Famine by Laura Thalassa
Also in this series: Pestilence , War
Series: The Four Horsemen #3
Published by Lavabrook Publishing on October 1, 2020
Genres: Mythological Fantasy Romance, Dystopian Romance
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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.
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.
Famine is the third book in the “Four Horseman” series and I have to say that this author never ceases to amaze me in her powerful and provoking storytelling. I will admit that I have had this book on my kindle for quite some time and I am not sure what kept me from picking up this book right away. I think it was that it had a revenge plot and those type of plots I really NEED to be in the right mood for so I think I was honestly just waiting to be in the right frame of mind so that I could enjoy this as fully as I wanted to and man it was worth the wait on that because this BOOK was epic. And just like the previous two books Pestilence and War….I FELL hard for this one. I don’t know what it is about these anti heroes that this author writes, but she just gravitates the reader to her style of writing in a way where you can’t help but have that hate/love relationship and love the journey of it all.
So Famine is a story of the third horseman coming down and destroying everything in his path. At first Famine, was just doing his duty and had little care one way or another. But then the evils of humankind showed its true colors, and after he was tortured in the worst of ways, but then was rescued by a female he was drawn to his “little flower”. But when he destroyed her home and family, she left him and ended up being a prostitute to survive in a world that is falling apart around her. When her madame encourages her to offer herself to save them, she goes to Famine, hoping he would recognize her and spare them. But the worst happens, he doesn’t recognize her at all, and her dear friend is killed, and Ana herself is left for dead and miraculously she survives and now she is out for revenge. Both Famine and Ana are on the path to revenge but find their way towards redemption.
Pushing away from the bathroom counter, the Reaper moves to the doorway. “Tomorrow we’re heading out. If you try to escape, I won’t feed you.” He looks disturbingly delighted by that possibility. Fucking Famine.
Famine is a story that I don’t think any reader can fully prepare themselves for, its a story that takes a hero that is full on anti hero, in fact, probably the most difficult of the horsemen so far to find redeemable. Unlike the previous two heroes, who had some liking for humankind….Famine is far from different. He has been around before humankind even existed, and has seen all their evils over the centuries. He has no issue playing around with humans for his enjoyment and killing them with little thought. But it is one small human woman that shifts his plan from revenge to something deeper. Its the change that we see within Famine that is wondrous to behold. Throughout the first half of the story, you don’t want to like him and will even have a hate relationship with him. But then as he slowly changes, your view of him changes along the way and despite knowing what he has done, you can’t help but cheer for him and his redeeming journey.
You really should’ve stayed away. You may still be that same little flower who saved me, but then, I’m not known for letting flowers grow
The heroine was one I wasn’t sure about at first. But I grew to love her tenacity, stubborness and heart of gold she endeavors that no one see. She has had a tough life, and knows hardship and pain. But I liked that she isn’t too bitter about it, and despite life changing in ways she never imagined, she still endeavors to have goodness. I did love seeing her creativity and her boldness in taking charge of her life. Her revenge plot against the hero was a delight to see for sure because you see how their revenge is so alike to each other and there is a depth of understanding that builds between them. The growth of these characters is what shows the true talent of this author. But seriously this ENDING….WHY???!!! LOL I need DEATH in my hands like right now. HAHA Now it had a more HFN ending, now the HEA feel but I have a feeling we will get that in the final book of the series. Definitely eager to try more of these authors books for sure.
God, but this man feels like home, and that’s more than a little wondrous to a woman like me, who’s never really had a home.
Overall I found Famine to be an intriguing story that won my heart fiercely in ways I never imagined, and what a wild ride of intense suspense, deep character growth and a dystopian fantastical world to captivate your attention and have you falling in love despite your resistance to it….STUNNINGLY DEEP!