Famine was such a treat!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌎
Character development: 👤👤👤👤👤
The setting: Brazil, 25 years after the first horseman arrived. Cities are falling to ruin and modern technology is gone.
The Hero: Famine (Reaper) – he spreads death and destruction. The name Famine doesn’t always fit even though he has power over growing things. He kills crops and vegetation wherever he goes. Though the people don’t starve, he either has his guards stab them or strange vines sprout from the earth and impale people or choke them slowly, he also has a scythe that is good for beheading.
The heroine: Ana Da Silva – a prostitute from a whorehouse in Laguna. Ana once saved Famine and she wants to see him again. When Famine not only doesn’t recognize her, but treats her like everyone else in town and has her killed, she survives and vows retribution.
The Love Story: Like in the books Pestilence and War, Famine and Ana end up traveling from town to town together. I really like the whole captive gets pulled along for the ride theme that all of these books have. It is a great way to show the utter brutality of the horsemen yet have feelings develop due to the close quarters.
Boy was famine brutal. I thought War would be much worse, but Famine was truly an uncaring lout. In a way his methods, though vicious and bloody, were less brutal than starving to death slowly. Though at least while starving to death there is hope that you will survive.
I really have to say, I hate it when the Hero or Heroine in a romance is a prostitute. This one especially, because Ana seemed to always be throwing out sexual innuendos and talking or thinking about sex or her life as a sex worker. I don’t need the heroine to be virginal, but I think the innuendos and her jokes about sex would have been funnier if she was just a contemporary woman who thinks about sex like most women do. It seemed more sad because she was a pro. It makes me think she should be the type of person who works at a donut shop but never eats donuts because they can’t stomach anymore.
Though I did end up liking Ana, she is a fighter and though she is attracted to Famine, she also abhors the things he does. She hates him at times and wishes she had never saved him back when she was a teenager. The story of the horseman Famine is a compelling one and He is quite the Character. I can’t wait to see what happens with Death.