Book Title:
Riders
Book Author:
Veronica Rossi
Book Series:
Riders, #1
Publishing Date:
February 16th, 2016
Publisher:
Tor Teen
Date Read:
February 17th, 2016

Synopsis

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.

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?

My Review

Having never read Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky series, I was incredibly excited to read this and discover what was essentially a new author for me.  I’ve seen a lot of negative reviews for this book before it was published – some of them saying that it wasn’t on par with her previous writing, but not having anything to compare it to (and even if I did), I can say that I really enjoyed Riders.

The main character of Riders, Gideon, is trying his hardest to achieve his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger.  However, when he suffers through an horrible accident, he wakes up with the realization that “Hey – something isn’t right here.”  He has a weird cuff attached to him, and he has powers that he never could have dreamed of – along with a new identity.  See, Gideon is now War – one of the four horses of the apocalypse, tasked with saving humanity from an ancient evil that is threatening to destroy everything.  The horses are all brought together by this strange girl, who is incredibly mysterious, and of course – Gideon falls for her.  I don’t really have a problem with romance in fantasy novels (in fact, it tends to make them better sometimes), so it wasn’t a big deal.  I didn’t think the romance between the two of them was overdone or too sweet – it was just the right amount of romance that you would want to see in a book like this. 

Riders has some deep ties in fantasy and some science fiction, and the way that the two of these genres tied together made for an explosive story about working together to save the future of humanity from evil.  The concept for this novel just struck me as unique and exciting, and it honestly didn’t disappoint me.  The story did have its moments where it was a little slow, but I didn’t really mind, because the overall writing was engaging and beautiful.  The characters were full of energy and had great personality – especially the main character, Gideon.  The supporting characters are easily likable, too.  It’s rare that I find a book where I actually like both the main characters and the supporting characters, so that was a real treat.

Also, the world building in this was spectacular.  I felt like I was part of the story, and I loved the attention that was paid to detail – it made for an incredibly imaginative and exciting world.

All in all, Riders is a fantasy adventure that I really enjoyed, and I will definitely be looking into reading Veronica Rossi’s other books.  I really can’t wait for the sequel to Riders, either – I hope it’s just as breathtaking and enjoyable as this!

Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

4 stars
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3 Responses to Riders by Veronica Rossi

  1. Raven says:

    Great Review! I’m glad you enjoyed it! I haven’t read it yet but I’m looking forward to read it. Under the never sky is one of my favorite trilogy and I hope you give it a try. 😀

    • Kelly says:

      Thank you so much! I hope you like it when you get the chance to read it! I did buy the first book in the Under the Never Sky trilogy for Kindle – I’m going to be jumping into that one very soon!

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