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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, 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.

©2019 Laura Thalassa (P)2019 Laura Thalassa

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  • Melissa Leto
  • 02-10-19

ehhhhhh

I love, love, loved the 1st book to start this series. 2nd book not so much. All of sudden did the narrator (whom I usually enjoy) develop a lisp, very distracting

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  • 06-10-19

<3

Admittedly, I’m only part-way into the book. However, the narration sounds really murky, like it was recorded with a bad microphone. I’m confused, because it’s the same narrator that did the last book, and this wasn’t an issue. I don’t know if audible could run the file through some sort of software to clean it up, but it’s a shame to have something distract from the hard work of such a magnificent author and narrator. I probably listened to Pestilence 3-4 times, and am sure this story will be just as amazing. =) But, a better audio-file would really facilitate the immersive experience in regard to listening to the story.

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  • B. Ketelaar
  • 21-01-20

Blah narration

I listened to Pestilence and then started War immediately after. I ended up stopping halfway through and just bringing it up on Kindle to read. Pestilence takes place in North America, so basic, bland accents are fine. War takes place in the Middle East, beginning in Jerusalem. The narrator reads this in the exact same tone and voice for the two main characters - War and Miriam - as she did for Pestilence and Sara. No variation, to the point of where I forgot which story I was listening to. She gave the faux Angelic speech (author said it was Ancient Egyptian?) a good, ol' college try but there was no rise and fall or enunciation. Unless you're going to the extra effort to create your own language - like Dothraki - just don't. Overall good story, though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-10-19

Soooooo Goooood!!!

War is probably one of the best books I have ever read. I read Pestilence and loved it. I love all the Laura Thalassa books, but this one is probably my favorite. You want to hate War just like Myriam does but then you see his softer side and you can't help but fall in love with him too and his love for Myriam. I couldn't stop listening. Finished in two days. The love story is phenomenal and the chemistry is amazing!! I can't wait to read the next one. I agree that Susannah Jones voice has changed a bit, but she's still my all time favorite narrator. She just brings it to life like no other.

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  • McCall
  • 27-10-19

Good but not great

The romance felt lazily crafted. I didn’t like how War immediately sensed a connection with Miriam and their love was built from there. He knew nothing about her and yet almost from the start she was exempt from his rules or anger. Felt sloppy.

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  • Emma
  • 12-10-19

the narrator is supposed to be from Jerusalem...

I really enjoyed the first book and I did enjoy the second book but I will say there is a huge flaw with this particular book. Not once did I ever feel that Miriam was a woman from New Palestine or Jerusalem. The entire time, the narrator sounded like an American. It felt so inauthentic to me the entire time I was reading this book. The Story itself was good but it was so hard to get past the fact that everything felt so inauthentic. I hope the author takes that into account and fixes this issue for the rest of the series. Otherwise, I don't know if I could actually read them.

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  • Killian
  • 30-09-19

done did t again!

I love reading this book the first time and couldn't wait for the audiobook. I was not disappointed! Laura is one of the best writers when it comes to enemies-to-lovers and War is most definitely one of them.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-09-19

Wow

What a wonderful book! I love this series and can’t wait for the next book!

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  • Paula
  • 07-03-21

Not my favorite book, but it'a good

This is certainly not one of the books that I intend to hear again. It's an interesting book, but I didn't like it. I think the author did a great job of personifying the War with someone without empathy. War is what it is. Obviously, in the deocrrer of the book the character is transformed, but it is still what it is, that is, it is still the personification of war.
A highlight of the book is the meeting of the War with Thanatos. This gives us an indication of what to expect the fourth rider.
It is an important book for understanding the series, so I recommend listening to this book, before moving on to the next one.

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  • Parrish Elizabeth Eidell
  • 05-03-21

Cuts Deeply

This series has so far been excellent. They are deep, raw, emotional explorations of love and humanity/“otherness” they are by no means Quick romances. There are struggles of seemingly insurmountable differences of morality and opinion. There are lessons and losses. Each of these two books has made me feel raw at the end. But absolutely satisfied.

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  • Spanish39
  • 13-03-21

Far too similar to the first book in the series

I enjoyed the first book in the series (Pestilence) and eagerly bought this one. However, the story and the characters in the two books are almost identical: Pestilence and War are almost interchangeable and the two female leads are so similar in character and speech that they may as well be the same. The actual storyline is also almost identical - right down to the ending.

The basic storyline of this book repeats over and over again. War captures Miriam; she is horrified by his murderous ways; tries to escape; is re-captured easily and forgives him for killing an entire city because dang he's hot; he murders another entire city so her conscious rears up and so she tried to escape again; is caught again; dang he's hot so she forgives him again. By the time this had repeated about four times I was only half way though the book. I'm afraid at that point I gave up, switched to kindle and flick read the last half. Glad that I didn't waste any more hours of my life listening to the second half of the audible book. I won't be continuing with this series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-02-21

Absolutely love the series so far

Why to say? These are just a bit different, not the same old same old. Interesting plots, enough smut but not so much it borders on porn.. I’ll be honest, theses have actually been captivating enough to keep me awake listening into the wee hours (only one other author has managed that before)

A banging 10/10 for me. I’ve bought the lot, can’t wait for the final one

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  • susan mckenzie
  • 16-02-21

Blood thirsty, violent and emotional.

Yet again the narrator did an amazing job on this, I really enjoyed book 2. At first I didn't think I would enjoy this one as much as it's predecessor, I was wrong. War is every bit as interesting and memorable as pestilence, the storyline starts of good and gets even better as it goes on. The characters are all well written, each has their own unique personalities. The description of the world is very good, and accurate for this type of story. I felt a great deal of sympathy for Miriam, everything she has to endure in this tugs on your emotions.

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  • Hannah Williams
  • 28-01-21

Favourite out of the series so far.

Spoiler alert but war gets his girl. I loved this book. Both stories in the series have been amazing up to this point. Moving swiftly on to book 3- famine. Very excited over here.

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  • ChaosKay (Audiobook Obsession Reviewer)
  • 10-01-21

It just gets better

I loved listening Pestilence then along comes War and steals the limelight from Pestilence.
Miriam has to come to terms when War tells her she was sent to him to be his wife. She is so defiant she’s having none of this nonsense and at every turn she defies him he tells her he knew she was going to be trouble from the start. Loved the way the story built making me want more and I sat up all night listening. I’m going to start Famine now and can’t wait to listen to Death when it’s released.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-12-20

Oh my lord

This series about the four horsemen, and Laura as a writer, are quickly becoming my favorite of all time. I could write an essay about the why's and how's, but I'll just narrow it down for ya; buy it. It will be worth your time to listen to this gem of a book.

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  • Victoria Cunningham
  • 09-10-20

Another great listen.

I so loved this book and the characters. How Laura creates stories and makes them 'bleed' is amazing. I can't wait until all four books are out!! Everyone should read Laura's books and listen to them too.

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  • Hayley
  • 23-07-20

Great follow up to Pestilence

I really enjoyed this story. It was just as brutal as the first.

the Narrator was great - she had all the slight nuances down perfectly. Her story telling had me hooked and I specifically look books up that she has narrated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-12-19

Brilliant & Sexy

I loved it, the forbidden lust/love story and the way it ends, leaves you wanting more Can't wait for the next two books famine & Death

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  • Charl
  • 08-12-19

Audible book fantastic, narrator fantastic as well

excellent book on the four horsemen, love Laura thallassa style 😀, Miriam is an awesome character!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-02-21

Couldn’t stop

I couldn’t stop listening- I just loved it - loved the characters - loved the story, loved the narrator - didn’t want it to finish- highly recommend

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  • Addicted to regency romance
  • 31-01-21

Wow

I read binge read/listened to this. I just couldn’t stop. It had me crying at times and laughing at others and the ending was everything. I didn’t know if it would be as good as book one but you it was brilliant and it’s just as good. I am going to download Famine although I am not sure my heart can take it though lol.

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  • shirley
  • 13-10-20

engaged

fantastic, exciting and epic, kept me in suspense throughout the entire book. can't wait for Famine!!!

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  • DebraP
  • 17-09-20

Love versus War

The story progresses, captivating and descriptive. The story to me was not quite as good as the first but well worth listening to, the narrator was excellent, again it was like she was there, not just reading.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-04-20

Definitely a must read!

I was on the edge every single second! Couldn't stop the audiobook! The narration was really good too. Definitely a must read.