Lords of Deliverance #4
Publication date: 20th November 2012
Reviewed by Lesley
Larissa Ione's Lords of Deliverance will be up there at the end of the year as one of my favourite new series. Right from the first book Eternal Rider I've been desperate to read Reseph's book. As head evil bad guy Pestilence the series has pretty much centred around him as his horsemen (and horsewoman) siblings have battled to stop him from spreading disease and plagues across the world whilst trying to ensure their own seals don't break.
Like most fans of the series, I've been curious to find out how on earth Larissa Ione was going to turn Respeh/Pestilence into a romantic hero, but she does it with absolute ease. Basically, when Pestilence was stabbed with Deliverance by Thantos he ended up in shoal but Reaver then wipes his memories and sends him back to earth to be found naked in a snow storm by our heroine Jillian. When Reseph wakes up in Jillian's remote cabin he can only remember his name, to Jillian he's a hot, playful and protective guy with no real memory of where he's come from or how he ended up naked in a snow storm. He does however have an underlying feeling that there is something dark and predatory lurking in his past, for me, the build up to that inevitable moment of revelation was agonisingly good.
Jillian herself has both mental as well a physical scars from the evil demons that plagued earth whilst Pestilence was in full evil flow. You just know deep down that the unmasking of Reseph as Pestilence is going to have a devastating effect on both Jillian and Reseph and their blossoming relationship.
Wiping Reseph's memory and making him normal-ish was an absolutely genius, as a reader it let me, like Jillian, fall in love with Reseph and when the inevitable unmasking did happen seeing Reseph so tortured by what he's done was so intense and utterly heart breaking. I loved it.
There's two things I've really enjoyed about this series firstly, the inventive sex scenes which have been unusual to say the least! and secondly, thankfully there hasn't been an enormous gap between each book's release dates so everything was really fresh in my mind when I devoured the next book. Although the horsemen have all found their HEA Larrisa teases us throughout about the potential between Reaver and Harvester which pretty much guarantees that I'll be counting down to Reaver's book.