Title: Path of the Horseman
Author: Amy Braun
Published: March 31, 2015
Review: ebook provided by StoryCartal
The Four Horseman are trapped in the world they desolated. Their only purpose now is to exist amongst the ruins. All of that changes with a small group of survivors...
The seal was broken, and Hell was unleashed. Pestilence, Famine, War, and Death rode over the earth, creating a super-virus that turned humans into bloodthirsty monsters, opening a path for demons, decimating nearly all natural life, causing chaos and death throughout the world.
Now that their duties have been preformed, the Four Horsemen have disbanded, reduced to human bodies and trapped in the world they destroyed. No longer the Horseman Pestilence, Avery wanders through the waste he created, slaying any undead monsters and demons that cross his path. But when Avery comes across a group of survivors looking for a safe haven, his priorities begin to change. Not that the demons are going to let him stand in the way of their plans.
Avery ended the world once, and he refuses to see the demons end it again. But to protect the last of the living, he must seek the help of his brothers, all of whom are content with sitting back and watching the world burn…
I received this book via Story Cartel to give an honest review.
I love stories that deal with the horsemen I think this may have been the second book I have read in total about them. The horsemen are something magical and deadly but it makes them more mysterious.
With this story we are mostly focusing around Pestilence or as he is known now as he is in the body of a human Avery. As we learn the horsemen if they use their powers way too much it can end badly for them.
This horseman plus his three other brothers Famine, War and Death were set to destroy the world and make it read for the Second Coming sounds just about right. That is until there was not seeming to be a Second Coming. Avery still holds on that it is coming it is just a matter of time. After he set the plague that took over man kind his brothers and himself went their separate ways. The way the world ended seems to weigh heavily on Avery and he takes his anger out on the plagued and the soulless.
When Avery sees a demon named Vance and learns that a very bad demon wants humans and the horsemen Avery sets out to find his brothers. When he finds Simon who is known as famine he ends up being in a predicament of finding some humans who need saving. This all leads up to there possibly being more humans alive than Death let on. Avery is on a quest to save those to make up for what he has done, but will it work?
What does this demon and Vance want with the humans and the brothers?
The story is filled with plenty of action, very descriptive when needing to be. I loved how the author did all of the horsemen in a way that you got to known them, they just weren't simple characters. There was depth involved. It is hard to say which horseman was my favorite I liked all of them in their own way but I think Death might be on top of all of them because of what he has to carry on his shoulders.
I had a lot of favorite parts, but I think the one thing that got me to where I was like WHOA!!! Was then the Soulless threw up. I know sounds sicken and it is, but it was AMAZING. The Soulless took a drink from Avery and his blood is not good.
"I stood there and smiled, watching the monster turn the color of a slug.The Soulless took one more heavy grasp, then bent double and vomited up all of his internal fluids. His chest bulged as his stomach heaved up a disgusting rainbow of slimy red, piss yellow, shit brown, and my personal inky poison. He didn't stop to breath, because he couldn't. The body fluids splattered into a pool in front of him as his skin turned a solid grey."
Just reading that how can you be nothing but into the story by then and that was only 5% into the book.
Now if you are squeamish then just beware of what is in here. Other than that I LOVED it. I plan on reading more from this author.
Amy is an aspiring urban fantasy and horror author addicted to monsters and mythology. When she isn't writing, she's reading, watching movies, taking photos, or gaming.
Recipient of April Moon Books Editor Award for "author voice, world-building and general bad-assery."
Short story SURVIVALISM to be featured in THE DEAD WALK VOLUME 2 from FoF Publishing.
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BRING BACK THE HOUND in STOMPING GROUNDS from April Moon Books.
HOTEL HELL in DEATH'S CAFE series by Mocha Memoir Press.
DARK INTENTIONS AND BLOOD in AMOK! from April Moon Books.
CHARLATAN CHARADE in LOST IN THE WITCHING HOUR from Breaking Fate Publishing.
CALL FROM THE GRAVE by Mocha Memoir Press.