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
Some things are not worth wasting your time or money on, but this book cost me not only $17.00 but a night’s sleep. WORTH EVERY PENNY AND THE LOSE OF SLEEP. Kristen Britain put together a believable world, charters that are just as believable, and a story that keeps you turning the page. Well done Ellen Archer, Men sound like men, Women sound like Women, Young and old sound like Young and old. That’s not as easy as it sounds to pull off. I’ve already got book 2, another $17.00 and sleepless night.
So, overall I really enjoyed listening to this, much more than I expected. It seems that the concept of the Green Rider was taken from the pages of Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar series, except it presents a much more realistic presentation of the position, social relationships, and politics (it also helps that Britain is a better writer).
Yes, it's probably a fantasy written to appeal to those just getting into the genre, but there's nothing wrong with that. I appreciated that the main character was more in depth and rounded than the angsty teen runaway I was expecting. She was a strong, convincing female character without overdoing it.
While I somewhat agree with some above comments that it never felt like our leading lady was any 'real' danger, she does have an extensive adventure and I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Some things could have been better; the pacing was occasionally jumpy, and it felt like there were 3-4 climaxes which *almost* made the story too long, but I'm just nitpicking here.
tldr; great story, great characters, excited to read the next book.
This story was a great adventure. The narrator was excellent and made all the voices unique and very easy to follow along with. Strong female protagonist, a lot of action, a good mix of magic, great cast of characters. If you liked The Hunger Games, Green, and The Percy Jackson Series then you will definitely enjoy this series. Suitable for mid teens and older for violence and suggestive content.
This is the first book in a fantasy series that is centered around a young girl coming of age. She is forced through some extreme situations that change her life and guide her destiny. She didn't go looking for the adventure and danger that threatened and nearly took her life, but it found her. This is such a great listen that you are not going to what to stop. You are going to have to find out if she gets through each danger alright. If she does make it through, will she be harmed? Will her most trusted companion make it through or offer the greatest sacrifice to save her? Will she embrace her destiny and complete her mission or was it all a big mistake and a waste of time that costs her everything? You'll have to listen to find out. It's such a great listen that you can not be disappointed.
i'm not sure why a book in print or audio would be different. the content should be the same.
however, when reading the book, the charactors had a different voice to me. listening to it, most seem to be scot. it took a bit of getting use to.
the berry sister's library.
the fight with the merc & weapons.
the wild ride & the throne room scene.
the whole ending, from the picnic with alton.
i started out by reading the book. i began reading it to my husband, who is disabled and finds it hard to read now. once he realized he liked it he asked for an audio copy so he could listen to it while i was at work. pretty soon the whole family was listening & trying not to give spoilers to those that had not got to certain parts. it became fun to talk about it and work out story points when together.
The narrators voice sounded like siri from my I phone, and after struggling through 3 hours of a immature, boring story, I just had to stop.
I had not heard of this author or this series before but my wife found the paperback in a used book store. And boy am I glad!
Britain creates a great world filled with wonderful characters. The action is compelling. For me, I simply MUST like the characters (good or evil) or a book is a failure, especially the main character. I loved just about all of them, especially the main character.
The writing keeps you engaged and the story keep you anticipating. The dialogue is natural and advances the story. In short, it's everything I can ask for in a novel.
Ellen Archer is a great performer! She portrays each character well and you never wonder which one is talking. Her portrayal of the male characters works and they do not sound like adolescent boys (a problem with some female readers.)
The true test: I already bought the next book in the series and I can't wait to read it.
One of the best books that we have listened to so far.
I purchased this book to see if my husband (who is blind) would like to listen to the series and he enjoyed it so much that we got the other three.
loved this book. It's original, enjoyable and a consistently paced adventure. I never got bored with this book!
This is a fun, well written book for adults and young people. It's not geared to children at all but there is no language to overlook and no sex. Now if that sounds a bit boring, don't let it turn you off, because Kristen Britain is a wonderful story teller and Ellen Archer is a fabulous narrator. She does multiple voices, each very different, well acted. This is a first book that has lots of room to grow in the future. The concept of the Green Riders is new and it mixes women and men together so it can be enjoyed by both. It has lots of intrigue, fast paced adventure, and fantasy. I am so glad there are 4 more books to look forward to!
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