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
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 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.
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.
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.
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'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.
I REALLY ENJOY THIS TYPE OF BOOK, BUT JUST COULDN'T GET INTO THIS ONE. PEOPLE HAVE TOLD ME THE 2ND BOOK IS BETTER, I'M NOT GOING TO FIND OUT . THERE HERE ARE MANY OTHER "FISH IN THE SEA" FOR ME TO INVESTIGATE, I'M OLD AND TIME IS PRECIOUS. I WAKE EVERY DAY WITH THE THOUGHT THAT SOMETHING WONDERFUL IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN. SOMETIMES IT DOES!!!!!!!!!
I HAVEN'T GIVEN IT ANY THOUGHT AND WON'T WASTE MY TIME DOING SO
LIVE LONG AND PROSPER
I am a mid -aged wife and mom who drives for a living. I listen to a lot of books. I enjoy the long series most like wheel of time. My favorite book is The Hobbit. Favorite author is dean koontz
I will read again. Very entertaining. I am putting in on favorites list, right up there with Tolkein.
Love this book. Wondered at first if it was more of a teen novel, but glad I kept reading. The more I read, the harder it was to put it down. I am on the last book in the series to date, and I will miss it.
Awesome job. So smooth, she makes you feel like you are right there in the story.
No, but the suspense of the denied romance is killing me. Hope it it doesn't end like that.
I will await the second installment as I found I became interested in where the story will lead
I have not listened to any others
finally coming face to face with the king
Still trying to why I chose this book but I really enjoyed it.
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