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Path of the Horseman Paperback – March 25, 2015
About the Author
Amy is a Canadian urban fantasy and horror author. Her work revolves around monsters, magic, mythology, and mayhem. She started writing in her early teens, and never stopped. She loves building unique worlds filled with fun characters and intense action. She has been featured on various author blogs and publishing websites, is an active member of the Writing GIAM community, participates in NaNoWriMo, and is the recipient of April Moon Books Editor Award for "author voice, world-building and general bad-assery." When she isn't writing, she's reading, watching movies, taking photos, gaming, and struggling with chocoholism and ice cream addiction. Amy's current work includes various short stories such as Hotel Hell, Call From The Grave, the full length novels Cursed: Demon’s Daughter and Path of the Horseman, and the novella Needfire. She has short stories in various anthologies such as Lost Sky in Avast, Ye Airships!, Secret Suicide in That Hoodoo, Voodoo, That You Do, Bring Back The Hound in Stomping Grounds, Charlatan Charade in Lost in the Witching Hour, and her award winning short Dark Intentions And Blood in AMOK! Amy can be found online through her frequently updated blog, Literary Braun (literarybraun.blogspot.ca), as well as on Twitter (@amybraunauthor) and Facebook (facebook.com/amybraunauthor).
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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, s*** 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.
“Amazing inventions, colossal failures, and countless wars. We watched it behind the scenes. Watched the monkeys from beyond the glass. We were intrigued, Hell was amused, and Heaven was losing patience.
Finally, the monkeys threw too much s^^t on the windows. They sparked a third World War, one that the Big Boss upstairs knew would obliterate the world.
So he sent us instead. We were much more effective. We were much more eager.” – Avery, The Rider Pestilence
It’s all great fun, clearing the world’s population for the “Next Coming”. But when the Coming doesn’t Come, what are the Four Horsemen to do with the rest of their human-ish lives? Stuck in the hell of their own creation, life decays to warding off the Plagued, those left over from Avery’s clever little specialty, and the Soulless, those left after trading their souls to the devil to live (and how is that working out for you?) This whole “life as a nearly-full-human is a pain in the proverbial backside. Especially when Simon’s specialty dried up all the water and poisoned all the food. S^cks when you got stuck the aforementioned human-ish body when you were dropped onto an unsuspecting world to do your worst. And then there are the demons.
"After killing every human on the planet– or so we thought– our job became kill the demons and the Soulless. The Second Coming didn’t belong to those power-hungry freeloaders."
"They showed up out of the blue within the first week, right around the time Simon started starving people. They had probably showed up earlier, but I didn’t think they would be an issue. It wasn’t like we had to worry about Lucifer or Azazel or Abbadon. From what the Bosses Upstairs told us, Hell’s Biggest Bada$$es were constantly at war."
OK, so that whole “The Second Coming apparently isn’t coming” thing is a total downer. As Avery puts it, “Simon will probably die of starvation, Kade will burn himself out, and Logan will be the last man on earth before he commits suicide.” Kade is the specialist in all things warrior, so he amuses himself with killing off the leftovers for fun. Logan? Well, he really didn’t do all that much. Just carried out his orders. But he really, truly, hated his job. Logan’s job, you see, required the personal touch – not simply throwing out plagues and rotting food. He saw them all. Touched them all. Unlike his brothers, who got a huge kick out of playing with their toys, killing from a distance. Well, until it was over, and there was no flourish of trumpets, white carriages from the sky and blessed lights.
Well. That $ucked.
What didn’t $uck? There were actual living, breathing people still alive on earth. Not many, and mostly starving, but they were there. And Avery would be damned (har har) if he allowed the demons to take their souls. That whole ‘guilt’ thing is hard on the soul – especially if you are the one responsible for the death of a whole world. Of course, it could have been the little boy eating his parents alive that really twisted the knife. So, when seven people in a beat-up old school bus appear one day, survivors of the Tribulations, Avery is thrilled. If the a$$holes Upstairs couldn’t be bothered with a Second Coming, maybe the Horsemen might pick up the slack?
“Running like this makes me feel like an animal. We’re stuck in a world of monsters we can barely fight, and can only kill if we’re extremely lucky. If we don’t stop and find a place to restart and remember what we are, then we’re no better than the creatures trying to eat us.” Yep. That whole 'burning yourself out while burning out the world till you are nearly human thing' isn't all that much fun.
Path of the Horseman is a truly amazing book. This is, and yet isn’t, a dystopian book. It is more than that. It brings up questions of redemption and hope, of horrors and fresh beginnings. Of what it is like to know that you are the last few on the face of the earth, and only those who destroyed the world may be able to save you. It is a thoughtful book – it took me quite a while to read it, as I kept putting it down and actually taking time to think about what I had read. It wasn’t a book, like so many, that I devour in one gulp. Instead, I truly considered everything – not only about the book itself, but what it meant to me, as a human. It was marvelous.
I received Path of the Horseman from the publisher in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own. I highly encourage you to pick it up if you are in the market for a serious, thoughtful book filled with ideas that are incredibly pertinent to today. Global warming, unending wars, religious hatred, the list goes on and on. . .
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