Pestilence !