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.
©2011 Larissa Ione (P)2011 Hachette
Eternal Rider is the first in a new series set in the Demonica world.
I loved this book as much as any from the Demonica series. The bad guys, the action, the romance, the end of the world...it's all great stuff, but Larissa Ione threw in an additional element that hooked me from the beginning: the animals. Animals in this book are essential to the story. The Horsemen aren't complete without their horses. I truly hope that the other horses are given as much "space on the page" in future books as Battle was given in Eternal Rider. I loved him almost as much as Hal..the hellhound puppy. I really want Hal (and family) to make at least brief appearances during the rest of the series. Familiar faces from the Demonica series are also present, and Hillary Huber did a wonderful job with the narration.
I'm looking forward to listening to book 2 and the release of book 3 and 4.
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
Larissa Ione is one talented paranormal romance writer! I like to listen to paranormal romance books every once in a while but I am always more into the romance side than the paranormal side. Not with this book. Mrs. Ione has created such a rich, interesting, captivating world that catches your complete attention from the very beggining to the very end. This book is complex and I had a hard time the first few chapters keeping up with the many characters. The book even begins with a glossary of terms That I forgot half way through. Once I started to understand who was who and why they had two names then the story picked up and I loved every minute of it.
This book is a spin off from the Demonica series and I suggest that you listen to at least the first book of the Demonica series before listening to this one. This is an apocalyptic dark book but done so well it feels good. The romance is perfectly developed and the love scenes are amazing. This is such a well rounded story that you end up enjoying the romance, the action, the mystery and even the scary parts. I just finished this book and I'm starting Immortal Rider right away (which by the way has the same narrator Hillary Huber).
Narration: Hillary Huber is a great narrator! Even with a complicated story that has many characters you could always tell a different character was speaking. She added the right emotions to this book so that the scary suspenseful parts were more intense and the love scenes more pationate. I hope the publishers keep the same narrator for the rest of the series because she does a great job!
Larissa Ione just keeps getting better and better and this one has it all: Great story, lush characters, dark enough to be enthralling, yummy sex scenes and twisted humor with a great ending. Major Keeper. Can't wait for the next one.
I am a passionate devourer of chocolate and books. I also listen to audiobooks and drink chocolate. When I die, I don't want to be embalmed!
This was my first book by Larissa Ione. I find that she built a very complex world of the Horsemen. She showed how each of the horsemen is pulled by their other side even when their seals hadn’t broken yet. It was great to have a story built on the apocalyptic stories of the bible. It was very easy to envision the world she built.
I was very surprised at the gruff nature of Ares. I understand he is War, but I was still surprised. He is a tortured soul who doesn’t believe in love. So of course he gets matched up with Cara who is not looking for anything, especially not a man.
The story revolves are Ares and Cara. She is passed his agimortus (a way of passing the seal to someone else) but since she is human, the agimortus should kill her. It is only because of the bond with the hellhound puppy that she remains alive, but is slowly being drained of her life force. In the meantime, Pestilence is searching for Ares agimortus and when he discovers that Cara has it, she becomes his target.
The one thing that I thought was hard to swallow was the fact that they kept returning to Ares’ island even though Pestilence knows they are there. They are in hiding. How many times does he have to find them in the same place before they decide … gee maybe we should hide someplace else.
If you want smoking hot sex scenes, bad-ass characters, and a little apocalyptic action this is your book!
Hillary Huber’s voice was easy to listen to, mature, and sounded age-appropriate. Her male voices were good and do not to take away from the story. Overall, I think it was a very good narration.
favorite thing is to walk dogs and listen to books!
Any fond feelings I have for this book are overshadowed by the narrator. Is it just me or does her voice change volume levels way too much? Occasionally there is a constant level and the narration is great. But when I'm listening while working out I feel like I'm missing half of what she's saying. Please tell Hillary to back off on the "soft talking".
Say something about yourself!
I really love the idea of this book and it's fairly well executed too. I really enjoyed the new twist on familiar characters. Being dropped right into the middle of the world is a great way to start things off. The premise was introduced well and quickly. I felt immediately like I knew what was going on. It wasn't until the human element was brought in that I started having issues.
The main female character's introduction to the non-human side of things was quite abrupt and jarring. It was well written though, because it did feel jarring to me too; so I could empathize.
The main male character was really well written and as believable as a character written as one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse can be believable. :)
The chemistry between the two characters was great and so was the development of their relationship.
However, some of the 'technical' terms that were used and some descriptions of the 'underworld' blurred together into a big mess of stuff I didn't really need to know to enjoy the book. Maybe that information will come in more as the series goes on, but it was a bit too much for this book.
I definitely plan to continue reading the series and will also seek out other books by this author.
Lords of Deliverance is a spin-off of Larissa's Demonica series, and it is excellent. You don't need to first read the Demonica series to enjoy this book, but it does makes the book richer if you know the story of the side characters from the Demonica series. Larissa does a great job developing characters and carrying them through her various books. This is the story of Ares, a Horseman of the Apocalpse, and Cara, a human with a special power over animals. Ares is 7 foot of delicious - a stong warrior with a good heart. I love Cara's link to the animals in the book. The narrator - Hillary Huber - is great. This book is totally worth the credit! On to Book 2!
Like another reviewer said, you have to love Larissa Ione!! This series follows right behind the Demonica series and I do suggest you read them first because some of the characters bleed into this series.
The animals in the series are awesome and I love the way they play an integral part of the stories. It adds a new twist to the usual paranormal romance.
Larissa Ione has definately become one of my favorite authors. This series is full of action and steamy romance. It does not get much better. I definitely recommend this series.
AKA The Geeky Blogger
Read from March 04 to 05, 2013
Read/Listened for Fun (Paperback/Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 4.50
Audio Rating: 3.75 (Not part of the overall rating)
I will be doing this in love letter form since I read Books 1 to 4 back to back
“She'd read somewhere that normal, healthy men got up to twenty erections a day. Um...yep, Ares was definitely healthy.”― Larissa Ione, Eternal Rider
Love Letter to Ares/War and Cara
Dear Ares: You are what a man of war should be: logical, strategical, and focused. I love that you are loyal, hard-nosed, and clearly in charge of your surroundings. However, it was the second you got knocked on your ass by Cara and your world started spinning that I really fell in love with you! I do like that there was resolution of some of the things from your past. Now I hope you and Cara have a long and animal filled life.
Dear Cara: How can I not want to have girls night out with a girl who loves animals so dearly. I am thinking I need a hellhound except that I am pretty sure my furrbabies would just teach it how to be lazy. I love that you are strong, smart, and mouthy. Thank you for not breaking Ares seal and making the world safe from War. You are the kind of woman who would be an awesome friend. One of my favorite types of leading ladies.
Dear Story: You were so action packed, thrilling, and good paced. I was impressed with the mythology tweaking. All of the elements (Guardians, Horseman, Watchers) were fascinating and drew me in immediately. I can't wait to see where we are going next! Just going to say it (don't get made) but I feel bad for "R/P". He didn't want to be what he is!
Narrated by Hillary Huber / LENGTH 12 hrs and 33 mins
Hillary did a pretty good job! I thought her pacing was excellent and it didn't take me long to get into the voices at all. The only thing that was a little off-putting was Pest's voice. It took me forever to get comfortable with it. I switched over to the paper copy at the end but that has nothing to do with the narrations and all about my impatience.
We really enjoyed this book. Characters where easy to identify with and the story moved along nicely. We enjoyed the book so much we have collected all of Larissa Ione's Books. We are looking for ward to the 3rd in the series. Great for all night driving.
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