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Zachary Davriel Hillander, High King of Sacoridia, rues how much he has had to give up to lead his realm, including the freedom to live and love as he chooses. When an embassy from Eletia arrives to propose a joint venture between their realms to seek out an old ally in the north, he is dismayed to learn that the one Sacoridian they have in mind to accompany their guide is the woman he truly loves but cannot have: Green Rider Karigan G'ladheon.

Karigan has only just returned from a dark future where Sacoridia has been conquered and is ruled by a despotic emperor, and she has not recovered in heart or mind. As if that is not enough, the castle ghosts won't leave her alone. Though Zachary is loath to part from her so soon after her return, he knows she is the best choice to undertake the mission to the north.

Each step on their journey places Karigan and her companions closer to enemy territory and danger, for northward lie the forces of Second Empire, Sacoridia's longtime foe, and Grandmother, the necromantic leader of Second Empire, has not been idle. She uses her magic to summon a wild elemental spirit to wreak havoc upon Zachary and his wife, Queen Estora.

At first the Sacoridians succeed in fending off the creature, but it so covets Estora that it can't stay away. It abducts Zachary, assuming his form and his place at Estora's side - but when it is finally ousted, Zachary is still missing. Estora, alone and heavy with twins, must prepare her realm for the coming conflict from the confines of her bedchamber.

Meanwhile, the danger only deepens for Karigan and her companions as they journey north. When she finds herself caught in the midst of a clash between forces, Karigan must rescue and protect her king before she falls into a trap set by Grandmother - a trap that could give Second Empire the power to control the dead and all the demons of the hells.

Magic, danger, and adventure abound for messenger Karigan G'ladheon in the sixth book in Kristen Britain's New York Times best-selling Green Rider epic fantasy series.

©2017 Kristen Britain (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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Ellen Archer is great, but has a rough start

in way of performance, having listened to the other books in this series read by Ellen, it was jarring for the first few chapters. Her reading felt unnatural at first, probably due to how long it's been since the last book. She seems to be shouting the first few chapters, and the voices for characters mechanical and lifeless. However!!! That is only the first few chapters, and she quickly finds her way. Her captivating voice once more was able to paint a vivid picture of the king, his riders, and his enemies. Don't be discouraged and stop listening, give it time and it'll be just as grand of a reading as the other Green Rider books.

ps. Her singing voice is lovely and makes me smile every time.

As far as the content of the book, it is a much better addition to the series than the last. It felt right at home, and everything felt like it had meaning and a place unlike the last book that basically rendered 90% of itself useless by the last chapter. The story flowed and was significantly better.

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Fantastic Characters with a Strong Female Lead

The whole series is brilliant and a great example of a series with a strong female protagonist that wields the sword herself, doesn't need skimpy outfits to garner praise and attraction, and does what needs doing without whining. I love this series and want my daughter to read it someday.

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Still love the green rider series, and can’t wait for the next book.

I wish this one wasn’t so violent, and the ACTUAL torture of our hero, also, the fact that she has become so small minded and irritable, it’s tough when you make the hero unlikable. But the book was good and I look forward to more.

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Loved this book!

Incredible story Kristen Britain does not disappoint! The best yet in the series! I generally do not reread books but I have read/listened to this book 3 times.

If you like fantasy, romance, and adventure this is the book/series for you!

Ellen Archer does a phenomenal job as always narrating with such distinct voices, you are never left guessing as to who is speaking.

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enjoyable story

good story interesting all the way through recaps are getting very frequent and a little bit annoying

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Fantastic!

I loved it! This was such a great book I'm sure to listen to it again. I already can't wait for the next one.

The narration was so great that I felt like I was there as a silent watcher overseeing the entire book.

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Creative and Captivating

The Green Rider books are among the most well-rounded, entertaining books I have ever read. The characters are well-developed, believable, and interesting. The plot is intricate, intelligent, and unique. Kristen Britain masterfully mixes adventure, mystery, romance, humor, and a pinch of magic into a delightful concoction sure to be a hit with even the most picky readers.

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Great series

Loved these books and can't wait for the next one in the series. The performance is awesome, with great voices.

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So much better

I didn't particularly enjoy the previous installment or the series but this one was so much better. It was back to the characters that we know and love!

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Firebrand one of my favorites of this series

Loved Firebrand! It had the feel of the first couple of books and reminded me why I fell in love with this series in the first place. I'm glad Ellen Archer is still narrating, keeping a consistent voice throughout the series has been a treat. As always the question is... when is the next book!!!???