Title: Eternal Rider
Author: Larissa Ione
Series: Demonica #6; Lords of Deliverance #1
This book starts the Four Horsemen story arch in the Demonica universe. While it’s not necessary to read the first five Demonica books, I do recommend it to better understand this world and what has been going on because those events are referenced. Also, a lot of the characters from those books appear in this series and they are brought in like you already know who they are and why it’s important. So I recommend reading this from the very beginning.
Ares is a warrior who has lived for thousands of years. He is protective, violence, and doesn’t really understand comfort or emotions. Having Cara around him is a shock because he finally starts feeling things and opening himself up to others. While Ares is a bit dense, I do really love him. He wasn’t always sweet with Cara but he was always there for her and would protect her.
Cara was a shell of a woman when she found herself swept into the Horsemen’s battle. She is traumatized from a break-in and assault that occurred a few years previously, but around Ares she finds her strength again. Cara was a great heroine. She was extremely kind, generous, and has a heart of steel underneath it all. I loved how she was always putting Ares in his place. She never let him run over her or ignore her feelings. She demanded everything she knew he could give and I loved her for it.
The battle against Pestilence (Reseph) is intense. While this is just the start of the war, Pestilence is already doing major damage and destruction. He is causing widespread disease, plagues, and wars all to cause issues for his siblings and try to trigger their seals to break. He is no longer a brother, but a demon unleashed upon the world. Ares, Limos, and Thanatos are having to change their thinking about their brother to survive and prevent the apocalypse. There was a lot that happened in this book and there will be a lot more to come in this battle.
Overall, this was a great start for this story arch. I really liked Cara and Ares. The Horsemen siblings were fascinating and I can’t wait to learn more about them. Also, I really enjoyed all the hellhounds in this one.
Trigger warnings: plagues, death, torture, violence, PTSD, death of side characters.
Previous books and reviews for the series:
#1. Pleasure Unbound
#2. Desire Unchained
#3. Passion Unleashed
#3.5 Eternity Embraced
#4 Ecstasy Unveiled
#5 Sin Undone
#5.7 Overkill: Snippets of Demonica Life