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After an unexpected confrontation with a dying knight, Karigan G'ladahon becomes the unlikely bearer of a vital message to the King, on a mission during which she faces assassins and other deadly dangers in a world of complex magic.
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This fat fantasy is the author's first published novel. Although the typical back cover quotes from Anne McCaffrey and Marion Zimmer Bradley overly praise it somewhat--"stunning", "terrific", "classic"--it's a good, highly readable debut. Kristen Britain tells her story at a headlong pace and with considerable charm. Young heroine Karigan hardly has time to regret being expelled from school (for duelling) before finding herself committed to the desperate errand of a murdered Green Rider. The Riders are an elite messenger corps using both horses and magic; the message is a terrible warning. Bad things from bad places are invading this fantasyland, their presence being only part of a devious, sorcery-aided human struggle for the throne. Karigan's wild ride is beset with a variety of enemies but aided by her own developing talents plus certain strange allies; these include the tormented ghost of the dead Green Rider himself--still pierced by and trying to resist the chief villain's black arrows that ensnare the soul. Delivering the message to a suspicious court is only half Karigan's job: can it be interpreted in time? The pages turn fast, the heroine is likeable and the villains hissable, and all ends as it should. --David LangfordReview:
"A wonderfully captivating heroic fantasy adventure. This is the rarest of finds: a truly enjoyable read." Terry Goodkind
"A fresh, well-organized fantasy debut, with a spirited heroine and a reliable supporting cast." Kirkus
"The author's skill at world building and her feel for dramatic storytelling make this first-rate fantasy a good choice." Library Journal
"Britain keeps the excitement high from beginning to end, balancing epic magical battles with the humor and camaraderie of Karigan and her fellow riders." Publishers Weekly
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"Green Rider is a wonderfully captivating heroic fantasy adventure.... Kristen Britain's likable heroine and fast-paced plot kept me eagerly turning pages. This is the rarest of finds: a truly enjoyable read." --Terry Goodkind, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Sword of Truth series
"Kristen Britain is one of the most astonishing fantasy writers working today. She has created a richly imagined world where magic is as real as courage, and where a young woman's heroism can change the course of history." ―Tess Gerritsen, author of The Apprentice
"Britain keeps the excitement high from beginning to end, balancing epic magical battles with the humor and camaraderie of Karigan and her fellow riders." ―Publishers Weekly
"Readers of epic fantasy and series followers will want this finely honed, skillfully crafted tale."―Library Journal
"The intermittent sense of foreboding is offset by a healthy dose of old-fashioned adventure--kidnappings, a noble thief, near drowning, divine visitations, ghosts, a visit to an upscale brothel, and some very bad knife throwing--that provides a satisfying temporary conclusion despite this being very much a middle novel with serious nastiness still looming." --Locus
"The gifted Ms. Britain writes with ease and grace as she creates a mesmerizing fantasy ambiance and an appealing heroine quite free of normal cliches." --RT Reviews
"This captivating fantasy is filled with adventure, action, and heroes. Karigan grows tremendously as a person and in the end finds her own place in this world. The characters, including minor ones, are well-developed and the plot is complex enough to get the reader thinking. This is a real page-turner." --VOYA
"Kristen Britain writes so beautifully that I never want to have to put her books down." ―Fantasy Book Review
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