Wednesday, April 27, 2011

41 of 111 Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione

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.

This is the first book by Larissa Ione I've read and I really enjoyed it. I've had some bad luck with paranormal romance and I've been off the genre as a whole (I know I say never judge a book by it's genre, but sometimes it can be hard to find a book you really like). That said, Eternal Rider had everything a great paranormal romance needs. Ares is a bad-ass,and he stays a bad-ass! There would be something so depressing about one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse losing his personality. The guy is War, and even at the end of the book he's still War. It was really satisfying how Ione created a love story that balanced that aspect of her hero with finding love (and significantly, peace) with the heroine.
Cara, the heroine of the story worked as a love interest for Ares. She was a perfect balance of strength and non-aggression. Cara appeared weak at the beginning but over the course of the book she is revealed to have an impressive ability to deal with violence and aggression and an ability to bring peace. I liked that Cara was assertive without being stubbornly stupid. 
The secondary characters were all well-written. Pestilence is EVIL in a crazy super evil way that helps you buy into just how important protecting the horsemen's seals is. Limos and Thanatos get enough time in the story that I'm excited to read their stories next. 
Lastly, one important point about this book without giving away the ending, there is a tendency in some paranormal romances for endings to have a deus ex machina feel (that's the English degree coming to good use) in resolving the immortality/supernatural differences between the hero/heroine. Ione gives a perfect example of how to work a solution into the story so well that it is essential to the story rather than feeling tacked on in any way. 
When I was done the book, I didn't have any niggling little "yeah buts.." I was just happy. 


Also, yeah I loved the cover of this book. When I was in University I had a "sexy man" poster of a guy in leather pants holding a kitten. This cover reminded me of that poster. Good time, good times...

and.. Deus Ex Machina :
The term is Latin for god out of the machine, and has its origins in Greek theater. It refers to situations in which a crane (machine) was used to lower actors or statues playing a god or gods (deus) onto the stage to set things right. It has since come to be used as a general term for any event in which a seemingly fatal plot twist is resolved by an event never foreshadowed or set up. (

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