Review: War (The Four Horsemen #2) by T.A. Chase

December 15, 2015 Review 0

Review: War (The Four Horsemen #2) by T.A. Chase

Fighting the battle in his own heart, War must find peace before he can find love.

War destroyed an entire tribe of innocent people when he was mortal, all because his best friend lied to him. His guilt brings him a destiny he never planned. As the Red Horseman, War spends the centuries creating battles and wars between countries to restore balance in the world. While he accepts the job to atone for his sins, he wishes he didn't cause men to kill each other. War lives a solitary life, without hope of ever finding forgiveness.

From the mountains of Afghanistan to the plains of Kansas, and to the steppes of Mongolia, Russell Heinz searches for peace. He's battling survivor's guilt after having two members of his army unit die within feet of him. His own mind shuts down, and Russell spends time in a mental ward, dreaming of a man with blood-red hair and all-black eyes. Unsure if the man is real or just a figment of his wounded mind, Russell heads to Mongolia, looking for forgiveness of his own.

Separately, Russell and War fight their own personal demons. Together, they find peace in a love tested by the fires of battle.

Title: War
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 #2
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Pestilence, Famine, Death
Published by Pride
Source: Publisher
Published: 10 November, 2015
Genres: Fantasy Romance, Male Male Romance
Pages: 198
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Stars: three-stars
Flames: three-flames
Totally Bound

The second book in the Four Horsemen Series is War, and in this story I found the consistency issues for his character rather niggled more than in Pest’s book.  In his life BW (before War) he was a Bedouin, and taking the word of a lying friend, destroyed an entire village.  This guilt has led him to the Mongolian Steppes for his ‘home’ with only horses for company.  While I believed Pest’s guilt was more balanced between present and past, and his interior conflicts, War, to me, just seemed to ignore his current misdeeds.  Oh – and he’s got a fascination with modern slang (to Death’s amusement).

Russell is a former soldier, suffering from survivor’s guilt after friends in his unit were killed.  Now wounded and close to death, his passage is delayed by our Death who brings War to meet the man.  Death as Cupid is a strange juxtaposition, and doesn’t quite fit with the introduction we had from the earlier book in the series.

The best idea in this story surrounds Russell’s PTSD and the references that show both the horrors of war and the effects on those enmeshed in the conflicts.  While War and Russell have a relationship that develops nicely, with the two sharing and learning to heal old wounds, the greater overarching plot that connects these four horsemen together – a major moment where all can confront who they are, who they were and how they came to be maintaining the ‘balance’ and is a balance actually possible is not even in the subtext here. I’m also curious about both Famine and Death’s stories, and Death’s ability to become the de facto leader even as the youngest of the group, open questions all.

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