Nov 17 2011 2:30pm

Fresh Meat: Larissa Ione’s Immortal Rider (Nov. 22, 2011)

Immortal Rider by Larissa IoneLarissa Ione
Immortal Rider (Lords of Deliverance #2)
Grand Central Publishing, $7.99, Nov. 22, 2011

The signs are everywhere...disastrous world events. Evil rising up, unleashed upon the innocent. The prophecies were there...but no one listened. Until now. The time has come for those who can either usher in Doomsday...or prevent it.
They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Arik Wagner, a soldier with the U.S. Army’s paranormal unit, the R-XR, kissed a girl and liked it. And then he went to hell as punishment. Where he’s spent weeks being tortured...and plotting revenge.

Limos, Horsewoman of the Apocalypse, isn’t your average girl. She’s immortal, dangerous, and her fiancé is Satan himself. In a moment of weakness, she gave in to her desire and kissed Arik, triggering her fiancé’s wrath - and his claim on her. In order to save Arik, and the world, Limos must make a dangerous pact with her recently turned evil brother, Pestilence. A deal that might just cost her her soul...and her heart.

At the beginning of Larissa Ione’s Eternal Rider, Reseph’s seal broke, turning him into Pestilence. Now the remainder of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse—Ares (War), Thanatos (Death), and Limos (Famine)—are trying to prevent their own seals from breaking, preventing the Apocalypse and to find a way a way to change Pestilence back to Reseph. For the Horsemen, their name holds much power and causes destruction.

Arik Wagner doesn’t like working with demons, especially the Horsemen, and particularly Limos. Arik and Limos have a tense relationship ever since she broke his ribs—Arik doesn’t know if he wants to punch her or kiss her. Unfortunately, Arik decides to do the latter and ends up in Hell as a thank you.

Limos is engaged to Satan, and if she becomes physical with another man, that man is sent to Sheoul and tortured until the man says Limos’s name in agony. Limos’s fiancé, Satan, is a jealous man and has been waiting to capture Limos and marry her. Once Limos’s name passes though Arik’s lips, Satan will finally have his bride. Who knew a simple kiss could come with such a high price?

Consciousness became a fluid thing, something he couldn’t quite reach. His vision went dark, but his ears still worked, and before they shut down, he heard Limos’s panicked voice, but what she said made no sense.

“Don’t say my name, Arik! No matter what they do to you, don’t speak my name!”

Arik doesn’t understand why saying her name is so important, but he does know he won’t say it, no matter what torture he endures. He has plans for Limos if he survives, but once Arik escapes Sheoul, all thoughts of getting revenge are gone. His mind is a mess. Limos feel guilty and takes it on herself to nurse him back to health. But what does stay with him is that he shouldn’t say his name.

As Arik and Limos reach a tentative truce, the relationship grows—and Arik still doesn’t say her name, no matter what situation they’re in. What gives some levity to a very dark situation are the nicknames that Arik uses in lieu of Limos’s actual name:

My Little Pony

But when Limos reveals a deception from her past, Arik utters her name in disappointment, overwhelmed by her actions.

Limos looked over at Arik, who stared at her as if he didn’t know her at all.

Anguish squeezed the blood right out of her heart. “I’m sorry, Arik.”

“Oh, Limos,” he murmured. “What have you done?”

Calling things by their right name, as well as bestowing nicknames, is an indicator of the namer’s feelings towards the named; in this case, giving Limos her real name might mean she heads to the dark side—where her name will become Famine.

Arik saying Limos’s name may end up saving her from the curse and push them one step closer to preventing the Apocalypse.


Marquetta: Reader, Blogger, Smut Lover.

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Heather Waters
1. HeatherWaters
Mmm mmm mmm, the use of names as an indicator of how two people feel about each other is delicious when done well, and it sounds like this is one such case. You've sold this reader. Thanks for the review!
Marquetta Whitmore
2. lovetoreadforfun
The series as a whole is fantastic! I love the use of nicknames especially when used during tense, lust-fueled banter.
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