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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. AOn 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....

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Green Rider Reviews

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-04-27 02:01

    Re-read on audio. Great narrator. I still felt like it's a 4 star! 😊 Now hopefully I can keep going before I forget most of this one again! ****Old Review****I really did like this book and I look forward to seeing what happens in the other books in the series. There will be some mild **SPOILERS**Karigan G'ladheon is a wonderful character. Sometimes she made me mad with the choices she made but they always turned out for the best. She is running away after being expelled from school for something that really wasn't her fault. On the way down the road she runs into F'ryan Coblebay who is a Green Rider, he has been shot with arrows and is dying. He gives her a request to take a message to King Zachary. Karigan decides she will do this, she puts on his pendant and cloak and gets on his horse, which has a mind of his own. I love that horse. He's almost human! Accepting this request takes her on a hell of a journey hiding from mercenaries, being caught by mercenaries, being attacked by crazy, evil insects. There is just so much going on it's a wonder she even survives anything. I loved the part when she comes to the Berry sisters house in the middle of the woods. Sounds Hansel and Gretelish but it's not :) The Berry sisters are really cool and have a lot of magical stuff in their house. They have these poor servants that are invisible and you can't hear them speak. Their father put a curse on them years ago before his death and could never find an incantation to correct it. Although, it's a cool thought to always have someone around you, they could just watch you while you do anything, plus it's sad for them. The pendant of the Green Rider has magic as well and Karigan can make herself and the horse invisible! That is so cool and this is one of the reasons she makes me mad at times when she doesn't use it. But I digress. It does sap her energy so there is that. Oh, and the sisters gave her a moonstone that will help keep her warm and light her way, as it chose her. They gave her some other little things that came in handy. This is a really good book with a lot of evilness, fighting, magic, creatures, and sneaky little jerks all over the place. I think anyone that likes these kind of high fantasy novels would like this book.

  • Robin Hobb
    2019-05-06 00:19

    Here is the story of how I didn't read Green Rider for years.I received an ARC of Green Rider from the publisher when it first came out, asking if I could blurb it. I set it on the corner of my desk. My younger daughter had recently run out of Tamora Pierce books. She asked if she could try Green Rider and I said, "Sure, let me know what you think of it, and then I'll read it."So off she went with it. And it went to camp with her, as her read. Then it went to school with her and was passed around to her friends. Her love and theirs for this book was so extreme, I could never get my hands on it. Eventually, I resigned myself to that, and tried to be content with the rest of my looming 'to read' pile.Well, here we are, in 2017 and Kristen Britain is coming to town for Emerald City Comic Con. And I thought, I really need to read her book! So I got a copy and took it on a flight with me.And my daughter was right. This is an excellent book, with a strong heroine and compelling adventure. Best of all, it's convincing. There is no 'poof, you are now a warrior!' She remains a youngster, one with her own plans for what her life should be. And that is as close to a spoiler as I'm going to get. Get Green Rider, and read it first. Before you let even your daughter borrow it!

  • Evgeny
    2019-05-14 05:18

    I guarantee those familiar with Arrows of the Queen series by Mercedes Lackey will get a sense of déjà vu from my plot description. In fact I had to compare the publication dates of these two books; Mercedes Lackey won. A misfit young woman met a highly intelligent horse and set up on a very important mission while trying to avoid obstacles and dangers caused by ancient evil bending on getting the lost power back. Needless to say, there are plenty of people on the road doing the best helping the heroine as well as others trying to do their worst to stop her by any means possible. The heroine uses her hidden reserves and strengths when the help is not easily available. I finished the book and still have no clue why would anybody with an IQ in at least two-digit region want to become a Green Rider. These guys are basically glorified messengers. The lives are endangered on the road - brigands, wild animals and the said evil keep vigilance; some of the nobles are known to kill them for bringing bad news (I guess they never hear the expression "Don't shoot the messenger"). Needless to say their life expectancy is lower than that of some of the rodents. They are supposed to be a military organization, only the city guards, king's bodyguards, and the actual military consider them to be a low-level caste. So what is the appeal of joining, other than mysterious "pull" which from what I understood consists of hearing of horses' hoofs during sleep sometimes?Having said all of these, the book is a decent light read. It is almost never boring and for some reason I really like the final confrontation which was at the very least quite original. I am also curious about the future direction the series will take - also it is fairly predictable. This one can actually be considered to be a standalone. 3.5 stars is the final rating.

  • Roberta
    2019-05-20 05:01

    When I read the back of this book, I thought wow; sounds like the Heralds of Valdemar, and if you point out some generalities, it sounds even more so. Young heroine, special horses, magical abilities, messengers for the king. Wow, sounds familiar--Talia--young heroine, special horses--companions, magical abilities--mind magic, messengers for the king--heralds act as messengers. But that's where the similarities end unless you want to add good writing, characterization, and plot to the mix.The world is interesting. The magic isn't prevalent. In fact, the common person doesn't believe that magic exists or else believes it is only used for ill. The main character has run away from school, and she finds a Green Rider (the messengers) dying who asks her to take on his mission. So, she does. The writing is so good that eventually the main character's suspension from school is tied into the main plot. The main plot of course is that her message is vital to the security of the realm or is it? You'll have to read the book to find out.Other interesting things: the author creates her own game called Intrigue and uses it as an extended metaphor throughout the book (kudos as far as I'm concerned as a lit geek). Also, the king's guards--the Weapons are fascinating, and her use of the supernatural is fairly unique as well.If you like Lackey, you'll like this book (and its sequel). If you like high fantasy, you'll like it. If you like fantasy with strong female leads, you'll like it.

  • Aristea
    2019-05-19 02:27

    A 4.5 stars book - if you want a Tolkien feeling, a young and mature female strong lead (and plenty other interesting characters), a lonely quest leading to an epic conclusion of the book.I could not have had a better time reading through this book!

  • Paxnirvana
    2019-05-09 01:13

    Not good. Mary Sue main. EVERYTHING revolves around this girl. Which can be okay as a device if the author handles it right. This one didn't. *sigh* The overall story also suffers from a common problem in fantasy world-building: TOO MUCH. If magic horses and riders aren't enough for the tired old the-throne-is-threatened-oh-no-must-save-it! trope, add bad elves, ancient magics, rich men who mysteriously fall for the heroine, shadowy bad guys, Disney-esque old ladies in isolated magical mansions and too-helpful ghosts to the mix.Has Horse though. Liked The Horse. Not enough to keep reading it, but The Horse was cool.

  • Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
    2019-04-23 22:07

    I’ve had this series on my shelves for YEARS. It was one of the few I was incredibly excited to start, which makes it all the more disappointing that I didn’t like it. My 2-star “it was just okay” rating sums it up perfectly: it was just okay. The first chapter started off with the bang, then it proceeded to meander through one inconsequential event after another, and I could feel my enthusiasm dropping with every page. At one point, I was more than halfway through the book and still couldn’t see any purpose behind the scenes and kept wanting the story to get back to the inciting moment at the beginning. I’m really bummed I didn’t like Green Rider, especially since my cousins really loved it. I’m unfortunately abandoning the series from here.Via The Obsessive Bookseller at Other books you might like:

  • Ian
    2019-05-21 06:30

    Every now and then a book comes along that changes your life. That isn't this book. But sometimes while you're waiting for that book, you come across a book that was entertaining and really good fun. That's this book.

  • Gavin
    2019-05-06 22:00

    This was a fairly typical YA fantasy. It stands out only because it was well written and has a strong female lead character. Karigan G'ladheon is fleeing from her school, where she has just been suspended, to her home, but along the way she encounters a dying Green Rider. The man has been shoot with two black arrows. The Green Riders are the King's elite messenger service and with his dying breath the man manages to convince Karigan that she must complete his mission and deliver the message he is carrying to the King. She agrees and is soon fleeing the very assassins that shot the Green Rider. The world was a fairly interesting one as Karigan's own mission is set in the backdrop of political unrest in the kingdom of Sacoridia. A situation that is complicated even further by the fact that an evil mage has just damaged the magical wall that has protected the humans from the evil creatures that lurk in the Blackveil Forest. This was nothing special or original, but it was a decent enough read. Karigan was a likable and easy to root for and the story was engaging enough to keep my interest. Rating: 3 stars.Audio Note: Ellen Archer did an excellent job with the audio.

  • Catie
    2019-05-12 06:17

    This is a perfectly serviceable little fantasy. The references to The Lord of the Rings, and even Star Wars are prevalent, but that in itself doesn’t really bother me. There are many successful novels out there that owe allegiance to the classics of fantasy (Harry Potter, anyone?). The only problem is, the constant LOTR references led me to compulsorily compare this book to its older, more experienced, more complex, better grandfather. And I say compulsorily, because I really didn’t want to. I tried very hard to just take this book for what it was, which is an appealing, light story, aimed at a young audience. But I just couldn’t. I kept wishing that the story was darker, that the characters were more complex, and that the conclusions weren’t so obvious.The heroine of the story is Karigan, who has just run away from her boarding school after being suspended for offending the young son of a prominent family. On her rash journey home, she falls upon a dying Green Rider, who compels her to take up the important message that he carries and continue on his mission to the King. What she doesn’t realize is that she has been called there to take up the office of Green Rider herself, and begin a life of intrigue and adventure (not to mention, many close calls). There are plenty of good characters in this story – Jendara the embittered mercenary, or Captain Mapstone the scarred Green Rider who has survived against all odds – just for a couple of examples. Unfortunately, Karigan just isn’t that exciting. She seems to succeed mainly because of extreme luck, or with lots of help, and not so much due to her own skills. There are just too many instantly available magical aids for my liking, with not enough elbow grease. Also, I got pretty tired of her constant denial by the end of the story. If I had to see her stamp her foot and say, “I’m NOT a Green Rider!” like a five year old one more time, I would have given up. I think that’s the main thing holding me back from reading the second book (for now, anyway). I just don’t think that I can stand to see her hem and haw and go through her little “inner struggle” and then finally admit that she’s a Green Rider. Just accept it Karigan!Even with the above gripes, I would recommend this to fans of very light fantasy, and readers from ages 12-18 (and people who are young at heart). If you are a snarky adult like me, I would steer clear.

  • Eon ♒Windrunner♒
    2019-05-14 06:15

    I was not sure what to expect from this book, as the author was new to me and the title didn't quite grab my attention, even though it reminded me of those very old fantasy books which are normally solid bets. I only decide to read it due to the recommendations of friends, and I am glad that I did. In a way, I guess that I wasn't wrong about the old school feeling, as this is a very classic fantasy story and gave off a Tolkienesque vibe. So, classic fantasy - you know what to expect then. One thing that definitely stood out though, is that Kristen Britain has a way with words. She managed to describe scenes beautifully and with excellent detail without ever falling into the 'too much info' trap. Character-wise there is the expected divide between good and evil with a couple of fantasy staples (elves!) making appearances. They were well written though and I enjoyed them all, although I once again think my favorite was an animal - Condor AKA "The Horse". Overall a satisfying read and once again a very good debut book. The next book is on my TBR list!

  • Aaron
    2019-05-14 05:08

    So, I really feel like The Green Rider demonstrates what a fantasy novel should really be. Just enough world building to pique the interest, with a lot of the usual fantasy tropes bobbing to the surface (ancient wars, forgotten magic, elite bodyguards, aloof faeries/elves hidden in the forests, etc) but other details that make it uniquely its own. The world building is not so overwhelming that is swamps the action or waters down the characters too much. The pacing kept quick and exciting, as Karigan actively explores a world that's not only new to us, but also new to her. The plot that she must foil is wonderfully real: it deals with real people trying to advance their own agendas, and there is only brief mentions of some kind of ancient evil lurking on the fringes of humanity. The other characters are sympathetic and well constructed, with only a light patina of cliche. Overall, this is a wonderful book that is a fast, entrancing read, and showcases what can be done with fantasy when writers decide to crawl out from the vast, echoing cave of traditional "epic" fantasy.

  • Talltree
    2019-05-07 04:30

    Author borrows from Tolkien and maybe other HF authors but her imagination is limited. I skimmed quite a bit esp. in the second half and won't be continuing the series.Rating: A higher 3, say 3.65 stars.

  • Eric Allen
    2019-04-25 06:02

    An Opinionated Look At:Kristen Britain's Green RiderBy Eric AllenI'm a proud member of the Science Fiction Book Club, and I have been for many years. I have bought and read the featured selections, two books that the club is really excited about and send to every member each month unless they indicate otherwise, almost every single month since I joined. Yes, I am that big of a geek. So sue me. If I remember correctly, both Green Rider and A Game of Thrones came out the same month. Now THAT was an epic pairing for featured selections. I remember reading Green Rider back then, and loving it, but I somehow managed to miss the book's four sequels. Shame on me, I know, but that is a problem I plan to rectify right now. So, welcome to my new retrospective series on Green Rider.After being suspended from school Karigan G'ladheon, heir to the G'ladheon Merchant Clan, runs away, deciding to make her way home alone, with thoughts that it might be an adventure. But along the way she happens upon a dying man, a Green Rider, one of the king's messengers. The man makes her swear to deliver his message to the king for him before dying. Karigan takes up the message and his quest to get it to the king, becoming a Green Rider herself. Chased by mercenaries, dark creatures of old, black magic, and a mysterious Gray Rider (Not black, because all of the Black Riders got lost on the way to the Shire by way of the Two Rivers) with dark powers, she finds herself at the center of a plot to assassinate the king and place his brother on the throne.The Good? Britain has created a very interesting world with a long and deep history that she never goes over the edge into infodumping to describe to us. She does an excellent job of working the history, and the different factions within the kingdom, character relationships, and little tidbits of lore into the story as it progresses rather than lecturing us for pages on it in a wall of text--I'm looking at YOU, Goodkind!!!--giving just enough here and there to paint a beautiful picture, rather than overdoing it and making it boring instead. This is a skill that many writers try to employ, but never really succeed very well at.Britain is very good with creating a dark and creepy atmosphere through most of Karigan's adventures, and has a clever eye for irony. She does very well with building up tension and drama within the story, and getting the emotions of the characters across to the reader. Again, something many writers try to do, but that few really succeed at. The book is very well written, especially considering that it is Britain's first published novel. (And no, I'm not counting the children's book she published when she was a teen.) If only all authors would be so skilled when publishing their first book.The Bad? There's really only one thing that I can complain about in this book, and that's that the main character, Karigan, is kind of useless throughout most of the book. Now, I'm not saying that I don't like her personality, I found it quite entertaining. What I'm saying is that Karigan is a character type often called either a Blank Slate, or an Every(wo)man. This type of character is used in one of two situations, when the writer simply wishes to create a stand in for the reader, or to make it easier for the reader to identify with the character. This type of character usually comes from a humble background, is naive in the ways of the world, and usually must be mentored in some way by another character to teach him/her what they will need to know to complete their quest. A good example of this type of character would be Frodo from Lord of the Rings. He must carry the ring to Mordor because literally every other character has told him that they are too important to be corrupted by its power, and he, the unimportant one, must carry it for them. Frodo is able to bear its burden so long because he has absolutely nothing that the ring can use to tempt him. He's a blank slate. He exists as a stand in for the reader. Now, this type of character can be used well. I'm not saying that it can't. However, the problem arises when you remove all intelligence and capability from the character. You see, Frodo wasn't just a complete nobody with no knowledge or skills whatsoever. He was rather intelligent, able to see and recognize danger and the significance of important events where no other Hobbit could. He was able to think or talk his way out of a lot of bad situations, and he had his friend Sam there to lean on when things got rough and he needed a helping hand. Karigan on the other hand, has absolutely nothing. She comes off as rather dull-witted, having to be told how to do EVERYTHING by people she meets along her journey. I can think of one single instance where she did something on her own initiative, and that's in the climax. And even then she did it with a magic sword given to her by someone else. Every other time she got into trouble, some other character showed up to bail her out of it. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Random characters pop up all over the place to give her aid. To give her knowledge that she lacks. To give her magical items that she can use. It seems almost as though the writer plays a lot of fantasy video games where you go to town A to find NPC B and obtain Item C to be able to cross section D of the dark and dreary forest. Rinse and repeat as necessary. Karigan has almost zero common sense, and extraordinarily little knowledge of the world around her, especially for someone who has been in training to be a merchant in the area for as long as she can remember. Don't you think she should be at least passingly familiar with the land in which she grew up and plans to do business in? She is traveling the land between her home and her school. Land that she has traveled before. And she has no idea where to go, what to do, where anything is, what direction she needs to go to get to the king, and any other number of things that she, as a character who lives in, often travels, and does business in this place, should already know. She literally cannot do ANYTHING on her own, all the way up to the end. Every single time she is in danger, some other character does all the work for her, because she is just so incapable and dumbed down in order to make her more identifiable to the readers. At many times her HORSE is more capable than she is. Which was something of a rather entertaining running gag in the story. I would really have liked Karigan to have been a little more capable, and a little more knowledgeable. There's naive and in need of guidance, and then there is someone who basically needs to be carried by other characters throughout the entire story. The protagonist of a story should be able to do things for herself, and by doing, learn something vital about herself or her enemy that helps her to triumph in the end. Karigan didn't. She basically got lucky in the end the one time she decided to do something on her own. It's all right for her to be naive, and to need help from time to time. Everyone needs a helping hand at one time or another. But this is kind of ridiculous. There comes a certain point where a character just starts to look too dumb to tie her own shoes, and Karigan passed over that point frequently. I mean, who wants to read the adventures of a character who has no idea what she's doing, no idea where she's going, and never once figures anything out on her own, instead relying on others to show her the entire way, and to come rescue her when her incapability gets her in trouble? Those aren't really HER adventures. They're the adventures of the ones who did all the work for her. I mean, the character is clearly not an idiot, but the writer keeps treating her as if she is, stripping her of all the knowledge and skills that she should have as a person who lives, works and travels often in this area in the name of making her relatable to the reader, and having an excuse to explain aspects of the story and the world to us. Fish out of water stories are fine, but when the fish is actually in waters she knows well and acts like she isn't just to fulfill a need in the story, maybe things need to be rethought just a bit. This is the HERO of the story, and it's other people who do all of the heroic things for her while she stands by and watches, completely clueless. The hero and the dumbass in distress are not supposed to be the same person.In conclusion, this book is a great read. It's exciting, and tense, with a very good creepy atmosphere that hangs over most of the story. Though the main protagonist relies far too much upon the strength and knowledge of others to squeak by, and the Deus Ex Machina is turned up to eleven throughout the majority of the book, she is still a rather entertaining character. The quality of the writing, and the wonderfully crafted world in which it all takes place more than makes up for the deficiencies in the main character. It's a fun little fantasy novel that many people may have missed or overlooked at the time of its release, but it is well worth the time to read. Check out my other reviews.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-05-02 02:07

    This is a good beginning to a good trilogy*(Update...the "trilogy" has gone 4 volumes now, oh well). This is a mainly character driven book. The "courier" is in fact an interesting historical character in "his or her" own right. Traditionally given special consideration (passing through enemy lines in battle, traveling enemy territory allowing communication between hostile powers etc.) they are fascinating. Of course what I mention above is the "ideal" in reality a lot of messengers didn't actually manage to make it to their assigned destination....Placed in a fantasy world and given a more pivotal role in the operation and indeed the survival of the kingdom an absorbing story emerges. Leaving "school" in "disgrace" after besting an aristocrat (apparently shamed by her expulsion) Karigan G'ladheon travels into Green Cloak Forest and encounters dying Green Rider (an elite messenger in the King's service). Shot with a pair of black arrows he lays the "duty" (as she loves her Kingdom) making her swear to deliver a message directly into the hands of Laren, the Captain of the Green Riders or the King himself.Thus the adventure starts, and it's a good one. Enjoy.

  • Kathleen
    2019-04-27 00:22

    Medieval epic fantasy told in 3rd person POV, mainly from the perspective of the heroine, but also from a villain's POV. I enjoyed this book, but didn't totally love it. Excellent narration, though! Superb performance by Archer. Family safe, too. No sex or swearing. There is a map on the Web, but it's blurry.Lots of survival scenes, battle scenes, travel scenes. On her clever horse, Karigan must deliver a message, but first she has to deal with deadly creatures of black magic, sorcerery, soul-stealing arrows, and relentless sword-masters. Thankfully, she's been given a few magical artifacts and (some) special training to help her overcome tremendously painful battles. Yes, I did think of LotR and Harry Potter, but so what?Karigan, a young woman in her first year at university, was a reluctant but dutiful heroine. I liked her well enough, despite some whining (with cause) and some carping about aristocrats. I grew tired of her denial: “I’m NOT a Green Rider!" Hopefully, that inner-struggle won't continue for long in book 2.Karigan as heroine wasn't quite a Mary Sue. She suffered. Was captured. Nearly gave up. Her learning curve was steep, but John Flanagan does a better job portraying a developing skill set. Having said that, I liked how Karigan learned to wield a sword like a master, with help from an unexpected source (but her transformation occurred perhaps too quickly).Many of the scenes in the first half of the book would have been more heartfelt if Karigan had a comrade at her side (and not just a ghost). Too often, she alone won the battles and she journeyed alone, with some exceptions. For example, I liked her visit with the Berry sisters, Bay and Bunch, and with the ancient gigantic forester, Abram.Good secondary characters: Jendara the female sword-master mercenary. Captain Laren Mapstone the scarred Green Rider who leads the entire organization. King Zachary, young, betrayed, but brave and wise. Also the ghosts, with arrows in their backs. I felt for them, including F'ryan, the Green Rider who charged Karigan to complete his delivery, just before he died.It bugged me that the Green Riders universally received minimal respect. Not even from the king's guards. I compare this with the solid respect the King's Rangers (similar to Green Riders) receive in Flanagan's series, beginning with The Ruins of Gorlan.I see that the sequels are quite long, upwards of 650 pages. Not sure if I'm invested in the characters or the plot enough. Long books tend to annoy me — flaws acceptable in shorter books begin to stand out. Often times, lengthy books meander and contain filler. They frequently suffer from wordiness, too, and excessive internal dialogue.

  • Emily
    2019-04-26 03:06

    Green Rider by Kristen Britain***3.4***I was kind of disappointed by the book this time around. I've evolved as a reader. While the second half of the book was pretty good, the first half was basically a huge info dump while the protagonist made her way to the real story. Since this was her first book, I'm inclined to be generous with my rating, but I truly had trouble getting through the book this time.Karigan is a head strong main character and it's basically her spunk and the few friends she makes along the way that get to the capital city and to the king in order to save his life. The concept behind the book is fun and the world is interesting enough though poorly developed at first (all by info dump). I'm confident that the other books will get better as the authours writing improves. *second read through (original) review*I first read this book years ago when it was first published. I remembered that I really liked it. I actually thought it was a stand alone book, so when the sequel came out I didn't bother to pick it up. However when I found out that there were four books out in the series I figured I should try it again.The second time around it was just as fun. There aren't any great revelations or major plot twists, this is a simple book which was great fun to read. I was glad I did finally pick it up again. The world that Ms. Britain created is simple yet believable. As this was only the first book I was sure there would be more adventure to come in the following books, and I was right.Green rider is a great first book to a very good series.

  • wishforagiraffe
    2019-04-26 04:04

    Green Rider starts out rough. For starters, it has a blurb from Terry Goodkind on the cover and an acknowledgement to him. Back in 1998 when this book was first published, I'm sure it seemed like a great marketing decision. Now maybe not so much.In the first half of the book, Karigan, the protagonist, is really irritating. Granted, she's a teenager and it's established that she's something of a rebel, and I imagine that if most of us were thrown into a fantasy adventure, we'd probably complain too. But it's rough to read about someone whining all the time. Thankfully, she gets her shit together, figuratively speaking, and the plot coalesces and Karigan becomes likable. Green Rider stands on its own quite well, but it's worth continuing the series because the books get much better.

  • Susan
    2019-05-21 04:01

    Another of those "I picked it up because of the cover" (lovely artwork by the late Keith Parkinson!) that was a reward for adventurousness -- Enjoyed this book I've had to buy 4 copies because I need to spread the wealth :-)I tend to send books to my sister and niece, plus I've been known to waylay strangers in the bookstore if they venture down the F/SF aisle (or the horror aisle). 12/20/1998re-read 8/18/2003

  • Chelsie
    2019-05-23 05:27

    Looking through a bookstore one day I was immediately attracted by the cover. Upon reading the book I was rather pleased with the result. A nice novel with adventure, magic, and intrigue it remains a book I read over and over again.The story begins with Karigan running away from school. She won in a fight with a rich kid and wants to tell her father her end of the story. However, she runs into a dying Green Rider with a life and death message for the King. As she swears to deliver the message, he warns her to beware the Shadow Rider. In a world with kings, elves, and monstrous creatures emerging from a breach in the Wall, this book manages to step outside of the typical cliche fantasy without losing it's heritage. All in all, it was a great read.

  • Emily
    2019-04-25 06:23

    I've read this book so many times, my copy is starting to come apart. I absolutely LOVE it. The main character Karigan is so believable, I can relate easily to her, and I know that most people would feel the same. The story is very original and engaging. It's definitely a must read for any fantasy book fan.

  • Becky
    2019-05-17 05:23

    I picked up this book because of an eye-catching cover followed by a few good reviews I ran across while browsing around. I'm glad I did!This is a fairly standard fantasy work in a lot of ways: Karigan is practically shoved into the role of heroine when circumstances lead her to come across a man, dying with two black arrows in his back, who pleads with her to carry his urgent message to the king. She is quickly thrust into life-or-death situations, meeting all sorts of strange people along her way, narrowly escaping trouble - especially as she evades the mysterious Shadow Man. Her race to the King is aided by The Horse, who was the steed of the dying messenger... and who seems to know just the right way to go, or when something bad is approaching. She discovers that the use of magic is alive and well in the world, both good and evil, while most people have thought it long gone. She encounters evil people and terrible creatures, and she stretches herself to the limit, using what few resources she has, finding friends where she can, and thinking on her toes. Karigan's growth as a person is apparent by the end.A lot of elements in this story seem very familiar (I could draw a lot of Tolkien similarities, if I wanted to), but the writing style and strong feminine protagonist make the story feel fresh. There's just enough world background/history included to make the story feel rich without being overwhelming. There's political intrigue to complicate matters. There's enough foreshadowing that a second read would be well worth my while, to see what elements I may have missed or glanced over the first time through. I was happily impressed by the number of strong women characters included in the story, in a genre where men usually take the dangerous, action-packed roles. My bottom line is that it was a very engaging fantasy, an entertaining read, and just enough of the right elements to make it a good story. While the first book in a series, the plot of this story is self-contained and makes this book stand on its own, if the reader wants to stop there. Myself, I'll be checking out the second book soon.

  • Mean Jane
    2019-05-07 23:22

    Listened to around 8 chapters on audiobook format. This book started out wonderfully (well okay, I've never been a big fan of watching the bad guy rub his hands gleefully while doing evil deeds as a prologue, but the magic was interesting!). We get thrown into the action almost from the word go with the main character, Karigan, runs across the path of a dying messenger and taking up his mission. What followed was a exciting chase scene and more interesting magic.Then the Berry sisters showed up and the plot ground to a screeching halt. I really hope the sisters were actually put in for a reason -- no, actually I don't. They were insufferable. They take Karigan in to their incredibly decedent house, feed her up with a feast sprung out of nowhere, practically bash the reader over the head with 'quaintness and charm' and their library where EVERY detail and nuance of every object had to be described... and it just went on and on and ON for chapters.I was hoping that there was a point to all of this. The Berry sisters (Bunch and Bay Berry, and if you think that's funny, try listening to that pun 50 times in four chapters...) had to be evil. They were just too good, too sweet and kind and matronly. But nope. Finally, FINALLY they send Karigan on her way and I think, "Yay! The plot has arrived again!" But then we're thrown into more eeeevil plotting by the bad guys. Okay whatever.Then we return to Karigan! And she runs across a crab thing! And the horse puts its life on the line to protect her! And Karigan... runs off and leaves the horse to fend for itself. What? Then she gets caught in a spider web and expects the horse to save her AGAIN and... I couldn't take it any more. I hate this main character. I hate her little side trips into nowhere, and I am not spending one more minute on this book.Also, as a side note, the voice acting with the faux English accent was terrible.

  • Jim
    2019-05-19 01:08

    I got about 1/6 of the way through & couldn't take it any more. The narration was good & I liked the horse, but other than that it was pretty awful. Too many details were poorly done, obviously for the convenience of the story. (Her wrists are burned but not her hands, clothes, or any other part?) The dialogue was awful & the characterization childish.

  • Mayim De Vries
    2019-05-03 23:02

    I'm doing more writing than reading these days and this book was na nice way to relax in between. Solid but not distracting. I'll continue the series.

  • Miriam Mathew
    2019-05-14 22:00

    I liked it. It reminded me of Tamora Pierce's novels actually: the heroine is a strong female called to do some great deed, there's a sprig of romance (not a main theme but it's not minor either), has the perfect blend of fantasy and adventure and keeps its readers turning the pages. All in all, it was wonderful.

  • Lynsey (A Bookish Life)
    2019-05-25 04:22

    Swords and sorcery, coming of age, adventure, action, magic, creatures of myth and legend, dark magic, evil power-hungry bad guys, magical horses, kidnappings, betrayals, triumphs, defeats. Any of that sound good? Then you should read this book!It truly had a bit of everything. It's quite a long story but the pacing was pretty consistent and fast throughout. I instantly felt comfortable in the world-building, it was very easy to acclimate to. I have read a few swords and sorcery type books but not so many as to become complacent with them so I put this feeling of easing into the world-building so effortlessly firmly in Britain's hands. At the start of the book it almost felt as if we were coming into a story midway through, due to the fact that Karigan, the main character, is on the run because of something bad that happened. At the time you just had to go with it and trust that all would become clear later. Which of course it did, and it all linked nicely together to combine characters and plots and all the various points of view into one excellent story of an ordinary young girl being put on an extraordinary path.In the first chapter Karigan crashes headlong into a rider coming the opposite way with two black arrows protruding from his back. She quickly identifies him as a Green Rider- a type of royal messenger with rumoured magical abilities- and accepts his dying wish that she continue his mission to deliver an urgent message to the King of Sacoridia. She accepts, and fearing that whoever shot those arrows may be nearby, heads off swiftly to complete her new mission, taking the now dead Green Rider's horse and message with her. And so starts Kari's journey, and it soon becomes evident that simple timing and a chance encounter may not have been the only reason the rider found Karigan that day, for Green Riders are called to their professions through magic, and the rider's broach has accepted her.“Caving in to fear will be your death,” he once said. “There is no room for it on the battlefield. Being afraid is healthy, but fear is an enemy.”All in all a great fantasy-filled adventure story. Suitable in content for younger readers but not written specifically for them. There is a definite sense that Kari's story has only just begun even though this book's story is completely wrapped up and could be read as a stand alone. There are clues throughout to Kari's specialness. I get a bit annoyed when people complain about books whose main characters have that "the chosen one" thing about them. I mean, okay, if it's bordering on ridiculous and they can all of a sudden do EVERYTHING without any training or previous knowledge, then that's one thing, but other than that, I want my main characters to be special. Otherwise why would I be reading their story?Frivolous side note: I hope I'm right in my suspicions about a possible romantic sub-plot to come, that would be very welcome please thank you.My only negative would be that there was very little detail given on the characters in terms of ages, physical descriptions etc and I like details to help me build up my mental image. It said things like "character x looked only around 5 years older than Karigan" but since I don't know how old she is, other than that she was at school/university and is considered a "young woman" so, that's what? 16-21 then? That wasn't much help. And there's quite a difference in maturity levels in those ages. So, yeah that was a bit annoying but that's about the only thing I can think of.Recommended to Fantasy adventure fans!4 Stars! ★★★★

  • KatHooper
    2019-04-29 00:07

    ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature."Ride, Greenie, ride!"Karigan G'ladheon, the daughter of a wealthy merchant, has been kicked out of school because she beat up the son of a nobleman. On her way home she crosses paths with a Green Rider, one of King Zachary’s messengers. The Rider has two black arrows in his back, but before he dies he coerces Karigan into promising to take a sealed message to the king. Reluctantly, Karigan sets out to fulfill her vow. Along the way she meets allies and enemies, fights battles with creatures out of nightmare, makes friends with a horse, and learns a bit about magic, and herself, too.For years I’ve been planning to read Kristen Britain’s Green Rider, which was first published in 1998. I finally decided to take the plunge into this big fantasy epic when Penguin released it in audio a few weeks ago. Pleased with the story and the audio performance, I listened to the entire book in just a couple of days. Penguin Audio’s version of Green Rider is read by Ellen Archer, who was new for me. She has a pleasant voice and had no problem with the diversity and range of male and female voices in Green Rider. She is a good narrator for this series.The world of GREEN RIDER feels real. In this first story we learn about some of its history, politics, myths, legendary heroes, and games. This is all done naturally and without extensive infodumps. The characters, too, are mostly well done, though the villains tend to be shallow and overtly evil. Karigan is not always likeable, but she’s a willful and spunky heroine who I hope will become less aloof as the series goes on. Karigan is supported by several characters that we can’t help but like, such as her father, the batty Berry sisters and their invisible servants, a few other Riders, and King Zachary himself. Oh, and the horse!Britain creates a nice balance of tension and leisure in Green Rider. Though murder, treachery, and political intrigue abound, there are several sweet times, too. I foresaw many of the plot’s “surprises,” and the end of the magical battle at the climax of the novel was a bit silly, but that didn’t bother me. Mostly I enjoyed riding with Karigan and living in her world for a time. I will be happy to read book two, First Rider’s Call.Green Rider is a nice choice if you’re in the mood for a traditional fantasy epic with some familiar elements used in a refreshing, but not revolutionary, way. Those who like Mercedes Lackey’s VALDEMAR series will be especially pleased.

  • Kogiopsis
    2019-05-25 06:19

    Most of my commentary on this book, actually, has to do with its similarities to Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar- after all, that was the reason I picked it up. But since other reviewers have addressed it, I'll just summarize it like so: Easy to see the parallels, and at the time it seems almost derivative. However, there are distinct differences.So, addressing Green Rider itself-If I recall, this is Britain's first book, and it does show. Could stand for some better editing- run-on sentences and a general lack of punctuation where it could have clarified things. The story is a pretty straightforward fantasy- so much so that I predicted two major twists easily (three if you count the identity of the amber-haired man in Karigan's telescope vision). However, it does have some genuinely interesting, unique aspects under the tropes.I loved the Berry sisters, for one thing, and the inclusion of the ghosts in the story. The Wild Ride was cool too, though it wasn't explained and reminded me far too much of the Wild Hunt. Karigan's ability had nice limitations and flaws, too.I was a bit frustrated by one really significant thing- is it just that I didn't notice, or was there NO description of the appearance of groundmites in the whole thing? The name makes me think bugs, but they were supposedly carrying shields at one point, so I was more than a little bit confused.Amilton was stereotype-evil without reason, which annoyed me. I get that he's loathesome, wonderful, let's move on to motive- what do you mean there isn't one? And why was Jendara so all-fired devoted to him, anyhow? She intrigued me as a character, and I would have liked to see that aspect of her.Short notes-Is it just me, or is Karigan being set up to have to make the CHOICE BETWEEN MENZ?Mapstone and Stevic? Is this going to happen, or am I reading too much into it?BERYL is awesome.Eletians are stereotypical elves, which was a bit annoying.Villains are DUMB. UNBELIEVABLY DUMB. Good heavens- way to ruin your whole plot, Gray One, by telling the heroes how to fix everything.

  • OhWell
    2019-04-24 02:06

    It reminded me of The Lord of the Rings somewhat, with its Eletians (elves), groundmites (orcs), Abram Rust (ent), and the ghosts (the Shadow Host). But overall it is a different world with different characters. It's more a coming of age story than a full-blown fight of good versus evil, with the heroine Karigan having just left school. I enjoyed the adventure and the characters, even if some of my favourites were just secondary, like the Berry sisters and The Horse. The mysterious group of the Green Riders was quite interesting, all of them having special abilities and being "called" to their profession instead of deliberately choosing it. The anti-monarchists could have been missing though, unless they have a role to play in the sequels...I did guess in advance who was spying in the Mirwell house, and immediately knew the identity of the Eletian appearing in the king's court, but I still got caught up in the action, and the grand scene at the end offered some unexpected twists. One extra star for the fact there is no romance cluttering the main thread, just hints and possibilities for the future!