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Eternal Rider - Larissa Ione

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars. I'm not too sure how I feel about this book - my feelings were definitely mixed throughout it. On one hand, Larissa Ione (LI) used to be my fave author, and I was just about floored when I read her Demonica series. Those books were amazing! 


But something happened during the start of this new series - I'm not sure if it's the content, or is it me that's changed somehow, or did LI get a new editor/s? I have no clue, but something is just "off" for me in this series. 


Let's start with the truths we hold be true. LI changes things up with the iconic story of the Four Horsemen. In her version, they are personified by four individuals (all siblings - one of them female) who are half demons. They aren't truly the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse - since the event hasn't happened - they are merely the vessels which will house the monsters they are destined to become. 


In the beginning of the story, one of the siblings, Reseph, had his seal broken (This occurred in the last Demonica book when Sin let loose a plague that all but killed Werewolves) and he's now turned into Pestilence. All of his compassion and - for lack of a better word - his humanity is all but gone. He recognizes neither friend or foe and his only objective is to get his siblings to break their seal as well and join him in bringing about the Apocalypse. 


His siblings battle with coming to grips with the new reality of their brother being beyond help and from keeping their seals from getting broken. Ares - who will turn into War, has his seal entrusted to a Fallen Angel. But if this Fallen Angel is killed, his seal will be broken and he will change. All efforts are made to keep the bearer of Ares' seal alive. 


Thantos, who is to become Death, has his seal tied to his celibacy, and Limos, their sister who will become Pestilence has a double whammy. She must stay virtuous because Satan wants her for his bride and he's agreed to stay away from her if she will stay away from all men. Plus, her seal is tied to a mysterious bowl which no one seems to have found in centuries.


So this is a lot of information to take in, and I'm not even sure I got all the details right LOL Anyhoo, somehow in between all these going ons, Cara, a woman who everyone at first thinks is human, gets sucked into the ordeal.




In the past, Cara wanted to open a holistic vet care for animals - What does that mean exactly? I'm not sure, but somehow she's got a gift where she can heal animals by touching them. She has all the vet instruments at her home, but before she could get her practice up and running, she endured a break in at her house which left her emotionally scarred. Her gift - which she previously thought only worked on animals - suddenly worked on one of her attackers and killed him. 


Needless to say, the shock of the events were too much for her and after she lost her will to practice, her real job, and her boyfriend, Cara's pretty much hanging on by a thread when a strange knock in the middle of the night wakes her up. A local brings in a dog he's just hit on the road, and while Cara nurses the strange animal to health, several men break into her house - AGAIN. 



But these are no regular men, they're Aegis warriors after the animal she's just healed. But it's not a dog, it's a Hellhound, and Cara's life is never the same again. 


Through a lot of twists and turns (seriously you can't skim read this book as it's just one thing after another - non-stop I'm telling you!) Cara ends up being the bearer of Ares' seal, but a human isn't meant to carry the seal and it's killing her.


From then on, it's a race against time to find a replacement Fallen Angel to take the seal from Cara before Ares turns into a monster. Sprinkle in a little romance as Cara gets a little too close to Ares, who's still pining for the loss of his wife and children like 4000 years later!!! Really? LOL  Goodness, it was tough to take in places. I mean Ares wasn't celibate, he just didn't 'love' any woman for that long. 




Some good aspects of the book were that some of the characters from the Demonica series come around, and I cheered every time one of them made an appearance. I just loved catching up on what was going on with them. 


The most notable bad aspect/s were that there was a lot of sloppy loopholes. So many questions arose from the book and I don't think even LI could make sense of things, because there were a lot of instances where the characters were all: "Wait a minute. You said there was a rule about such and such. So how am I able to do this then?" Answer: "I'm not really sure." 





There wasn't a way to explain things? Ugh. It was really hard to keep things in the story together. 


In the end, we get a Happily Ever After For Now, and things are kind of up in the air as Pestilence won't stop until the Apocalypse is like a thing.  


Part of me wants to continue, and part of me says why? *le sigh* I'll come back when I can't take the 'What happened?' anymore. 


Darn my need for closure. :( 


Eternal Rider features: 


  • erotica
  • oral sex
  • paranormal romance
  • demons
  • angels
  • theology
  • suspense
  • mystery
  • non-consensual themes
  • torture
  • angst
  • revenge
  • mystery
  • non-stop action
  • kidnapping
  • character death/s
  • vampires
  • shifters



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review 2015-07-12 16:45
Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione
Eternal Rider (Lords of Deliverance #1) - Larissa Ione

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 bought this book in 2011 and didn't read it until 2015. Why? Well, I do have a huge TBR but given how much I love Larissa Ione that really wasn't it.


I started this book many times and just couldn't get past the opening. Ares seemed to cold. Cara too generic. The world gory, grim, and unyielding. I can't stand horro movies and parts of this book and this series veer sharply that way. If this book were a film, I would never have gotten through it or watched it. The villian is awful.


So, how did I end up reading this romance and likely it so much? Well, I have no problem reading out of order. I started with the novellas in this series and then read Rogue Rider where the villian in this one gets to be a hero again and then started in on this one.

Here is what I liked about this book--the love story. Ares comes to fully see Cara as her own kind of warrior. Ares grows. Cara's talent and animal/demon friends are awesome!


There is great adventure here.


I squinted my eyes through the villian, torture, and gore. 


For me the wonderfulness isn't the mystery of the plot arcs for the series, I just enjoyed the realtionship. Good stuff.

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review 2014-08-22 00:00
Eternal Rider
Eternal Rider - Larissa Ione Originally read and DNF'd January 19, 2013

Giving it another shot b/c I want to read the others in series.
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review 2014-03-16 00:00
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Eternal Rider - Larissa Ione 4 stars

This book was fantastic!!! Definitely satiate my crave for excitement (see below).

Action pack - check
Violence and gruesome gore - check

Things that I disliked.
1. Limos. I found she's annoying.
2. Why didn't Ares say it back!? After all the cray yay drama llama. (Those who have read this book know what I'm talking about).
3. How I wish Ares actually plunged the 'lethal' dagger into Cara's heart and I bet things would be lot more interesting. Yep, I'm so not happy with the outcome. It's too...lame.


I actually like reading the story related to Four Horsemen of Apocalypse, even in Revelation too. Hence, I landed on this and I intend to find other series with similar theme.

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