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Posted December 26, 2005
Storyline was confusing
I thoroughly enjoyed Green Rider and rushed out to buy the sequel. Unfortunately, I found that it fell sadly short of the promise from the first book. The story line doesn't flow and Karigan doesn't develop well as a character. The book doesn't commit to a plot line and flow from there - it tried to develop Karigan's various emotional struggles, but ended up shortchanging all of them. Aside from the scene where she advises King Zachary and realizes she is a green rider, the treatment of how she deals with the fears revealed in the mirror of the moon seem very one dimensional and incomplete. It was hard to tell whether the King or Alton was Karigan's real love interest. The original suggestions of a relationship between Alton and Karigan and then the sudden shift to repeated hints of feelings for Zachary made the entire situation confusing instead of mysterious. The way the Alton-Karigan-Estora then Zachary-Karigan-Estora subplots evolve seem too contrived and don¿t make sense. Britain should commit to the relationship between Zachary and Karigan, create a conflict (not Estora!) that makes it interesting and leave the character development to happen naturally. I think Britain was completely off with the interaction between Karigan and Zachary at the end of the book. Both characters behavior seemed very bizarre and out of character. This is the first time the entire dialog between the two didn't jive. The scene development seemed like the author was uncommitted and uncomfortable with describing the events. The whole Estora/Zachary wedding thing really doesn¿t fit. She is the only person in the realm that falls into Zachary's orbit? Zachary, the King who seems to be a strong ruler, is pushed into marrying her? Again¿still¿everything about this interaction seems way too contrived. Plus as the 'heir' to Coutre, shouldn't Estora¿s most important job be training to be the next 'Lady-governor', like Lady Penburn, not catching an eligible male? It seems rather an archaic attitude for a world that has women 'Green Riders' and 'Weapons'. All these convoluted twists make it very difficult to see where this story is headed. The contrived way these multiple characters interact and the manner in which all these vague hints evolve generates dissatisfaction and completely fails to create anticipation for how the storyline will play out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 10, 2003
A Disappointment :( .
I'm in regret to write this entry, but feel it is due. First, I want to say it held strong language. And second, the mood suggests that Karigan and King Zack will eventually take their relationship to another level perhaps in the next 2 books that'll come out. I hope this won't be the case. Karigan should stay the honor bound character she is! And even if Zack's past is questionable in this book, I think he's got enough integrity in him to stay true to the woman he gets engaged to and will eventually marry. My opinon for Karigan is the same, once she finds her man. From the previous book, with which I was delighted to read many times, it stated over and over again in it's pages at how loyal Karigan is to her friends and those she loves. The last thing she would do is commit adultery against anyone. The basis of her character would be appauled at the very idea. The same should go for Zack, although I question his motives now. I would only hope that Karigan has it in her to 'stick to her guns' as she did in this book. To stay loyal to Sacorida, her king, and eventually his queen.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 28, 2010
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