I enjoyed reading the book and, now, listening to the audiobook. Ellen Archer does a terrific job with the many voices and a surprisingly good Scottish burr for Lil Ambrioth. In my head, I've pronounced many of the fictitious places differently; particularly accents on syllables.
First Rider's Call starts with a bang, then gets v-e-e-e-r-r-r-y slow. Another irritation is that the main character seems to start from zero, without the history or knowledge she gained in the first book -- she seems too clueless, so you want to whack her over the head and tell her to read her own story from the first book! :-) But the novel improves about halfway thru, and the story really takes off from there. It's worth the wait, especially if you're enjoying the series.
In terms of performance, Ellen Archer does a decent job. My only substantial complaint is that her pacing is also slow -- enough so that I shifted the playback speed to 1.25 and left it there for the entire book (without realizing it!).
I so enjoyed listening. Love following the story line with it's many turns an twists
Great story teller
Man, I love these books! The characters are compelling, the dialogue is natural and the story is exciting. The action is non-stop and the world is really interesting.
Kristen Britain is really imaginative! The situations and the characters she creates remind me a little bit of the best in fantasy literature. Her imagination reminds me a little bit of Edgar Rice Burroughs at times. It amazes me what came out of his fevered brow. Only she is a much better writer than he.
In this book, Karigan is back at home from her previous adventure when she feels a Green Rider call that is so compelling she bolts from the house in nothing but her nightgown--something she'll have difficulty living down.
The breach in the wall is still there and evil is awakening. Can they repel the arising evil forces? Can they repair the breach?
One thing I love about this book is that the author does not rely totally on things from the first book to prop up this story. That's really so rare. It could be quite enjoyed without having ever read the first book. But don't deny yourself the pleasure! Reading the first makes this one all the better.
This adventure also features Karigan and other Green Riders doing things not even hinted at in the first book. I like that. It makes this book less like a simple continuation of the previous story.
The book is interspersed with diary entries from one of the invaders to this land hundreds of years ago. Through it (along with other devices), we learn some of the history of the country and its people, the source of the wall, and a lot about the diary's author.
The reader, Ellen Archer, is great once again. I very much enjoy her portrayal of the characters.
This book met all of my expectations and I have already started the next book in the series. Yum!
I didn’t think it was possible to write sequel better than the first in this series, I was wrong. This sequel is simply charming. This series is every bit as good and well written as the Lord of the Rings. Just fantastic. Masterful presentation!