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 Me..Show More »rcedes 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.
The cover first caught my attention and once I read the blurb I was clicking the 'buy now' button. I was expecting the magic and detail of my childhoo..Show More »d favourites, such as Tamora Pierce and Garth Nix, and I was not disappointed. The Green Rider is the story of Karigan G'ladheon, a suspended school girl marching her way home, is come upon by a dying Green Rider who gives her the responsibility of carrying his message to the King, suddenly her life is propelled into dangers, near-death, monsters and intrigue (all on the back of a horse). The story has been well read by Ellen Archer, and it was a joy to listen to her perform the narrative (her pace and accents suited the story so well).
My only disappointment is that the rest of the series is not available to UK/Australian listeners, and I eagerly await the rest of the series audio release.
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 ..Show More »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!
I thought the book was a great adventure. The last book left us behind the wall in Blackveil and I have to say a hard book to continue a series..Show More » from. What could you write to top that adventure and keep the story moving forward. I really didn't know where this story would take us without letting us down. Well Kristen Britain, you did it. The book took us to newer and higher places I didn't expect to go to at all. Excellent transition story and one that I couldn't but down. The questions left unanswered are a great opening to the next part of Karigan's story and leaving us wanting the next book. Is the information Karrigan brought him going to be helpful? Has our green rider changed from her experiences? Will there be a war? Extremely well written and Ellen Archer, your performance I always applaud. Thank you and I can't wait for the next book