Blackveil (Green Rider Series #4)

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The long-awaited sequel to Green Rider, First Rider's Call, and The High King's Tomb.

Once a simple student, Karigan G'ladheon finds herself in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand when she becomes a legendary Green Rider-one of the magical messengers of the king. Forced by magic to accept ...

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Overview

Read Kristen Britain's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community.

The long-awaited sequel to Green Rider, First Rider's Call, and The High King's Tomb.

Once a simple student, Karigan G'ladheon finds herself in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand when she becomes a legendary Green Rider-one of the magical messengers of the king. Forced by magic to accept a dangerous fate she would never have chosen, headstrong Karigan has become completely devoted to the king and her fellow Riders.

But now, an insurrection led by dark magicians threatens to break the boundaries of ancient, evil Blackveil Forest-releasing powerful dark magics that have been shut away for a millennium.

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Karigan G'ladheon's intense apprenticeship as one of Sacoridian king's royal messengers continues in this brisk fantasy adventure. Her latest assignment pits her against an insurrection of malevolent plotters intent on releasing dark magic dormant for the last thousand years. Now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book. (P.S. Kristen Britain devotees waited more than three years for this new installment to her Green Rider series.)

Locus
“Karigan’s adventures, full of strange and deadly encounters, provide [BLACKVEIL's] core.... With characters you care about, touches of complicated romance, and some wonderfully weird developments (vampire hummingbirds!), this is a hard-to-put-down adventure.”
Fantasy Book Critic
"Kristen Britain’s Blackveil has everything that Green Rider fans could hope for, including romance, adventure, humor, time travel, dark magic, entertaining drama, ghosts, prophetic visions, and much more."
Midwest Book Review
"The latest Kariagan epic fantasy is a terrific entry loaded with subplots that provide the reader with both the big picture of the world of Kristin Britain and the small scale happenings that impact the larger scope.... With a strong diverse cast (a trademark of Ms. Britain), fans will welcome the return to Sacoridia."
Owlcat Mountain
"If you read my reviews long enough, you’ll soon come to realize that I love good epic fantasy more than anything else. There’s something about the heroism, the magic systems, the adventure, and the bold characters that I truly enjoy. And for me, Kristen Britain’s books fit the bill. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780575099616
  • Publisher: Gollancz, Victor Limited
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Series: Green Rider Series , #4

Meet the Author

Kristen Britain grew up in the Finger Lake region of New York State, where she started her first novel — an undersea fantasy featuring herself and her friends — at the age of nine. She published her first book, a cartoon collection called, Horses and Horsepeople, at the age of thirteen. In 1987 she completed a degree in film production, with a minor in writing, at Ithaca College. After graduation, travel beckoned and she began a career as a ranger with the National Park Service, enabling her to work in a variety of natural and historical settings, from 300 feet below the surface of the Earth to 13,000 feet above sea level on the Continental Divide; and from the textile mills of the American Industrial Revolution to the homes of Americans who changed the course of history. Her first published epic fantasy novel, Green Rider, the story of a runaway school girl who finds herself in deep peril when she agrees to bear a message for a dying Green Rider (king's messenger), was released in 1998. She can be found at kristenbritain.com.

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

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    terrific epic fantasy

    On the surface Sacoridia seems like a powerful country ruled by the just benign King Zachary. However, appearances can be deceiving because there is danger from within and without. To the north in the lands not occupied by Sacoridian troops, descendants of Arcosia led by Mornhavon the Black invade as a first step in preparation for their war on Sacoridia. They now call themselves Second Empire.

    The D'Yer wall has been breached, enabling the evil denizens from primordial Blackveil Forest to enter Sacoridian. Before the Long War Blackveil was once known as Argenthyne, home to the immortal Eletians who now live in Eletia. Besides kingdom headaches, Zachary and Green Rider messenger Karigan G'ladheon love each other, but know they have no future as he must marry his betrothed Lady Estora out of duty to his county.

    Six Eletians want to return to the Blackveil to see their former home. Zachary wants six Sacoridians to accompany them; Karigan is one of the chosen. The Eletians are on the same mission that Second Empire is on; it will be a disaster if their leader Grandmother prevails. Meanwhile the King is poisoned and a conspiracy begins by someone close the throne.

    The latest Kariagan epic fantasy (see Green Rider, First Rider's Call, and The High King's Tomb) is a terrific entry loaded with subplots that provide the reader with both the big picture of the world of Kristin Britain and the small scale happenings that impact the larger scope. The key to this grand epic is the movement back and forth between the Second Empire threat, the Eletians, the danger to the Sacoridians in Blackveil and to the king is done smoothly although few of the subplots are completed. With a strong diverse cast (a trademark of Ms. Britain), fans will welcome the return to Sacoridia as the focus is on evil oozing Blackveil.

    Harriet Klausner

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2011

    Not as great as the rest but still good

    I was a bit let down by this book. The jumping around made some the the newer characters are hard to follow. and the ending left more questions than answers. Also knowing that we wont learn what happens for three to four years is difficult.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2011

    it's ok

    It's good just not as good as the others in the series. She is also adding more story lines and this series dosen't look like there is an end in sight and with 3 years between books a little frustrating.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    disappointing

    I couldn't finish this book! I was excited to read it but as others have said too many characters and the romance was not there.

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  • Posted February 2, 2012

    Desperately Awaiting the Next Installment

    Black Veil, by Kristen Britain, is another in her series of The Green Rider Novels that cant be put down. I keeps a good pace with plenty of Action, Adventure, and of course Intrigue which serves to keep its readers on their toes. Watch out for that Cliff-ending though. It will leave your screaming for more!

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    i LOVE this book

    this book is fantastic. i love the series and i can not wait until kristen britain finishes her next story. the read is great, couldnt put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2011

    My Favorite Book Series in the world

    Blackveil is a great book. I've been reading the Green Rider series since 8th grade, and each book is wonderful. However only thing is... that wait between each book is killing me. I'm in college now, and still only 4 books are done. Secondly the ending of this book was such a cliff hanger, it seems almost cruel to have to wait another 4-5 years to get the next book. However with that said, BlackVeil is a great installation of the Green Rider Series. I recommend this book highly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2011

    dont bother unless you are prepared to wait another 3-4yrs

    another let down, a shame because the books are not that bad, its a shame that we have to wait for awhile for the next installement. so unless you are prepared to wait that long, I suggest you dont waste your time on these books. i know i wont be purchasing her next one unless i know its the end... but unlikely from what i read so far... more books to come, just how long do we have to wait between them, begs the queation - no stars this time.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Too good to be left hanging.

    I usually buy all the books in a series but due to the story getting convoluted, I don't read the last book or two. NOT SO with this series! The bad news is I am now left hanging with Karigan wondering what will happen next. Hopefully it won't be too long of a wait, it could get rather stuffy :-) I am an avid trail rider and love all the references to riding and horses (which is why I bought the first book). Anyone who loves horses, magic and suspense will like these books.

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    Found the story gripping...

    I have enjoyed these books since the first one; the newest book is VERY dark (well they all are in one sense or another..) and if you hate cliffhanger endings you had better not pick it up - just wait another 4 years or so for the next one! I had come to care about the characters enough it hurt to see them in such trouble.

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

    EEEEERRRGGGHHHHH!

    Really great but what a cliffhanger. I just hope it's not another four years before the next one comes out. I might be pulling out my hair by then. My frustration level is through the roof.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2011

    Blown away!

    The author has expanded on a lot of her original characters and I was frustrated by the extra info but what detail! The story jumped off the pages and the book was read in record time. If only there was more to the end instead of the cliff hanger. I can't wait for the next book so I can find out what happens!!

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    Horribly Disappointed- And this from a dedicated Green Rider fan.

    I, like most of you, love the Green Rider series. Karigan is such a strong character always getting into trouble and somehow managing to survive. Well, not so much in this book. This book is more about external characters who, although important, are explained in such detail that the book just drones on and on and on with no obvious goal being reached. I mean for the love of all that is holy it wasn't until page 351 that they even entered Blackveil, and the pages before that weren't anything to remember. I waited what 2 years for this? Sorry, it was a disappointment. I'll still read the next one in line but I pray it is better than this one. I just wanted this book to end, it was like nails on a chalkboard you hate every minute of it but can't seem to pull yourself away.

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  • Posted February 19, 2011

    A very good book, perhaps should re-read the first three.

    This was a very good book, there were some surprising turns, that I actually didn't "see coming", and it does draw you in to see what is coming next. However, I did find myself regretting not re-reading the first three books to refresh my memory. I am eagerly awating the next installment, and like others, I am hoping it doesn't take another four years.

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  • Posted February 18, 2011

    Disappointed

    Yes, I am one of many who waited a long time for the next 'episode'. I love all the characters and their own developing storylines, but this book jumped around a bit too much. One pattern that I'm seeing some of the books,is that storyline and its progression always seem to become vague during the climax. This sticks out the most since everything that leads up to it all is very clear and engaging. I find myself annoyed, skipping pages during what is supposed to be those big moments. The white spirit world doesn't quite work here and seems too vague and transitional to be used as a pivotal tool.

    On a different level, (one that is purely fan-based), I'm a bit disappointed with the relationship that is not destined to be. I found myself eagerly anticipating this book to find some resolution (one way or another) between Zachary and Karigan, but the stale motion within this installment has left me indifferent, or even turned off.

    I should've waited for paperback or the nook version. The hard cover was a HUGE waste of money.

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  • Posted February 12, 2011

    Disappointed Hopes

    I waited faithfully for four years for "Blackveil" to come out and I must admit, I am in an uproar about it..... The book, which I could not bring myself to finish, lays on the floor by my bed where it shall remain. I cannot fully express my dismay on where the book appears to be going. I feel as though I am mourning the loss of a friend, but it cannot be helped. I must wait another long four years for the next to come out where I shall "Peak" ahead to be sure the series will not break my heart...

    I felt as though Karigan and Zachary had potential as it was flaunted in parts of "First Rider's Call" and "High King's Tomb" how the orignial first rider and the king were married. The budding relationship between Estora and Zachary is a profound betrayal to not only the wonderfully defined characters but to the audience who not only reads the books but live them.

    If it appears the wrongs that I feel have transpired against not only Karigan but to all who wait with bated breath for the inevitable, than I shall not only never pick up another Kristen Britain book, but the Green Rider's shall be lost to me forever...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2011

    Good Book

    I was a little disappointed in the this book after waiting for so long for it to come out. It jumps around way too much for my tastes and the ending just leaves you hanging and now i have to wait forever for the next one to come out in the series. There were too many characters to follow that I really didn't find too important. I guess we will have to wait and see what happens next.

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