War by Laura Thalassa Book Review
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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.
The day Jerusalem falls to the horsemen, Miriam Elmahdy knows her life is over. Houses are burning, the streets run red with blood, and a traitorous army is massacring her people. There is no surviving this, especially not once Miriam catches the eye of War himself. But when the massive and terrifying horseman corners Miriam, he calls her his heaven-sent wife, and instead of killing her, he takes her back to his camp.
Now Miriam faces a terrifying future, helplessly watching her world burn town by town, and the one responsible for it is her seemingly indestructible “husband,” who refuses to let her go. But there’s another side to him, one that’s gentle and loving and set on winning her over, and she might not be strong enough to resist.
However, if there’s one thing Miriam has learned, it’s that love and war cannot coexist. She must make the ultimate choice: surrender to War and watch humankind fall, or sacrifice everything to stop him.
Here is the potentially sensitive content that I observed while reading:
- Animal Death
- Child death
- Death of a parent
- Emotional Abuse
- Gun Violence
- Physical Abuse
- Sexual harassment
- Sexually explicit scenes
- Suicidal Attempts/Ideation
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There are possible **SPOILERS** beyond this point!
War tells us the story of the second of the Four Horsemen who comes to Earth. Through the destruction and gore, War (our main male character) sees Miriam and claims her as his wife. She reluctantly travels with his war band as they decimate city after city. Miriam attempts to convince War to stop killing and destroying humankind with promises of love and affection.
I really enjoyed the fantasy of this book. The magic was fascinating and I also liked her post-apocalyptic worldbuilding. The writing was very enjoyable and the read was very interesting. Something that shocked me was how much I really adored both main characters. But the romance fell a little flat for me. I think there were opportunities for me to really like them but something just didn’t click. Miriam is still very conflicted about being with War until nearly the end when things only change because of her surprise pregnancy. War does have incredible growth throughout the story but I didn’t love the minimal progression that our FMC has. I don’t feel like the pregnancy really worked to tie everything up as seamlessly as it could have.
Overall, I didn’t dislike this book. It could be something others would enjoy if you like angst and more fantasy than romance in your romantasy books. I have plans to read the next in the series so that for what you will. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for a copy of this book for review.
There are a few open door scenes in this book. Minimal innuendo but lots of sexual content.
Genre & Tropes
Dark Fantasy Romance
- Enemies to Lovers
- Forced Proximity
“Netet wā neterwej.” You are the one He sent me.
“Netet tayj ḥemet.” You are my wife.
“I am yours and you are mine, Miriam—” I quake at those words. “—but I am not like you, and you should never forget that.”
“Fight all you want, wife. Battle is what I’m best at—and I assure you, you won’t win this one.”
I’m having thigh fantasies. About my enemy. I’m a fucking fool.
“Mine by violence. Mine by might. Mine by divine proclamation.”
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