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"Engaging...The scenes of magic and combat rise to a high standard."-Publishers Weekly"
Praise for the Green Rider series:
"Green Rider is a wonderfully captivating heroic fantasy adventure.... Kristen Britain's likable heroine and fast-paced plot kept me eagerly turning pages. This is the rarest of finds: a truly enjoyable read." --Terry Goodkind, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Sword of Truth series
"Kristen Britain is one of the most astonishing fantasy writers working today. She has created a richly imagined world where magic is as real as courage, and where a young woman's heroism can change the course of history." ―Tess Gerritsen, author of The Apprentice
"Britain keeps the excitement high from beginning to end, balancing epic magical battles with the humor and camaraderie of Karigan and her fellow riders." ―Publishers Weekly
"Readers of epic fantasy and series followers will want this finely honed, skillfully crafted tale."―Library Journal
"The intermittent sense of foreboding is offset by a healthy dose of old-fashioned adventure--kidnappings, a noble thief, near drowning, divine visitations, ghosts, a visit to an upscale brothel, and some very bad knife throwing--that provides a satisfying temporary conclusion despite this being very much a middle novel with serious nastiness still looming." --Locus
"The gifted Ms. Britain writes with ease and grace as she creates a mesmerizing fantasy ambiance and an appealing heroine quite free of normal cliches." --RT Reviews
"This captivating fantasy is filled with adventure, action, and heroes. Karigan grows tremendously as a person and in the end finds her own place in this world. The characters, including minor ones, are well-developed and the plot is complex enough to get the reader thinking. This is a real page-turner." --VOYA
"Kristen Britain writes so beautifully that I never want to have to put her books down." ―Fantasy Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It's a long book and too much happens to summarise in a review, but suffice to say I was just as entertained by it as I was first time around with Green Rider, and I was more than thrilled by a couple of developments, and completely dismayed by others. The magic, politics and fascinating characters make this an engrossing and absorbing read. One I will probably re-read at some point in the future. And the addition of the time travel aspect proved an excellent way to fill in gaps in the world's history of important events that affect the current situation with the Wall and Blackveil forest.
"She was unfettered and free, a wild spirit he could not capture, tame, or confine, but one he wished would come to him, as a deer is tempted by a handful of oats."
I really would love to go straight onto the next book but as there are only two left in the series currently, and with the prospect of 3 years before the next book comes out ahead of me, I think I'll hold off for a while and read them back-to-back in a few years. I understand you can't rush or force creativity, but I really wish the gaps between these books weren't so enormous. It's a longer than average book at 600+ pages, but if authors like Kim Harrison can manage a 400+ page book every 12 months, plus anthologies, plus a separate YA series, then 4 years is just dilly dallying no matter how you look at it.
This series will win no prizes for originality but I have to admit I am loving it and can't wait to read the next book. Maybe because the heroine doesn't drip around in a dress, and she's very reluctant to actually be a hero. She even admits that the only reason she does anything brave is through fear, which is very refreshing in a fantasy novel - I'm fed up with these almost impossibly strong women, I like that Karigan shows her human side. She falls in love and is annoyed with herself for doing so, she gets injured (a lot) and doesn't miraculously heal, she's battered mentally as well.
I love the involvement of ghosts and the inclusion of time travel, and as the story has progressed so have the characters come to be more rounded and real. Britain is still in the process of writing this series, so I hope as more books develop she starts to have the confidence to stop copying other writers. She has the bones of a classic series in the making, but unfortunately not enough experience yet to make it truly stand out.
One thing, however, really bugs me. For my taste, it borrows too directly from Tolkien, particularly where the Eletians and bad guys are concerned. A remote, legendary, graceful immortal people with a gift for magic, who possess a "mirror" (water in a vessel) which under moonlight unpredictably shows the past, present or potential future to whoever looks in it? A faceless evil that was destroyed in body but not in spirit, and which in life twisted humans with magic to create a monstrous fighting race? Dark servants in the shape of wraiths? Uuuuuhhhm, thanks, but we've already been there. I love Tolkien, and even though most modern fantasy draws upon his work for inspiration, this goes a bit too far. I would have preferred some originality. Not necessarily a killer issue, but it annoys me nevertheless.
Having said this, I did enjoy First Rider. I just enjoyed Green Rider a lot more. The story is still catchy and I did finish the book. It does get a 3 from me, so that means that I would recommend buying it. It does not come as a priority book on my list though.