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Green Rider | [Kristen Britain]

Green Rider

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.
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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

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    Robert Honolulu, HI, United States 03-21-12
    Robert Honolulu, HI, United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Adventure From Begining to End"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    McKayla Sarasota, FL, United States 04-20-12
    McKayla Sarasota, FL, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar, except WAY better"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Brent 09-01-13
    Brent 09-01-13 Member Since 2008
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    "WORTH EVERY PENNY AND THE LOSE OF SLEEP"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    crystal INDIO, CA, United States 05-14-13
    crystal INDIO, CA, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "an enjoyable read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Green Rider to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Green Rider?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ocie Nelson TRIMONT, MN, US 05-14-12
    Ocie Nelson TRIMONT, MN, US 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Better than reading it"
    Where does Green Rider rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books that we have listened to so far.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Hildegarde C Leffen Cambridge, MD, US 10-14-12
    Hildegarde C Leffen Cambridge, MD, US 10-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "not quite there"
    What did you like best about Green Rider? What did you like least?

    I will await the second installment as I found I became interested in where the story will lead


    If you’ve listened to books by Kristen Britain before, how does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any others


    Which character – as performed by Ellen Archer – was your favorite?

    the protagonist


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rory Calgary, AB, Canada 08-09-12
    Rory Calgary, AB, Canada 08-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't struggle through"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Genia Hewitt, TX, United States 07-09-12
    Genia Hewitt, TX, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A Great Read for Girls Who Like to Kick Butt"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dona Ironside, OR, United States 03-02-12
    Dona Ironside, OR, United States 03-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "As good as I remembered"

    Read this book years ago, was as happy to see it come out on audio. It was as good as I remembered it. The Ellen Archer does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life, just as I had imagined. Can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    LindaP 06-28-12
    LindaP 06-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Make up your mind for heaven's sake"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The end of the book tells you this is just part one. I don't know that I'll go to part 2.


    Have you listened to any of Ellen Archer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narrator did a good job.


    Could you see Green Rider being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I sincerely hope not. At least not without somebody editing all the high-school angst.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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