(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by Tom Doherty Associates on February 16th 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Young Adult
Riders. A new fantasy adventure from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Veronica Rossi.For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can't remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse. Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen--Conquest, Famine, and Death--are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.They fail.Now--bound, bloodied, and drugged--Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he's fallen for--not to mention all of humankind--he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.But will anyone believe him?
When you pick up this book, please do not expect Under the Never Sky.
Seriously, I think that sometimes we set preconceived ideas when we start a new series from a beloved author based on their previous work, and you do a disservice to both yourself and the author when you do that.
Riders is absolutely nothing like UNTS and rightly so. Set in our world, the story revolves around angels, demons and the Four Horsemen … OF THE APOCALYPSE. Yes that’s right.
Rossi tells this story in a series of flashbacks that lead us to the situation that Gideon finds himself in on the very first page… tied to a chair, gagged and head covered with a hood and no idea where he is.
I immediately found myself connecting with Gideon … his dry humor and snark were present throughout and you all know I appreciate that quality in a character and that made me that much more interested in the story he was telling. The first 75% or so of this first installment is setting the stage for what comes next, and Rossi did it in a way that kept me engaged and turning pages.
Gideon of course isn’t perfect and I love that Rossi creates characters who are flawed and yet I find myself loving them so much. Of course, there are three other horsemen who we meet as Gideon tells the story, and I can’t wait to learn more about each of them
This definitely isn’t your typical angels/demons story and I think if you can stick with the slower paced start, you’re definitely going to find yourself intrigued with the story that Rossi is telling. I know I’m excited to see where book 2 takes us, especially with that ending! Definitely get this one on your to read list today!
Thank you to the publisher for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts!
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