Wednesday, May 30, 2012

On Death: A Review of Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione

First, there were the Underworld General books, in which we learned about demon hospitals and sex demons. From those, grew this series--The Lords of Deliverance, featuring the four horseman of the apocalypse as the romantic leads.

This, book 3, puts the spotlight on Thanatos (who would be Death), and his relationship with Regan, a demon huntress of special talents. And guess what, guys? This is a secret baby book! No joke! In the last book, Regan forced Than to sleep with her, believing that their baby could stop the apocalypse. Because Than has been in a coma-like state for the past 8+ months, he doesn't know about the baby. When he finds out, he's launched into a world of uncertainty regarding how to raise his baby, protect Regan, and take down his now evil brother, Pestilence.

Positive Comments:

I really liked Than. He makes an interesting death figure. I found his struggles, his pain, and his way of dealing with everything to be highly sympathetic.

I like the mythology. After having so many books to build this world, Ione has found a balance between too much and too little world building that really works for me. The angels, the demons, the what, where, and how of the apocalypse, are explained just enough so that you don't feel lost--but not at just length that you get bored.

There's, umm, pregnancy sex. Which is interesting. Than and Regan have great chemistry, and the sex is hot...But I'll admit, I was surprised to see them getting it on while she was 8 1/2 months pregnant and knowing that the baby has this huge part in the apocalypse and they need to time the birth just right...whatever. It didn't bother me, but use your judgement.

Critical Comments:

Regan is given these sort of off-hand flaws and issues. She has OCD, but it's not really a problem. She was bulimic once upon a time, but she's over it now. She has abandonment issues that kind of get solved with no fuss or bother. I just felt like the author half-assed her character development. She's got issues...poof, they're gone. Happy ending! I felt blind sided by it.


I continue to recommend Larissa Ione to anyone who likes their paranormal romance a little on the dark side. If you like demons, sex, and a touch of horror, you'll like these books. If you've kept up with the series so far, I can assure you that Lethal Rider does not disappoint. 4 stars.

Buy the Book: Lethal Rider (Lords of Deliverance)


  1. Sexy cover! I like this story and your review is awesome.

  2. You know I've never been into adult paranormal romance...well actually I'm just now getting into adult books, but I genuinely think I would enjoy a book that focuses on the four horsemen of the apocolypse.

    Great and intriguing review.

    Rebecca of Vicariously!

    1. I started reading adult paranormal when I was, let's see, 13 or so? And I've only started also incorporating YA in my reading recently. The biggest, most obvious difference is the presence of sex. These books in particular have a lot of sex--so just know that going in. ;)

  3. I wish my issues would magically disappear!;)
    I'm wondering why I have never read anything by Larissa Ione before, after all this series sounds like my kind of book!

    1. I hope you'll give her a try! Start with her Underworld General books and go from there, you won't regret it!

  4. Great review! It looks like an adult romance, just by looking at the cover, but obviously it has fantasy and mythology spins in it and it looks like a really awesome read! :) I'll have to check it out!

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my review of What a Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn! I appreciated reading your thoughts!

    Eileen @ ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***

    1. Oh yeah, these books are adult. I really love adult paranormal romance, and I haven't been reading enough of it lately.

  5. Lethal Rider is one of those books that had me so caught up in the action and characters that I completely lost track of time. Larissa Ione's writing has me so deeply involved in these characters that I feel as if I know them...some may find that silly, but any reader can tell you that if an author draws you that strongly into not just the story, but the entire series, the author is doing something right!

    I loved Than and Regan together. They definitely started off wrong, but there was so much right about them. The sparks flew between them and the passion sizzled once they began to see each other as more than the enemy.

    1. Ione definitely has a talent for writing characters that are both unusual and familiar. I do get that sense that I know these people--I love that.


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