Series: The Four Horsemen #2
Published: 10 July, 2019 Genres: New Adult, Romance, Paranormal Romance
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War is the second book in a post-apocalyptic romance series about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. But because they’re romance novels, each volume can stand alone, and at least with the first two books, the order that you read them shouldn’t be super important.
The book’s heroine, Miriam, is living in war-torn Jerusalem. The end times have come, her family is gone, and in the opening scenes of the book, her city is sacked by War’s army. The moment he sees her, time stands still, and he spares her life, claiming that she is his wife and that they are destined to be together. Miriam is clearly freaked out, but she goes with him, rather than being slaughtered like the rest of her city.
War is a horseman of the apocalypse. It’s his destiny and purpose to slaughter mankind. He travels from town to town leaving a path of death and destruction in his wake, and then he finds Miriam. He believes that she has been sent to him by God, and that the two of them are meant to be together.
As the book progresses, Miriam begins to see War as a person, and not just an incarnation of mankind’s doom. And War begins to realize that the violence he’s leaving in his wake is a threat to Miriam. She uses his feelings to try to convince him to stop trying to kill off humanity.
Miriam is a *stressful* protagonist to read about because she does have a backbone and she has no sense of self-preservation. From the very start of the book, she’s the only person who stands up to War, and it’s partly because she sees herself as already doomed, and partly because his feelings for her provide some modicum of protection. She gets herself into sticky situations because of her brazenness. She has agency, and she makes decisions that I would not consider to be smart.
I liked War as a protagonist a lot more than I liked Pestilence from the previous book. I really enjoy the barbarian warlord archetype, so War was definitely more my type. Mental image: Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo, but as a prince of the apocalypse.
War was a quick read, and I enjoyed it a lot. I’m looking forward to seeing what Thalassa does with the other two warlords. The next books in the series aren’t out yet, but Famine should hopefully be released later this summer, and I’m impatiently waiting for it.