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Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Review: Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione ★★★


Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione
Genre: Paranormal Romance (Mythology, explicit sex scenes, Four horsemen of the apocalypse, alpha males, magic, demons)
Series: Book one in the Lords of Deliverance series
Original Language: English
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Country: USA
Publication Date: March 29, 2011
ISBN: 978-0446574495
Page Count: 432
My Rating: ★★★

Summary 

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.

My Review

Overall this was a pretty good start to a series. I liked the general concept of the four horsemen and their curses. That was something new and refreshing. The mythology and worldbuilding was great as well. Ione has created a very expansive world filled with a myriad of different creatures and species. The sex scenes were pretty hot and I was rooting for the couple by the end.

That was all the good stuff.

However, because this is a spin-off series there was a lot of time devoted to revisiting characters from the main Demonica series, and as I have only read one of those, and even that was some years ago, all of those sections were totally lost on me. That's when I found my attention wandering. Several times during this book my interest peaked and waned and peaked again. We'd suddenly swap to some characters (of which loads and loads were mentioned) who were recently mated and having a baby or just had some babies. And I'm sure if I had a clue who these people were it would be lovely to catch up with them. As it was, I was kind of bored. It's probably my own fault for reading a spinoff before the main series but I do also believe that Ione was a little overindulgent in her "name dropping" of Demonica cast members. You have to assume not everyone will know who these people are.

Also, because this is a well established world with a full series worth of worldbuilding under it's belt, a lot of that same info dumping had to be shoved into this one book and it was a lot to absorb.

So my advice would be that this is a good series, and even though you can follow the plot easy enough without reading Demonica first, in terms of enjoyment, I think mine would have been upped exponentially had I read them the correct way around.

I'm still going to carry on with the next book and hope that a lot of these issues will be gone or at least lessened.


2 comments:

  1. Hmm, I was wondering about this series. I Love the Demonica series, so I think I might like this series too, especially since I already know the characters. Thanks for the review. :)

    Jennifer @ Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance

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  2. Yes, definitely reading them after Demonica would be best. That was my only negative really.

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