Monday, 5 February 2018
Review: The Four Horsemen - Legacy by LJ Swallow (Book One)
What's worse than being pursued by the Four Horsemen? Discovering you're the Fifth.
Verity Jameson's day switches from mundane to disastrous when she runs down a stranger with her car. Fortunately for Vee, she can't kill Death.
Death, who just happens to be one of the Four Horsemen, and he's looking for her.
The Four Horsemen spend life preventing the end of the world, not bringing on an apocalypse. As gatekeepers of the portals which exist between the human world and other realms, the team fight to keep the portals closed and the supernatural forces under control. Without their fifth member, the Four Horsemen are losing the battle.
Now they've found Verity and what they tell her goes far beyond the conspiracy theories Vee spends her free time investigating.
A new life with four dark, sexy and dangerous men fighting demons, vampires and fae? Not what Vee had planned, but a hell of a lot more interesting than her boring job in tech support.
So what happens when the unbreakable bond of the Five takes control in a way none of them expected?
(aka longer than a novella but not as long as a 'typical' novel)
First-person, alternating POV
Book one in a series.
The book doesn't leave you dangling on the edge of your seat but the ending feels like the end of a chapter, not the end of a book.
Book one in an Urban Fantasy series.
No... But the series is reverse harem so the central relationship is polyamorous.
No, but as I said, it's a multi-person relationship.
1 girl + 4 men = reverse harem!
This is an interesting take on the Four Horsemen.
Instead of bringing about the apocalypse their purpose is to prevent it.
More interestingly is that instead of Four Horsemen, there is, in fact, five and the fifth is a woman.
Verity - or Vee - doesn't know what she is but, by the end of this book, she's abruptly caught up.
I liked how Vee's reactions to difficult and unexplainable situations are both human and 'other'.
I enjoyed her interactions with the horsemen and the introduction to the world as it stands, although I'm still not quite sure what the hell is going on, if I'm completely honest, as not a lot is explained in this book. However, I'm curious as to where the story will go, both with regards to the evil the horsemen are required to thwart and with the polyamorous relationship that the author is building between characters.
What I found jarring was the chopping and changing between viewpoints and the abrupt ending...
The book just stops.
It felt like the end of a chapter, not the end of a book.
Especially when the book is either a very long novella or a very short novel and had no bloody need to just stop.
I really like the cover! It's eye-catching but simple and with an otherworldly edge.
"It took me years to realise when girls say 'be honest' that this is code for 'don't tell somebody their ass does in fact look big in that'."
“Yeah, it's a joke throughout the world, but the phrase “have you turned it off and on again?” should be framed as the company motto in the corner of the room."