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Blackveil: Book Four of Green Rider | [Kristen Britain]

Blackveil: Book Four of Green Rider

Once a simple student, Karigan G'ladheon finds herself in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand when she becomes a legendary Green Rider-one of the magical messengers of the king. Forced by magic to accept a dangerous fate she would never have chosen, headstrong Karigan has become completely devoted to the king and her fellow Riders. But now, an insurrection led by dark magicians threatens to break the boundaries of ancient evil.
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Publisher's Summary

The long-awaited sequel to Green Rider, First Rider's Call, and The High King's Tomb.

Once a simple student, Karigan G'ladheon finds herself in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand when she becomes a legendary Green Rider - one of the magical messengers of the king. Forced by magic to accept a dangerous fate she would never have chosen, headstrong Karigan has become completely devoted to the king and her fellow Riders.

But now, an insurrection led by dark magicians threatens to break the boundaries of ancient, evil Blackveil Forest-releasing powerful dark magics that have been shut away for a millennium.

©2011 Kristen Britain (P)2012 Penguin

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    Myrtha 03-07-12
    Myrtha 03-07-12 Member Since 2008
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    "love audible for bringing this audio to us"

    If you fancy a well written fantasy with all the right ingredients, with tales that weave in and out the main one without being all mess up, with the universal battle between good and evil not being too predictable, with the right dose of romance, an -of course- unobtainable one at that and again making you doubt the final outcome.Well I think you will enjoy this series, as for this book (Blackveil) in particular the positive point is mainly that keeps your interest in the series and you expect the next one, which in my opinion at this point in the series is no small task.
    The negative points are the time elapsed between books and the recounts needed to update the reader of previous events. But miss Kristen Britain does not overdo the latter
    so, all in all i'll say: enjoyable, worth the money and the time!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce D. Williams Athens, OH United States 04-13-12
    Bruce D. Williams Athens, OH United States 04-13-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Destiny???s pawn balks and whines through 4 books"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story has a decent plot but shows little advancement of character throughout.


    Has Blackveil turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What does Ellen Archer bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed Ellen Archer.


    Do you think Blackveil needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes!. The series is not finished.


    Any additional comments?

    Then hero of this series is just as immature and willful and stubborn at the end of the 4th book as she was in the first book. When the hero of a series doesn???t grow or change his or her habit pattern through a series of books I think the author has done the character a disservice. Why is it that when the hero is challenged by the villain that he or she has about five minutes to argue about their fate and natter on and on for five pages instead of defending herself. She never believes her eyes and suffers time and time again. She is constantly willing to hurt those she cares about but agonizes over the smallest slight done to her.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Bremerton, WA, United States 06-06-13
    Peter Bremerton, WA, United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Book 4 - A tease - has me hanging"

    The entire series has been very well written and read . . . but with the ending of Book 4, Ms. Britain had me hanging, could not belive how she ended it, especially when I had no idea that there was a Book 5 in the works. Audible gave no indication that Book 4 was not the end of the series. For all to know - Ms, Britain has sent Book 5 to publisher, I await with great anticipation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B. Newsom Shreveport, LA 02-18-13
    B. Newsom Shreveport, LA 02-18-13 Member Since 2012

    I love books. hate reviewing books because I hate reiterating what many other's have said. I hate spoiling a review.

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    "Just a wonderful engrossing novel"
    Would you listen to Blackveil again? Why?

    I have already listened to it twice... But then I have read it four times so what's a few more times?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blackveil?

    her talks with her father.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the ending. I can't wait for the next book.


    Any additional comments?

    I have all of these books, and the audiobooks. the stories are just wonderful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Wake Forest, NC, United States 01-07-13
    Greg Wake Forest, NC, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Trilogy but beware it will leave you hanging"
    Would you listen to Blackveil again? Why?

    Yes/No


    What did you like best about this story?

    Story Line and character development


    What does Ellen Archer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her ability to adapt to different characters in the book


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Atlanta, GA, United States 08-14-12
    John Atlanta, GA, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Slow Book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I felt this book dragged on more so than the others.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Right before the awake the sleepers, one of the Eletian grabs her and tells her to stop questioning everything and puts her in the moon spot. This during they are being assaulted by dark Eletians and she is whining and keeps questioning the Eletian queen!


    Did Blackveil inspire you to do anything?

    I put the book down for 2 week because I found myself getting angry at the main character because she is so dependent on everything.


    Any additional comments?

    My thoughts really Echo what the other reviewer Bruce has already said about the main character in this book and some of the last one.

    Karigan does NOT grow in this book and didn't in the last, she still is dependent on people and very naive, but yet she has supposedly trained with all these master swordsmen? she seems to get her ass kicked every time you turn around by something and she can't seem to defend herself even after all that training.

    In the end I felt myself hating this character because of her not having Independence and no growth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Moriarty, NM, United States 04-19-12
    Donna Moriarty, NM, United States 04-19-12

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    "Great Book Series"

    I have really enjoyed the whole series. I like the way the main characters have begun to really develop. I really like the King, the Capt of the Green Riders and the heroine. I hope that book 5 comes out soon and is done as an audio with the book release.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine72 07-19-13
    Elaine72 07-19-13
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    "Glad to have the Green Rider back"

    The story drew me in again even though it has been sometime since I read book three. I highly recommend this series. Ellen Archer does a great job narrating and the people come alive just like they did in the printed book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 03-12-13
    Michael 03-12-13
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    "Great Book"
    Where does Blackveil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I read these books and enjoyed the story and can't wait for each addition. When I heard that they were doing an audio book I was a bit Leary. Some are done horribly, but Ellen Archer did a tremendous job. I have enjoyed listening to her and can't wait for the next.


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    Amazon Customer Sunnyvale, CA 01-20-13
    Amazon Customer Sunnyvale, CA 01-20-13
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    "Not as good as the first three"
    What about Ellen Archer’s performance did you like?

    I am constantly amazed by what a great job Ellen Archer does with the different character voices and acting the lines - not just reading them. She makes it so easy to get immersed in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been loving the Green Rider series - especially on audiobook. I was really pleased when the 2nd and 3rd books were just a good as the first one. But I was disappointed with this one. I felt like there was too much recap, inner monologue, and talking. I missed the action and pace of the other books. This book spent a lot of time on castle politics. Even though it was clearly thought-through, it was simply a little boring. And maybe I listened to this book too quickly after the last one, but I got impatient by the constant recap of what had happened in the last book. But I would still listen to it and the next book since all in all, I really enjoy all the characters and the storytelling. I'll just chalk this one up to a blip in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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