Review: War by Laura Thalassa

December 6, 2021


War, the second book in The Four Horseman series by Laura Thalassa, is available for FREE with Kindle Unlimited! 


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, Miriam Elmahdy knows her life is over. Houses are burning, the streets run red with blood, and a traitorous army is massacring every last resident. 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 wife, and instead of killing her, he takes her back to his camp.

Now Miriam faces a terrifying future, one where she watches her world burn town by town, and the one man responsible for it all is her seemingly indestructible “husband”. But there’s another side to him, one that’s gentle and loving and dead 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. And so she must make the ultimate choice: surrender to War and watch humankind fall, or sacrifice everything and stop him.





I waited to write this review until after I read the entire series, so I've had time to think at length about the plot of every single book, my feelings about the characters and their romances, and how each story compares to the others. Usually, when I binge a series, the details of each book become less clear with every book I read. The stories just kind of all begin to mesh into one giant blob in my head. That wasn't the case with The Four Horsemen. Each book as well as the emotions they evoked are still fresh in my mind, and I credit the author's brilliant storytelling for that.


Okay, okay! Let's talk War!

For starters, War is my probably my favorite hero in the entire series. Even though I adore his brothers, something about him just hits different for me.


The character development War goes through is the most thorough and well done of all of the horseman. I appreciate how he goes from being this violent brute of a man that literally gives zero fucks about humanity to one that falls in love with a human woman and finds compassion for mankind itself. He begins to relate and care for them on a personal level, and it is absolutely fucking beautiful!


I appreciated that though the heroine, Miriam, was falling for War, she never forgot her purpose. She didn't put her personal happiness over saving the world. Every chance she got, she was out finding ways to warn others of what was coming and sabotaging things as much as she was able to. She intervened on other people's behalf when she could, and she tried to use War's affections for her for the greater good. I couldn't fault her for anything she did.


**slightly spoilery** Yes, she was sleeping with enemy while people were being slaughtered by him on a regular basis, but ultimately, that's how she saved everyone's ass! Plus, they had an otherworldly connection. She understood the Angelic language and was clearly put in his path by God for a purpose. **end of spoilers**


When I finished Pestilence, I was worried that the rest of the books in this series would be carbon copies of each other, and if you're worried about the same, please know that isn't the case at all. The author makes sure that each individual story and couple dynamic is unique. The setting of every story is different than the last, and the endings differ more and more as the series goes on.


If you're interested in The Four Horsemen at all, please don't hesitate to pick them up. You won't regret it! This series is one of my favorites of the year, and if these books are any indication, Laura Thalassa will be going on my list of unicorn authors in the very near future.

Fantasy/apocalyptic romance fans, this one's for you!!

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About the Author

Laura Thalassa 

Found in the forest when she was young, Laura Thalassa was raised by fairies, kidnapped by werewolves, and given over to vampires as repayment for a hundred year debt. She’s been brought back to life twice, and, with a single kiss, she woke her true love from eternal sleep. She now lives happily ever after with her undead prince in a castle in the woods.

… or something like that anyway.

When not writing, Laura can be found scarfing down guacamole, hoarding chocolate for the apocalypse, or curled up on the couch with a good book.


  1. I. Fuckin. Love. This. REVIEW!! Incredible job, Jess! I've got this series coming up soon on my reading list and now I'm even more excited to get to it!! Like, I'm seriously contemplating jumping ahead lol. Another stellar book rec!

  2. Aaah! Thank you so much, Nat!!! ❤💋 I can't wait to see what you think! It's one of my favorites of the year! 😍