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 Thornheart 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 when they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara’s life.
I was quite a fan of Larissa Ione’s Demonica series, so when I saw that she had released a spinoff I was so totally there. And Ms Ione did not disappoint. The Lords of Deliverance series is set in the same universe as the Demonica books, and features quite a few of the old faces from that series. If you do decide to read this series, I would advise starting with Demonica and working your way through.
On to the actual story line: this series is going to be dealing with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The idea is that the Horsemen are not intrinsically evil, nor are they intrinsically good. They’re just, you know, people (sort of). That is, until their Seals break. And that is exactly what happened to one of the Horsemen at the end of Sin Undone. Reseph’s (aka Pestilence) Seal broke and now he’s gone stark raving mad. He is evil, and hellbent on breaking his sibling’s Seals and bringing on the end of days. The other Horsemen are Ares (aka War), Limos (aka Famine) and Thanatos (aka Death), and they are doing all they can to stop Pestilence and save the world. I was actually pretty bummed that Ms Ione chose Reseph to be the bad guy. Going by the flashback scenes, and his sibling’s memories of him, Reseph was a pretty decent guy and then, through no fault of his own, he loses his shit and goes crazy.
Eternal Rider is Ares’s book. You’ll probably remember that we met him right at the end of Sin Undone. It took me a little while to really warm up to him. I mean, I liked him but I didn’t love him. He was a little on the grouchy side, but after a while I found his whole gruff he-man thing kinda cute. And then, about halfway through the book, Cara made Ares blush. Well, that was me. I was done. This big, tough, scary guy blushing? Adorable. As a heroine, I thought Cara handled herself pretty well. She didn’t freak out too badly when she was introduced to the supernatural world, and her bond with Hal the Hellhound was… unexpected. I mean, those things are vicious as hell and to see one acting like a tame little chihuahua was weird.
In all, Lords of Deliverance is definitely looking to be a fun series, and I can’t wait to see what Ms Ione has in store for us next.