Lords of Deliverance series by Larissa Ione
Review written by Wendy Dawn for ILVN
Book 1: “Eternal Rider” Published: April 1, 2011
Book 2: “Immortal Rider” Published: November 22, 2011
Book 3: “Lethal Rider” Published: May 22, 2012
Book 4: “Rogue Rider” Published: November 20, 2011
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are riding!
Four siblings were born from a match made between good and evil. Set on the verge of the biblical apocalypse they are all that stands between hell’s minions and the human realm. Also known as the Lords of Deliverance, can they deliver the human race from evil? Or will they ride at the head of hell’s armies?
Larissa Ione is one of the most imaginative writers. The Horsemen are no exception; her characters come right off the page and are very detailed. She paints a world around them, to which I was drawn in from the very first book and kept returning thru the fourth book (and I wanted more).
Each Horseman received his/her own book with a HEA. However, you get to see the siblings interact with each other and characters from Ms. Ione’s Demonica series. It was like seeing how old friends were doing, while meeting new friends. However, if you have not read the Demonica series do not worry you will not feel lost. Her characters are strong enough to hold their own, especially the very sexy Horsemen.
Breaking of a Horseman’s seal begins the apocalypse and turns the Horseman with the broken seal to the side of evil. Each seal is has its own weakness, each Horseman looks to biblical prophecy (angelic and demonic alike, yes there are two sacred books) to ascertain what is their particular seals weakness so they may avoid being the cause of the end of days.
What happens when just one seal is broken? Can it be repaired? Will the others break next? Will four siblings save or destroy all they have known and loved?
Book 1: “Eternal Rider” Published: April 1, 2011
The prophecies were there but no one listened. Until now. They are the Lords of Deliverance and they have the power to usher in Doomsday . . . or prevent it.
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.
“Eternal Rider” is the story of the Horseman Ares (aka War). He is powerful and strong, but is he strong enough to fight against his destiny; even after one of his brother’s seal breaks and turns evil. Ares hopes the brother he loves is underneath the evil; he does all he can to not break his own seal and try to save his siblings.
His hope is in the form of a human female, Cara Thornhart. A small town vet’s daughter, who has special gifts, is the key to Ares safety. Only one problem…he wants her! How can he sacrifice his own life for her life? Or Will his desire for her lead to the destruction of his seal?
As a fan of Larissa Ione’s Demonica series, I knew I would enjoy this series as well. I just didn’t expect to become so involved in the new story twists and characters. Everyone has heard of the infamous Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, but to see them as characters who feel, love and have a desire not to become evil took me for surprise. Love for siblings I expected, but for humans and their own servants was a nice character development. This made them approachable and easier to accept as a hero or villain.
Each sibling had their own sense of humor and picked on each other just as normal siblings do. It fun to read the jokes and teasing as they carry on like everyday people, instead of the immortals they are.
In this first book of the series, Ares is chasing a fallen angel, which leads him to Cara. Cara has just saved a Hellhound’s life, using her gift/curse of energy and vet technician skills. In gratitude, the hound has given her “Hell’s Kiss” which brings her over to the supernatural world.
Being bonded to a Hellhound, Ares has one hell of a time acclimating Cara to the supernatural world.
“I’m not the one who sucked face with a hellhound.” (Ares to Cara after she is upset he has kissed her and she calls calls him disgusting.)
The two try to fight the physical attraction, which is a losing battle.
Seeing the badass ‘god of war’ fall hard for Cara was one of the best parts of this book. Knowing that he was over five thousand years old and this woman pushed his buttons in all the right ways, he was helpless to stop it from happening. I love to see a big man fall!
As a series, I enjoyed the ride the four Horsemen took me on; I hope they appear in some of Ms. Ione’s future novels. It is nice to see how some of my favorite characters are doing and if they are behaving…and most importantly to make sure their seals intact!