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Pestilence de Laura Thalassa
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Pestilence

de Laura Thalassa

Séries: The Four Horsemen (1)

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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.… (mais)
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Título:Pestilence
Autores:Laura Thalassa
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And so it was, and so it shall be, for the Age of Man is over, and the Age of the Horseman has begun.

This started off so cool, with the idea that the four horseman of the apocalypse arriving on earth. After their initial showing, where it seems they knocked the majority of electricity and communications out, they disappear for five years, until Pestilence the Conqueror arrives alone, riding his steed and spreading the Messianic Fever, a plague that kills everyone. Sara is an early twenties firefighter in Canada and we meet her as she draws the short straw and has to stay behind to try and kill Pestilence.

“Oh no, I’m not letting you die. Too quick. Suffering is made for the living. And oh, how I will make you suffer.” (Anyone else get some Pinhead vibes here?)

Sara shoots and burns Pestilence and his horse, feeling horribly guilty as she does it but then comes to the realization that while he may suffer from the violence impacted on him, he can not die. Pestilence decides to take Sara hostage, dragging her behind his horse and make her bear witness to him spreading the plague. Why Pestilence decides to take Sara hostage over all the other humans that tried to kill him? Not sure. The pov is all from Sara, which, I find to be a bit of a cop-out by the author because it allows her to not have to develop Pestilence and his world as much as I would have liked.

“Why sleep at all?” Why wait at all?
“There was the possibility …” He trails off, lost in some thought.
“What possibility?” I prod.
He rouses himself. “The possibility that humanity would redeem itself.” He grabs his glass and swirls it. “But alas, not even the End of Days can alter the depraved nature of your cursed kind.”


The idea of the story carried me fairly swiftly through the first half, the end of days and Sara riding with a four horseman but the second half made the lack of world building glaringly obvious. Pestilence himself doesn't seem to have a clear idea of the whys, he knows he was crafted for this one purpose and that humans do have a chance to halt everything if they change “things” around to God's satisfaction. Since this is a series, I'm not sure if the author is saving answers for future books but the lack of some answers made the world building really shallow and bereft.

A horseman of the apocalypse is watching me pee.

The parlance was very casual, it really brought out the New Adult feel in the second half with the above quote and then: He’s not going to be chill about it either, I can already tell. Sara thinks this after they have sex and it just didn't fit for me with how this is the apocalypse and she just had sex with an angel thing. If it was supposed to be humorous, levity, or whatever, it didn't fit for me.

He knows he’s broken my will to escape him.

This was thought by Sara around 20%. Pestilence is gorgeous and even though he gives people puss filled boils, she gets the hots for him. I didn't really feel or see the depth of emotions between these two, I'm not sure why either one fell in love with the other. Again, without Pestilence's pov, it made it extremely hard to see how and why an ageless immortal would fall in love. They also have their first kiss immediately after she pukes. Y'all. I never quite recovered from that moment.

He’d make a good dad. Can’t believe I just had that thought …

This quote felt so batshit crazy when I read it that I just had to include it. Pestilence had told her this:“How do I know English?” he says. “Or wield a bow and arrow? Why do I wear breeches and a breastplate and look like a human? I, like God, have been fashioned into something you can understand. “But this,” he gestures to his body, “is not what I really am.”
“It’s … not?” Having trouble with this one.
“I am pestilence, Sara,” he says softly. “Not a man. I have a body and a voice and a sentience not for my own benefit, but for yours.”

You don't even know what kind of nephilim thingy could be created and you're just in lalal land imagining he'd be good at peek-a-boo (or something)?????
I'm telling you, this second half didn't not deliver on any promises.

This whole time, I’d assumed that love would redeem the horseman and save us all. I should’ve known it would only ever damn us to our grisly fates.

Anyway, endless plague spreading traveling and then people trying to kill Pestilence, obviously start to try and kill Sara. Pestilence gets angry, we briefly meet death, Sara has crisis of conscience because love hasn't seemed to change Pestilence, more Poe poetry reciting, and some religious stuff that at times felt like very undercover preaching but I'm prickly as a cactus to stuff like that so maybe not too preachy. The ending felt like more of a big cop-out with Pestilence just deciding he “has served his purpose.” Did God tell him that or did he just come up with it on his own out of the blue or love? I have no earthly idea. He just decides to stop spreading plague, wear flannel, and live with Sara until she dies. I'm not sure what kind of romance I was looking for in a four horseman apocalypse story but come on. The epilogue jumps us five years and the arrival of War. Again, the concept intrigues the hell out of me but I'm not sure I'm going to continue on in the series as reviews don't look promising regarding the world building. ( )
1 vote WhiskeyintheJar | Jul 9, 2021 |
This is a firm 3.5 stars. Parts of it were very hard to read because come on, it's the plague. But I did like the story overall. ( )
  Stacie-C | May 8, 2021 |

To be honest I didn't have high expectations when picking up this novel but surely enough I was left pleasantly surprised by how much I actually liked this read. Sure it was completely great and there were a few things that did bother me yet despite that, I'm not sure how she did it but the author was able to captivate me enough with the interesting concept and the leading characters, Sara and Pestilence. Sure their relationship started off rocky, with the whole Sara being deemed as the Four Horsemen prisoner and all, but it all turned it around when the heroine’s humanity started to affect his well-being. Thus leading to an epic whirlwind romance that left me engrossed to the end.
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  ayoshina | Oct 2, 2020 |
I first read Pestilence in April of 2020. I'm now writing this in September of 2020 and HOLY HELL! I can't stop thinking about how amazing this book is! It has stuck with me for months and as the first book I read of Laura's, it blew my mind. I read it in one sitting (stayed up WAY too late 'cause adult...so why not? ;)) and I recommend it to anyone that needs a dark, humorous, slow-burn romance. ( )
  Lea.Pearl | Sep 25, 2020 |
This was an amazing book. It took me a couple of days to process how I felt about it. There are times when I hate both Sara and Pestilence, and then times when I hate one or the other.

I felt sorry for Pestilence a lot of the time. He just seemed so lost and almost child-like sometimes. He just didn't get humanity, and he really just had to keep doing what he was doing, no matter what.

I thought that Sara was a really brave person to sacrifice herself the way that she did. I'm not sure I could've done what she did, in any way, shape, or form. She was pretty hardcore. Of course she didn't like it, but still.

Pestilence was really completely unlikable at the beginning, and it took some doing in order to redeem him.

I can't wait for War. ( )
  tetisheri | Aug 15, 2020 |
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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.

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