Bookish memes on Friday – April 24, 2020 (features ‘Pestilence’ by Laura Thalassa)

Dear book-lovers,

It’s Friday and time for a Friday memes of Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted @ Rose City ReaderFirst Lines Fridays @ Wandering WordsThe Friday 56 hosted @Freda’s Voice. So the idea for this post is to share with you a few first lines from a book that I have decided to feature today, and to share a snippet from page 56 or in case of eBook a sneak peek 56% into the book. Let’s not keep you waiting and look at today’s featured book.

I chose today’s book for these post based on the theme for the Friday Face Off meme, which needed a book featuring armor on the cover, so I went with The Four Horsemen series by Laura Thalassa. It’s a New Adult Urban Fantasy of Paranormal Dystopian Romance with four standalone romances, where first two books are currently available but the last two are still coming this year. So let’s take a look at the first book Pestilence (The Four Horsemen #1) by Laura Thalassa.

The first lines of the book


They came with the storm.

The sky surged, great plumes of clouds tumbling and roiling together. The desert air thickened, feeling damp and smelling unusually ripe.

Lightning flashed.


The world lit up like it was on fire, and there they were – four great beasts of men astride their terrible steeds.

The monstrous mounts reared back, pawing the air as their masters stared out at the world with foreign, fearsome eyes.

Pestilence, his crown perched upon his brow.

War, with his steel blade held high.

Famine, a scythe and scales at hand.

And Death, blighted Death, his dark wings folded at his back, a torch of bilious smoke tight in his grip.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, come to claim the earth and lay waste to the mortals that dwelled within it.

The sky darkened and the steeds charged, their hooves kicking up dust as they galloped.





The horsemen rode to the four corners of the world, and in their wake machines broke, fuses blew. The internet crashed and computers died. Engines failed and planes fell from the sky.

Bit by bit, all the world’s great innovations ceased to be, and the globe slid into darkness.

And so it was, and so it shall be, for the Age of Man is over, and the Age of the Horsemen has begun.

They came to earth, and they came to end us all.

Sorry, I couldn’t not share all of the prologue because I just love it. The vibe and atmosphere of it makes my blood chill and heart-rate pick up with dread and excitement at the same time. This has such a mythological feel to it, like a myth about ancient gods or something.

Chapter 1

Year 5 of the Horsemen

“We draw matches.”

I level my hazel eyes on the tiny wooden sticks in Luke’s fist. He strikes one against our roughhewn table, the flame flaring bright for a second before he blows it out.

Around us, the fire station’s overhead lights hum in that distressing way most electronics do nowadays, like at any moment they might sputter out.

Luke holds up the matchstick with the blackened tip. “Loser stays behind to see our plan through.”

This sounds like the world is still standing after five years, but the situation doesn’t look that great for humans. I’m now curious about their plan, probably, it’s quite suicidal.

56% into the book

Chapter 30

“I will not be driven off my course by the presence of humans.”

That’s the last he says on the subject.

My dread mounts as we close in on the metropolis. Something bad is going to happen. I can feel it the way you can feel a storm coming; the very air is ripe with it.

I hope nothing too bad is going to happen, but that would be  foolish of me as this is a story about harbinger of apocalypse, so of course something bad is going to happen 🙈

pestilenceTitle: Pestilence
Author: Laura Thalassa
Series: (The Four Horsemen #1)
Publication Year: 2018
Format: eBook (owned)
Pages: 381
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Dystopia, Romance
My Rating: 4 stars


They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all.

When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed.

Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed.

Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him.

And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she’ll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.

Thanks for stopping by! This was an entertaining and emotional story with romance, death and violence. Also do remember that the love interest is one of the Horsemen of Apocalypse and he brings death and suffering, so if you have problem with accepting a HEA for someone like him then please don’t read this book. *Note. This book can be triggering to some readers.

Also check out the different and gorgeous covers of this and the rest of the books in the series on my Friday Face Off post > here.

Let’s chat: What are your thoughts on these snippets from the book and synopsis? Are you adding this to your TBR or it’s not your cup of tea?

Happy reading,
Lady of Bookland

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