Saturday, March 5, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: The Green Rider Book 1

Title: The Green Rider Book 1

Author: Kristen Britain

Publisher: Gollancz

RRP: $22.99

ISBN: 9780575099852

Release Date: March 2011

Pages: 592


A captivating story, a race against time and a mission that could cost Karigan her life...

There's nothing Karigan can do, as the young man lies dying on the road. He had sworn to carry out his mission as a Green Rider - one of the legendary messengers of the king - and he has a life or death message that must reach King Zachary. Karigan may be unable to save him, but she can deliver his message. He makes her swear to it, to keep it secret and, with his last breath, he warns her to 'beware the shadow man...'

Pursued by an unknown assassin, following a path only her horse seems to know and accompanied by the silent specter of the original messenger, Karigan is going to become a legendary Green Rider herself. Caught up in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand, her simple promise to deliver a letter is about to become a race against time...and a race for her life...


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.

Book 1 Green Rider begins the uncomplicated fantasy series in Britain’s series with a rather dramatic opening whereby the main character, Karigan G’ladheon, comes across one of the King’s messengers, or Green Rider, dying with two ominous black arrows sticking out of his back. Suddenly, Karigan is thrown into a dangerous world by promising to take the dying man’s message to the King. A far cry from her life as a merchant’s daughter and one you have to wonder why she chose to get involved with when the dying man’s last word are “beware the shadow man”.

Karigan keeps her promise and rides the Green Rider’s horse, called Condor to Sacor City to deliver the message. The adventure slowly unfolds through many perilous events on the way.

Green Rider is a good reader, not the most spectacular fantasy novel I’ve ever read, but it is an entertaining and well written story.

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