Sunday, November 27, 2011
Immortal Rider (Lords of Deliverance) by Larissa Ione
As one of the four Horsemen, Limos, a.k.a. Famine, is a deadly combination of immortal warrior and classy female. Her beauty is undeniable, but getting too close is bad for your health. Betrothed to the Prince of Darkness, Satan himself, Limos cannot be touched by another man without breaking her seal and setting the Apocalypse into motion. And so far, for the last 5,000 years, she's managed to remain untouched. That is, until she meets Arik. Their attraction is undeniable. Arik is exactly what Limos would go for in a man, if she could have one. And for Arik, Limos is too sexy to be left untouched.
One fateful night, Arik and Limos share a scorching kiss...and it sends Arik straight to hell. For a solid month he is tortured in every way imaginable and then some, and all the while he entertains all the things he plans to do to Limos when he gets his hands on her... and not all of them are revenge. Arik simply can't get her out of his head.
Meanwhile, Limos can't get her mind off of Arik, and the idea of what must be happening to him because of her is too much to bear. Making a pact with her brother, Pestilence, who recently fell to the forces of evil, she must betray those she loves and risk revealing secrets that could destroy everything she holds dear.
This was a crazy ride with so much happening that I was left in awe, wondering how in the world Ione managed to fit it all into such a nice, neat little package. Limos is trying to save a man out of guilt and possibly love while trying to find a treasure and maintain her innocence--all of which could break her seal--before the demons do, while struggling to retain secrets and lies. Her brother, Thanatos, is struggling with his own battle of celibacy while facing a woman that temps him like no other, and Pestilence is as evil as they come, but hints of his humanity still manage to shine through from time to time letting you know that all is not lost...yet.
I loved the story itself, but I think my favorite part was Than's storyline. It was an obvious setup for the next in the series, but to me was the most incredible part. The writing was wonderful, the story wildly imaginative, and the characters warm, cold, charismatic and humorous respectively. There isn't a person I didn't like throughout, even the evil ones. They all have a quality that draws you in and makes you care, leaves you asking yourself, what if?
I can't wait until the next one!
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