Blackveil: Book Four of Green Rider

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Karigan G'ladheon is a Green Rider—a seasoned member of the elite messenger corps of King Zachary of Sacoridia. But Karigan is no ordinary Rider, for she was able to transport the evil spirit of Mornhavon into the future, though no one knows how far he has been sent. During this window of relative safety, King Zachary decides to send Karigan and a small contingent of scouts, accompanied by a small group of Eletians—a magical race who once lived in the lands now tainted by ...

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Overview

Karigan G'ladheon is a Green Rider—a seasoned member of the elite messenger corps of King Zachary of Sacoridia. But Karigan is no ordinary Rider, for she was able to transport the evil spirit of Mornhavon into the future, though no one knows how far he has been sent. During this window of relative safety, King Zachary decides to send Karigan and a small contingent of scouts, accompanied by a small group of Eletians—a magical race who once lived in the lands now tainted by Mornhavon's magic—into Blackveil Forest.

Though Mornhavon is gone, the forest is still a treacherous place filled with monstrous creatures and deadly traps. And unbeknownst to the band of Eletians and Sacoridians, another small group has entered the forest—Arcosian descendants who have kept Mornhavon's dark magic alive in secret for centuries, and who now plan to avenge their long ago defeat by bringing Sacoridia to its knees. Blackveil is the fourth novel of the acclaimed Green Rider series.

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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. "
Booklist (for THE HIGH KING'S TOMB)
“Britain provides plenty of action… and a good command of character.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756407087
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Series: Green Rider Series , #4
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 173,472
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

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, was released in 1998. She can be found at kristenbritain.com.

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

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    Good fantasy series, too long between books.

    The only minor complaint I had about this book -- and it is very, very minor, considering -- is that I started this series in 2001 when one books was out with the understanding it was a trilogy. In 2003, I read book two. Four years later, in 2007, the 3rd book came out, and as awesome as it was, I was so relieved the series was only a trilogy, because 4 years between books in a series is a long friggin wait! So you can imagine my disappointment and dismay when I realized it was changed to a longer series, but everyone said it would be wrapped up in Book 4, so I dug in as a faithful fan and waited eagerly. Surely Book 4 couldn't take that long to write; apparently Book 3 had just been too long, so she split it half (so I heard) -- so I expected it any day. Five years later, in 2011, the 4th book is released. And it ends on a cliffhanger.

    Now, I'm not unhappy that there will be more of Karigan and Zachary and everyone. But the plots and threadlines developed here -- I'm seeing at *least* another two books to wrap everything up, likely more -- and I can't help but feel disappointed. Not at the books -- at the long wait ahead. I mean, 4-5 years between books? That means Book 5 in maybe, what, 2016 or 2017? Book 6 in 2021- 2023?

    20 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Here's to another four years...

    The book was great, as all in this series have been; however, i am extremely frustrated about how it ended in such a cliffhanger when i know it will be four more years until the next book. It really makes me feel like i just wasted my time and money on something i am going to forget by the time the next book comes out. I really wish i waited. Book was great, but frustration with the author and publisher made for the low score.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Be ready

    The story line is excellent, as with the prior three. But - be ready - the book ends in a snap with no conclusion, as though the author was told to stop on that page and go no further. At least with the others you were left with enough of a pause at the end of the story that it made sense. This one just stops, leaving the characters in limbo until...one day...Book 5 appears.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    Blackveil

    Great book cant wait for the next one!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Wow

    This book is an emotional roller coaster. Its heart breaking, joyous, and as you read you remain hopeful for the future. Its hard on the read at times but this is a book about war and a threat so great it has lasted through the ages. This book takes an emotional toll on you as you read the trials and ends of the charactets. Ultimatly I feel its worth it, to be so involved with the characters... this is my harry potter.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    Good

    It was good. I was a bit disappointed with how wimpy karigan was. She really was acting like a spoiled little miss in this book. She goes from a responsible green rider to a little girl who pouts a lot. She is supposed to be a hero, but how can she be a hero when she acts like a child? And she always jumps at her own shadow it seems. I will read the next one, if it ever comes out, just to finish the story, as it ended so abruptly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    A Book With No End

    It's an interesting read until the end. Unlike her last 3 books, this one has no real ending. She spent too much time developing secondary characters and then leaving most of their stories hanging.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Great

    Can not waait until the next book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    Doesn't follow that well

    As previously stated, Karigan doesn't seem to be Kariganin this book. Also, it doesn't end, it just stops, like a chapter got left off or something. I was dissatisfied with this installment of one of my favorite series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    fabulous

    A great read as always!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    I've really enjoyed these books, and can't wait for another to a

    I've really enjoyed these books, and can't wait for another to appear. While the wait in between is long, I re-read them from time to time, just to get reacquainted with the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    Awaiting the next book...

    I loved it! As others have stated, the ending leaves you with more questions than answers...leaves you wanting more. I was ready to go onto the next page or chapter, only to find I had already reached the end of this book. I eagerly await the next and any that should follow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    Book

    I wish that it wouldent take soo long for the 5 book to be made im soo eger for it to come out i hate how the just leave you hanging dont they know that after 3 years you can forget a book

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    If you liked the earlier books you will like it.

    Great book and definitively advances the story line as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    recommended

    This was a bit slower than the previous books in this series but at the end it did leave a cliffhanger so you will want the next book to find out what happens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    Brooding suspense continues with enough hope and levity to compel reading.

    Britain continues to interweave plotlines and flesh out her already well-drawn characters. There are enough victories to keep me from giving up hope, enough expansion of characters to build my appreciation for them, however the ending was difficult, so much accomplished but so much undone that I felt bereft. Readers of all ages can relate to this series because she includes relatable characters of all ages and both sexes and I have read the entire series so far. I believe this is a personal adventure in reading, not book group material.

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

    As usual,very exciting.Couldn't put it down!

    Kristen Britain has the talent of keeping a story running full tilt through many characters and scenes while keeping the reader on edge the whole time.I love the personalities she creates in her stories. My main problem with her is as others have already mentioned is the length of time it takes her to write the next installment of each book.However, once I start reading her books, I usually can't put it down till I'm done,so it doesn't take me very long to finish the book. That's probably why it seems_sooo____ long between books!Good read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    M.Boutwell in Georgia

    I was very pleased with this 4th installment of the series and found all of the characters integral to the plot but after seeing from other reviews that there is usually several years between books, I wish now that I had waited to read the series when the author was completely done because I HATE waiting to find out the ending of a great story. I just hope that Karigan can find love or better yet, end up with the king. Please K.Britain finish this story sooner rather than later.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    I dont feel like i can trust her books any more :(

    Shure i didnt havr to whate for any amount ftime comparied to the other people here my cosein had books 1 through high kings toumb and i bought it for 5 to 10 dolers. Before i red it i was kond of scard to read it it thought it was just the book cover but now after i have read it i belove it was the holy gost telling me that waasnt a good book. Yes i do have a riligon but for thouse of you that have read it the chapter Her Cosien Unmasked i started to read it but it is somtjibg that I think NO ONE needs to read and i sent her a letter explaning to jer why i do not belive that chapter does not need to be in there. I have never whriten a letter to an auther befor. People just do not need to read that stuff in deatali. The reason i finnoshed reading the book was so i could forget what i read. From the stuff i read be for i realisoed that the whole chapter was bad i whont be surprised if Estora is pregnet in the book which i probly never know sinse i am not going to look for her bookes any more

    0 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2011

    Great series!

    Great series by one of my favorite authors.

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