Published by Tor Teen on February 16, 2016
Series: Riders #1
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, mythology, Romance
Source: Bought Hardcover
Also in this series: Seeker
Nothing but death can keep eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.
While 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.
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?
Reading Challenges: Beat the Backlist, Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2017
Riders is the first book in the Riders series by Veronica Rossi. Riders is the story of the new incarnations of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. I found riders to be a well planned out, and super interesting read. I blew through this book super fast and immediately reached for the second book in the series. (I think I read both books in 1.5 days.)
I think what intriged me the most about this story was the format it was told in. It is mostly told in flashback style. The book starts out at the end of some big event, where our main character, Gideon is being interrogated. There is so much mystery surrounding Gideon, and his interrogators. I was instantly hooked. Who were they? What do they know on their own? What is going on with Gideon. As the story progresses we get to follow Gideon as he is introduced to his new life as “war”, and we join him on the journey to find the other horsemen, and figure out what is going on. I really loved the pacing and the writing style. It is highly descriptive and it flows so naturally. The pacing is brisk and the story was captivating from start to finish. When I finished book one and grabbed book two, what immediately intrigued me was that the summary was from another character’s point of view. (Daryn) She is a really interesting character as well, and I was super excited to see the next book through her eyes.
I loved the whole cast of characters along with the concept of the story. I think Gideon and Bastian are my favorite. I just heart Bas. But equally as strong as the characters, was the plot. I loved the adventure style quest we got to go on to find the horsemen, and there was tons of action, fighting and bad guys to keep me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I have already binge read the second book in the series, and now I am hungry for more. Riders is an addicting, fast paced read! Come back Tuesday for my review and giveaway of the sequel, Seekers, which heavily features Daryn!
Be sure to stop the blog again on Tuesday to see my review of Book 2, Seekers along with an awesome giveaway!
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