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Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (April 1, 2011)
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.
Every once and awhile you do run across a writer that is so talented in the genre they have chosen you can’t help but think “Yes this is exactly what you should be doing”. One writer that I have found that is exactly like that is Larissa Ione. She has a gift of sucking you right into her story/world immediately. As I’ve been reading her books since the first was released and have watched her writing remain consistent while getting better. Her characters for the most part are very memorable, along with the way she presents her world with seriousness, fantasy, paranormal and a touch of humor. She also can write a very hot, sexy scene without crossing over into vulgarities that some writers seem to do. (I like that, and found myself fanning myself several times.) While the beginning pulls you in, I will say you will only be slightly confused if you haven’t read the other series. My suggestion would be to read some of the ‘terms’ in the front of the book if you need clarification on certain groups like the Aegis and R XR. Two of the side characters are straight out of the Demonica series, and you may get lost. But my advice is not to over think it, or simply go back and read them, it’s worth it. With that said, let’s review.
Book 1 of the series starts the story of War and Cara. Ares (War) is the epitome of the Alpha male, at one point his character states that he isn’t based after the Greek God Ares but rather Ares is based on him. This arrogance shows how he is at the beginning of the book. Cara on the other hand is a follower of peace in a way. She believes that violence isn’t always necessary and there is always another solution. This makes for some interesting conversations in certain parts of the books. Ares is one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse and in this story line we watch as he tries to stop his seal from being broken as he won’t bring on Armageddon with it. On the flip side is the loss of his brother Repher, who has become Pestilence the first horseman of the apocalypse as his seal was broken, pushes to break the seals of his brother and sister. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time pushes Cara into their world, but she’s also hiding secrets and talents of her own.
This book was fun to read, I did it in several hours. I must have laughed out loud like a loon several times. She does the best at bringing to life characters that seem to all interact well with others. I loved Limos (Horsewoman of famine) her humor and sarcastic wit was fun to read and broke up any monotony that threatened to take over the page. At one point she’s referred to as the ADD horseman of the apocalypse. There is the brother Thanatos (Than – Horseman of Death) who has a lot left to reveal, honestly I can’t wait. I loved all the characters. The pace was well done, the love story touching and humor was just enough to make me laugh in several places in the book. It’s honestly hard for me to write this without giving too much away. I would say get the book, read it, and enjoy. I thoroughly enjoyed it, I know I will be giving it another read, maybe two.RATING: ☆☆☆☆☆