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Karigan G'ladheon had been a Green Rider, one of the king of Sacoridia's elite magical messengers. In the messenger service she had been caught up in a world of deadly danger, and though she had defeated the Eletian who cracked the magical D'Yer Wall—which had protected Sacoridia for a thousand years from the dark influence of Blackveil Forest, and Mornhavon the Black's evil spirit imprisoned within it—she had...
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Karigan G'ladheon had been a Green Rider, one of the king of Sacoridia's elite magical messengers. In the messenger service she had been caught up in a world of deadly danger, and though she had defeated the Eletian who cracked the magical D'Yer Wall—which had protected Sacoridia for a thousand years from the dark influence of Blackveil Forest, and Mornhavon the Black's evil spirit imprisoned within it—she had nonetheless been tainted by his wild magic.


Exhausted in body and spirit, Karigan had returned to her home in Corsa. But Karigan's determination was no match for the Rider's call. Ghostly hoofbeats echoed in the deep regions of her mind, and she returned to the court to find the Green Riders weakened and diminished. Rider magic was becoming unreliable, and she herself was having ghostly visions of Lil Ambriodhe, First Rider, and founder of the Green Rider corps. But why was she appearing to Karigan? And would Karigan be able to seek the help of a woman who had been dead for a thousand years? First Rider's Call is the thrilling second novel of the Green Rider series.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
Karigan 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
Library Journal
After serving as one of the Kings of Sacoridia's Green Riders, elite messengers who possess magical bonds with their mounts, Karigan G'Ladheon seeks only to return to her home and recover from her recent struggles against the dark magic that threatened her land. Now she receives a second call to return to the Riders and discovers their ranks diminished and their magic dwindling as new dangers threaten the kingdom. The sequel to Britain's Green Rider continues the tale of a young woman called to a life of service and peril. The author's skill at world building and her feel for dramatic storytelling make this first-rate fantasy a good choice for most collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101098493
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/3/2004
  • Series: Green Rider Series , #2
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 26,486
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Kristen Britain

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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THE RIDER CALL

The apparition's soft, otherworldly glow fell across the sleeping form on the canopy bed.

Sultry night air tinged with sea brine flowed through the wide-open window, stirring the sheet that covered the girl. Her long brown hair was splayed across her pillow, and her chest rose and fell in slow, even breaths. She slept unaware of her ghostly visitor, an expression of utter tranquility on her face.

And that was the problem.

Displeasure flickered across the apparition's smoky features. You can hear me, but you won't listen, hey?

The apparition nudged at the girl's shoulder as if to awaken her, but her hand simply slid through it.

Cannot feel me. Cannot see me. WILL NOT listen.

The girl had become very disciplined at ignoring the call, and if there was one thing that annoyed Lil Ambriodhe most, it was being ignored.

Lil had, in her own opinion, exercised a great deal of patience, actually biding her time during the year the girl took to finish her schooling, thinking it couldn't hurt, and that afterward she would finally heed the call and return to Sacor City to take her oath before the king as a Green Rider.

She did not. She defied the call and went home to Corsa instead, and for what? To count bolts of wool on one of her father's wretched wagon trains? To balance ledgers? What was alluring about that? Why did she resist?

Lil paced until she realized her feet no longer touched the floor, but hovered above it. By all the hells! She tried to focus on the floor so she might at least achieve the illusion of standing on it, but the effort bled too much energy from her. She cursed in frustration at the limitations of her current form, and glowered at the sleeping girl who made all this necessary. If she could manage it, she would've hauled her right out of bed. Thankfully most Riders weren't this difficult.

And even while she thought this, she observed that the floor beneath her feet was covered by a rare Durnesian carpet, and that the carved beams overhead brought to mind the mastery of shipwrights. The furnishings were deeply burnished and inlaid with ivory wrought with intricate ornamentation. They had a foreign look, as though brought from across the sea. Even the mattress the girl slept on was stuffed with eiderdown, and the sheets were of a delicate weave.

As the daughter of a wealthy merchant, the girl lived at a level of luxury incomprehensible to most Sacoridians, and Lil could understand how trading this privileged and comfortable life for that of the rugged, dangerous duty of a Green Rider might prove difficult.

In another sense, she could not. The Riders did important work. There were enough merchants in the world and far too few Green Riders.

She was needed, this girl. This girl who over a year ago defeated a rogue Eletian and played an essential role in saving the king's throne. And there was more ahead for her.

A positive sign that all was not lost was the gold winged horse brooch resting on the table next to the bed. It was the most substantial thing about this realm in Lil's vision, more solid and brilliant than anything else. It seemed the girl could not part with it; the bond still held. Had it abandoned her, there would be no possibility of her becoming a Rider.

And our link would have been lost.

Lil touched her own brooch, which was clasped to the green-and-blue plaid she wore draped across her shoulder, and drew comfort and strength from it. It had helped her come this far between the layers of the world. Its resonance sang through her and the girl's brooch seemed to sparkle in response.

A Rider's true heart the brooch shall seek . . . Lil cocked a smile as she remembered the old tune. Great heart, stout heart, strong and bold, the iron hearts of Riders glitter as gold . . . How could she forget? Every self-proclaimed bard and halfwit of the lands had taken up the tune wherever she rode, whether she sat in a great clan lord's banquet hall or in a dilapidated tavern with goats chewing on the rushes strewn across the floor. She couldn't escape it! It was better, she supposed, than having stones thrown at her, though some of the singers had been painfully bad.

She glanced out the window at the moon and cast off the memories like an old cloak. There was work to do here and time was growing short. She leaned over the sleeping girl, and using every ounce of command she could summon, she said into her ear, Karigan Galadheon, you must go to Sacor City. Hey? You are not a merchant—you are a Green Rider.

Lil watched on in satisfaction as the girl murmured and shifted. Her satisfaction turned to dismay, however, when the girl wrapped her pillow around her head.

Ach. Lil shook her mane of unruly hair in disgust, and wondered if the girl's lineage had anything to do with her contrary nature.

She had but one last recourse to fall back on, and if this failed, she had no idea of how to rouse the girl. Lil drew to her lips a twisted horn she kept slung at her side. It had been a gift from a p'ehdrose named Maultin for a favor rendered. It was fashioned from the tusk of a komara beast, a woolly herd animal that roamed the arctic wastes. Maultin had imbued the horn with a special spell of use only to the captain of the Green Riders.

Lil inhaled and blew into the horn. The notes of the Rider call rang out sure and strong. She sensed it pulsing through the layers of the world, ringing with need and urgency. Would it reach far enough? Would the girl hear it? Most importantly, would it reach her heart?

Lil lowered the horn, listening still as its crisp notes faded away. And she watched. At first there was nothing and Lil's hopes plummeted, but then the pillow was flung aside and the girl—young woman, really—sprang upright into a sitting position, eyes wide open and bright. She hurled herself out of bed and in a flurry of sheets and nightgown sprawled across the floor in a tangled heap.

Unaware of all else save the call, she disentangled herself and scrambled to her feet. She swiped her brooch from the bedside table and threw open her wardrobe, withdrawing a saber sheathed in a battered black scabbard, and ran from the room as if all the demons of the five hells pursued her.

Lil listened in satisfaction as bare feet raced along the corridor then thunked down a series of stairs.

She convulsed with laughter, her feet rising a few inches more above the floor. She wondered just how far the girl would get before she realized she was riding to Sacor City in her nightgown.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Cool

    I liked the first book. The second was better than the first. I cant wait to read the next book. I like how the horses act. Its kind of funny. I think a lot of people would really like this book. I also like how the riders have all different kinds of powers. The king is super cool too.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    Wonderful!

    I can't wait for the next book in this series. I love the world that Britain has created. Strong, brave yet humble Karigan is one of the best lead characters. A touch of magic, really smart horses, ghosts that help out every once in a while, GREAT STUFF! I really love these books. If you like fantasy, you will love these books!

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  • Posted January 25, 2009

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    Loved it.

    Green Rider was a great book, and First Rider's call is an awesome sequel. In the first book you were introduced to the characters but in this book they were more developed and you learned to know and love them. I love the relationship between the riders, and all the different green riders have distinct personalities. It makes me want to be a Green Rider myself. The only thing I found wrong was the romance. Most fans love Zachary and Karigan, but I wanted Karigan and Alton together as hinted in the first book. I love this series and still find myself thinking about it often even though it's been weeks since I reread it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    Excellent

    Must read.

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  • Posted February 19, 2014

    It was OK

    I liked book one and had high hopes for book two, but in the end it didn't get me at all excited for book three. I am curious who and where the characters end up and how the wall bit gets resolved, but it's the getting there that's becoming tedious. I might continue the series somewhere down the line...don't know.

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  • Posted January 19, 2014

    Loved it! simply love interest, the book definitely fits into a

    Loved it! simply love interest, the book definitely fits into a young adult category, but it's still fun and the main character is lovable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    Great Read

    A spirited continuation of the Green Rider series. If only I could write with this imagination.

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  • Posted August 12, 2012

    Definitely a good follow up to the first book and as other's hav

    Definitely a good follow up to the first book and as other's have mentioned one really needs to read book 1 before reading 'Rider's First Call'.

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

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    Enjoyable followup to "Green Rider" -- I liked it; I d

    Enjoyable followup to "Green Rider" -- I liked it; I did not start reading series until 1st 4 books were published or I think I would have been ticked off waiting 4 years between books. Did not perfectly seem to fit with first book and did not seem to be a complete story arc in and of itself (definitely would not read without first reading first book in series).

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

    book 2

    These books are great! Especially for horse lovers. The story line/ plots are excellent.

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  • Posted March 25, 2009

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    Great continuance

    I loved the continuance of this series. It is on my shelf and I am waiting on #3. This set is definitely a keeper. The storyline lets you think of what may be occurring in the future but is not a "I thought so".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2008

    Great read for fans of Mercedes Lackey and Tanya Huff

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I had trouble putting it down until I finished (when I wasn't at work). The storyline was filled with nonstop action and sometimes things happened that were not what I was expecting. I cannot wait to read The King's Tomb next as I'm hoping that book will resolve a few things.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2008

    One of the greatest books ever, that few people have heard of

    I absolutely adore this book. When you sit there and try to think of all the things you love about it, it's hard to explain. It just works. It has great characters, an original storyline, and isn't so extremely shallow and overdone like so many books out there today. Sure, it might confuse some small minded people, but it really gives your brain something to chew on. When you read it you're not like *yawn* 'Been there done that.', instead you're like 'Whoa! That's new!' Kristen Britain really knows what she's doing. I think that the only reason this series isn't doing as well as it deserves is because the first book was a little bland and boring. It's definitely worth reading just so you can get to this book, and the third book. Trust me, ya gotta read this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2007

    love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Wait for the next book to come out cause to me it leaves you hanging i mean in the last sentence all you r doing is staring at the ceiling!!!!!!! i started screaming words sailors would lower their heads in shame to!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2007

    I LOVE IT

    This book keeps my heart pumping! It draws me into the magical world of mystery, courage,fear,magic,and love. I'm very frustrated though that it left me hanging! COME OUT WITH THE 3rd one NOW!!! I love them and hope you will too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2007

    Some unintelligent people out there....

    I didn't find anything at all confusing about this book, even though I have not completed it yet. I have 20 pages left and so far nothing has left me scratching my head as it seems to have done with all of its other readers. The problem is not so much the book, which I am enjoying so far, but the people whose reading levels aren't adavanced enough to comprehend what is happening. Believe me, it all makes perfect sense if you can actually READ IT and read it CORRECTLY. Honestly, it is a bit more advanced than your average fantasy novel, but if you can't understand it and you're not getting as much out of it as you could, than don't read it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2007

    AMAZING!

    This book was awesome and I can't wait for the third one to come out! I agree that the ending was a bit frusterating, but I'm sure the third book will show up for it. I think the third book is coming out some time in November 2007. I hope so! Anyway, this book was awesome and I recommend it to any body that loves fantasy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2006

    An Engaging Tale

    I loved the first installment of this series, but the second was even better! It gave much more structure and 'rules', to the arcane aspects of the story, making it much more beleivable and easier to become part of the story. It doesn't drag for a moment, (which is often the downfall of many potentially good books), and it leaves you craving more. It goes into several story lines and love triangles, just as in real life, but doesn't give you terribly frustrating or complex names, or story lines, to memorize. I love to read, but I have ADD and books that have more than five names I could not possibly remember, much less pronounce, irritate me to no end. If you have trouble following this engaging story though, you might need to find a book of a lower reading level.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2006

    The Perfect Book

    I really enjoyed First Riders Call and have recommended it to everyone I know. So many people have enjoyed it and I love the combination of genres Kristen Britain creates. A little bit of romance, (not so much that it's sappy) alot of action, (always good) a few bits of comedy here and there, (not enough to take away from the mood of the book) and a fast moving plot that keeps you guessing. If you're looking for a book to get someone as a gift this and Green Rider (the first book in the series) would be perfect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2006

    Jolly good most of the time..

    I thoroughly enjoyed the first one, and this one was pretty sweet as well, but the skipping around of perspectives was a little too much--almost confusing at times. There were some unneeded characters that she added, but it was still a wonderfully gripping novel. It pulled you in and wouldn't release until it ended, and made you hungry for more. Very good, and I'm waiting for more.

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