Sunday, May 1, 2011

Kelly's Review: ETERNAL RIDER


Book 1 in the Lords of Deliverance Series

By Larissa Ione

Published by: Grand Central Publishing

First Printing: April 1, 2011

ISBN-10: 044657449X

ISBN-13: 978-0446574495

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Concept: “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.”

Review: I think Larissa Ione is one of the best Paranormal Romance authors out there today and I love the Demonica series also as being some of the best available today. So much so that I couldn’t start this review with a negative but now that is out of the way. This is supposed to be a new series and to me, it’s just a continuation of Demonica. So for those of you who thought Demonica was over, never fear, it’s back again. I LOVED Demonica so that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but on the other hand, when I picked up this book, I was thinking I was going into a new world. I invited friends into a book club reading thinking it was a new series and easy for them to fall into. It wasn’t. So I have to minus points for that and as a warning to newbies into this series. I don’t think my ratings or this review is going to be popular, but I have to call it as I read it. J

Eternal Rider is the first book in the Lords of Deliverance series which is touted as being a spin-off from the Demonica series. I think it’s a continuation. Unlike the Demonica series, which focuses around Underworld General, a demon hospital and it’s cast of characters, THIS series focuses on the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Great setting right?

The setting (and I’m going to try and put this in the easiest way possible) is that Ares, or War, is trying to stop his seal from breaking while battling his brother Resesph (good)/ Pestilence (bad) since his seal has already broke. (Think Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hide.) The rest of the family Thanatos/Death and sister Limos/Famine are lending a helping hand. Cara, our heroine, has been bonded to a hellhound that she lovingly has nicknamed Hal (short for Halitosis) is the link to making everything all better, but, she’ll have to die first. It’s really confusing. REALLY confusing.

I did enjoy the romance between Cara and Ares developing, and I would say that one of the hottest sex scenes in paranormal book history hits right around Chapter 18, and I enjoyed some new characters, Battle, Ares’ horse, and Hal. I’m an animal nut. Maybe that’s why Cara is endearing to me as well as these animals. I’m not sure. Ares however, wasn’t the hop on my list. To me, he’s kind of whiney and needs to put on his big girl panties. I didn’t care for him. Fortunately, the story made it easy to tolerate him.

This series has a lot of promise. For Book 1, it wasn’t bad. Not bad at all. It may even surpass the Demonica series. I hope there’s a little less of the fighting stuff because it gets confusing to me and I’m reading a romance not a war story. The characters are so engrossing though and the world so interesting, that you are willing to deal with it.

What I liked: I loved the animals. Battle and his antics as Ares’ horse were so delightful. Hal is adorable (as adorable Hellhounds go) and his Daddy-o, Chaos, reminds us that forgiveness is a big thing in life.

What I disliked: The good v. evil thing and the battle stories and the Aegis v. The Horsemen v. The demons, all that is very confusing to me. As I said above, I am reading this book for a romance, not war intel.

My rating: 3.5 Feathers

by Kelly for Book Lover's Hideaway


Ing said...

Throwing tomatoes at Kelly! LOL! Seriously though great review and I can see how this book would be hard for new readers to the series to keep up.

Oh yea..can I say upside down smex! Whew! Hot as hell.

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