Book Review: Death by Laura Thalassa

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Synopsis:

He’s known by many names: Thanatos. Horseman. God’s last angel. And then, of course, there’s the one I’m all too familiar with—

Death.

The day Death comes to Lazarus Gaumond’s town and kills everyone in one fell swoop, the last thing he expects to see is a woman left alive and standing. But Lazarus has her own extraordinary gift: she cannot be killed—not by humans, not by the elements, not by Death himself.

She is the one soul Death doesn’t recognize. The one soul he cannot pry free from her flesh. Nor can he ignore the unsettling desire he has for her. Take her. He wants to, desperately. And the longer she tries to stop him from his killing spree, the stronger the desire becomes.

When Lazarus crosses paths with the three other horsemen, an unthinkable situation leads to a terrible deal: seduce Death, save the world. A hopeless task, made all the worse by the bad blood between her and Thanatos. But Death’s attraction to her is undeniable, and try though she might, Lazarus cannot stay away from that ancient, beautiful being and his dark embrace.

The end is here. Humankind is set to perish, and not even the horsemen can stop Death from fulfilling his final task.

Only Lazarus can.

Publisher: Lavabrook Publishing, LLC

Author’s Website: http://www.laurathalassa.com/?m=1

Review:

Death is the final installment of Laura Thalassa’s Horsemen of the Apocalypse series and if you follow me on Instagram– you’ll know that this has been an anticipated read of mine for a while.

Ever since I saw this art (below) of Pestilence and Sara by Phatomrin I had to start the series. This art was also my gateway drug to all things Laura Thalassa has ever written!! I’ve politely nudged (messaged repeatedly, screamed and begged) so many people to read these books and have made great friends because of them.

Pestilence by Phantomrin (Instagram link)
Sara by Phantomrin (Instagram link)

Death starts off 26 years after the Horsemen first arrived and 7 years after Famine meets Ana. The timeline at the beginning of the book was really helpful to put things into perspective.

The opening was a brutal reminder that although Thalassa gives us our happy endings, she will make us work for it and you will wonder how on earth Laz will bring Death to his knees.

Lazarus

Like the previous FMCs in Laura’s books, Laz is in survival mode and has been like that for a while – I mean, it’s the end of the world and all that. I noticed Laz was never physically described and I’ve since found out that was intentional, so that the readers could easily place themselves in her shoes. So with that and her inner monologue it makes Laz very relatable.

Death

I will always be the pause between sentences, the silence that follows the end of a story.

Death

You would be forgiven for thinking Death was the softest of his brothers. I say this because of the snippets of him in the previous books. I always thought it was a kindness (avoiding spoilers here). But he is expecting Laz, so his barriers are in place and he appeared colder although intrigued by her. I can’t say that he is cruel (unlike Famine) but he definitely has the ‘don’t f*ck with me’ vibe.

Laz and Death play cat and mouse for the best part of this book. They are quite literally killing each other to escape one another. It’s harsh and it’s gritty but there’s always enough lust or attraction between the characters that you don’t feel so insane for rooting for them!

If you have read any of Thalassa’s books, you know that the slow burn is a torturous build up that ALWAYS pays off. Death, was no exception – there is plenty of steam and once the characters start falling in love the emotional roller coaster really begins.

One of my favourite parts of this book was the appearance of the other Horsemen – I’m sure Thalassa said they wouldn’t be part of this story (sneaky). Famine was my least favourite Horsemen, but for some reason, in this book he killed me. All my laugh out loud moments were because of him. The banter and bond between the brothers was so fulfilling, it just added that extra something to the book for me!

The ending was PERFECT. That’s not to say my heart didn’t feel like it had been ripped out of my chest, but it was how it should be. It was a bitter but a very sweet closure to the series, and it did the Horsemen justice. I can’t believe it’s over, I’ve wanted this book for so long, ever since Death first appeared in Pestilence – and now… and now it’s over.

I can’t wait to see what else Laura is working on!

Do you enjoy dark romance?

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