I love fantasy romance series and despite how awful the (anti)heroes are in the beginning, the four horsemen series always leave me happy and excited for the next book! Happy is such a strong word because let’s be real this series is about the four horsemen of the Apocalypse and they are bad, like I kill all that is in front of me, bad.
This review has some spoilers, sorry!
‘Ana da Silva always assumed she’d die young, she just never expected it to be at the hands of Famine, the haunting immortal who once spared her life so many years ago. But if the horseman remembers her at all, he must not care, for when she comes face to face with him for the second time in her life, she’s stabbed and left for dead.
Only, she doesn’t quite die.
If there’s one thing Famine is good at, it’s cruelty. And how these blighted bastards deserve it. Try as he might, he can’t forget what they once did to him. But when Ana, a ghost from his past, corners him and promises pain for what he so recently did to her, she and her empty threats captivate him, and he decides to keep her around.
In spite of themselves, Ana and Famine are drawn to each other. But at the end of the day, the two are enemies. Nothing changes that. Not one kind act, not two. And definitely not a few steamy nights. But enemies or reluctant lovers, if they don’t stop themselves soon, heaven will.’
In this book we met Famine, the thirds horsemen of the Apocalypse, and if you thought he was the worst, then let me tell you that he is not, the next one is way worst, Death. The ending of this book is the most perfect ending, because (spoiler alert) all the horsemen will be together in the last book.
But why do I like a book where the (anti)hero kills without mercy and the heroine is a prostitute? Not every book has to be about a virgin and a bad guy that turns to be good. No. We have to think outside the box.
I’m so happy that I read this book. It shows the cruelty of the humanity and how among bad people, are always good people too. It’s wrong to lost the hope that people can still be good. Also, the technology: a big thing in these books because we discover that too much technology was one of the reasons why the four horsemen came.
The slow burn in this book is real, and although Famine is worst than Pestilence and War (I always thought War would be worst of the four horseman, because…it’s War! something that every man has inside of him) but Famine has more or less a reason to think the way he thinks about humanity. First there is the reason why he’s on earth, to end humanity, then he’s really old and know what humanity can do, it’s in his blood and the cherry on top is in the fact that humanity didn’t treat him very well his ‘human form’.
“Pestilence, for all his disease, has always been perversely drawn to humans. And War was made from human desires. Terrible as my brothers are, I am worse.”
Then, there is Ana, our Brazilian heroine. She had a really difficult life but she still sees some good in people.
Ana saved Famine when she was younger and instead of going with him, she decided to stay in her deserted village, where she then turn to become a prostitute. Her mother died when she was really young, her father a few years later, and her aunt was really bad to her. But after all this, she kinda still believed in love and I liked how she cried the death of her prostitute friends, how fond she was about them.
After a couple of years, Ana is presented to Famine but he doesn’t recognize her (too much makeup, really?) and he order to kill her. But she survive miraculously and the vendetta starts. She tries to kill Famine, but when he recognize her, he never lets her leave his side. After all she was the only one that showed kindness to him.
Like I said it’s a slow burn, we have to wait a lot for a kiss (and what a kiss!), but when the author started to write the steamy scenes, she never stoped. And let’s not forget about Ana’s innuendos.
“It was a mistake,” he agrees. “Let’s make another and another. We can regret them all tomorrow”.
The way Ana realize that she was falling in love with Famine is beautiful, and how Famine realized the importance of forgiveness…
“Why?” I ask, taking it from him. Why did he grow this rose for me after he wiped out my village, and why did he grow it for me again today? It’s been one of those odd, random things that’s picked at me. “Because around you,” he says, “I feel the oddest urge to use my power to create rather than destroy.”
When Famine needs to choose between humanity and Ana, he accepts the consequences and chooses Ana.
My only complain about this book, well about the entire series, are the covers. I read this book in e-book format so I didn’t had the problem with Famine, but I can’t imagine going for work and reading this book with this cover in the transports. In my opinion the French covers are much more appealing.