Title: Eternal Rider
Author: Larissa Ione
Page Count: 432 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: urban fantasy, paranormal romance
Copy for review was purchased by me
50 words or less: Ares is one of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and he's trying not to break the seal. His seal, that is. Cara is a supernaturally gifted healer of animals who finds her life getting even weirder and more stressful than it already was. The sparks fly. And fly. And flyyyyy...
Chalk this one up to the book bloggers, because I totally bought this after reading so many good reviews from other bloggers. While I admit to being woefully behind on the Demonica series, from which this is a spin-off, I definitely plan on staying current with this series from here on out.
Ares is, logically, the Horseman War, and when his seal breaks, he will become a force of evil, totally self-motivated, and be personally responsible for helping to squire in the apocalypse. He has the unfortunate burden of knowing that all that will happen despite being perfectly sane and honorable now, and he, along with his remaining uncorrupted siblings, are trying to prevent the end of the world.
This is pretty much a full time job, especially since one of the four Horsemen (and therefore one of the siblings) has already had his seal broken and has fully embraced his existence as Pestilence. The forces of evil are hard at work trying to get the remaining three seals broken and the apocalypse party started, and Cara, who's trying to start over after he life was turned upside down by a devastating attack, is caught in the middle of it all.
Ares and Cara make a great couple, but the plot necessitates that they fight their attraction to the bitter, bitter end, owing to the fact that Cara, through an unlikely set of circumstances, is now the holder of Ares' seal. She doesn't want to be, and nobody asked her if she wanted to be responsible for unleashing the apocalypse or if she wanted her life to be on the line, but it all happened anyway.
I admit that the mythology surrounding the Horsemen and all that will take a second reading on my part to fully grasp, because what had my full and undivided attention was the blossoming romance between Ares and Cara. Both of them are such unique characters and their feelings are very well-drawn. Plus, there is vine sex in a tree. You know, in case you haven't heard.
Several characters from the Demonica series make a cameo in this book, and it definitely spiked my interest in getting current on that series, as several events were mentioned from previous books that have bearing here. It didn't take away from my reading of this story but it did pique my interest in the other series.
The ending of the book was incredibly sweet- I was rooting for Cara and Ares the whole time but the ending was beyond worth all the drama and betrayal. The happily ever after in this story was top notch.
The next book in the series, Immortal Rider, is due out later this year and stars Limos, the Horsewoman Famine. That should give me plenty of time to get current on the Demonica world, right?
Overall Grade: A
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