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VOYAKarigan G'ladheon reluctantly answers the call to become a Green Rider in this sequel to Green Rider (DAW, 1998/VOYA December 1998). Karigan finds their numbers weakened and their magic unreliable when she returns to court to take up her position as a Rider. The Breach in the D'Yer Wall could not be repaired, and a sentience is awakening in Blackveil Forest that threatens all of Sacordia. With the help of the ghost of Lil Ambriodhe, the First Rider, Karigan finds a way to defeat the enemy and buy time for the repair of the wall. Along the way she learns a shocking truth about her ancestry, realizes her feelings for the king, and finds a way to honor and strengthen the Green Riders. For those who have been waiting for the rest of Karigan's story, this addition to the collection will be welcome. The pace is slower than in the series debut, with much internal conflict for the main characters. There are battles still, but the enemy is more subtle and hidden than in the first book. The outcome of the battle against evil is not certain even at the end, but the book closes on a hopeful note. Libraries with a strong demand for fantasy will want to include this book. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P S A/YA (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2003, DAW, 639p., Ages 15 to Adult.
—Deborah L. Dubois