Wednesday, July 10, 2013

After Dark Review of Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione (Re-Read)

Synopsis: " 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."

My Original Review (2011): I absolutely loved this book! I think Ione just gained another follower! Eternal Rider had great dynamics between the characters. The siblings (Four Horsemen) had your typical family love hate relationship. The character descriptions of the Hellhounds, horsemen and demons was very interesting, I so want to be a horseman and have a horse with me at all times like they do, so cool! The struggle between good and evil that Ione portrayed was interesting, the good had flaws and the evil even had some redeeming factors, there was so much gray area it seemed very realistic. Ares was a great character, I enjoyed his harsh but down to earth point of view, it was a great contrast to Cara's timid and look for the good in everything point of view. Oddly enough the Hellhound pup, Hal added some great comic relief on occasion. What I really loved was that Larissa Ione really stuck with the main plot of the book and didn't get distracted by the physical parts (read sex scenes) as I have read in the past.

My Review (2013): I re-read this one since I finally have the next 3 in the series, boy am I glad I did too! There are so many intricate sub-plots and key things going on that I forgot. Cara kind of bothered me in the re-read, her contradicting character of being meek and timid then all of the sudden turning tough and crazed for rough sex just didn't sit well with me. I still really enjoyed the Horsemen characters (yes all of them) and the Hellhounds. I also noticed the interlocking of Ione's other series, while I felt I missed something when some the characters came in, I still didn't really need to read the other series to catch up. I think maybe during the re-read I was able to pick up on more the small details and pick it apart a little more than I like to but it was still very enjoyable and I can't wait for the rest of the series.

Note: There is adult language and situations described in detail through out this book, there is also a good amount of blood and guts, just a forewarning.
My Rating: I really think I enjoyed this book more the first time around where as the second read I was able to absorb more details but felt a little lacking with characters and emotions with the book.  I give it a rating of Three Paws.

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