Review: Pestilence by Laura Thalassa

Reviewed by Jen

It’s not often that a cover draws me to a book the way this one did. I read the blurb and I was on the fence. I read some of the reviews and I was really on the fence. But at the end of the day, that cover won me over and here I am, done with reading this book in one sitting. Will it be for everyone? No. But I enjoyed it quite a bit and I can say for sure I will be back to read the next installment when it comes out.

The title and cover tell you a lot. This is a romance centering on Pestilence, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. And I can tell you two things: One, Pestilence is not a good guy. He’s not a guy at all, really. He is disease made flesh. His one and only mission is to destroy the human race. So (two) if you can’t wrap your brain around how a woman could fall in love with a merciless killer, this is not the book for you. Obviously, Pestilence learns some human emotions as he falls in love, but this is his journey. For much of the book, he is an unrelenting force, bent on humanity’s destruction.

Still with me? Great.

As the story begins, it has been five years since the first appearance of the horsemen. At that time, there were mass casualties… airplanes fell from the sky… most technology failed. Then, they vanished. It seemed that things might go back to normal, until Pestilence appeared on his horse. He began riding though North America, decimating cities in his wake. Sara’s town is in his path. So she and her fellow firefighters draw straws to see who ignores the evacuation order and stays behind to try to kill him. She loses.

I’ll give it Sara. She really tried to kill Pestilence. The only problem is that he cannot be killed. That makes him more than a little put out with her after she shoots him and sets him on fire. Instead of just killing her, he decides to keep her alive, to drag her with him on his mission, so that she experiences as much suffering as possible.

I’ve got to say that when Pestilence says suffering… he means suffering. Some of their early scenes together are difficult to get through because Sara really has to endure a lot. But somehow, along the way, these two become less and less adversaries. They become companions, even friends of a sort. Sara begins exposing Pestilence to the simple joys of humanity, like food and drink… and through her compassion and kindness for the dying people they encounter, she teaches him that there are humans who might be worth something.

Of course, this is a romance, so that friendship ends up something even deeper. And that is where the book shines. Because neither Sara nor Pestilence wants to want the other. At their very cores, they have different agendas and they’re in direct opposition. Yet they feel what they feel. I loved the forbidden nature of it all as well as watching Pestilence experience lust and emotion for the very first time. Very good stuff.

Yes, it’s hard to imagine falling in love with the scourge of humanity. Yes, he makes people suffer and die in front of her eyes. So if that’s a deal killer for you… stay away. If not, and you want to see a villain learn what it means to love and be loved, you might want to give this one a try.

Rating: B/B+

Click to purchase: Amazon

by Laura Thalassa
Release Date: March 20, 2018


  1. I LOVE this cover. It reminds me of the artist who does Grace Draven’s covers. I’m not sure if the book is for me, probably. You wrote an excellent review! Anne – Books of My Heart

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