Karigan G’ladheon, running away from school, is traveling through a deep forest when a galloping horse pounds up to her, its rider impaled by two black-shafted arrows. With his dying breath, he tells her he is a Green Rider, one of the magical messengers of the King. Before he dies, he makes Karigan swear to deliver the message he’s carrying, and gives her his green coat, with the symbolic brooch of his office.
Pursued by unknown assassins, following a path only her horse seems to know, Karigan becomes a legendary Green Rider—for when given to the right person, a Rider’s brooch awakens the magic inside.
©2008 Kristen Britain (P)2012 Penguin
Ms. Britain owes royality payments to all the "great" authors who defined, and define fantasy. As I read Ms. Britians i found my self so distracted, thinking "that's from Tolkien" or "Terry Brooks did a much better job of that sceen", that I couldn't let myself get in to the story. I found the toons flat. And the sceens, walking through a hall of the dead is not scary just because dead people are there. The one reason to read the book is the meeting with the Berry sisters early on. Overall I feel ripped off in that I paid a credit for this book.
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I found a lot of this book derivative. It amazes me that writers will continue to borrow or imitate famous writers or borrow names, parts of plots, etc. Paying tribute to a favorite fantasy story or author spoils a story for me because it pulls me back into the real world. Not everyone minds this, but I do. HOWEVER - The author is very good at writing about people, relationships, and matters of the heart. That kept me going. I would recommend these books for that reason. I can't give the books more then 3 stars, and they could have earned 4 or 5 had they not been flawed. Once again, I wonder why and editor did not suggest a re-write. The derivative parts could have been re-worked fairly easily and made the books so much better.
The Berry sisters were my favorite, I just liked their quirkiness and the fact they seemed to know more than they let on.
No, it was entertaining, but I would have to say my strongest emotion was a little annoyance in Kerigan's immaturity.
It was entertaining and definitely worth a credit. I was engaged in the character's and story lines enough to not want the story to end, and it had good pacing, but it seems geared to a younger audience so there was a lack of depth and complexity that would have made it a better novel.
From the very beginning this book draws you in. Ellen Archer was wonderful. I really liked the way the story came together. It left you with a solid ending but wanting more.
Absolutely! It completely pulls you into the experience of the characters. The author does not dwell on over explaining details but lets the reader figure it out, which I really appreciated!
Appropriate. The ending did not drag on, but wrapped up and left me wanting more!
Hard to select just one she was fantastic, but the Berry sisters were a lot of fun!
I enjoyed this book very much and can't wait to dive into the next one.
I loved the beginning of the book. Karigan meets the dying messenger and takes on the job of delivering the message. The plot moves along at a great pace. Then it all gets way too high school for me. I wish I could have seen her character mature. As it is she goes from being willing to embrace the challenge, battles through so much danger and then.....just stops. What a disappointment.
The end of the book tells you this is just part one. I don't know that I'll go to part 2.
The narrator did a good job.
I sincerely hope not. At least not without somebody editing all the high-school angst.
Karigan is bold and determined, She's afraid and unsure. She fights off a trained assassin because she's inhabited by a ghost. She's leaving, she's staying. She is a teenager but the savior of her world. She is too many things.
I really loved this book. So much so that I went out and got all the books in the series and having finished them am eagerly and anxiously waiting for the next book in the series. This is sort of a cross between the Hobbit and the War God's Own. Well performed and an excellent plot that is well developed and very entertaining. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.
Frustrating. mildly entertaining.
You are saved from trying to figure out how to pronounce certain names and words properly plus you get to enjoy some nice accents that appear to help differentiate characters.
The action sequences were particularly aggravating. They imbued you with an extreme sense of frustration at the main character, while simultaneously making you want to claw your eyes out because they moved so painfully slow.
Well,,,it has a good fantasy storyline and Ellen Archer does a great job in the narration.
The characters do not grow with the story. Although she is young in this first book, she has no survival instincts. She seems to wait for the bad things to happen and doesn't learn from her mistakes. A good herione must grow with experience as the storyline progresses.
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