In the 1700s, Gatian Almasia was rich and a sought-after member of Parisian society. No one realised he d lost his reason for living three years earlier. When his sister accuses another nobleman of raping her, Gatian does what any older brother would do. He challenges the man to a duel, and kills him. Later that night, the dead man s family takes their revenge on Gatian.
Gatian s death is just the beginning of the journey he must take as Death, the Pale Horseman of Apocalyptic fame. While he doesn t regret taking the nobleman s life, the guilt of not being there when his lover died builds a wall around his heart, and until he accepts forgiveness, he must always be Death.
Pierre Fortsecue is a spoiled rich young man whose heart is broken by the man he thinks he loves. Finding himself alone in Paris, Pierre sinks into a haze of heroin. He gets a tainted baggie of the drug, and almost dies from it. Death arrives to take his soul, and something about Pierre touches the Pale Horseman, who steals him away to help heal. As Pierre heals and Death begins to feel again, they begin to wonder if love really is the only emotion needed to overcome desolation and destruction.
Author: T.A. Chase
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Unconventional In Atlanta , What's His Passion?, Barefoot Dancing, No Bravery
Series: The Four Horsemen #4
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Pestilence, War, Famine
Published by Pride Source: Publisher
Published: 20 November 2015
Genres: Fantasy Romance, Male Male Romance
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As a stand-alone, this story carried the most detail and was the most consistent within itself. Unfortunately, it doesn’t bring the whole series to a clear close with some answers, but of itself, this story was well-crafted with understandable motivations and emotions.
Death is the newest to assume the mantle within the horsemen, after his death at the hands of those who sought revenge after he won a duel with a man accused of raping his sister. Not upset or guilty because of his last actions, he is riddled with guilt from his lover’s death, and his inability to have been there weighs on him.
Pierre is a heroin addict and has been binging and despairing after his lover’s betrayal. Close to dying, Death is dispatched to escort him. But something in Pierre’s demeanor calls to Death, and he decides to grant a reprieve and give him another chance to live his life.
In this story Archer manages to give glimpses into Paris of the 1700’s through Death’s eyes as he is hearing his dead lover’s voice as he cares for Pierre. Slowly Pierre is seeing his path leading to nowhere, with Death’s influences and sharing, and Pierre starts to find compassion and emotions that could mean more in Death. There are some wonderfully poignant scenes that combine heat, heart and a true connection between these two. Yes, there are quick moments with Pest and Bart, and a bit again with Lam and his lover Day, although neither did more than appear without any significant answers or real purpose to the story.
Now, Pierre was wonderfully built from despair to determination to stay clean and change his life, without relying on Death as a crutch, and Death’s ability to put his past behind him and move forward was well drawn and developed.
As a series? Honestly it’s got too many holes and unanswered questions, concepts that went unexplored and inconsistent moments that played into the lack of comprehensive development of each of the characters. Many (though not all) of those issues were addressed in this book, while plot holes and lost story potential were untouched and leave me saddened and frustrated.