Book Review

Eternal Rider

Eternal Rider

  • Author: Larissa Ione
  • Genre: Paranormal Romance
  • Publication Date: August 9, 2022
  • Publisher: Forever
  • Series: Lords of Deliverance #1

Thank you to Forever for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

CONTENT WARNING: violence, blood, gore, murder, plagues, drugging, torture, attempted sexual assault

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

She’s his only hope to stop 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 his 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 requires a staggering cost: Cara’s life.

At first, I didn’t realize that this was an offshoot from another series, and I was a little nervous that there was going to be a lot of info that I couldn’t follow. However, Ione really led readers into the story gently, providing information slowly and in small bits and pieces as appropriate, avoiding info dumps and without getting readers lost or confused. It never felt like I was jumping into a series mid-book, and felt like I was starting a brand-new series, which was perfect since I hadn’t read any of the other books.

The premise was intriguing—the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse walk between the underworld and the moral world, protecting their seals from being broken and unleashing the end of the world. Until one of the seals are broken, and chaos is on the verge of being broken. Ares is doing everything he can to prevent his seal from being broken, while his brother, Pestilence, is working against him to break the seal. 

Cara gets pulled into this as an innocent human, but one with a gift that she works to keep hidden. While initially she gives off some serious damsel-in-distress vibes, she’s also got a hidden core of inner strength, and I really liked her character. I think she won me over initially when she was presented with a boatload of information that would have just about anyone shaking in a corner having a mental breakdown, but she just kind of took it in stride and looked for the next steps. Another one of her characteristics that I loved was the way that she consistently stood up for herself, and refused to be a passive participant in her own life. And I can’t forget about the way that she stuck to her moral compass, even when it wasn’t the easy or simple thing to do—she did what she felt was right, even when it put her in danger.

Ares was also an interesting character, for me. He’s literally the personification of War, so he isn’t exactly in touch with his emotions. But being around Cara brings out something new in him, and taps into a different aspect of himself. She literally breaks down his armor and draws out emotions that he’s kept suppressed for millennia, and he really struggles with having to experience and express emotions. It leads to a lot of growth for his character, and I really loved seeing him change.

“Love was not an option for him. It never had been. Caring for someone made you weak. Made you make stupid decisions. He’d seen it all over the centuries; men losing property, wars, their very lives over the love of a woman.”

Set against the backdrop of the developing romance was literally a fight to save humanity. The siblings are teetering between good and evil, and while one has tipped over to become completely evil, the other three are working to save the world. I liked seeing how the relationship between the siblings changed with the dynamic of one of them switching sides, since they’re operating with different moral orientations—three of them are still hoping to save the other, and Pestilence is just living it up with his evil self. And at least one of the people surrounding Pestilence is questioning what life would be like if he gets his way:

“Armageddon was right around the corner, and for the first time, she wasn’t sure if her life in hell would be worse if evil lost…or if it won.”

There’s plenty of action, but there’s also plenty of spice, and let me tell you—it’s good! I’m completely invested in this story, and I can’t wait to read more of this series. I managed to get totally invested in this book, and love the way Ione writes. This is an awesome paranormal romance, and it’s the kind of story that gets me hyped to read more.

People who have sat around with me while I’m reading, especially when there’s a surprising reveal, a shocking plot twist, or an unexpected event often look up in alarm when I gasp audibly. The gasp factor is directly related to the number of times I audibly gasp during a reading, and there isn’t an upper limit.

Gasp Factor:  8

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