Review: Famine (The Four Horsemen #3) by T.A. Chase

December 16, 2015 Review 0

Review: Famine (The Four Horsemen #3) by T.A. Chase

Saving a dying man might be just what Famine, the Black Horseman, needs to feed his starving heart.

Having been sacrificed by his village shaman, Famine knows what it’s like to do anything to survive. He wanders the world, sowing drought and starvation in his wake. Yet he hates being the Black Horseman more than anything in the world, except the man who ended his life all those centuries ago. Famine never stops doing his job, and never allows himself to fall in love.

Ekundayo wants a better life for himself, so he steals a diamond from the mine where he works. Nothing goes well for him after that, and he finds himself dying in the desert on his way to the border. When he’s rescued by Famine, Ekundayo isn’t sure if his luck has changed or not. The longer he stays in Famine’s company, the more Ekundayo discovers he just might be falling in love with Famine.

One bad choice of Ekundayo’s part, and a future together seems out of reach. Will Famine let his only possibility of love go or will he defy Death himself to keep Ekundayo?

Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series

Title: Famine
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 #3
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Pestilence, War, Death
Published by Pride
Source: Publisher
Published: 16 November 2015
Genres: Fantasy Romance, Male Male Romance
Pages: 196
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Stars: two-stars
Flames: three-flames
Totally Bound

So I am now just under 600 pages in to this roughly connected series, and there are more questions and less clarification for my time than is actually acceptable.  Centering on Famine (or Fami as he is called – gag) his past life pre-horseman was virtuous, instead he was a character that seemed to have been bullied and mistreated, and then sacrificed as part of a ritual to bring rain.  Without irony, his job now is to bring famine and drought, and apparently that is best done in Africa.  I will say that Fami does actually kick-back some with Death’s orders, even as this seems to be a weak knee-jerk reaction that has little to no follow through.

Now – a diamond thief, also mistreated in his own village is introduced to Famine by Death.  Could Death’s job be to find his comrades a way out? No clue.  Not a One. Just as we aren’t told why Death’s reaction to the rule that the horsemen are not allowed to share who or what they are with their new human companions goes unpunished. Or perhaps the cameo appearances from Lam (Lamb of God) that drops a hint as to his actual purpose and who he is / might be – but nothing is ever conclusive.   Oh – and there is Death – a total juxtaposition that doesn’t answer questions but seems to provide just what everyone needs of the moment.

I’m frustrated and rather more than slightly disappointed in the lack of consistency in these stories that travels further than horseman meets human, relationship and sex ensues, story ends. Because the premise offered by both the choice of these four as protagonists, as well as the opportunities for a climactic conflict that would address one (or more) questions that are consistently and constantly hinted at.  I won’t even discuss the ‘relationship’ in this – I found Ekundayo to be dis-likable and generally lacking in any appeal whatsoever.

This series is starting to suffer from inconsistencies and incomplete ideas hinted at and dropped, with little to grab onto beyond the wish that some concept would be developed and concluded in a satisfactory manner.   I’ve committed to read all the series, and I shall do so, steadily hoping that Archer brings some answers that remedy all the issues.


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