In my fifth addition to the Waiting on Wednesday meme, I’ll be discussing bestselling author Veronica Rossi’s newest book series Riders. The first installment is slated for release on February 16th, marking Rossi’s return to fiction after the conclusion of the Under the Never Sky trilogy in 2014. I myself have never read the consumer acclaimed series, as at the time I was suffering from dystopian burnout, but I’m very excited to catch this anticipated trilogy right from the get go. For those of you already familiar with Rossi’s work, know that-for better or worse- Riders seems to be a much different story geared towards not only female readers, but men as well. If you’re unaware, the premise is as follows: teenager Gideon Blake pours everything into achieving his dream of becoming an Army Ranger, that is until a freak accident kills him. In a bizarre turn of events, Gideon is not left to rest in peace- but instead summoned as War, one of the Four Horsemen of the apocalypse. He’s joined by three legendary comrades; Conquest, Famine, and Death as they’re organized under the tutelage of a beautifully frustrating girl set to help them save humanity from an ancient evil. They fail. Now he’s being held by authorities on his role in a battle drawing international attention, all the while trying to convince a skeptical government that the world as we know it is in imminent danger. Admittedly there’s a lot of things in Riders synopsis blurb that don’t bode well for our relationship, starting with the major “spoiler” alerts. I’m no expert in book marketing, but it hardly seems like a good idea to take the seemingly most action packed moment of a story and tell prospective readers that their efforts are unsuccessful. I want to see all the gory details unfold in real time, packing a punch of action at each and every blow. I digress though, considering this post is about what I’m excited about for Riders. And trust me when I say that is a pretty long list. For starters, taking the Four Horsemen of the apocalypse and infusing them into a semi-contemporary/dystopian/fantasy is a major cool idea with lots of threads that Rossi can potentially pull depending on the direction she chooses to go with. It also leaves room for some Ichabod Crane type, medieval folklore to be integrated alongside the storyline (which, in my opinion, is the 2016 trend heading away from tales of ancient gods). I also like how, contrary to her first series, Rossi is not incorporating a love triangle but instead opting to focus entirely on the budding relationship between Gideon and Daryn. Though I’m reasonably worried it will be an insta-love type of a deal considering how fast the plot seems to progress from point A to B, I welcome the break from a worn down trope. Fingers crossed that Rossi has a few tricks up her sleeve, and simply has not laid her entire hand up for readers to see. So how willing are you to ignore the horrendous cover and embark on a journey with the Four Horsemen? Let me know in the comments!
-Keep Calm and Read On