“Death, God’s last angel.”
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 😳🤬😏🤓☺️
The heroine: Lazarus – as a young child, she was the only one left alive in a city decimated by the horseman Pestilence. Now, over 25 years later she is the only one left alive in her town when Death rides through. Her adopted mother named her after Saint Lazarus of Bethany who was raised from the dead.
The Hero(es): Death (a.k.a. Thanatos) – the 4th and most powerful horseman. He not only has the power to kill, but he has all the powers that his three brothers had as well. He is able to separate souls from their bodies and send them on there way to the hereafter.
The Story: After Death rides through the town where Lazarus lives, she takes it upon herself to stop him in any way she can. Lazarus lives to thwart death and to slow him down or stop him in any way she can. Though he certainly doesn’t make it easy for her. The attraction between them doesn’t help either.
“Hate is such a gentle word for what I feel for the horseman. And yet the sight of him makes me ache inside. He’s beautiful and terrible and more than just a little mythical as he rides down the highway.”
This story takes some turns that I did not expect at all. Pestilence, War and Famine make a few appearances and I enjoyed them quite a bit. Lazarus was the most surprising of all. She is definitely a warrior and she doesn’t give up. She fights for what she believes in and even when she gives up the fight, she has valid reasons.
I enjoyed this book, it was similar to the others of course in that each had a horseman traveling and leaving destruction in their wake. Though each did have a different way of killing people. Death’s was the most humane, though he killed hundreds, or even thousands in an instant the minute he rode into town and also he sees it as setting the soul free of human trappings to go on to the pearly gates. Though I suppose many souls go the other way as well, so it isn’t exactly freeing for them.
I also liked the romance. These two start out as enemies, battling and even killing each other. Though neither of them can really die, so they come back to life after being killed. But man that’s gotta hurt. They each die more than once and in some very painful ways, so it would seem hard for them to fall for each other. However, you can see why they would since they both are living very lonely and solitary existences and the only time they can really be themselves is with each other.
“You were designed to be mine. And it’s time I claimed you.”
I waited a long time for each book this series after first reading Pestilence and loving it so much. I am sure at some point in the future I will binge the entire series. Though I have to say that since I am getting older and read 300-500 books a year, I end up forgetting much of the detail of some of the books I read, but the books in this series have all stuck with me. I loved them all.