Review – Famine




The Four Horsemen #3


Laura Thalassa


Paranormal Romance


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.


3.5stars rating

As we already know what to expect from the previous instalments, there wasn’t much worldbuilding to be done. When the horsemen came to earth, that was the end of all technology and people had to be self-reliant once more. With Pestilence and War out of the picture, it was now time for Famine to take the reigns and bring an end to humanity. This instalment takes place in Brazil (and at this moment I really can’t wait to find out where Death will take place :D), where there was a gazillion of plants… and wouldn’t you know, Famine loved to use plants in his cruel and merciless killing.
Scenes and descriptions were well detailed and clear, as we have come to expect from the author :

Character development:

Ana was a prostitute, right until Famine’s henchmen stabbed her and her madame and left her for dead.
Swearing bloody vengeance she went after him, only to discover there was more to Famine than cruelty (though you really wouldn’t say, seriously).
Famine had the right of it though, and I think if any of us would have gone through the same hell as he did, we would have taken up arms and killed everyone as well.
For some reason, I just couldn’t connect to the characters in this instalment 🙁 They just felt a bit flat 🙁 Where Pestilence and War had me emotionally invested, Famine left me hanging :'(

Pacing & Flow:

The start was nice and slow, letting you get your bearings and around the 60% mark of the book it really picked up the pace and I started to enjoy it a lot more. As always, good balance between all the conversations and the action.

The book itself:

The book was well written and there were no (noticeable) errors. There is sex described (if that is important to you).
The book was 404 pages long, spread over 57 chapters and told mostly from Ana’s point of view.

Final Thoughts:

While it wasn’t my favourite from the books up till now, I am happy I finally read it and I can tell you… I’m suuuuuper stoked for Death (since, small spoiler for you, we’ve seen him already! *swoon*)