Title: Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione
Series: Demonica, Lords of Deliverance
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: April 1, 2011
Genres: Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
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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.
★★ I received this book for free from either the author, publisher or tour coordinator in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ★★
We got a glimpse of Ares the second Horseman of the Apocalypse at the end of Sin’s book. Eternal Rider opens up with the history of how the Four Horseman came to be and gives us a glimpse of what was happening to them during Sin’s story. The story itself picks up six months after Sin Undone. Ares and his remaining siblings whose Seals have not been broken are on the hunt for their brother Reseph aka Pestilence. Each Horseman remains good and fight on the side of good until their SEAL is broken. Each Seal has a trigger known as agimortus that will cause their SEAL to break. With Reseph the Warg war and the virus spread by Sin triggered the breaking of his SEAL. Reseph is now on the hunt for the agimortus that will break Ares SEAL. If Ares’s Seal is broken it will not be a good thing. The Apocalypse will be in full force and the demons in Sheoul will have a field day on mankind. Ares and the two remaining siblings, Thanatos and Limos are trying to stop this from happening.
Cara Thornhart is a human who is still recovering from some trauma. A creature who looks like an ugly dog is left in her care after he is found injured. Cara has a gift that allows her to communicate with animals and heal them. Since her gift has killed previously, she is hesitant to use it. Seeing the creature suffering she hesitantly helps and ends up being bonded to to this ugly dog. The ugly dog is a hellhound, which is a demon creature. The hellhound she is bonded to ends up in the hands of a Fallen Angel who is Ares agimortus. The Fallen Angel is on the run from Reseph, who is intent on killing this Fallen Angel to break Ares’s Seal. Since Cara is now bonded to the hellhound she is able to locate it. With this discovery Ares will use her to track his agimortus. Things take a turn and Cara ends up becoming Ares’s agimortus.
Ares is a warrior and will protect Cara at all cost to keep his Seal from breaking. Ares feels no emotion or so he thinks! 🙂 Cara has now become the most hunted person in the demonica world. With her life dependent on this hard and emotionless warrior will she come out of this experience alive? You’ll have to buy the book to find out… 🙂
With the start of this new series Larissa delivers again with in your face nitty gritty dark violence and sexiness. The Four Horseman fit flawlessly into this world building that she had already introduced her readers to in the Demonica series. With Ares and Cara’s story she takes us deeper into the battle between good and evil.
Ares is another great hero to add to Larissa’s collection of yummy demons. He’s big, badass, tortured and sex on a stick. He has been raised as a warrior and thinks like a warrior. No emotions and no ties. He’s had to cut himself off emotionally to keep himself from being hurt again. Being alive for centuries, he has learned that any emotional attachments leads to weakness, that an enemy can use against you. When he meets Cara he is instantly attracted and doesn’t like it one bit. Humans have no place in his world especially female humans. The harder he tries to avoid any emotional feelings toward Cara the more he finds himself drawn to her and her kindness. I loved Ares. I think he is now my second favorite hero out of both series. My heart belongs to Kynan but boy did Ares come close to moving Kynan over! 🙂 When he tries not to care he finds himself caring anyway. I like when a hero thinks they’re all emotionally cut off then suddenly that one girl comes along and all these pesky feelings start surfacing. It’s so cute.
Cara is strong. I like strong heroines. When she first gets thrown into this world she is understandably confused and emotional. She was all these things but it wasn’t the emotional hysteria that gets old and annoying. She processes the information and goes from there. I personally would have been huddled in the corner sucking my thumbs! But heh..that’s me! 🙂 Once she sees pass Ares’s emotional armor she dives right in and tries to get him to open up. She doesn’t take crap from him and goes toe to toe and expects him to treat her as an equal who can handle herself. No mousy wimp for Ares.
The sparks between these two was crazy. Talk about verbal foreplay. I could literally feel myself melting in a puddle during one sexy shower scene! Hmmmm….getting visuals! The romance and characters were developed nicely. I could understand why both characters were attracted to each other. The chemistry was there and the development of the relationship was on point for me. I never once thought why the heck do these two people even like each other. This is always a plus in my book! Plenty of smoking moments between the two to keep me satisfied.
Larissa’s world building was easy to follow in my opinion. I do recommend that before new readers to Larissa’s world start this series that they read the Demonica series first. I mainly state this because I think your reading enjoyment would be so much more. For fans of the Demonica series we get glimpses of our favorite Demon boys. We catch up with the lives of the Demonica boys. My favorite couple Kynan and Gem make a special appearance that I love. She wove these loved characters from the Demonica series into this story effortlessly that it did not take away from the main storyline itself. It was good to see Arik play a bigger role. Arik’s story is next and it’s him and the fourth Horseman, Limos. I can’t wait for the next book in this series to learn more about Thanatos and Limos. I think many will be clamoring for Thanatos. The boy seriously needs some love! It was a wonderful start to this new series. I highly recommend this book for fans of the Demonica series. I was not disappointed.
★★ Book was read in March 2011. I own my own personal eBook and paperback copy. ★★
Books in this Series:
Please note Lords of Deliverance is a spin-off series from the Demonica series. I highly recommend these books be read in the order listed, to get a much richer reading experience. 🙂
- Pleasure Unbound (Demonica, #1)
- Desire Unchained (Demonica, #2)
- Passion Unleashed (Demonica, #3)
- Ecstasy Unveiled (Demonica, #4)
- Eternity Embraced (Demonica, #4.5)
- Sin Undone (Demonica, #5)
- Supernatural (anthology) – Vampire Fight Club (Demonica, #5.5)
- Eternal Rider (Lords of Deliverance, #1) (Demonica, #6)
- Immortal Rider (Lords of Deliverance, #2) (Demonica, #7)
- Lethal Rider (Lords of Deliverance, #3) (Demonica, #8)
- Rogue Rider (Lords of Deliverance, #4) (Demonica, #9)
- Reaver (Lords of Deliverance, #5) (Demonica, #10)
- Azagoth (Lords of Deliverance, #5.5) (Demonica, #10.5)
- Revenant (Lords of Deliverance, #6) (Demonica, #11)
- Hades (Lords of Deliverance, #6.5) (Demonica, #11.5)
- Base Instincts (Demonica, #11.7)