03 April 2016


Author: Veronica Rossi
Series: Riders #1
Rating: 2 / 5 stars
Verdict: Bury

This novel had great potential in my mind.  I was pleasantly surprised by Rossi's Under the Never Sky series and was anxiously awaiting this novel to start her new duology.  Apocolypse now, please!

Riders failed to deliver in multiple aspects.  It doesn't suck you into the origins of the Four Horsemen.  In fact, the horses play only a minor role and hardly appear, even though Gideon's appears smack dab on the cover art.  And the mythology behind the horsemen is tossed to the wind by the explanation that they are reincarnations and that this instance of their appearance in the modern day world doesn't follow the biblical tale.

Well, okay then.  What's left to get excited about?  There isn't much character development at all of our main character, Gideon.  He is defined by two major aspect of his life - his military background, though he never made it past training, and the death of his father.  Rossi goes for the sympathy vote with the latter, but the writing isn't strong enough to really rope in the empathy.  Daryn isn't given much in the way of character traits either, which makes the romantic relationship that tries to bloom between them as the main romantic storyline in the novel downright laughable the vast majority of the time.

The plot might have been able to pull the novel along by its feet, but I didn't find myself that engrossed in the story either.  It's told in Gideon's narrative as he is being interrogated after an incident in Norway (always wanted to go there), and it told through the story he tells his interrogators.  This setup alone takes a lot away from the novel, and the amount of detail and the parts he focuses on have little to do about what his captors would care about.

At the end of the day, it doesn't leave much left to get excited about.  I like some of the high octane action when Gideon flashes back to jumping out of airplanes during training, but these scenes are mixed in with unnecessary fist fights when he gets jealous of other guys pulling splinters out of his love interest's fingers so.... yeah.  I wouldn't bother unless you really have nothing else to read.

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