Green Rider

Green Rider On her long journey home from school after a fight which will surely lead to her expulsion Karigan G ladheon ponders her future as she trudges through the immense forest called Green Cloak But her th

On her long journey home from school after a fight which will surely lead to her expulsion, Karigan G ladheon ponders her future as she trudges through the immense forest called Green Cloak But her thoughts are interrupted by the clattering of hooves as a galloping horse bursts from the woods, the rider slumped over his mount s neck, impaled by two black shafted arrows AOn her long journey home from school after a fight which will surely lead to her expulsion, Karigan G ladheon ponders her future as she trudges through the immense forest called Green Cloak But her thoughts are interrupted by the clattering of hooves as a galloping horse bursts from the woods, the rider slumped over his mount s neck, impaled by two black shafted arrows As the young man lies dying on the road, he tells Karigan that he is a Green Rider, one of the legendary messengers of the king, and that he bears a life and death message for King Zachary He begs Karigan to carry his message, warning her not to read it, and when she reluctantly agrees, he makes her swear on his sword to complete his mission for love of country As he bestows upon her the golden winged horse brooch which is the symbol of his office, he whispers on his dying breath, Beware the shadow man Karigan s promise changes her life forever Pursued by unknown assassins, following a path only her horse seems to know, and accompanied by the silent specter of the original messenger, she herself becomes a legendary Green Rider Caught up in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand, Karigan is hounded by dark beings bent on seeing that the message, and its reluctant carrier, never reach their destination.

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Green Rider

  1. Kristen Britain grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, where she started her first novel an undersea fantasy featuring herself and her friends at the age of nine She published her first book, a cartoon collection called Horses and Horsepeople, at the age of thirteen After completing her degree in film production at Ithaca College in 1987 she made the logical leap from cinema to the National Park Service Her many years as a park ranger enabled her to work in a variety of natural and historical settings, from 300 feet below the surface of the Earth to 13,000 feet above sea level on the Continental Divide and from the textile mills of the American Industrial Revolution to the homes of Americans who changed the course of history Currently she lives in a log cabin in Maine where she writes full time and pursues interests reading, guitar playing, and cartoon illustration, supervised by a cat and a dog She enjoys exploring the magical places around her and can often be found paddling a canoe in stillwater, ambling through the woods to mountain summits, or sitting along the rocky shore listening, watching, and daydreaming This is her fantasy, at least.

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  1. Re read on audio Great narrator I still felt like it s a 4 star Now hopefully I can keep going before I forget most of this one again Old Review I really did like this book and I look forward to seeing what happens in the other books in the series There will be some mild SPOILERS Karigan G ladheon is a wonderful character Sometimes she made me mad with the choices she made but they always turned out for the best She is running away after being expelled from school for something that really wasn [...]

  2. Here is the story of how I didn t read Green Rider for years.I received an ARC of Green Rider from the publisher when it first came out, asking if I could blurb it I set it on the corner of my desk My younger daughter had recently run out of Tamora Pierce books She asked if she could try Green Rider and I said, Sure, let me know what you think of it, and then I ll read it So off she went with it And it went to camp with her, as her read Then it went to school with her and was passed around to he [...]

  3. I guarantee those familiar with Arrows of the Queen series by Mercedes Lackey will get a sense of d j vu from my plot description In fact I had to compare the publication dates of these two books Mercedes Lackey won A misfit young woman met a highly intelligent horse and set up on a very important mission while trying to avoid obstacles and dangers caused by ancient evil bending on getting the lost power back Needless to say, there are plenty of people on the road doing the best helping the hero [...]

  4. When I read the back of this book, I thought wow sounds like the Heralds of Valdemar, and if you point out some generalities, it sounds even so Young heroine, special horses, magical abilities, messengers for the king Wow, sounds familiar Talia young heroine, special horses companions, magical abilities mind magic, messengers for the king heralds act as messengers But that s where the similarities end unless you want to add good writing, characterization, and plot to the mix.The world is intere [...]

  5. A 4.5 stars book if you want a Tolkien feeling, a young and mature female strong lead and plenty other interesting characters , a lonely quest leading to an epic conclusion of the book.I could not have had a better time reading through this book

  6. Not good Mary Sue main EVERYTHING revolves around this girl Which can be okay as a device if the author handles it right This one didn t sigh The overall story also suffers from a common problem in fantasy world building TOO MUCH If magic horses and riders aren t enough for the tired old the throne is threatened oh no must save it trope, add bad elves, ancient magics, rich men who mysteriously fall for the heroine, shadowy bad guys, Disney esque old ladies in isolated magical mansions and too he [...]

  7. I ve had this series on my shelves for YEARS It was one of the few I was incredibly excited to start, which makes it all the disappointing that I didn t like it My 2 star it was just okay rating sums it up perfectly it was just okay The first chapter started off with the bang, then it proceeded to meander through one inconsequential event after another, and I could feel my enthusiasm dropping with every page At one point, I was than halfway through the book and still couldn t see any purpose b [...]

  8. Every now and then a book comes along that changes your life That isn t this book But sometimes while you re waiting for that book, you come across a book that was entertaining and really good fun That s this book.

  9. This was a fairly typical YA fantasy It stands out only because it was well written and has a strong female lead character Karigan G ladheon is fleeing from her school, where she has just been suspended, to her home, but along the way she encounters a dying Green Rider The man has been shoot with two black arrows The Green Riders are the King s elite messenger service and with his dying breath the man manages to convince Karigan that she must complete his mission and deliver the message he is ca [...]

  10. This is a perfectly serviceable little fantasy The references to The Lord of the Rings, and even Star Wars are prevalent, but that in itself doesn t really bother me There are many successful novels out there that owe allegiance to the classics of fantasy Harry Potter, anyone The only problem is, the constant LOTR references led me to compulsorily compare this book to its older, experienced, complex, better grandfather And I say compulsorily, because I really didn t want to I tried very hard t [...]

  11. I was not sure what to expect from this book, as the author was new to me and the title didn t quite grab my attention, even though it reminded me of those very old fantasy books which are normally solid bets I only decide to read it due to the recommendations of friends, and I am glad that I did In a way, I guess that I wasn t wrong about the old school feeling, as this is a very classic fantasy story and gave off a Tolkienesque vibe So, classic fantasy you know what to expect then One thing th [...]

  12. So, I really feel like The Green Rider demonstrates what a fantasy novel should really be Just enough world building to pique the interest, with a lot of the usual fantasy tropes bobbing to the surface ancient wars, forgotten magic, elite bodyguards, aloof faeries elves hidden in the forests, etc but other details that make it uniquely its own The world building is not so overwhelming that is swamps the action or waters down the characters too much The pacing kept quick and exciting, as Karigan [...]

  13. Author borrows from Tolkien and maybe other HF authors but her imagination is limited I skimmed quite a bit esp in the second half and won t be continuing the series.Rating A higher 3, say 3.65 stars.

  14. An Opinionated Look At Kristen Britain s Green RiderBy Eric AllenI m a proud member of the Science Fiction Book Club, and I have been for many years I have bought and read the featured selections, two books that the club is really excited about and send to every member each month unless they indicate otherwise, almost every single month since I joined Yes, I am that big of a geek So sue me If I remember correctly, both Green Rider and A Game of Thrones came out the same month Now THAT was an epi [...]

  15. This is a good beginning to a good trilogy Updatee trilogy has gone 4 volumes now, oh well This is a mainly character driven book The courier is in fact an interesting historical character in his or her own right Traditionally given special consideration passing through enemy lines in battle, traveling enemy territory allowing communication between hostile powers etc they are fascinating Of course what I mention above is the ideal in reality a lot of messengers didn t actually manage to make it [...]

  16. Medieval epic fantasy told in 3rd person POV, mainly from the perspective of the heroine, but also from a villain s POV I enjoyed this book, but didn t totally love it Excellent narration, though Superb performance by Archer Family safe, too No sex or swearing There is a map on the Web, but it s blurry.Lots of survival scenes, battle scenes, travel scenes On her clever horse, Karigan must deliver a message, but first she has to deal with deadly creatures of black magic, sorcerery, soul stealing [...]

  17. Green Rider by Kristen Britain 3.4 I was kind of disappointed by the book this time around I ve evolved as a reader While the second half of the book was pretty good, the first half was basically a huge info dump while the protagonist made her way to the real story Since this was her first book, I m inclined to be generous with my rating, but I truly had trouble getting through the book this time.Karigan is a head strong main character and it s basically her spunk and the few friends she makes a [...]

  18. Green Rider starts out rough For starters, it has a blurb from Terry Goodkind on the cover and an acknowledgement to him Back in 1998 when this book was first published, I m sure it seemed like a great marketing decision Now maybe not so much.In the first half of the book, Karigan, the protagonist, is really irritating Granted, she s a teenager and it s established that she s something of a rebel, and I imagine that if most of us were thrown into a fantasy adventure, we d probably complain too B [...]

  19. Another of those I picked it up because of the cover lovely artwork by the late Keith Parkinson that was a reward for adventurousness Enjoyed this book I ve had to buy 4 copies because I need to spread the wealth I tend to send books to my sister and niece, plus I ve been known to waylay strangers in the bookstore if they venture down the F SF aisle or the horror aisle 12 20 1998re read 8 18 2003

  20. Looking through a bookstore one day I was immediately attracted by the cover Upon reading the book I was rather pleased with the result A nice novel with adventure, magic, and intrigue it remains a book I read over and over again.The story begins with Karigan running away from school She won in a fight with a rich kid and wants to tell her father her end of the story However, she runs into a dying Green Rider with a life and death message for the King As she swears to deliver the message, he war [...]

  21. I ve read this book so many times, my copy is starting to come apart I absolutely LOVE it The main character Karigan is so believable, I can relate easily to her, and I know that most people would feel the same The story is very original and engaging It s definitely a must read for any fantasy book fan.

  22. I picked up this book because of an eye catching cover followed by a few good reviews I ran across while browsing around I m glad I did This is a fairly standard fantasy work in a lot of ways Karigan is practically shoved into the role of heroine when circumstances lead her to come across a man, dying with two black arrows in his back, who pleads with her to carry his urgent message to the king She is quickly thrust into life or death situations, meeting all sorts of strange people along her way [...]

  23. Listened to around 8 chapters on audiobook format This book started out wonderfully well okay, I ve never been a big fan of watching the bad guy rub his hands gleefully while doing evil deeds as a prologue, but the magic was interesting We get thrown into the action almost from the word go with the main character, Karigan, runs across the path of a dying messenger and taking up his mission What followed was a exciting chase scene and interesting magic.Then the Berry sisters showed up and the pl [...]

  24. I got about 1 6 of the way through couldn t take it any The narration was good I liked the horse, but other than that it was pretty awful Too many details were poorly done, obviously for the convenience of the story Her wrists are burned but not her hands, clothes, or any other part The dialogue was awful the characterization childish.

  25. I m doing writing than reading these days and this book was na nice way to relax in between Solid but not distracting I ll continue the series.

  26. I liked it It reminded me of Tamora Pierce s novels actually the heroine is a strong female called to do some great deed, there s a sprig of romance not a main theme but it s not minor either , has the perfect blend of fantasy and adventure and keeps its readers turning the pages All in all, it was wonderful.

  27. Swords and sorcery, coming of age, adventure, action, magic, creatures of myth and legend, dark magic, evil power hungry bad guys, magical horses, kidnappings, betrayals, triumphs, defeats Any of that sound good Then you should read this book It truly had a bit of everything It s quite a long story but the pacing was pretty consistent and fast throughout I instantly felt comfortable in the world building, it was very easy to acclimate to I have read a few swords and sorcery type books but not so [...]

  28. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature Ride, Greenie, ride Karigan G ladheon, the daughter of a wealthy merchant, has been kicked out of school because she beat up the son of a nobleman On her way home she crosses paths with a Green Rider, one of King Zachary s messengers The Rider has two black arrows in his back, but before he dies he coerces Karigan into promising to take a sealed message to the king Reluctantly, Karigan sets out to fulfill her vow Along the way she meets allies and enemies, [...]

  29. Most of my commentary on this book, actually, has to do with its similarities to Mercedes Lackey s Heralds of Valdemar after all, that was the reason I picked it up But since other reviewers have addressed it, I ll just summarize it like so Easy to see the parallels, and at the time it seems almost derivative However, there are distinct differences.So, addressing Green Rider itself If I recall, this is Britain s first book, and it does show Could stand for some better editing run on sentences an [...]

  30. It reminded me of The Lord of the Rings somewhat, with its Eletians elves , groundmites orcs , Abram Rust ent , and the ghosts the Shadow Host But overall it is a different world with different characters It s a coming of age story than a full blown fight of good versus evil, with the heroine Karigan having just left school I enjoyed the adventure and the characters, even if some of my favourites were just secondary, like the Berry sisters and The Horse The mysterious group of the Green Riders [...]

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