Author: Larissa Ione
Series: Lords of Deliverance, Book 1
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Date Released: March 29, 2011
Format Reviewed: Kindle Ebook
Length: Novel (432 pages in paperback / 542 KB in Kindle format)
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Paranormal Romance
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. (from Amazon.com)
Cara Thornhart used to be a holistic vet, healing animals with her mysterious powers, until two years ago when she was brutally attacked by burglars and used those same powers to kill one of them before he raped her. Since then, her life has been a nightmare. Unsure what her powers could do, she abandons her veterinary practice and hides away. Then her ex-boyfriend brings her a strange black dog to save and everything goes to hell – almost literally.
Ares is the second of the Four Horsemen with a lust for war and combat and a curse that makes all humans near him erupt into battle. Each of the Horsemen carry a seal and as long as those seals remain unbroken, the Apocalypse is held off. But now Ares’ brother’s seal has broken and he’s turned into Pestilence with a desire only for evil and to ensure the other three Horsemen join him in the horrendous world to come.
When Ares confronts Cara about the dog she saved in an effort to track down Pestilence, he’s not at all prepared for what he finds. A human he doesn’t dare give his heart to but who he must trust with the fate of the world itself.
Though billed as a new series, the Lords of Deliverance series is actually a follow up series to Ms. Ione’s Demonica series and we continue to follow the battles between the human would and Sheoul. Once again Ms. Ione has built on folklore and mythology to evolve her fascinating world of humans, demons, angels and strange beasts. The richness of the Horsemen and how they balance the good and bad sides of their gifts (or curses) in a fascinating read. I enjoyed the Demonica series but there’s only so much one can do in a hospital and this has breathed new life into this world for me.
Eternal Rider is one of those books where you become so engrossed in what is going on and in rooting for the characters that you easily put aside any story flaws. It retrospect, I do wish there had been fewer POV characters and I had small issues with reconciling a few of Ares emotions and behaviors. That said, I devoured Eternal Rider in a single afternoon and was already looking to pre-order the next book in this series. Eternal Rider was fast-paced, wonderfully complex and emotion-packed.