Thursday, April 7, 2011

Review: Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione

* Originally posted at our sister blog, Paranormal Romance Addict

Eternal Rider
Lords of Deliverance #1
Larissa Ione
Mass Market Paperback, 402 pages
Published March 29th 2011 
by Grand Central Publishing
ISBN 044657449X
*Purchased from B&N

They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. 

His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him. 

Yet there is one last hope. Gifted in a way other humans can't-or won't-understand, Cara Thornhart is the key to both this Horseman's safety and his doom. But involving Cara will prove treacherous, even beyond the maddening, dangerous desire that seizes them the moment they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara's life.

Crystal's Thoughts:
You know you’re in for a good ride when you pick up a Larissa Ione novel, and Eternal Rider is no exception! If you were sad to see the Demonica series end, have no fear, because Ione has given us a brand new spin-off series to fall in love with in Lords of Deliverance. Full of danger, excitement, sexy horsemen and a horsewoman, you might even recognize a few characters!

Ares, a.k.a. War, is running out of time. His brother, now known as Pestilence, seal has been broken and he is wreaking havoc worldwide. Trying his hardest to start the Apocalypse, he is seeking Ares’sagimortus. All Pestilence needs to do is break one of his siblings seals and the four horsemen will ride, destroying the world.
When Cara’s neighbor brings a wounded animal to her door she uses her unique healing ability on it, earning a great big kiss of gratitude from the creature. Little did she know that she just received a Hell Hounds kiss and has been thrown into the Otherworld, now bound to the pup.
As Ares chases down a fallen angel who holds his agimortus their two worlds collide. The agimortus is transferred to Cara, a human whose body cannot handle the brand and will die within days and ultimately break Ares’s shield. It’s a race against time, and their growing passion for each other, to find another fallen angel to take the brand and the only known weapon that can stop a horseman, the dagger Deliverence.

Eternal Rider begins six months after the Demonica’s Sin Undoneended. You do not need to read the Demonica series to start on the spin-off but it’s a freakin’ amazing series so why not? But also, there are small details here and there that tie the two series together; though this series is starting out amazing in it’s own right. 

Ares is a sexy warrior tormented by his past and in fear of his future.  He is saddened by his brother’s turning from good to evil because of his broken seal but knows that he must kill him to save the world and being a warrior, he will. He’s a total alpha that is use to control so when this weak human becomes connected to him Ares becomes frustrated by his lack of control and takes it out on Cara.
Cara is pretty frightened and stressed about the whole situation at first but when she realizes how important she is to Ares and the world she puts on her big-girl-panties and sucks it up, becoming a strong heroine to admire. Ares is absolutely floored when she refuses to be pushed around by him and I totally applauded her because it is just what he needed.
The relationship development between them was smooth and fabulous and their dialogues are smart & sexy. The main characters are complex and I loved both Ares and Kara. There’s an immediate attraction between these two (Ares is one yummy MC) but it isn’t easy, it takes some time to develop due to Ares feelings on mortals, his past and a tragedy in Cara’s past, but once they take that step things get fiery. Though as we all know, sex does not solve all, unfortunately. But it does make for some hot reading!
Ares’s siblings were intensely interesting and I can’t wait for their stories. It was also great to see some familiar faces from the Demonica world and get updates on their lives and some happy news.
The world itself runs parallel to the Demonica series and is introduced wonderfully with Ione’s superb writing style but doesn’t bore old fans. You receive a more in depth look into the demon world, Sheol, and the Four Horsemen prophecy. The plot is suspenseful with plenty of action to keep you entertained and romance that is steamy and emotional.

Some spin-off series tend to fall flat but you won’t have any worries with that in Lords of Deliverance, it is right on par with the Demonica series and I am looking forward to the next installment featuring Limo,Immortal Rider, set for release December 1st.  A definite page-turner from must read author Larissa Ione! 

Rating: 5 Wine Glasses!!!

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