There was me thinking that the first book in the Lords of Deliverance series was action packed but now having read Immortal Rider, I can see I spoke to soon. Especially when entire continents are lost to the legions of hell itself.
And I think that represents a departure from the normal in a lot of PNR that I’ve read. To date, whenever something is set in our world there are usually explanations as to why us mere mortals have been oblivious to this whole separate world. Even Cara in the Ares’ story was totally oblivious.
None of this detracts from the story of Limos who would become Famine if her seal broke and Arik, Runa’s brother. You know? Wife of Shade? Seminus demon from the Demonica series? Not read it? Doesn’t really matter but you’re missing out on some fabulous back story.
I found Limos’ story to be very sweet because whilst she gives the appearance of a party girl or a socialite, she comes with her own set of problems one of which is a chastity belt fitted by her groom-to-be, Satan. And that was five millennia ago. Not only does this belt cause her pain and chop various body parts of any partner that she would choose, ANY romantic contact ends up with her partner being dragged to the pit of hell in order to say her name. And when that happens Satan can claim his very much unwilling bride.
Nothing like overcoming obstacles to declare your love for your partner is there?
I like Limos a lot. Not only is she a living legend and kick ass warrior, she also revels in the fact that she is a woman and gets upset over things like chipped nail varnish. Whilst she’s funny, she’s also very vulnerable and hides some pretty dark secrets.
Arik’s likeable as well not only because he’s literally put through hell because of his love but he’s also no longer the over bearing brother he was in Runa’s story. Although, the why of it is understandable.
And whilst all that is going on, there is the continuing overall arc of Pestilence’s mission to literally make hell on earth. And as mentioned, he certainly steps up a gear when entire countries begin to fall.
Not only that, but there is the start of an Aegis plot to seduce Thanatos, otherwise known as Death. Also, creator of a well known species. Unbeknownst to the Aegis and Regan, the guardian whose role it is to carry out the seduction, the loss of his innocence will break his seal.
Aside from the action and steamy antics whilst certain plot lines such as Pestilence and the situation between Regan and Thanatos are deliberately left open to be resolved later on, there is no cliff hanger and everything is tied up in a nice package.
Oh, and I originally thought about Harvester and Reseph. Clearly, I was wrong. Harvester and Reaver. It so needs to happen. And when it does, it’s going to be explosive!