Review: The Fifth Horseman by Freida Kilmari

No name. No past. One giant future.

Angela Fristoe

The only thing worse than suddenly waking up in a magical house with the insanely gorgeous Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Being the Fifth.

With no memory of who I am, where I came from, or what I’m doing here, I’m thrust into a new life with four people who I might want more from than just friendship. But with no past, how can I possibly plan for a future?

The only clue as to who I am? Four different species’ magic resides within me—Vampire, Fae, Shifter, and Witch—and between them, I might be the most powerful creature on the planet.

For fuck’s sake.

Look out world, Horseman of Magic coming through!

Warning: This is a fantasy poly-romance series where the main character (book one) will not be forced to choose between their love interests. This book contains lesbian and gay content, excess profanity, a character who can shift their sex (both male and female), is gender and sexually fluid, and who spends a lot of time being a snarky, swearing badass. Please refer to this book’s content guidance page in the front matter for specifics.

*Author Note: The Fifth Horseman is an LGBTQ+ Reverse Harem Romance that includes FF and MM content, as well as a sex-changing main character. There are explicit scenes, but they don’t drown the book. I’d say it’s more steamy romance than erotic romance.

My thoughts

I love this cover. It probably has a lot to do with the heroine’s pink hair (laugh), but I love the whole look. Angela Fristoe stays away from the common magic color (blue) and creates something different than the current trend and I love it.

I have a confession…I knew the answer to the biggest mystery because I read the prequel The First Horseman. So I am not even going to attempt to write a review without having that knowledge. The Fifth Horseman doesn’t lose any of its mystery due to this knowledge. It did make me feel more for our heroine because I knew things that they so desperately want to know.

Freida Kilmari creates a beautiful fantasy world in The Fifth Horseman. A magical house that can create any room or space that you want makes me salivate over our heroine’s library.

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There is so much to say because this book is fantastic. It has so many elements to talk about:  action, magic, mystery, slo-burn romance, true love, and above all of that friendship. Kilmari takes the time to create friendships and showcase the bonds between the Horsemen. I think that this makes you care for the characters more and invest yourself in their relationships.

The relationship showcased in The First Horseman between Nine and Dea continues and deepens. Kilmari gives a view (wink) of their intimacy through Nine, Dea, and Taylor’s eyes. (Taylor is our heroine’s name…sorry if this is a spoiler for you.) Kilmari also builds the slow-burn of a potential relationship between the three. Kilmari also builds a sweet romance between Taylor and Connie. I have to say: best apology ever given by Taylor to Connie. There is also a glimpse into Arrie through his relationship with Connie.

So now you are trying to figure everyone out right?! (laugh) Famine (Nine) is pansexual, but in love with Death (Dea) who is bisexual, but prefers men. Conquest (Connie) seems to be bisexual since her interest in Taylor, but she has been having sex with War (Arrie), who is heterosexual. As for Taylor, they are still figuring everything out (laugh).

On top of romance, we have our Karate Kid montage throughout the book as Taylor tries to figure out who they are. This means lots of fighting, mistakes, vomit (laugh), and action. Let’s not forget the Horsemen are preparing for war. Kilmari’s descriptions are perfect and make you feel as if you are right there.

I make The Fifth Horseman sound pretty perfect and it is with the exception of the editing. At about midpoint in the book there begins spelling, grammar, and editing issues that get more and more as you get to the end of the story. It doesn’t take away from the story too much, but by the end of the book I wanted to email Kilmari and tell her to fire her editor. This would be a five star book, but the bad editing takes a star away.

Kilmari creates an epic fantasy that includes shape-shifters, vampires, fae (which we don’t see a lot of until the ball), and witches. It is an unstable world which creates interesting dynamics connecting with Taylor. There are surprises, twists, and some outright laugh moments.

I love this story and cannot wait to continue Taylor’ journey. The Fifth Horseman is a journey you will want to take too.

I received a free copy of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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Further Details for The Fifth Horseman:

Publisher: Kilmari Publishing, 978-1999347239, 31 October 2020

Cover Design: Angela Fristoe at Covered Creatively

Series: Horseman’s Harem Saga #1; Settings: 2189 South Africa, New Orleans, LA, Colorado in U.S. on Earth; and Sheruta

Pages: 424

Promotion materials provided by R&R Book Tours.

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