Pestilence (The Four Horsemen #1) by T.A. Chase ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

pestilence_pride_exlarge_PNG-180x288Title: Pestilence (The Four Horsemen #1)

Author: T.A. Chase

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Cover Artist: Posh Gosh

Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/03/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay, M/M Romance, Paranormal

Blurb:

For Pestilence, the White Horseman, love becomes the most powerful cure.

Having lost his wife and child during the Black Death, Pestilence accepts the fate destiny has given him as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. For centuries, Pestilence did his job, spreading plagues and disease around the world. He does it to keep the balance between good and evil, yet he hates every minute of it. He longs to be left alone, but suddenly fate seems to have a different plan for him.

When Bart Winston stumbles into an Amazon clearing, he’s terribly ill and sure he’s going to die. A tall white-haired man with unusual black eyes catches him in his arms and Bart’s life takes a turn into the unbelievable. Blaming the whole situation on his illness might have worked, but as he gets better and learns about the strange man who heals him, Bart must accept there are more things in the world than he ever guessed.

Pestilence and Bart heal each other, and begin to wonder if there can be a future for the White Horseman and the mortal he’s fallen in love with.

Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released under the same title. It has been re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.

My View:

I thought this version of the four horsemen of the apocalypse was unique and interesting. I liked the way their roles were cast as the “balance” for good/evil, instead of the traditional casting of harbingers of doom.

I loved learning about Pestilence, his origins, and his curse. I liked that he was not perfect, that being a horseman didn’t come with unlimited knowledge and arrogance. It gave him that bit of humanity that allowed me to connect to him as a person. I don’t think I would have liked this one if he had super powers and could have made everything perfect easily. I enjoyed the struggle and seeing him learn just like anyone else.

And I loved the glimpses of Death. He was a very enigmatic man and I can’t wait to learn more about him as this series progresses.

I liked the way this was slow burn type story. Not only in the romance department but also in the reveal of the characters. Tidbits were given throughout the entire story not just at the beginning. There were times I felt things were a bit too slow and sometimes I wondered what the point of the story was, but those moments were resolved well enough to keep me interested to the end. I also thought some of the sex scenes were unnecessary and a bit too crude for the way the author had developed the characters, but overall, it did not take much away from the story.

I enjoyed the slow journey Pestilence took to forgiveness. Through Bart and his never ending questions, Pestilence was forced to re-evaluate how he viewed himself, his history, his job, and his desires. Bart’s acceptance of him was a vital part to his healing and I am glad it was handled how it was. I am glad this story was not one of perfection but one of needing to understand and one of gradual acceptance. I did feel like the ending was a bit rushed, but it was what I expected to happen.

Overall, I liked this story and I can’t wait for the one to learn more of this world and see how the next horseman finds his way.

Links

Pestilence (The Four Horsemen #1) on Goodreads
Pride Publishing
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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