First Rider's Call (Green Rider Series #2)

First Rider's Call (Green Rider Series #2)

by Kristen Britain


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ISBN-13: 9780756405724
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 07/07/2009
Series: Green Rider Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 635,980
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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

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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 More than 1 year ago
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.
Jo132 More than 1 year ago
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!
Karigan More than 1 year ago
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
Katiebear on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Yesterday, I spent so much time reading that my left wrist began to hurt from holding the book up, and from the repetative page turning. But, I finished Rider's First Call. It was very intense.For those of you who haven't read Green Rider yet, what are you waiting for? The book was fantastic, and the second book did not dissapoint. Ms. Britain definitely rose to my expectations and delivered a book that was full of action, character growth, and a fantastic set up for the next book.Karigan is a Green Rider who wants nothing more than to be what she was born to be - heir of her father's merchant clan, dealing in textiles her whole life. Her fate was irrevokably changed when she stumbled on F'rey Colbrey (I think that was his name) in the forest, while fleeing her school. His death caused her to pick up, and be accepted by, his Rider brooch. She delivered the message, and decided to head home to her father. She lived with him, doing his work and ignoring the Rider Call until she found herself several towns over, on the back of her horse in her night gown. At that point, she accepted the call.Strange things have started to happen, since the Elt make the crack in the D'yer wall. Forest clearings, and people on the road have been turned to stone. The wild magic that was kept at bay is leaking out. Worse yet, Rider magic is starting to fail. When the Captain is taken out of commission, the responsibility falls on Karigan and she rises to the challenge. Not only does she have to contend with all the regular paperwork and advising the King, she also starts to get visits from the dead First Rider, Lil. With that, she starts to travel through time, seeing what happened from the beginning of the Long War. I am not going to go into any more detail - it will spoil the rest of the story. I have to say that this is a well crafted story, full of adventure, heartache and desire for things unattainable. I'm not sure that there was a thing in this story that I didn't like. The characters were sound, the plot was tight, and the entire situation felt real. I would recommend this book for everyone who is aged 13 and up. There is no sex, and no profanity. The violence is not graphic, although there is mention of blood and fighting. There are some parts that may be frightening to some readers, as it does deal with ghosts, and "evil" beings/people/etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of these including the most recent... And am in love with the world and ideas that barrow from so many books that I love. Rereading this book for the uptineth time I just had the craziest thought.. Why not put a sand table in the records room the ghost can write on? Since they can only effect certain things. I think it would be neat side bar in future books, and also a way to convey interesting info that otherwise couldn't be convied
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Start with the first book and don’t stop. This one is excellent and I can’t wait to finish the rest
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We, my daughter and myself, both enjoyed this story immensely. It was a great follow up to the first book, Green Rider. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
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weiner More than 1 year ago
the second one was even better then the first. it was always keeping me interesred. great arthur . im starting the third one and will probably finish in two days like others. thank you
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I love the entire series! I have read all 5 books so far and i cant wait for the 6th
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Must read.
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truth_be_told More than 1 year ago
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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CA_SquirlRose More than 1 year ago
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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A spirited continuation of the Green Rider series. If only I could write with this imagination.
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