Guest Review: Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione

Eternal Rider (Lords of Deliverance)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.

Nicole AKA MinnChica is my guest today at Fiction Vixen. She is reviewing Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione.

Larissa Ione’s new series Lords of Deliverance highlights the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Ares, also known as War, has just witnessed his brother Reseph’s seal broken and his laid back brother transformed into Pestilence. In order to prevent his seal from breaking and being turned into War, Ares must protect a human woman who has the potential to change his life as he knows it. 

Cara was living her life in solitude, scared of the world around her. But when she heals a dog, her life takes a turn she never expected. Hunted by the Aegis and demons alike, the only one who can keep her safe is Ares. But with everyone in the supernatural world gunning for them, and Ares’ seal draining her life, will they be able to find a solution in time to save them both?

I absolutely love Ione’s work, so I was super excited to see where she was going to take this new series featuring the horseman. I admit that the first half of the book or so was very slow, very info heavy, and didn’t really pull me into the story. I didn’t really find myself relating to the characters or plot until things started picking up and moving along.

It took me awhile to related with Cara and Ares. They didn’t immediately reach out and grab me like Ione’s characters normally do. Instead, it took awhile for me to actually like these two. In the beginning Cara is quiet, reserved, passive and tormented from something in her past that is kept hidden and somewhat confusing to get through. I usually like my female leads to have a little more of a backbone, and while Cara did develop hers more as the book went along, I had a hard time enjoying her until then. With Ares, he was a little bit of an a-hole in the beginning of the story. It wasn’t until he started revealing his true worries and fears about becoming War that I began liking him.

For me, the secondary characters really stole the spotlight in this book. Ares brother and sister Thanatos and Limos really engaged me early on. I love that Limos is so laid back and a total girly girl. I loved that Thanatos was so serious and intense all the time. He was just the kind of alpha hero that pulls me into a story.

Reseph, or Pestilence, is a fabulous creepy villain. He was always there, doing the dirty work and being all around terrifying. I really hope that Ione will find some way to redeem him in future books, and that he wont be lost as Pestilence forever. The small glimpses and snippets we got from what he was like before his seal broke has me liking his character, despite all his current offenses.

I really enjoy the premise of where the series seems to be going, and what Ione has in store for us in upcoming books. There was a teaser for Limos book, out in December that has me super excited to continue on with the series. Also getting to have a glimpse into some of the Demonica folks is always a nice treat for me. I love being able to get little glimpses into some of my favorite characters from previous books.

All in all, I did end up enjoying Eternal Rider. I have to say, I was expecting a little more from Ione, and because of that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped.

I give Eternal Rider 3 and a half hearts.

Favorite Quote:

“You were right Cara. I’m a demon. All I’ve known my entire life is fighting. Battle, sex, it’s all the same to me. I fuck like I fight, until the other person i begging for mercy. Trust me, you don’t want to be a part of it.”


Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione
April 1st 2011 by Grand Central
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  1. says

    Great review Nicole!

    I fell in love with Than and even Pestilence 😉

    Hopefully there won’t be so much info overload in book 2 now that the world is set up!

  2. Rain maiden says

    I have this on my book shelf, I’m not sure if I will start it now or wait for book two. I did enjoy your take on it.

  3. says

    I like the concept of the four horsemen of the apocalypse being the focus of this new series. Too bad this one suffered a bit from info overload. Nice review Nicole!

  4. says

    @Mandi – Fingers crossed that Pestilence can redeem himself. He was RAWR!

    @Rain Maiden – There is a lot of world building, but I hope you do like it when you get around to it!

    @FV – Thanks again for having me here!!

    @Janna – Thanks! It did have a bit of overload, but I think the next one is going to really rock it.

    @blodeuedd – Ares definitely had his moments when he made my heart pitter patter *sigh*

  5. says

    I liked this one but didn’t heart it as much as the demonic a books. I feel like bk 2 will bring more of the awesome.

  6. pamelia says

    Wow! I am loving this one. Her other series was feeling a little stale to me (so much so that I stalled out 2 chapters into Sin Undone and have yet to go back to it.) I was up super late reading this one last night and am counting the hours till my son goes to bed so I can finish it. In some ways it reminds me a lot of the Dark Hunters books by Kenyon (tortured pasts and a lot of banter), only Ione is a much better writer IMHO.

  7. says

    Great review Nicole!

    I’ve seen nothing but good reviews for this one. I haven’t read anything by her yet, but I have every intention of rectifying that situation very soon.

  8. says

    Hi There,
    This is a great review, I really enjoyed all her other books and I’m in the middle of this book and finding it hard to get through (I’m happy I’m not the only one feeling this way)I’m a little disappointed but I love Ms. Ione’s style of writing and I’ll get through this one just to get to book 2.
    I really love your site, I’m your latest follower, would you mind following me back…here is my link: