Review: Immortal Rider by Larissa Ione (Lords of Deliverance #2)
November 22 2011
Mass Market Paperback
Grand Central Publishing
Received from NetGalley
Yummy Man – Arik Wagner
Kick Ass Chick – Limos
From Goodreads –
The signs are everywhere…disastrous world events. Evil rising up, unleashed upon the innocent. The prophecies were there…but no one listened. Until now. The time has come for those who can either usher in Doomsday…or prevent it. They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Arik Wagner, a soldier with the U.S. Army’s paranormal unit, the R-XR, kissed a girl and liked it. And then he went to hell as punishment. Where he’s spent weeks being tortured…and plotting revenge.
Limos, Horsewoman of the Apocalypse, isn’t your average girl. She’s immortal, dangerous, and her fiancé is Satan himself. In a moment of weakness, she gave in to her desire and kissed Arik, triggering her fiancé’s wrath – and his claim on her. In order to save Arik, and the world, Limos must make a dangerous pact with her recently turned evil brother, Pestilence. A deal that might just cost her her soul…and her heart.
I finally finished Immortal Rider by Larissa Ione, the second book in her Lords of Deliverance series, and I am still reeling over all that I read. Limos and her lies (that I don’t really like to call lies because I don’t think she’s a big fat liar but she is a sneak and she was very self-serving when she was ‘younger’ ), Arik, his torture and his ‘turn of events’, the Aegis and their ‘plans’ to avert the apocalypse, Reaver (yay) and Harvester (boo)… And let’s not forget Pestilence. No, we can’t forget him. *shudder* So much going on in this book! It’s never too much, but yes it is a lot. Therefore, I am not going to tell you more about the course of this book than I already have. I will, of course, tell you what I thought overall of the main characters and of the story.
I’ll start with Limos. I can’t put my finger as to why, but I didn’t fall in love with her. She’s not a bad character and it’s not like I wanted to skim any of her pages or anything like that, I just felt ‘fine’ about her. Maybe it’s because how she is described and how she talks about herself and what I saw about her didn’t exactly match up. Maybe things got lost in translation for me. But I did like where her character went in this book and I like where her character is headed. And I Love how she can kick ass right alongside her brothers. That is really cool. Oh, and I love how she and Arik find a way around her pesky little engagement to Satan. Very clever.
As for Arik, I liked him a lot. I felt for him like I feel for Limos when he appeared in Larissa’s Demonica books. He was ‘fine’. But in this book, he really shines. Even through his torture, he was great. His passion, his snark, his abs…all good. I can’t say I felt crazy chemistry between him and Limos, but I think they make a great match and I am very much looking forward to seeing them again in the next couple of books.
Pestilence/Reseph is still wreaking havoc everywhere. He’s the guy you want to hate…but can’t because of what his siblings say about how he was before his seal broke. I CAN NOT WAIT until his book comes out. I want to see how he will be ‘fixed’ (because really, what else can happen to him?) and I can’t wait to see who will ‘tame’ him. That is going to be a great read.
Speaking of great upcoming reads, the next book in the series, Lethal Rider, is Thanatos’ book and it’s only due out in June 2012, but so much is set up in Immortal Rider that it feels as though you’ve already read part of that book. Thanatos is one interesting and complex character. We meet his mate-to-be in this book, Regan. Right now, I’m not her biggest fan, but after reading Immortal Rider you will completely understand. But Than’s storyline in this book and Regan’s and their storyline together has just opened up a whole bunch of “Wha??” and “O-o” so June can’t come soon enough. My heart ached and smiled then ached again, and I’m sure while you read this yours will too.
Reaver I loved. I have always been intrigued by him but now I want to see him get everything he should ever want. My heart went out to him and I wanted to hurt Harvester a lot for what she did to him.
Let’s talk about Harvester a little bit more, shall we? Now here is a character who is either going to die a horrible and extra painful death, or she is going to go through the most amazing change. If she is going to ‘change’, then Larissa is the best person to write that because it is going to have to be written by an author with strong writing chops to have us end up liking this woman. But if she is going to die, Larissa is good for that too because her action and fight scenes are outstanding – especially in this world that she has created.
I have said this before and I will say it again: Larissa Ione writes some of the best paranormal worlds out there. The detail, the imagery, the feel…all of it amazing. Unique and ‘out there’ yet somehow totally believable too. She is just amazing when it comes to her world building. Her creations are always wonderful and easy to envision in your head while you read.
Now usually, when talking about smooching scenes, I’ll say things like “the smexin’” or “the lovin’” or “the smokin’ scenes”, but for this author I’m just going to come out and say it: Larissa Ione writes great sex. Her sex scenes are fun, emotional, exciting and just downright hot! Even in this installment, where Limos wears the nastiest chastity belt I have ever seen, Larissa’s imagination manages to burn the pages. Yes, I am aware that I said I didn’t feel the chemistry between Limos and Arik as strongly as I would have liked, but that don’t mean they didn’t smoke up the pages. There is one scene in particular…I won’t say much but I will say there is a number involved…that I just found myself looking for a glass of ice water to dump over myself. Yes, Jason would have wondered what the hell I was doing, but that is not the point of this little story. What I am saying is that I found the ‘number’ scene to be even hotter than the ‘upside down hanging in a tree’ scene from the first book in the series. And that scene was hot!
As you can tell, overall I enjoyed this book immensely. I love the world, the characters (for the most part) and the story itself is just amazing. I love how unique it all is. I found Immortal Rider to be a great addition to the series. It didn’t feel like a ‘book 2’ nor did it feel like a filler book. It was exciting and fun and emotional and solid. A great book in what is turning out to be a great paranormal romance series.
Giggle worthy quotes
“’This is a very rare mean,’ he said. ‘Made by ex-monks who used their mead-making knowledge and blended it with supernatural magic.’
‘And you’re telling me this…why?’
‘It’s Thanatos’s favorite.
She eyed him suspiciously. ‘And?’
‘It’s a gift,’ the vampire said. ‘A thank you for improving Thanatos’s mood.’
She was pretty sure her eyes bugged out. ‘He’s been in a better mood since I arrived?’ Jesus, what was he like when she wasn’t around?”
“’I just don’t get it.’ Runa rubbed her arms through her cream Angora sweater. ‘Limos sent you to hell, and now you want to marry her?’
‘She didn’t send me to hell. It was sort of a misunderstanding.’
Runa gave him a look that she usually reserved for when one of her triplets was misbehaving. ‘A misunderstanding is when your mate missed recording your favorite TV show because he was listening to a football game instead of you.’ She glared over at Shade, who gave her a sheepish grin as he shoved trestle table benches around. ‘A misunderstanding is not when someone lands you in hell for a month.’”
Books in the Lords of Deliverance series –
Lethal Rider (2012)