Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Review of Riders by Veronica Rossi

Synopsis: "Nothing but death can keep eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

While recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen—Conquest, Famine, and Death—are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.

They fail.

Now—bound, bloodied, and drugged—Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for—not to mention all of humankind—he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.

But will anyone believe him?"

My Review: I have had this book sitting on my shelf for over a year and didn't really know anything about it other than it had a horse on the cover. This book was a really unique reading experience for me and there really isn't anything I can think of to compare it to. I found that I really enjoyed the way this is written and while it is a very straight forward, detail oriented narration style, it gives Gideon a very clear voice and allows you to really feel as though you are there. I also really enjoyed this different take on the Four Horsemen, and the way they work together makes it realistic in a sense. The one draw back for me is the way the book is left open for another (which there is a second book coming out soon), I feel like this should be wrapped up, I would hate for it to be more drawn out, I just get a feeling of mostly complete and not needing more. I don't know if I will pick up the next book, except it has another great cover.
My Rating: This was a bit of an odd book, it is presented as a detail oriented, unemotional debriefing so it was a little difficult to connect with the characters but the story is still very intriguing.  The pacing was a little slow as well due to the style of narration. I like that the MCs are pretty much all teen boys, you don't see that very often and I look forward to having another book for Munchkin to enjoy.  I give this one a rating of Four Paws!
As a side note, Seeker, the second book in the series comes out today!


  1. I'll admit this one intrigues me. I might have to look it up.

    1. It was like books I have read before but yet totally different! The narration style is a little weird and takes a bit to get used to but so unique.

  2. I'm torn on whether I want to read this or not. It looks awesome, but I don't know about the slow and disconnected writing. I love that cover though! Wow!

    1. When you start reading it the slow and disconnected style will make sense, it is really a part of the story. If you do decide to give it a try, let me know what you think.