I loved the premise of the Lords of Deliverance series; Four siblings, born of a demon and an angel, almost brought the ancient world to ruin and as punishment, were cursed to be the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Technically it’s three horsemen and one horsewoman which was actually another facet I loved. The end of days will come but how soon depends on if the seals they were cursed with are broken. They fight on the side of good as long as their seals remain intact but should the unthinkable occur, they turn evil and will side with the bad guys, unleashing the full terrible force of their natures.
As this was the first book by Larissa Ione I’d read, I didn’t realise this series is actually a companion set from her main one called The Demonica. This also explains why I felt some names or characters were important and should have some deeper meaning for me. It didn’t spoil my enjoyment of Eternal Rider though and just made me want to catch up on the other series.
I loved the way Ione smacks you right in the face with one of the Horsemen’s seals breaking, just as you started liking him. It was just enough that you hope the remaining three and their uneasy allies can find a way to restore him before he destroys everything.
This book is Ares/War’s story and I absolutely loved it. Ares is a complex character with layers to his personality and can be quite a scary individual. Even as Ares, he is drawn to battle and tries to keep to himself as his mere presence can cause fights to break out. A lonely immortal existence but one he accepts for his part in the ancient war that nearly brought the world to its knees.
Cara is a human that I could identify with instantly, having a love of animals that borders on the paranormal. On the verge of bankruptcy and mourning the death of her father, she still can’t turn away an injured dog that was run over. She has the ability to heal animals and was her calling in her father’s vet practice, but lost all confidence in herself. Discovering the dog had been shot catapults her into a confusing world where nothing is as she thought it was, least of all that the dog was actually a Hellhound and now bonded to her.
Both characters brought something different to the book and made it whole, even with the large supporting cast. I loved their interplay and interactions, often making me laugh as Cara is feisty and definitely a modern woman. It was a pleasure seeing them grow in personality, both individually and as a couple. They complement each other perfectly and also made for some very hot scenes. You may need a fan if you are a blusher!
The pace of the story was fast, often with no let up and the action scenes were exciting and well written. I was so engaged, I couldn’t put the book down and by the end I felt breathless. The teaser for book two at the end had me reaching for it and am very thankful I had it waiting!
A really interesting and exciting take on the Four Horsemen mythos and a series I can’t wait to read the rest of!