- Release Date
- May 2012
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Born of a match between good and evil, four siblings stand between hell's minions and everything they want to destroy. They are the Lords of Deliverance, and they have the power to ward off Doomsday . . . or let it ride . . .
Thanatos, the most deadly Horseman of the Apocalypse, has endured thousands of years of celibacy to prevent the end of days. But just one night with the wickedly sexy Aegis Guardian, ReganCooper, shatters centuries of resolve. Yet their passion comes with a price. And Thanatos must face a truth more terrifying than an apocalypse-he's about to become a father.
Demon-slayer Regan Cooper never imagined herself the maternal type, but with the fate of the world hanging in the balance she had no choice but to seduce Thanatos and bear his child. Now, as the final battle draws closer and his rage at being betrayed is overshadowed by an undeniable passion for the mother of his child, Thanatos has a life-shattering realization: To save the world, he must sacrifice the only thing he's ever wanted-a family.
Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
May 31, 2012 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
161 people found the following review helpful
Larissa Ione captures and holds the reader's attention from the first page to the last in this latest instalment of her Lords of Deliverance series. From the first page, LETHAL RIDER pulls the reader in with the ever-escalating tension and urgency as situations reach breaking point that could trigger the Apocalypse!
LETHAL RIDER continues 8-1/2 months after the events of the second book in the series, Immortal Rider, and the tension amps up right from the start. Somehow, Thanatos can move (he's been immobilized), and nothing is going to stop him from seeking out the woman who betrayed him (Regan) and exacting his revenge. Oh, and he was going to have sex, lots and lots of it.
(For those who don't know, Thanatos has been celibate for five thousand years due to a good reason, and he was intimate for the first time with Regan in the previous book.)
However, what he didn't know was that Regan was pregnant with his son, and Pestilence's power has grown stronger over the last months, and death and devastation was even more widespread than before. Moreover, Pestilence seeks to kill the baby in order to trigger the Apocalypse, and Thanatos may stand to lose the only thing he's ever wanted--a family.
LETHAL RIDER is one of two best books I've read in 2012! I don't have enough words to describe the wonder and magnificence that is this series, but I will try.
Once again, Larissa Ione left me speechless with her phenomenal worldbuilding. With each book, she continues to build on what she has revealed before, and I cannot help but be amazed at the revelations that unfolded. I find myself thinking "wow" every few pages and the pages flew as I simply devoured the book. Not only do we have the developing romance between Thanatos and Regan, but the series arc moved forward in ways that are dangerous and devastating for our characters!
Our hero, Thanatos, has only had one woman in his life--Regan, and believe me, that didn't detract from his sexiness a bit! (Just proves the hero doesn't have to a man-whore.) He's every bit as Alpha as they come, and he has moments of sweetness and vulnerability that totally endeared himself to me. He's got to be my favorite among the Horsemen! His character showed the most development and growth, and made this story absolutely phenomenal.
Regan is a totally sympathetic heroine. Oh, maybe not at first, but she grew on me, especially as we learn more about her, and I can't help but root for her. I love how she refers to her baby as the "little pony" (his father being a Horseman), and you can really see how much she loved her son. She's also this combination of fierceness and vulnerability, warrior and mother. How she and Thanatos resolved their differences was sweet (not mushy) to read--and I was absolutely waiting for that scene--and it moved their relationship forward. I love how Regan, once she saw and knew more of Thanatos, stood by his side in more ways than one.
Larissa Ione is a master storyteller. She knows just how to keep you on the edge, and takes you on twists and turns that you never saw coming. Just when I thought I knew how Regan would become immortal, Ms Ione surprised me once again. And I must say, I like that. I like an author that turns an idea on its head and constantly surprises me.
I cannot end this review without saying that Reaver, the Horsemen's angel Watcher, has wormed himself into my heart and I'm every bit as anxious to read and know more about him as I want to bite into the last book in this series, Rogue Rider, which is about Reseph (or Pestilence). I can't wait to read his story, which I'm sure is going to be every bit as angst-ridden (if not more) and breathtaking as LETHAL RIDER.
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