RELEASE DATE: July 7th
BLURB: Kismet Andreas lives in fear of the shadows.
For the young tattoo artist, the shadows hold more than darkness. He is certain of his insanity because the dark holds creatures and crawling things only he can see—monsters who hunt out the weak to eat their minds and souls, leaving behind only empty husks and despair.
And if there’s one thing Kismet fears more than being hunted—it’s the madness left in its wake.
The shadowy Veil is Mal’s home. As Pestilence, he is the youngest—and most inexperienced—of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, immortal manifestations resurrected to serve—and cull—mankind. Invisible to all but the dead and insane, the Four exist between the Veil and the mortal world, bound to their nearly eternal fate. Feared by other immortals, the Horsemen live in near solitude but Mal longs to know more than Death, War and Famine.
Mal longs to be… more human. To interact with someone other than lunatics or the deceased.
When Kismet rescues Mal from a shadowy attack, Pestilence is suddenly thrust into a vicious war—where mankind is the prize, and the only one who has faith in Mal is the human the other Horsemen believe is destined to die.
First let me say this book is very different to any I have read by Rhys Ford and I am a fan. I’m not stating this as a bad thing but if you are expecting her usual light style you may be disappointed or if you don’t like her stuff you may want to give this a try anyway!
The basis of the story is that there is a whole other world wrapped around the one we live in full of immortal beings with a “purpose” – the seven deadly sins, Faith, Hope, Charity, Peace etc and as becomes very clear on page one of the book the Four Horsemen. I won’t explain too much as this is done in the book but usually humans can not see these immortals or the other “non-human (Sidhe, darkfae, trolls, wraiths) but someone is meddling and the line between the worlds – the veil – is weakening.
This book does have a story which ultimately HAS a conclusion but so much else about the world, the beings, their relationships etc is unresolved at the end. I assume this book will form part of a series but I have been left feeling slightly unsatisfied although I did enjoy it. One thing that made me laugh constantly is that the character of Pestilence (who calls himself Mal) is referred to by War as Cooties. This is still making me giggle – I know I’m such a child!
Overall I would say this is a good read if you like fantasy I’ll give it 4 out of 5 stars
***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reviewing this ARC. My review was an honest opinion of the book***