Saturday, March 5, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: Blackveil- The Green Rider Series Book 4

Title: Blackveil- The Green Rider Series Book 4

Author: Kristen Britain

Publisher: Gollancz

RRP: $29.99

ISBN: 9780575099982

Release Date: March 2011

Pages: 800


Page-turning commercial fantasy from a master of the genre.

Karigan G'ladheon was a regular girl until she stumbled across a dying man. There were two arrows embedded in his back and wherever his horse was taking him, he was going to die before they got there.

He gave Karigan his horse, his cloak and his brooch - the symbol that he was one of the King's Green Riders - and, with them, his mission. To deliver a message to the King. He made her swear to do it...even though the Shadow Man who killed him would be hot on her trail. That mission made her a Green Rider.

Now, her first legendary mission is long complete. Karigan has learnt to wield the magic her Green Rider brooch allows her to access and she's used it to defy some of the most terrifying dark magicians of the age. But while Mornhavon the Black has gone, he's not defeated. His restless spirit haunts Blackveil, the lethal, corrupt forest that stands beyond a failing magical wall at the edge of King Zachary's territory.


Kristen Britain lives in a log cabin in Maine where she writes full-time and pursues interests reading, guitar playing and cartoon illustration. 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.


Green Rider was the first novel published by Kristen Britain back in 1998, it has been rereleased along with the other three books in the series in 2011. The second book First Rider’s Call was published in 2003, the third, The High King’s Tomb in 2007 and the latest, Blackveil in February 2011.

It is lucky that I’ve picked up all four book together as I don’t know that I’d be able to handle waiting four to five years for the next instalment of a series I enjoyed reading.

Blackveil is the fourth and latest instalment in the Green Rider series by New York Time award winning author Kristen Britain. I’m sad to say that the book ends on a dramatic cliffhanger and with the pace Britain writes, it’s going to be at least another four years before we get to find out what will happen. I think they should pass a law that makes any author writing a series to have to publish a book every year while continuing work in their current series.

Anyway, Blackveil neatly wraps up some of the elements from the previous novels in this series while leaving quite a few characters with dark clouds over their heads at the end of this book. This was quite unusual for Britain as each previous book has been resolved to a higher degree.

Quite a good read once again.

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