Book Tuesday: Green Rider

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Title: Green Rider (Green Rider #1)
Author: Kristen Britain
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Daw Books
Publication Date: April 1, 2000
Pages: 471
Buy: Amazon

On her long journey home from school after a fight which will surely lead to her expulsion, Karigan G’ladheon ponders her future as she trudges through the immense forest called Green Cloak. But her thoughts are interrupted by the clattering of hooves as a galloping horse bursts from the woods, the rider slumped over his mount’s neck, impaled by two black-shafted arrows. As the young man lies dying on the road, he tells Karigan that he is a Green Rider, one of the legendary messengers of the king, and that he bears a “life and death” message for King Zachary. He begs Karigan to carry his message, warning her not to read it, and when she reluctantly agrees, he makes her swear on his sword to complete his mission “for love of country.” As he bestows upon her the golden winged-horse brooch which is the symbol of his office, he whispers on his dying breath, “Beware the shadow man…”

Karigan’s promise changes her life forever. Pursued by unknown assassins, following a path only her horse seems to know, and accompanied by the silent specter of the original messenger, she herself becomes a legendary Green Rider. Caught up in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand, Karigan is hounded by dark beings bent on seeing that the message, and its reluctant carrier, never reach their destination.

This was one of those books I had read way back when and forgot how good it was until I picked it up again.

Karigan is heading home after being suspended from school, when she comes across a gravely wounded Green Rider, F’ryan Coblebay.  She promises to take his horse and the message he was carrying to the King.  From that moment on, she faces a perilous journey to uphold her promise; a promise that will change her life, and history, forever.

Karigan is a fantastic heroine; she’s plucky, intelligent, and loyal.  She has a very stubborn and headstrong way of dealing with things, which can be a negative thing, but often causes the reader to just chuckle at the situations she gets herself in.  Instead of bestowing a name for the horse she inherited (since the Rider never told her), she insists on calling him “Horse”.  “Horse’s” intelligence and uncanny ability to predict danger, not to mention not listening to a word Karigan says, will have you falling in love with him.  The story mainly focusses on Karigan, but the supporting characters are fantastic, especially the Berry Sisters–Miss Mayberry and Miss Bunchberry–and their eclectic, magical house.  The world building was very well done, particularly the magical abilities inherited by the Green Riders.

If you’re looking for a great, epic fantasy read, this is the book for you.  It’s the first book in a series.  Currently, there are 5 books out.  You can find more about the rest of the series here.

Go ahead and check it out.  Plus there are horses! Everybody loves horses!

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  1. I read this series FOREVER ago (like when there were only 3 books out) and looooooooooooved it!! Sadly, the ginormous wait-time between each installment totally turned me off to books 4-5 – I would’ve had to reread too much. *is lazy* But I really want to jump back in when the series is completed… eventually… =S

    • I know me TOO! I reread the series when the newest one came out! You def. need to jump back into this one 🙂

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