Pestilence

Pestilence

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...

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Title:Pestilence
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Pestilence Reviews

  • AMY ♥(pronounced AH-MEI)♥

    #NotMyCover

    GUYS! Thalassa sensei was robbed! Seriously big fraud! A stupid book designer stole the artwork so she had to replace the cover.

    Question, though. If the criminal designer pays for the stolen artwork because he did it after all, can we recover the old cover? If it's possible let's start a petition. I need the original cover back!

    Make the thief pay! Let's start a petition!

    Guys! Don't get so worked out! It's just a book! A good book, too.

    It's fiction people.

    How is the cov

    #NotMyCover

    GUYS! Thalassa sensei was robbed! Seriously big fraud! A stupid book designer stole the artwork so she had to replace the cover.

    Question, though. If the criminal designer pays for the stolen artwork because he did it after all, can we recover the old cover? If it's possible let's start a petition. I need the original cover back!

    Make the thief pay! Let's start a petition!

    Guys! Don't get so worked out! It's just a book! A good book, too.

    It's fiction people.

    How is the cover deceiving? A horseman of the apocalypse falls in love with hot chick. I mean that's not lovey-dovey romance, or post-apocalyptic adventure: it's romance of the dark-ish kind. Anyone can see that just by looking at the cover.

    So Pestilence kills people?

    Duh!

    Update 5

    4.5 pestilential stars!

    Buddy read still in progress with: Rachel, Jordan, Parvati, Bilabi, Raven Blake, Kimberly and a few more friends still reading. Click below for their AMYzing reviews, I'll add more reviews later:

    I loved Pestilence! I laughed, I cried, I couldn't put it down!

    When you finished a book you loved and need an striking visual of a hot blond horseman and all you can find is this:

    You scream like this!

    Those aren't bad visual, I'm seriously thinking our world is ready for Fabio 2.0. The problem is along with those images I found this:

    Not like I picture my lovely Pestilence.

    I picture Pestilence like this:

    Anyway! I've been hyped for Pestilence since I saw the cover and I was literally counting down the days because I have a thing for blond antiheros like

    ,

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    ,

    ,

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    even

    is so close to my heart. Well thanks to Thalassa sensei, dear Pestilence joined the club! It took me a while to warm up to him because he was an ass, and not in a good way, but eventually he won my heart. I love love love love love him! It was so cute how Sara was teaching him to be human. Don't take me wrong, not everything was lovey-dovey. Some scenes were seriously fucked up and gory, but I loved that.

    Guys this is a #Mustread, if you're a fan of

    or you need to read a book featuring a brooding, blond hero you'll love Pestilence.

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    Update 4:

    Buddy read in progress with Rachel, Jordan, Parvati, Bilabi. (Lucia and Corinne, will join us later maybe? During the holidays?)

    Click on their names to read their reviews.

    UPDATE 3: THIS ISN'T A DRILLING

    ****IT'S LIVE GUYS! ****

    *Kisses her kindle

    ♥UPDATE 2♥

    March 20th can't get here fast enough!

    ♥UPDATED♥

    Oho! Februarish- Marchish according to Thalassa-san. I can't wait!

    ♥ORIGINAL REVIEW BEFORE UPDATES:

    ♥NEED THIS! ♥Release date?

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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Holy shit!

    Review to come later!

  • Renégade ♥

    This book is now on my favourites shelf.

    I will definitely be reading it again.

    And the general consensus from our buddy read (BR):

    It was a total roller-coaster.

    (There were some moments where it seemed to damn near fly off the tracks just to keep us screaming and hanging on for dear life...)

    And even though this tale was filled with darkness, devastation, suffering, violence, heartbreak and despair?

    While it also explored some of the deeper questions about life, death, faith, morality, and G

    This book is now on my favourites shelf.

    I will definitely be reading it again.

    And the general consensus from our buddy read (BR):

    It was a total roller-coaster.

    (There were some moments where it seemed to damn near fly off the tracks just to keep us screaming and hanging on for dear life...)

    And even though this tale was filled with darkness, devastation, suffering, violence, heartbreak and despair?

    While it also explored some of the deeper questions about life, death, faith, morality, and God?

    And moved some of us to tears and/or gave a few of us that telltale lump in the throat?

    It was often freakin' hilarious.

    Our heroine, Sara, is one tough, smart, snarky and compassionate cookie, and she definitely uses her fightfighter training/skills, love of poetry (Edgar Allen Poe, anyone?), and fantastic sense of humour to get through all the 'hard' times (talk about an understatement on my part). That humour helped us to get through them too.

    As for Pestilence (who came to be affectionately known around BR parts as Pest)?

    Well, you've got to read the book to understand just how much of a feat this author pulled off in making one of the freakin' four horseman of the apocalypse,"the literal embodiment of plague", a sympathetic romantic figure, especially when you consider that his sole purpose was to wipe out humankind and he was doing such a damn fine job of it...

    But trust me, when all is said and done?

    This is a story about love, forgiveness, understanding, compassion and hope, and the ways in which all those things (but especially love) have the potential to save the world...

    Such a fascinating ride.

    And now I'm definitely looking forward to Death.

    One of the upcoming books in this series, peeps, and not the real deal.

    Just so we're clear here.

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    What a beautiful cover...

    Since I'm also intrigued by the blurb?

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  • Jilly

    Things I have never expected to say:

    1. I think I'll pass on dessert.

    2. This is my natural hair color.

    3. You girls go get drunk and wild in Vegas without me.

    4. I love Pestilence and I can't wait for War!

    Okay, so I have still never said the first three, but number 4 is very true. Pestilence is my new book boyfriend. And, good news, HE is actually robbing the cradle, instead of me being a cougar this time. I think I read Paranormal just to get book boyfriends my own age - ancient.

    Actual footage of

    Things I have never expected to say:

    1. I think I'll pass on dessert.

    2. This is my natural hair color.

    3. You girls go get drunk and wild in Vegas without me.

    4. I love Pestilence and I can't wait for War!

    Okay, so I have still never said the first three, but number 4 is very true. Pestilence is my new book boyfriend. And, good news, HE is actually robbing the cradle, instead of me being a cougar this time. I think I read Paranormal just to get book boyfriends my own age - ancient.

    Actual footage of me on my porch. That's my natural hair color. Stay off my lawn!

    If you ever read the Angelfall series, and wished for some sex in it, this is the series for you. That was definitely one of my all-time favorite YA series. Rafe was funnier than Pestilence, but Pestilence is sweeter. (again. sounds strange.)

    So, in this book we have Pestilence, the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, riding around, giving everyone a case of killer boils. The news is covering it, so of course people get the idea that they will simply kill him. But, whomever kills him will have to get close enough that they will be sacrificing their lives because they will be infected. Sarah, our heroine and some of her fellow firefighters draw straws to decide who is going to do the deed, and she "wins". Her job is simple - kill Pestilence. Of course, none of these morons have considered the possibility that maybe, just maybe, an avenging angel of the apocalypse couldn't be killed. Much like Keith Richards.

    Recycle, kids. WWKD?

    Sarah's murder attempt is extremely brutal. Like, torturous. So Pestilence decides to NOT kill her right away, and instead to make her suffer. And, at first she really does. But, as time goes on, these two crazy kids, who each tortured the other, fall in love - Stockholm Syndrome style. It's beautiful.

    Swoony? This guy is a total sweet-talker. And, he's a virgin. Now, I gotta say, good job on turning things around, Laura Thalassa! We need more virgin, beautiful god-men who fall in love with snarky not-virginal normal-women. If I have to read about one more alpha caveman playboy asshole who only falls in love with the snowflake virgin girl who saved herself just for him, I will probably puke. It's a refreshing change to have a guy who ISN'T a walking ad for STDs. Of course, since he's Pestilence, he might still dish them out, but at least he doesn't have them himself.

    Why do we even have that font?

    This book does have a paranormal romance going on, but it also has a lot of darkness, depth, and meaning in it. If there was anything I would have changed, it would have been towards the end. I don't feel like every couple HAS to have a break-up and fit into that exact formula. Also,

    Still, overall, this was an awesome book and I am really excited about the coming WAR!

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  • Sabrina The Trash Queen

    IM SO HAPPY I FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS BOOK!

    This is the first book that I have read about the Four Horsemen. And damn if it wasn't good.

    This book is a great combination of a very realistic and sarcastic female charac

    IM SO HAPPY I FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS BOOK!

    This is the first book that I have read about the Four Horsemen. And damn if it wasn't good.

    This book is a great combination of a very realistic and sarcastic female character and a very well writing anti-hero.

    It was filled with hate, love, loss, pain, suffering, devastation, violence, torture, forgiveness and sarcastic/funny moments. What else do you need to be honest?

    Sara is just great, and she and I have 2 things in common, I'm tedious as well and I too have a soft spot for Pestilence.

    I absolutely adore it when she had her philosophical moments and her love for poetry and English literature.

    I'm sure that since the beginning we weren’t supposed to hate Pestilence because he was a fantastic character. An anti-hero at its finest.

    He's somewhat oblivion about the world that he is supposed to destroy just made his character better.

    And I absolutely adore him!

    How can this book end like that? With that cliffhanger? Like, WAR man, WAR! The next book will be about WAR!

    I need it!

    This is definitely a favorite of mine.

  • 🦊 Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

    Story ⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Four years ago four horseman landed on earth. With their arrival humans thought the end of the world was there.

    But they were so wrong. The horseman disappeared as fast as they appeared on earth.

    Only four years later one of them appears again - Pestilence the conqueror of the world. Spreading a plague through the world he’s destroying Pestilence is attacked by Sar

    Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Four years ago four horseman landed on earth. With their arrival humans thought the end of the world was there.

    But they were so wrong. The horseman disappeared as fast as they appeared on earth.

    Only four years later one of them appears again - Pestilence the conqueror of the world. Spreading a plague through the world he’s destroying Pestilence is attacked by Sara who sacrifices herself to kill the horseman and safe humanity.

    But things never really go according to the plan and so Sara is being held prisoner by the horseman.

    There’s suffering and there is pain painted with thick hate, but the line between love and hate is small and soon Sara isn’t so sure about her thoughts and her feelings for the horseman anymore.

    This was awesome! The whole book was so addictive, funny and entertaining I couldn’t stop reading.

    Even though I enjoyed it immensely there will be people saying that there is a lack of action. But for me it was a book with a great pacing, filled with action and a lot of feelings. All in all mostly an emotional and character driven book.

    The first half of the book easily would’ve been a five star, but reading more and more of it, the book itself really concentrated on the love story in it and that made it a little less intriguing.

    Still, the end was great and I’ll definitely reread this book sometime soon!

    Btw. Did you see this gorgeous cover? Uh 😍😍😍

    Characters ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    If you love sassy characters with a big mouth then Sara Burns is the perfect woman for you.

    She’s brave, cool and absolutely funny.

    I loved her from the start.

    And even though it wasn’t really surprising, she did have a great character development surviving and accepting all the feelings she had.

    And Pestilence - oh my precious baby. Yes, he was killing all human kind and yes, he was a grumpy super mean and brutal guy in the beginning, but even though if you met him he would totally scare the sh*t out of you, he still saved Sara a lot of times.

    He went through such a great wonderful character development that I fell in love with him easily. Such a kind big hearted guy that lets you stand your own woman and safe his sorry ass but also protects and cares for you.

    If you ask me, that’s probably the perfect man for me 😉

    Also, how adorable was the fact that he had no clue what humans ate and so he mixed the weirdest things together for Sara to eat. Or the fact that once he tasted cake he couldn’t stop eating it? That was the absolute cutest thing ever.

    World ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Anyone ever heard of the apocalypse the Bible is telling us about in their last book? Yes? Then you probably heard about the four horseman.

    Pestilence, war, famine and death. (Yes, I googled famine I’m not even sorry where should I pick up an English world like that in Germany? 🤷🏻‍♀️ P.s. for all who’s asking themselves the same question: it’s something much stronger than hunger).

    They came down to earth to end it and with each episode humanity shrinks even more.

    Starting with Pestilence who’s spreading a plague through just appearing at one place.

    With all the hunger, desperation and fear humans show the best and the worst sides of themselves.

    All in all if we ever endured such a situation (You know: a horseman killing us all off one by one) then this reaction, the feelings of humanity seems pretty realistic.

    When humans feel a desperation and fear they act violent and brutal. But that’s not all of the human kind - many react with kindness and caring for everyone around you.

    So, I thought that this book had a great world building (even though it was really little). It satisfied me and I can’t wait to read the next book!

    Relationships ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Oh man, oh man. Don’t we all love the relationships that change from hate to love?

    No? Well, then I’m probably alone with this, but 🤷🏻‍♀️ who cares.

    Starting with a powerful and fierce hate those two hadn’t had a good time together.

    Even when we put down the insults and the mean words that were thrown at each other we’re still left with the near-death-situations.

    But then... he always saved her. He never let her die, even though he hated her and for all the hate Sara felt she didn’t feel good about what she did to him on the first day.

    And this exact fact - that they overcome their hate and their thoughts and fears - made this love story so wonderful.

    It was funny, adorable and I really loved it.

    And If you love some smut here and there you should probably read this book, because, hell, it’s addictive!

    All in all I thought the second half of the book was too concentrated on the love, but I still loved it and it was still super enjoyable!

    Writing style ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Some of you people don’t like when people curse in books. And when you’re thinking “Yeah, I hate that” you should probably never pick up this book. Like, never.

    But if you’re on my side of the team - and you have absolutely no problem with curses as long as they’re not too much of them, then you’ll grin and laugh your ass off.

    The author made Sara such a funny and sassy character that I loved all of her thoughts.

    And even though you could think this whole book was a joke - it isn’t. In my opinion it does make you think a little bit about apocalypses and how we humans react to such situations.

    So, all in all I loved it and I can’t wait to read the second book (and all the other books this author has written)!

    Reread Nr. 1 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Still love Sara. Still love Pestilence. This book is so addictive and I love it so much! ♥️

    Surely gonna reread this sometime soon. 💁🏻‍♀️

    (I’m not even sorry. My poor TBR.)

  • V. PARENTAL GUIDANCE ALERT:  A Court of Wings and Ruin is NEW ADULT/EROTICA but Goodreads editors won't tell you

    No Cheating,

    No Other Woman

    No Other Men,

    plus Virgin hero!

    More info on safety below

    Jason Lewis as Pest!

    Thank you Laura Thalassa for writing this beautiful enemies to lovers book. And their love conquered everything! I'm so happy LOVE was such an important part of their redemption! Additional thanks to you Laura Thalassa for trusting your talent and hard work SO MUCH as to avoid falling into the pattern of false/deceiving /misleading advertising. That speaks volumes of your

    No Cheating,

    No Other Woman

    No Other Men,

    plus Virgin hero!

    More info on safety below

    Jason Lewis as Pest!

    Thank you Laura Thalassa for writing this beautiful enemies to lovers book. And their love conquered everything! I'm so happy LOVE was such an important part of their redemption! Additional thanks to you Laura Thalassa for trusting your talent and hard work SO MUCH as to avoid falling into the pattern of false/deceiving /misleading advertising. That speaks volumes of your quality as both: as a human being and a writer.

    I almost gave Pestilence a 5 Stars rating on honest advertisement. I might up my rating when I finished the entire series because I've been saying all along that False marketing has become my personal trigger and it's so refreshing to find a new adult book marketed as such!

    When a "fantasy" book has characters who are older than 19 YO and feature explicit sex scenes there shouldn't be:

    a) False advertisement shoved through Goodreads on underage readers throats using Listopia and the Goodreads choice awards to give the impression that said book is a Young adult book

    b) Campaigns to vote up and protect from erasing certain books in what is in my opinion big publishers' self-promotional lists aimed to promote new releases to underage readers (meaning YA 2017, YA 2018, YA 2019 lists in goodreads) Distrust those lists my friends! Plenty of books there are New adult and heavy on sex!

    c) Censorship and campaigns against the few honest reviewers who mention explicit sex scenes in books marketed towards underage readers.

    (Note to goodreads employees and editors, please stop trying to hide the information we readers need to make informed decisions before reading a book.)

    So in spite of the current state of the Goodreads community regarding false advertising (they will probably hide/censor this review) I'll be honest in this review disregarding the consequences (Note: Thalassa isn't pretending her book is Young adult, she has been very upfront and HONEST about the genre of her book and I commend her for that.) : Pestilence isn't a Young adult book, it's a New adult as the MC's are all older than 18 and there are explicit sex scenes. Plus there are some graphic scenes of torture and a massive epidemic. However, that's the brilliance of this book: Not many authors can weave brutality and romance the way Thalassa does. She did it before in her Fallen world series (one of my favorite New adult dystopias) and she did it again with pestilence. I'm impressed with Thalassa's writing ability.

    Is this book perfect? Is this book for everybody? Honestly, no, but what book is? As I said, if violence and sex are your triggers perhaps you should skip it (you'd be missing out, but hey, we like what we like). The hero, Pestilence, is very stubborn about

    I personally think that Thalassa could have made the violence of her post-apolyptic world way worse, but she didn't. She knew where to draw the line to make her book a very enjoyable experience and not one that will keep your bile rising up. I thought the combination of horror and romance was beautifully done.

    So Pestilence starts 5 Years after The Four Horsemen of the apocalypse appeared on Earth. Pest is the first one to start their mission of wiping out the human race from Earth, and he takes his mission seriously. The internet has failed and some people aren't sure of what's going on. Several people have tried to kill Pestilence, but he's immortal. Sara doesn't know this and when her own attempt to kill Pest fails she'll become her prisoner. Cool isn't it? And let me tell you something. Pest is really sadistic at the beginning. He seems to have been observing for years how low our kind can scoop (Hitler? Rwanda? Bosnia? Sandy Hook?) and he'll hurt Sara physically so much that at one point you'll be wondering: Is this really a romance? To be honest I almost DNF at certain point. I can't stand a hero torturing the heroine and then root for her tofall in love with him. That's not romantic, but hang in there my dear romance-loving friends. Later in the book we'll be able to see why Pestilence is the way he is, and why he isn't the bad guy.

    After a journey all over post-apocalyptic North America (think Angelfall) and several close encounters with death, a crucial point comes for Pestilence and Sara when they meet Rob and Ruth, an elderly couple. Rob and Ruth know what kind of death awaits to the ones who come close to Pestilence, yet they are religious, wise people. They realize Pest isn't a bad man, they know he's not doing what he does for fun and they above all notice the kind of feelings that are brewing inside him. He's already in love with Sara and it shows! So they'll welcome death with open arms after a long life of shared love and shared hardships. Honestly, I couldn't love this couple more. From their encounter with these two something changes in both, Sara and Pest and they'll start their own path through redemption. Through love, with love, because love. I thought that was beautiful!

    Religion is managed well IMHO. Nothing is offensive or contradictory to the beliefs of the Abrahamic creeds: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Have you read City of bones or Angelfall? Both are insanely popular books that IMHO have a more risky, potentially offensive approach to religion. Jace the hero of City of Bones says that although he is a nephilim and has been blessed by the Angel Raziel he hasn't seen anything that makes him believe in God, he's convinced that even if God existed (and he doesn't bet on it) we are on our own. Archangel Raphael the hero of the Angelfall series is an atheist and he isn't even convinced God created him. Does this sound risky and potentially offensive to bible readers? It isn't, considering both books are insanely popular. In comparison Pestilence handles the religious talk in a more neutral way IMHO. According to Pestilence God exists, but Pest is convinced God is beyond religions so all religions deserve respect. I personally loved the way religion was handled here. It discusses religion in a non-religious way. Brilliant!

    Two minor issues I had with this book: The ending and not enough grovel

    This book deserves all the praise is getting and I'm recommending this to my friends who loved New adult dystopian books.

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    Pre reading thoughts

    Beautiful cover?

    No fake advertising? This is New adult paranormal/fantasy advertised as such.

    Amazing blurb?

    A talented New adult author who as far as I remember never writes cheating heroes or heroines?

    Enemies to lover trope?

    Edgy like The Fallen world series?

    Based on Apocalypsis mythology?

    Standalone?

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  • Navessa

    Okay, so here's the thing, I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book like this. You know, one where there's a borderline Stockholm Syndrome relationship going on.

    Because

    .

    This author pulled it off for me, though, and I'm so frigging happy she did, because sometimes I just want to tune out and enjoy a love story that's dark and twisted and oh so wrong that it's

    .

    However, I can definitely see other readers having a problem with this book and the romance that

    Okay, so here's the thing, I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book like this. You know, one where there's a borderline Stockholm Syndrome relationship going on.

    Because

    .

    This author pulled it off for me, though, and I'm so frigging happy she did, because sometimes I just want to tune out and enjoy a love story that's dark and twisted and oh so wrong that it's

    .

    However, I can definitely see other readers having a problem with this book and the romance that blossoms between the male and female leads. And that really comes down to a simple question:

    How do you feel about humanity?

    Do you think we're all worth saving, or are you at the point where you're just like, "Fuck it, maybe we deserve the apocalypse."?

    Lately, I fall into the latter category, so I didn't have much of an issue with the male lead (Pestilence, like, of the four horsemen of the apocalypse) leaving a trail of bubo-covered bodies in his wake.

    And I didn't have a problem with the female lead starting to fall in love with him, even though he was actively wiping out her species. Because it's apparent from the beginning that he's not really driving himself onward. Some divine order is.

    Which made for a

    interesting male lead. Because, through the heroine, he starts to learn that humanity might be worth saving after all. Or, more like, maybe some of us are. The resulting existential crisis is fascinating, and worth sticking around for, in my opinion.

    So, ultimately, if you're bothered by their relationship in the beginning, maybe try pushing through until the end. Because, and I still can't believe I'm saying this, the male lead is fully redeemed by then.

  • Katerina

    not, I repeat do not, let mind-blowingly beautiful covers seduce you. This is the first step towards your doom.

    you were weak like me and gave in to the temptress called Cover, you must be prepared to shut your moral compass. That is necessary if you do not wish to spend your entire reading experience hearing the voices in your head screaming

    that you WILL NOT dive into

    not, I repeat do not, let mind-blowingly beautiful covers seduce you. This is the first step towards your doom.

    you were weak like me and gave in to the temptress called Cover, you must be prepared to shut your moral compass. That is necessary if you do not wish to spend your entire reading experience hearing the voices in your head screaming

    that you WILL NOT dive into a dark, paranormal, heart-pounding adventure. That your eyes will feast on apocalypse smut, that the world will literally burn but the heroine will be busy gawking at the sculpted abs of the human incubator of plague and judging the people who try to kill him in order to save their families and, you know, MANKIND.

    not to cringe every time Sara calls Pestilence well, Pestilence, even in their, ehem, intimate moments. (wait, scratch that, it cannot be implemented)

    back and

    enjoy the ride.

    If you follow my reviews, you must have known by now that

    . I've always stood for the idea that authors expose themselves when they publish a book, because willingly or not they pour a part of their souls into their works, so 3 stars has been my lowest rating, out of (maybe misguided, maybe not) respect. But this time, I couldn't help myself. It's not because

    is a bad writer; on the contrary,

    , and liked the

    that laced her narration, so this is by no means an attack to her talent, or the author herself. I also know, taking into consideration the average rating of this book, that I express

    , without intending to offend all those readers that enjoyed

    . The truth is, I envy them. The blame for not liking

    is all mine, since I knew it was about the

    , thus being aware that the line between right and wrong would be blurry. But guys, the way the main heroine, Sara, perceives things is all

    Let me give you an example: the last time Sara (who was taken captive by Pestilence) and Pestilence entered a big city, riding his undead stallion, the citizens had set up an ambush, resulting to Pestilence being gravely injured (note that he cannot be killed). So, the next time they approach a big city, Sara wants to get off the main road, because:

    a) she wants to spare the people that didn't evacuate from a horrible, painful death

    b) she's afraid she might be killed in the ambush

    c) she doesn't want undying Pestilence to get hurt

    And yes, Sara goes for option c). I suspect she wanted them to throw Pestilence a welcome party as a thank you for, you know, exterminating human race.

    Don't get me wrong, along the way they encountered some really nasty people who committed atrocities against them, and I do not condone that. However, Sara was present when children and sweet elderly people died because of Pestilence, when children lost mothers to plague and parents lost their children when Pestilence commandeered their homes in order for Sara to eat their food (!) and rest (!), something Sara gradually came to accept. I am sorry, but this is

    .

    One could say that the whole point of this book is to show that Pestilence came to understand humanity and found compassion through the power of luuve, to depict Sara's inner battle etc. I beg to differ. I don't blame Pestilence for his nature (even though, to be honest, he was able to spare people but he did so only for the hot chick he encountered),

    . Pestilence tortured her, abused her, made her suffer again and again, and she stood by his side when he spread death and mourning, getting angry at the people who tried to stop him.

    Sadly,

    . The entire book consists of the same routine: Pestilence and Sara travel on horseback, they find some poor fellow's house to rest, and once in a while they encounter desperate people trying to stop them. It eventually got really tedious, it felt like I witnessed the same events again and again.

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