Blue Moon Rising (Forest Kingdom Series #1)

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Rupert didn't especially want to be a prince. And he certainly never asked to be the second son of a royal line that really didn't need a spare. So he was sent out to slay a dragon and prove himself-a quest straight out of legend. But he also discovered the kinds of things legends tend to leave out, as well as the usual demons, goblins, the dreaded Night Witch-and even worse terrors hidden in the shadows of Darkwood.  
Rupert did find a fiery dragon-and a beautiful ...

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Overview

Rupert didn't especially want to be a prince. And he certainly never asked to be the second son of a royal line that really didn't need a spare. So he was sent out to slay a dragon and prove himself-a quest straight out of legend. But he also discovered the kinds of things legends tend to leave out, as well as the usual demons, goblins, the dreaded Night Witch-and even worse terrors hidden in the shadows of Darkwood.  
Rupert did find a fiery dragon-and a beautiful princess to rescue. But the dragon turned out to be a better friend than anyone back at the castle, and with the evil of Darkwood spreading, Rupert was going to need all the friends he could get.

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Intrigue and magic…interesting and well conceived.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451460554
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/6/2005
  • Series: Forest Kingdom Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 309,320
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon R. Green is a New York Times bestselling author whose works include Drinking Midnight Wine, Beyond the Blue Moon, Blue Moon Rising, The Adventures of Hawk & Fisher, and the Deathstalker series. A resident of Bradford-on-Avon in England, he is currently working on the next Deathstalker novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Fantastic!

    I read this book as a teenager and it is still one of my favorites. The writing is strong, the story compelling, and the unicorn is hysterical. This is hands down one of the best fantasy books out there. If you zre looking for swords, demons, magic, humor, a bit of romance, and engaging characyers, then this is a must read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Fantastic

    Ive read this book a dozen times. It is hilarious as well as action packed. Great read and should definitely be a movie. The characters are witty they are good and bad. B and N should put the sequel up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2014

    Queen Moonlight

    Welcome o the Moon Kingdom! We accept IceWings but preffer MoonWings!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2014

    This is just a terrible, terrible book. I bought it because of

    This is just a terrible, terrible book.

    I bought it because of so many positive reviews and its reputation for non-stop action. I enjoyed it a lot for the first 1/3 or so, but then it became repetitive and boring. Perhaps not surprisingly, most synopses deal with the beginning of the book, because that's the good part. After that it drags on and on without going anywhere.

    Part of the issue might be that I'm an adult in my 30s. Maybe this book was written for children (since it's so cheesy). I don't know.

    My complaints:

    1) The characters are bland and uninteresting. None of the characters have any sort of development. The king might be the one with the most personality, but he also might be the least believable ruler ever ("Someone tried to assassinate me. I'll just give him a good talking-to."). He also fails to respond to lots of obvious clues throughout the book. Before long I wanted him to die just because he was so stupid.

    2) The dialog is expositional to the point of being completely unbelievable. Everyone gives pages-long speeches about their life story. It becomes irritating because these long, cheesy conversations break up the plot, especially since they happen when there's an important task at hand. Somehow the characters would rather chat stupidly instead of do what they're supposed to do. No one speaks or acts like that.

    3) There are many aspects of the story that are foreshadowed in great detail, and the characters go on and on about these things. They actually sound really interesting. I want to avoid giving spoilers, but suffice it to say that the things that seemed to have the most importance and detail turn out to be completely inconsequential to the story.

    4) Someone in a review on another site put it best so I'll paraphrase. The whole plot goes like this: (1) Rupert has to do something, because it's the "only hope" or "last hope" for the kingdom. (2) Demons attack. The odds are overwhelming, with literally thousands of demons against a few injured/exhausted humans. (3) Somehow the humans manage to fight them off and/or run away, but they are at death's door with mortal wounds. (4) Magic happens. Everyone is healed, kinda. (5) The mission basically fails, and everyone is exhausted, but they only need one hour of sleep before repeating this sequence 10 more times because (6) Someone thinks of a NEW "last hope," rendering all of the previous action unnecessary. How many last hopes can there be, and why don't you take more than an hour to organize a plan? If it's so important, put in a little effort.

    5) The ending is a complete non-sequitur. I guess it makes sense because the book is full of those.

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  • Posted April 6, 2013

    Loved this book!

    Loved this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Loved it

    I really love this book a lot and I am looking forward to the others in the series, I know they aren't all true sequels, but I haven't been disapointed in anything I've read by Simon Green yet, Blue Moon Rising is my favorite so far!!

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  • Posted June 7, 2012

    really fun

    if you are a fan of the hawk and fischer stories-swords of haven, etc. this is a must read. this tells their backstory and how it all came about.

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  • Posted July 28, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Characters - Rip roaring story

    Great book - clever, funny, with great dialog and characters - where good guys aren't always good and the bad guys have a lot of good reasons for being bad.

    Book Synopsis:

    Rupert never asked to be the second son of a royal line that really didn't need a spare. He was sent to slay a dragon, and rescue a princess, but he wasn't expected to return.

    But - he did.

    After rescuing the dragon from the princess, he made two new friends, and with the evil of Darkwood spreading, Rupert was going to need all the friends he could get.

    And this is just the first 30 or 40 pages of a rip roaring 500 page novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A Refreshing Read

    I am not quite halfway through the book, but find it very refreshing. A swashbuckling hero who rides a unicorn that talks (and is braver than it thinks it is), fights trolls & demons, & puts up with an arrogant, older brother. And yet, all this is laced with humor.
    This is a book that I hate to put down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2006

    I love Simon Green!

    I read as much Simon Green as I can get my hands and this was one of his best! All the gore and battle scenes really sweetened the deal! Plus I just how he takes characters out of the usaual catagories they are put in like the princess needing to be rescued! I mean as a feminist and just as a woman I find that really sexist and degrating. So I really love Simon Green putting that straight. He has a great sence of humor too! Really good book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2003

    The Greatest Book Ever

    I love this book...from the first page to the last. I have read it about 5 times sence I have got it. I haven't had it very long. It is my favorite book and I tell everyone to read this fantasic book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2002

    Praise for the works of Simon R. Green

    One of the best fantasies yet! ^_^ I must admit I have a problem for 'judging a book by it's cover' When I saw this one I picked it up right away. I also will only read the book it the Dragon is a important player and is on the good side, and if there is a heroine who dosen't need a guy to bail her outta trouble. But if your anything like me you'll love this book! The chacacters and secens are so well described you'll still see the battles as you drift to sleep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2000

    Simon Green, Master Storyteller

    Simon Green's 'Blue Moon Rising' is perhaps on of the greatest books ever writen. It is a masterful story with elements of many of the traditional fairytales, but with a twist and flair all Green's own. I would (and have) recomend this book to any age or sex, as with each reading and rereading I see something new, or in a new light. It has the thrill of the fight, the incarnation of bravery, the love story, the betrayal...In short, this book has everthing a good book should.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2000

    Listen to this

    I thought this book was exceptional. I simply couldn't put it down. I swear I stayed up all night just to figure out how it ended. I liked the way good and evil was represented, even though it is, in a way, a cliche. Most of the evil is represented in the form of decay and evil and monstrous. I thought that the way the author wrote was very gripping-I did not find a single dull moment; I was hooked the entire time.

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