Review: Lords of Deliverance series, Part 4 – Rogue Rider
Lords of Deliverance series by Larissa Ione
Review written by Wendy Dawn for ILVN
Book 1: “Eternal Rider” Published: April 1, 2011 – see review here >>
Book 2: “Immortal Rider” Published: November 22, 2011 – see review here >>
Book 3: “Lethal Rider” Published: May 22, 2012 – see review here >>
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 4: “Rogue Rider” Published: November 20, 2011
The prophecies were there but no one listened. Until now.
They are the Lords of Deliverance and they have the power to ward off Doomsday . . . or let it ride.
Jillian Cardiff came to this remote mountain town to forget the demon attack that almost killed her. Instead, she rescues – and falls for – a gorgeous stranger who has no memory of anything other than his name. Handsome, charming and protective, Reseph seems like the kind of man that Jillian can trust. But with hints of a troubling history of his own, he's also the kind of man that can be very dangerous . . .
Reseph may not know his background, or why he mysteriously appeared in Jillian's life, but he knows he wants to stay. Yet when Jillian's neighbours are killed and demon hunters arrive on the scene, Reseph fears that he's putting Jillian in danger. And once it's revealed that Reseph is also Pestilence, the Horseman responsible for ravaging the world with death and destruction, he and Jillian must face the greatest challenge of all: can they forget the horrors of a chilling past to save the future they both desire?
“Rogue Rider” introduces Jillian Cardiff. She went to a remote mountain town after a demon attack almost killed her. Living her quiet life in the mountains, she rescues Reseph (aka Pestilence). While gathering wood for a fire, she comes across a handsome very naked man, with no memory other than his name. Taking him home with her she nurses him back to health, and succumbs to his charms.
Reseph may not know why he mysteriously appeared on Jillian’s property, but he knows he wants to stay with her. After Jillian’s neighbors are killed and demon hunters arrive, Reseph protects her yet fears he is putting her in danger.
When it is reveled that Reseph is Pestilence, the Horseman responsible for ravaging the world will Jillian be able to forget and forgive his chilling past and forge a future with the man she desires?
After surviving, a demon attack Jillian wants nothing more than to be left alone. She has exiled herself to a small town in the mountains hoping to escape any further madness the earth may descend.
Her strength and courage are inspiring. She takes in a naked stranger she finds in the woods while gathering firewood. Let me think naked gorgeous man left for me to find? He has no place to hide weapons…safe to take home and nurse back to health. What woman wouldn’t do what Jillian did?
He is feverish and has no clue who he is. As she nurses him back to health, one thing he eventually does remember is his name…Reseph. She allows herself to become vulnerable and begins to fall for his physical charms.
Thru her vulnerability, she shows her actual courage. Her neighbors begin to die, being killed by demon attacks. Yet her fear of demons does not stop her from staying and trying to help Reseph.
It is bitter sweet when Reseph does remember who he is and the havoc he has reeked as Pestilence. His agony is well defined by Ms. Ione. Even though, during the last three novels in this series he was portrayed as the villain I found myself feeling sorry for him.
Once his seal broke he was no longer Reseph, he was Pestilence. As a reader, I had to let myself separate the two personalities to allow them to be individuals one purely evil and one good/neutral.
Bringing Reseph back was a brilliant idea. Redeeming the unredeemable is a classic plot twist. Can Reseph forgive himself? Can his siblings forgive him? Will Jillian stay by his side?
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![hcshort id=”6″]