- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz (1 April 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575099852
- ISBN-13: 978-0575099852
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 3.7 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 354,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Green Rider Paperback – 1 Apr 2011
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This fat fantasy is the author's first published novel. Although the typical back cover quotes from Anne McCaffrey and Marion Zimmer Bradley overpraise it somewhat--"stunning", "terrific", "classic"--it's a good, highly readable debut. Kristen Britain tells her story at a headlong pace and with considerable charm. Young heroine Karigan hardly has time to regret being expelled from school (for duelling) before finding herself committed to the desperate errand of a murdered Green Rider. The Riders are an elite messenger corps using both horses and magic; the message is a terrible warning. Bad things from bad places are invading this fantasyland, their presence being only part of a devious, sorcerously-aided human struggle for the throne. Karigan's wild ride is beset with a variety of enemies, but aided by her own developing talents plus certain strange allies. These include the tormented ghost of the dead Green Rider himself--still pierced by and trying to resist the chief villain's black arrows that ensnare the soul. Delivering the message to a suspicious court is only half Karigan's job: can it be interpreted in time? The pages turn fast, the heroine is likeable and the villains hissable, and all ends as it should. Nice one. --David Langford --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
?A wonderfully captivating heroic fantasy adventure.? ?Terry Goodkind ?Terrific.? ?Marion Zimmer Bradley ?Karigan is an engaging protagonist, and the scenes of magic and/or combat rise to a high standard.? ?"Publishers Weekly" ?A fresh fantasy.? ?"Kirkus Reviews"See all Product Description
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Despite the constant critical claim that their exists only seven original stories, a person only has to look at the stacks of books in a library to establish the mastery of artists.
Kirsten Britain's world is fraught with perils, loss and companionship through any fire. Many would read the synopsis and claim to have "heard it all before". But I assure you, pick up this book and find yourself engrossed from word to word in this fabulous fantasy.
It’s quite difficult to summarise the plot(s) of this book because there’s a lot to it and I could be here all day but the basic premise is this; a young girl called Karigan who runs away from boarding school comes across a half dead Green Rider (an elite messenger of the King) in the forest. His dying words to Karigan are that his message is of life or death importance to the King and he asks her to deliver it for him but warns her of foes who are trying to stop it being delivered. In need of an adventure Karigan decides to deliver the message and the story goes on from there. She has to face many trials and comes across various other characters along the way, some nice, some not so nice! Karigan’s journey is woven in with magic and battles and she almost loses the message (and her life!) on a few occasions, all of which made for some edge of your seat reading. There are other characters who’s stories the book follows also, such as Karigan’s father searching for her and also Mirwell, the leader of the people who are trying to stop the message from being delivered. There are a couple of other sub plots too but those are the main three.
I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good high fantasy adventure and there are four more books in this series so there’s a lot more for me to get my teeth into!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don't let the heroine and horses lead you to believe this is a book solely for girls. A fantastic story with all the themes of fantasy novels captured within detailed descriptive... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Joy
My favourite series of books by a long way. I must re read the the series once a year. Would love to find another serial I enjoy as much as these.Published 14 months ago by b
After all the previous books in this series I was looking forward to this final book. Unfortunately I was so disappointed with the content and in particular the poor ending. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Andrew Besford
As this is a series of five books so far I decided to read them all before posting any sort of a review. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Peter
Love this book. It does start slow but stick with it and it pays off. Especially in context of the wider green rider world and the further books. Read morePublished 15 months ago by stackhead