Lords of Deliverance
They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him.
Yet there is one last hope. Gifted in a way other humans can't-or won't-understand, Cara Thornhart is the key to both this Horseman's safety and his doom. But involving Cara will prove treacherous, even beyond the maddening, dangerous desire that seizes them the moment they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara's life.
I read the "Lords of Deliverance" completely out of order and I love the fact that each book stands on its own. But they make you WANT the next or the first or the....well, you get my drift. The story builds and builds...some winning moments and some so very NOT the moments you want to think of ever coming to pass during the prophesied Apocalypse.
Four Horsemen are born of the demon Lilith, 3 boys and a girl, the boys are traded out to human mothers to be raised human. When they are told of their fate they go on benders raising a little (a LOT) Hell of their own and are cursed to go either evil and bring Hell to Earth or become good and keep Hell at bay. As each is cursed they are given a means to stay good or crack the curse and become the worst possible being ever thought of.
The story opens with Ares, who is slated to become the Horseman of War. Whenever a war breaks out he is compelled to join and stop it with his Battle horse and charmed Armor. The means to break his curse is an Angel who is being hunted to break Ares into becoming WAR. With the Angel's dying touch he transfers the curse to a human woman named Cara, who's magical touch can heal animals and who has met Ares under human circumstances. Ares takes Cara to his home to be guarded until another Angel can be found to willingly take the curse from her, a curse which carries a death sentence for a human...with her death as catalyst to the start of the Apocalypse and his growing affection for her, Ares is torn between fate and love. I enjoyed these books so much that I can't wait for the fourth story "Rogue Rider" due November 2012.