Friday, March 25, 2011

Review: "Eternal Rider" by Larissa Ione

Book one of Larissa Ione's new Lords of Deliverance series, Eternal Rider is a little slow in places with all the world building and numerous cast of characters. However, when the action starts you can't read fast enough in your need to discover what happens.

From the back cover blurb:
His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind tests 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.

This new series stands on it's own from Ione's previous Demonica series, but characters from the Demonica series do make an appearance. Reading the Demonica series may help with understanding the world Eternal Rider is set in and the background of the characters from Demonica that make an appearance. Ione does a good job of introducing new readers to the demon world she has built (as well as reminding those already familiar with Demonica) and what happened previously in the Demonica series that affect this new series and the characters involved. I definitely recommend referencing the provided glossary before starting the book.

The ending was a little anti-climatic for me, but I did like how Ione resolved the issue with Cara and the agimortus, the object/thing/person that would convert Ares into War and trigger the fall of the world if it breaks. I'm looking forward to seeing how the other Horsemen are dealt with - especially Pestilence, who has truly turned evil.

Rating: 4/5


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