Looking for a rip roaring good time packed with adventure, sarcasm, mythology, and some smut-tastic raunch? Â Pick up some Larissa Ione. Â Immortal RiderÂ is book two in her Lords of Deliverance series. Â It features Limos, aka Famine, and herÂ disastrous attempts to hide her scheming past from her brothers while keeping herself out of the clutches of her intended husband, Satan. Â When a stolen kiss with Limos lands Arik Wagner in hell, quite literally, he somehow manages to retain his sanity after a month of torture at the hands of Satan’s minions. Â He manages an escape and is rescued by Limos, but his feelings for her are, er, complicated by a) her betrothal contract, b) her tendency to lie, c) her scary-ass brothers d) countless other things involving demons, vampires and the end of the world.
What really makes this book shine are its characters. Â Sure, the actions drive most of the plot – i.e. the end of the world – but the character development is superb. Â Limos is a hell of a trip. Â She’s got some serious baggage, most of which isn’t her fault seeing as that she was born to Lilith and raised with the expectation of being Satan’s wife. Â She has a compulsion to lie, and she’s shouldering a serious burden of horrible sh*t she did in the days before she realized her brothers weren’t the bad guys. Â Arik, on the other hand, has his own crap to deal with, but what makes his relationship with Limos work is his no-holds-barred way of calling Limos on her bullsh*t. Â He doesn’t pussyfoot. Â He doesn’t sugarcoat. Â He calls it like it is. Â These two go together like to gnarly puzzle pieces.
We’re also introduced to the next major plot for book three, due out mid 2012, involving Thanatos, aka Death, and a conception that may result in bringing out the apocalypse. Â We get more of Ares and Cara from book one (and the hellhounds), and lots of cameos by other demons and characters from Ion’s Demonica world. Â It’s, well, lush. Â If you’re not familiar with this world you may be a bit lost at first, but fear not. Â You can pick it up it you stick it out. Â But it’s a lot to take in for a newbie.
I enjoyed this book. Â It’s definitely a stepping stone for what feels like an impending epicness. Â I’m irritated at having to wait until friggin June 2012. Â I mean…really!?!?! I’m such an impatient byatch.
Immortal Rider by Larissa Ione, 414 pgs, 11/22/11
Romance: 2/5 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Raunch: 3/5