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Green Rider (Green Rider Series #1)

Green Rider (Green Rider Series #1)

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by Kristen Britain

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Magic, danger, and adventure abound for messenger Karigan G'ladheon in the debut of Kristen Britain's New York Times-bestselling Green Rider fantasy series • "First-rate fantasy." —Library Journal 

On her long journey home from school after a fight that will surely lead to her expulsion, Karigan G'ladheon


Magic, danger, and adventure abound for messenger Karigan G'ladheon in the debut of Kristen Britain's New York Times-bestselling Green Rider fantasy series • "First-rate fantasy." —Library Journal 

On her long journey home from school after a fight that will surely lead to her expulsion, Karigan G'ladheon ponders her uncertain future. As she trudges through the immense Green Cloak forest, her thoughts are interrupted by the clattering of hooves, as a galloping horse bursts from the woods.

The rider is slumped over his mount's neck, impaled by two black-shafted arrows. As the young man lies dying on the road, he tells Karigan he is a Green Rider, one of the legendary messengers of the king of Sacoridia.

Before he dies, he begs Karigan to deliver the “life and death” message he bears to King Zachary. When she reluctantly he agrees, he makes her swear on his sword to complete his mission, whispering with his dying breath, "Beware the shadow man...". 

Taking on the golden-winged horse brooch that is the symbol of the Green Riders, Karigan is swept into a world of deadly danger and complex magic, her life forever changed. Compelled by forces she cannot understand, Karigan is accompanied by the silent specter of the fallen messenger and hounded by dark beings bent on seeing that the message, and its reluctant carrier, never reach their destination.

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Praise for the Green Rider series:

“Green Rider is a wonderfully captivating heroic fantasy adventure.... Kristen Britain’s likable heroine and fast-paced plot kept me eagerly turning pages. This is the rarest of finds: a truly enjoyable read.” —Terry Goodkind, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Sword of Truth series

"Kristen Britain is one of the most astonishing fantasy writers working today. She has created a richly imagined world where magic is as real as courage, and where a young woman's heroism can change the course of history." ―Tess Gerritsen, author of The Apprentice

"Britain keeps the excitement high from beginning to end, balancing epic magical battles with the humor and camaraderie of Karigan and her fellow riders." ―Publishers Weekly

"Readers of epic fantasy and series followers will want this finely honed, skillfully crafted tale."―Library Journal

“The intermittent sense of foreboding is offset by a healthy dose of old-fashioned adventure—kidnappings, a noble thief, near drowning, divine visitations, ghosts, a visit to an upscale brothel, and some very bad knife throwing—that provides a satisfying temporary conclusion despite this being very much a middle novel with serious nastiness still looming.” —Locus 

“The gifted Ms. Britain writes with ease and grace as she creates a mesmerizing fantasy ambiance and an appealing heroine quite free of normal clichés.” —RT Reviews
“This captivating fantasy is filled with adventure, action, and heroes. Karigan grows tremendously as a person and in the end finds her own place in this world. The characters, including minor ones, are well-developed and the plot is complex enough to get the reader thinking. This is a real page-turner.” —VOYA 

"Kristen Britain writes so beautifully that I never want to have to put her books down." ―Fantasy Book Review

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Britain's first novel is a classic quest tale set in a standardized medieval fantasy world. It begins when protagonist Karigan G'ladheon is expelled from an exclusive school. In a forest on the way home, she encounters one of the magically bound Green Riders, who carries a vital message for King Zachary. The messenger is dying with assassins' arrows in his back, so with more loyalty than caution, Karigan takes over his magic brooch. This also means taking over his mission and becoming a Green Rider herself, an act that flings Karigan into a cesspool of intrigues both magical and mundane, some of them well-handled by the author, some not. Karigan is an engaging protagonist, although the feisty female is now a penny a cartload in high fantasy, and some of the scenes of magic and/or combat rise to a high standard. Britain also makes notable use of class distinctions as motivators, a tact not often seen in fantasy. But, overall, her plot lacks originality; most of her characters (other than Karigan) are, at best, archetypes; and her pacing may be sufficiently uneven to deter readers from coping with the book's standard plot and considerable length. This is a respectable, not outstanding, debut, although Britain shows enough talent to warrant a follow-up. (Nov.) FYI: In its 25 years, DAW has published only one previous first novel in hardcover: Tad Williams's Tailchaser's Song.
VOYA - Deborah L. Dubois
Karigan G'ladheon is suspended from school in Selium for winning a sword fight with the governor of Mirwell's son. Instead of waiting for her father to come and get her, Karigan runs away from school, hoping to beat the dean's letter and tell her father her side of the story first. Just as she enters the Green Cloak (an immense forest in Sacordia) a Green Rider on horseback bursts from the undergrowth and falls at her feet with two black arrows stuck in his back. Before he dies the Rider makes her swear to take his message to the king. Karigan reluctantly promises to deliver the message, but she ends up with more than she bargained for when she is pursued by soldiers, attacked by a hideous insect-like creature, is followed by a "shadow rider," and faces other life-threatening perils on her race to Sacor City and King Zachary. The horse becomes her guide and ally on the journey. The original messenger's spirit follows her and helps when he can, and his brooch has magic powers that she can use to foil her enemies. When she arrives in Sacor City, Karigan helps to fight the Mirwellians who try to take over from the king and is instrumental in saving the kingdom. This captivating fantasy is filled with adventure, action, and heroes that teens will enjoy reading about. Throughout her journey, Karigan encounters people who help her and become true friends. Karigan grows tremendously as a person and in the end finds her own place in this world. The characters, including minor ones, are well-developed and the plot is complex enough to get the reader thinking. This is a real page-turner. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Broad general YA appeal, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
Kirkus Reviews
Karigan G'ladheon, unjustly suspended from school for drubbing a bully, runs away instead. On the road she encounters a dying Green Rider, or king's messenger, F'ryan Coblebay. Hunted by evildoers, and pierced by two black arrows, the Rider makes Karigan swear to deliver his vitally important message, then gives her a magic brooch that renders her all but invisible. Karigan also acquires Coblebay's mount, The Horse, who seems to know better than she does how to find Sacor City and King Zachary. While enjoying various adventures, she's chased by agents of Lord-governor Mirwell—-she'll eventually learn that he's supporting the rebel Prince Amilton's bid to seize the throne. Worse, another conspirator, a magic-powered, elf-like Eletian renegade called Shawdell, has broken the D'Yer Wall, whose spells protect Sacoridia from the evil creatures of Blackveil Forest. Finding within herself unexpected talents and survival skills, Karigan eventually reaches King Zachary—-but the message she brings is worthless. Then she remembers that Coblebay also entrusted her with a love letter. It's this that contains the real message, a warning of the plot against Zachary. A fresh, well-organized fantasy debut, with a spirited heroine and a reliable supporting cast.

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Green Rider Series , #1
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6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"A wonderfully captivating heroic fantasy adventure. This is the rarest of finds: a truly enjoyable read." —Terry Goodkind

"A fresh, well-organized fantasy debut, with a spirited heroine and a reliable supporting cast." —Kirkus

"The author's skill at world building and her feel for dramatic storytelling make this first-rate fantasy a good choice." —Library Journal

"Britain keeps the excitement high from beginning to end, balancing epic magical battles with the humor and camaraderie of Karigan and her fellow riders." —Publishers Weekly

Terry Goodkind
A wonderfully captivating heroic fantasy adventure.

Meet the Author

Kristen Britain is the author of the New York Times-bestselling Green Rider series. She lives in an adobe house in the high desert of the American Southwest beneath the big sky and among lizards, hummingbirds, and tumbleweeds. Kristen can be found online at kristenbritain.com.

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Green Rider 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 356 reviews.
Brittany Strickland More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutly amazing! This book has everything; magic, adventure, humor, romance, plot twists, battles, and crazy smart horses. Kristen Britain never ever seems to disappoint! The only thing is that it takes her awhile to wriite a new book, but trust me its so worth the wait! I havnt met anyone whos read this book and not fallen head over heels in love.
C28 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed The Green Rider, and thought it was a great start to a series, as well as a great first novel for the writer. I liked the lead character, as well as the many other we meet along her journey. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. I recommend this book to adults and older teens who would like to read a fantasy/adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for something in the fantasy genre outside the worlds of Tolkien, Jordan and Goodkind, give Kristin Britain's new series a try. The premise of the Green Riders is new and intriguing, with the main character being a young woman! It's a "wild ride" along with Karigan G'ladheon through the Green Cloak forest and into the world of the Green Riders. Magic, intrigue, the politics of a kingdom endangered by an ancient enemy....and only the Green Riders stand to defend the world they know from those trying to end it. Pick it up today - it's a great read and you'll enjoy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great foundation book of the series. Book 2: ' First Riders Call' is just as good and Book 3: 'The High King's Tomb' is even better! They are also light enough that younger generations (teens) can enjoy and relate and enjoy them all. Granted, it's not a book for everyone but is one that leaves the reader impatient to read the next book in the series. Is not for people who like deep and complex plots/themes/characters they can absorb and over analyze or want fast paced plot movement and " truly think something that should take a few days at most shouldn't take up 400 pages." Never mind the fact this book is the foundation of the whole series and Karigan is facing dangers at every turn in the book while trying to deliver a message that wasn't her's to deliver in the first place, out running enemies that will stop at nothing to kill her to keep the message from being delivered, AND is to do so with no other help than the Spirit of the Murdered Green Rider who made per promise to get the message to Sacor City and his mount/a horse. She also discovers that the Green Rider's Broach holds magic she learns she can wield to help her escape and elude those intent on stopping her. In the end she helps defeat the King's Enemies, the Mirwellians, and learns a lot about herself and who she is to become (her calling in life). In the end she finds that she's no longer just an average citizen of her world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Karigan G'ladheon is a well spun character. Britain gives breathe to her story - even in the heavier parts of the book, she lightens the mood with a bit of humor. I especially liked how she tied the Horse into the fabric of the tale. This has everything that I love in a book: action, strong characters, a bit of suspense, and a few horses to boot!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my absolute favorite books ever. If I'm bored and don't have anything new or I'm going on a long trip, I grab this book because it never gets old and I find something new everytime. Karigan is about as real of a character as anyone can bring to life. After running away from school, she gets thrust into a world of magic and intrigue. With her new partner, The Horse, she must deliever a message. But someone doesn't want said message to make it to its final destination. Kristen Britian surely is a gift writer. Not only do her characters come to life, but the imagery is so vivid, you'll feel like you're there. No part of this story is boring in anyway. If you're looking for a great magical page-turner, read this.
Burgundy-Fire More than 1 year ago
This is the start to an addictive and powerful series!! Worth every penny.
Laurel Woods More than 1 year ago
I would encorage anyone to read this. It was an amazing book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
rubypearl More than 1 year ago
i tend towards paranormal books, especially ones with animals. this series is well written, engaging, at times very humorous, sigh, i could go on forever so list only negative, which is, well, maybe some sex be nice, poor girl, geez ;) oh, and for some reason takes around four years for next book be released, lucky me did not come across it until fourth book published.. hopefully nothing happens to author before fifth and hopefully final book comes out, im not getting any younger either, lol.
Emily Bellina More than 1 year ago
im a big fan of all mystical magic-like books, but this blew me away! i cant wait for the fourth!
MaineKoshka More than 1 year ago
Other than being a fan of Harry Potter, I have not considered myself a huge fan of fantasy in general. This book may be the one that opens my mind to a new genre. I loaded this into my nook as my first purchase after meeting the author at a literacy event, and I have not been disappointed. Quickly caught up by the characters and the storyline, I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
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Anonymous 23 days ago
Entertaining read that moves swiftly, plot twists, magic, heroine and black magic. What more could you want
Anonymous 28 days ago
Grace was walking down Elden Lane carrying her bag on one shoulder. She hummed along to the music she was listening to on her phone as she turned the corner. Grace had long curly brown hair and matching brown eyes,she was short but fiesty. She walks down the street as cars blew past on the highway, and every once in a while she would look up and sigh wishing she could run away from everything but she couldnt. She walks into the Seven Eleven she always went to after school "Hey Liz!" She says smiling as she walks in. Liz was the cashier at the gas station and Graces aunt. "Hey Grace! " Liz says before looking back at the costomer with a smile "Have a nice day honey.." she says as the man left and walks out from behind the counter and gives Grace a hug "How was school?" She asks curiously "It was fine.." she lied for she had a really bad day at school but she didnt want to make her Aunt Liz worry. She pushs the button on the slushie machine for cherry flavored slush. Liz smiled "Good!" She says as a man walks in "Hello sir.." she says as she returns to the cashier. Grace looks at the man curiously "forty bucks on pump four..." says the man before looking at Grace and smirks she frowns at him <p> thanks guys if you want more just reply to me for more &infin Nobodys Girl &infin
Anonymous 3 months ago
This book was very reminiscent of The Hobbit. A great journey with a very likeable hero and a great cast of characters .
Anonymous 9 months ago
This book is thoroughly engrossing. For once, a fantasy novel that centers around a female protagonist and doesn't fall into stereotypes. The main character feels real and flawed, the baddies seem quite bad, and there's even an element of mystery to help round things out.
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Anonymous 11 months ago
I reread at least once a year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thus book is one of my favorite books. I love this series. I can't wait for the next book to come out!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a girl running for her life, a crazy warlord, a band of messengers, and a old and sad king. Is that not cool?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AMAZING! This is a must read SO GOOD I wold rate it infinity if I could!
weiner More than 1 year ago
i loved the book it kept me interested the whole book. not like alot of adult books where they drag it out too long, thank you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kristen Britain's Green Rider series is the best work in the Fantasy genre that I have read in years. It ranks up with Asprin's Thieves World series, Riddle Master of Hed, or the Earthsea series. Well written, seemingly plausible, suspensful plot lind with well developed characters. Five Stars from this picky reader.