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“4.5 The four horseman, what a interesting story line, new and detailed. The author did an excellent job of developing characters that are realistic and even funny. This story focus's on War's life and his struggles with the baggage from his past five thousand years. His brother has gone to the...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I really didn't care for this book at all. I loved Larissa Ione's Demonica series, but this series pales in comparison. However, I did like the idea of a horseman of the apocalypse falling in love. I kinda liked the beginning of the book better than the ending of the book. Not sure if I want to continue this series yet. ”ciera k wrote this review Tuesday, September 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ares (War) and Cara (power to heal animals) and the holder of Ares fate have to overcome Ares brother Pestilence in order to avoid the Apocalypse. Cara also becomes bound to the hellhounds and is able to obtain immortality. 4 horseman of the apocalypse. ”KRISTY20 wrote this review Monday, September 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Series Note: Eternal Rider is book #1 in Lords of Deliverance the spin off of the Demonica series. There are numerous references in the book the characters and events from Demonica and it may be difficult for newcomers to fully grasp Ione's world without reading that series first - forewarned is forearmed!
The story has tremendous potential but unfortunately, the romance falls flat.
The emotional bond between Ares and Cara is non-existent and they have absolutely nothing in common. In fact, Cara is overly judgmental and holier than thou about Ares's past while Ares sees Cara as weak and ineffectual. Both are right and wrong, which makes it difficult to sympathize with either character. Cara eventually grows a backbone and gets over herself but her sudden acceptance of the darkness and violence in the world of the Horsemen is unrealistic. Ares gets in touch with his sensitive side and learns to accept Cara but it is all too little too late.
The prophecy surrounding Ares is problematic for two reasons. First, the syntax is ambiguous and there seems to be an error in word choice that the editor has failed to catch. This wouldn't be too bad if the prophecy didn't play such a pivotal role in the plot and make it difficult for the reader to wrap their head around certain events. Second, the resolution of the prophecy is contrived with the sudden and inexplicable appearance of heretofore unseen character.
So why the 3.5 stars? Ione's writing and world building are engrossing, and the premise of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse fighting their potential for evil while attempting to prevent the prophecy of Armageddon coming to pass is fascinating and well worth the effort of reading the book.
Moreover, the secondary characters are very compelling. Reseph AKA Pestilence is exceedingly complex and it will be interesting to see if and how Ione manages to redeem him. The other Horsemen (or persons) are fleshed out well, particularly Limos, whose secrets will be unveiled in the next installment. ”
“The Author did an excellent job of developing realistic personalities for the main characters. Great detail was also given to providing the background information for the story line. The story line was unique however; Ares, 2nd Horeseman of the Apocalypse, was portrayed wonderfully as was his brother Pestilence and main character Cara.”Jacqueline Jackson wrote this review Friday, February 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Second time lucky! Loved it, not sure why I had the false start last time. MCs were just okay, but liked Thanatos and Limos, and Reseph/Pestilence had his moments.Loved Hal, and did like Caras ability and the stories that went along with that - just not the mushy stuff. Ares is either being a dick or being too sweet, just cant get settled with him. Will definitely be continuing.”Deyara wrote this review Saturday, January 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Although paranormal romance is not my genre of choice, I somewhat liked this book. It was hard to get into, because all the names, terminology and details at the beginning were a little overwhelming. Once I got past that, I enjoyed the storyline. There was a little more violence than I really like, but I suppose that goes with demons, vampires and that sort of thing. ”Judy wrote this review Monday, December 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A good read, but a bit too gorey for my taste. On the fence about whether or not I will continue to read the rest of the books. Maybe...”AC wrote this review Thursday, November 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a new series by Larissa Ione, the author of the Demonica series (one of my favorites!). But in a way, it's not totally new. It's a new side of the same thread that we've been following in Demonica. I guess we went through all the brothers/siblings of our featured family, and now it's time to continue, but in another circle.
It looks like this series is going to follow the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, only it's the demon prophecy that's coming to pass. The first story centers around Ares, named "War" if his seal is broken. The only trouble I had was picturing Ares as a man with man-desires. He just seems as if he's already War. But that doesn't lessen the enjoyment of this storyline. And I actually enjoyed the addition of the hellhounds. :-) ”
“Love this author's writing style!”Kathryn wrote this review Sunday, August 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: Legends come to life with all the flaws of us mere mortals. Full of action, suspense, and naughty scenes including patio furniture and a home-made whip.
Opening Sentence: Ares, also known as War, second of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to much of the human and demon world, sat astride his stallion on the outskirts of a nameless village in Africa, his body and mind vibrating with energy.
Every religion has two things; a story about the Beginning of creation and the End. Human nature makes each of us curious about where we came from and where we are going. The Lords of Deliverance series gives us an interesting interpretation of the Apocalypse and the Horsemen in charge of heralding it. Larissa Ione presents us with four very “human” legendary figures, being half-demon and half-angel, which walk the line between good and evil. But the first seal is broken, and the end is inevitable, isn’t it?
Ares, known as the Second Horseman of the Apocalypse-War, is a hard man. A great strategist and immortal warrior, he has had little to fear for the last forty-five hundred years. The only thing he has to worry about is not having his Seal broken and unleashing his demon nature on humanity. But now that the countdown has started, the only thing keeping him from going evil is one little slip of a human female. Surely, if he can command legions of armies he can handle one lone female, right? Ares is stubborn, arrogant, and has way too much ego for one man. But under all of that, he was once just a man that had lost his family. And his long buried feelings and emotions resurface after spending some time with Cara Thornhart. But can he afford to have a weakness now, knowing that this war will mean the difference between good or evil triumphing? Can he set aside old grudges in order to create alliances that may make a difference between winning and losing?
Cara has barely been surviving when circumstances thrust her into a supernatural world that teeters on the brink of war. Her gift of kindness to a dog has led her to being bonded with a hellhound and, eventually, the carrier of Ares’ agimortus; his trigger for breaking his Seal. But humans were never meant to carry such a thing, and it is killing her. Now it is a race against time to save her life, and therefore preventing Ares from going evil. Cara realizes, now that her life is coming to an end, she has yet to really live. Her desperation to fight for her life leads her to take chances that she wouldn’t before, including falling in love. She doesn’t have the luxury of time with Ares and does all she can in the time she has left. This includes helping Ares get past his feud with the hellhounds. Cara too must face her own past and its consequences before she can move on from it. By letting each other into their hearts, both learn that love makes a person stronger, not weaker. Of course, all of this would be much easier if Ares’ brother wasn’t working against them to get the Apocalypse started.
Pestilence, once known as Reseph, is the First Horseman of the Apocalypse and the first one to have his Seal broken. Now that his demon nature is released, his only goal in life is to see his siblings fall as well. He is made aware of Ares’ attachment to Cara and uses it against his brother. Though it is understood that there is no going back once a Seal is broken, Reseph’s brothers and sister refuse to give up hope. They search for a way to bring back the man they love while he is searching for a way to take them down. I especially enjoy the closeness that these siblings share. Their fate has left them little sympathy with others, leaving them to only rely on each other all of these years. To have lost the Reseph they knew and loved and had him replaced with one that has no love in him must tear the siblings apart. To know that the only way they may be able to prevent the Apocalypse is to kill him must be such a heavy burden in each of their hearts.
There is a lot going on in this book, including some hot love scenes. It picks up from the end of another series by Larissa Ione, The Demonica series. Though you can definitely read this series alone, if you want to know any back information, especially about Underworld General, you will have to read the other series. Otherwise, this is a good paranormal romance with a pinch of End of Days.
His thumb stroked her cheek, and she hated herself for liking it. “I prefer human females, but-“He gnashed his teeth so hard she heard the crack.
“But, what?” she pressed. “They’re too smart to put up with your crap?”
“I make them combative.”
“Well, gee, with your personality, I can’t imagine why that would be.”
Something sad flickered in his expression, but then it was gone, replaced by the ruthless cruelty again. “It’s my curse. When I’m around humans, they want to fight.”
She squirmed in his grip. “You think?”
His smile was both sensual and wicked. “This is normal righting. You seen to be immune to my effect.”
“Really? Because you seriously piss me off.” He did other things to her, too, things he shouldn’t, but it seemed that when it came to him, her body and brain were divorced.
The Lords of Deliverance Series:
1. Eternal Rider
2. Immortal Rider
3. Lethal Rider
FTC Advisory: Grand Central Publishing provided me with a copy of Eternal Rider. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. The only payment received came in the form of hugs and kisses from my little boys.”