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Book Review: War by Laura Thalassa


Title: War (The Four Horsemen, #2)

Author: Laura Thalassa

Purchase: Amazon

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Description: 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. 

Rating: 3.75 / 5

This is the sequel to The Four Horsemen book series and although this was very fun, I still liked Pestilence way better.

After the end of Pestilence’s raid, a few years later War came to the Earth to finish what his brother started but failed. Pestilence had fallen in love with a human girl and because of her, he gave up his task to wipe down the civilization with sickness. But War is different, he’s cruel and brutish and everything always goes according to his plans. But he doesn’t know he’s just as weak when it comes to beautiful girls as his brother is.

This takes place in New Palestine (what used to be Jerusalem before the war) and I like the aspect of it because if I’m not mistaken there was a war for Jerusalem in the last century and because of religion, there is still so much fighting and hatred there today. That’s why I like the setting of it. And the main character, Miriam, comes from Muslim-Jewish family so she never really had the best life and she always had to fight for herself. ALthough this book might seem like romance only (with a bit of fantasy) it deals a lot with God and religion. I personally like that but you might not if you’re not into that kind of stuff.

War is completely different from Pestilence. War with his no-mercy policy, the army of both living and undead (which are basically zombies), and without any remorse is worse than Pestilence but when he talks to Miriam there is no hatred or roughness. Pestilence and Sara had a full on enemies-to-lovers romance and I liked their story a bit more. War and Miriam were a bit insta-lovey.

Also, I understand that Miriam can’t really escape War but she is far too forgivable. How can you talk, let alone kiss and sleep with someone who doesn’t even try to stop his crimes and brutality (and the brutality is terrible, I’m talking wiping down the whole cities, even children). I’ve broken up with my boyfriends over way smaller stuff than that. I understand War is a hot dude (and so is this guy on the cover, just wow!) and this girl had been single for a long time but that’s no excuse. I want to see a book where a girl breaks up with a guy who does bad things and no, they don’t end up together in the end. If you know a book like that please leave me a comment 🙂

Other than those two (giant) problems, I liked this book. I can’t wait to read about Famine and I hope author will make his story a bit different because already in this book I saw many similarities and although there’s only so much change you can do to 4 fairly similar stories, you should still try your hardest. And I’d love it if there was a bit less of the sex scenes, but I understand that there’s a lot of people that like those a lot. I’m still searching for a good dark romance without a lot of erotica so please if you know any, recommend them to me!

Also, tell me if you’ve read this book, or are planning to. I love hearing about all of your different opinions.

Happy reading!

10 thoughts on “Book Review: War by Laura Thalassa

  1. Do you know if Laura Thalassa is her real name or a pen name? I just got curious because it sounded so much like Lauralanthalasa from Dragonlance. But split in two. 😛

    When you said you wanna read about Famine and HIS… I thought: Why isn’t at least one of the riders a woman? Falling in love with a boy? Hmmm? Authors? Do all the riders have to be men, falling for some defenseless pretty girl? Have a cool, badass woman fall in love with a gamer geek or something. A cute defenseless boy. 😉 At least it’d be fun to read something that’s the other way ’round for once, right? I might even read that. 😛

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    1. I don’t know but I haven’t found any other name of hers so I guess it is haha. And I agree with you!! I was just thinking about how I love if one of those books was an LGBTQ+ one, it would be so cool and finally something a bit different 😄

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    2. The only series I’ve read where one of the four horsemen is a female and that was Larissa Ione. Her Demonica series is great …. Immortal Rider (that’s on my list to review)

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      1. I just read the description and it seems very interesting. I might read it, I really like this theme in books so thank you for your recommendations 🙂

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  2. I still haven’t gotten around to finishing Pestilence yet!! And intrigued to read War.
    I love a good romance, but I’d like a bad guy to remain a bad guy, everyone doesn’t need to be redeemed 😉
    And a dark romance without a ton or erotica (good luck with!)
    Don’t mind the sex, but when it goes on and on and on and on!!! It does get a little tedious. 🤨
    Thanks for the review. I’ll add war to my TBR pile 📚

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    1. Yes I agree about the sex part, I don’t mind a few scenes but when half the book is only that I do get a bit bored. You can only be so much creative with erotica before it gets repetitive 😂

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  3. This does not sound like it’s for me! I am really over seeing female characters cast in the role of enabler/apologist for an evil man just cause he happens to be a bit nice to her. We are smarter than that people!

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