Sunday, March 27, 2011

Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione

Title: Eternal Rider
Author: Larissa Ione
My Rating: A

Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Series: Lords of Deliverance
Main Characters: Ares & Cara Thornhart
Release Date: April 2011
ISBN978-0446574495 or 
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $7.99
Borders- $7.99
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:

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.

My Review:
I have been a Larissa Ione fan from the moment that I started reading her Demonica series. She has an incredible creative capacity and she proves it again with this first installment of the Lords of Deliverance series.

This book is about Ares. He is one of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, specifically War. This is the start of a new series, but for those of you that loved the Demonica series, this new series picks up exactly where Sin Undone (book #5 of the Demonica series) left off. That being said, you don't need to have read the first series (although I highly recommend it because those books are ALL AWESOME!) to enjoy the story line of this one.

The story line is that the four horsemen are siblings- three brothers and one sister that were born of an evil succubus and a good angel. They each have a seal which helps them from becoming evil and each seal has a trigger that will break it. The Apocalypse officially begins when 2 of the seals have been broken. Unfortunately, Reseph's seal has broken and he has become Pestilence. Now it's up to Cara and Ares to keep his seal from breaking. (I know that it's complicated, but believe me Larissa Ione explains it way, WAY better than me.)

Cara is human with a very special skill- she can heal animals. This skill landed her bound to a hellhound which ultimately led her to becoming the key to breaking Ares' seal. If she dies, then Ares' seal is broken...and yeah, he is really really attracted to her.

(and I think that this is a good spot to share one of my favorite quotes from the book:)

"She'd read somewhere that normal, healthy men got up to twenty erections a day. 
Um...yep, Ares was definitely healthy." 

There is lots of depth and layers to this book. This world is incredible- seriously who would think that you could create a credible romance using the Horsemen of the Apocalypse? But Larissa Ione does it and does it brilliantly!

The romance between Ares and Cara is awesome. She is just a human and, let's face it, beneath it all- He's WAR! But she doesn't think twice about challenging him at every turn. In fact, she really enjoys it. They are the perfect match. She is tougher around him and he is softer around her. It's really a beautiful romance- if they can only manage to keep her alive.

Let me tell you, honestly I could not see ANY WAY that Larissa Ione was going to pull a happily-ever-after, but OMG- she did and brilliantly. BUT the Apocalypse has only been temporarily diverted..we still have more Horsemen and three more books to the series. I have no idea how she will do it, but I cannot wait to see how she writes herself out of this one!

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