The High King's Tomb (Green Rider Series #3)

The High King's Tomb (Green Rider Series #3)

by Kristen Britain

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

More than a thousand years ago, the armies of the Arcosian Empire, led by sorcerer Mornhavon the Black, crossed the great sea and tried to conquer the land of Sacoridia using terrible dark magic. Eventually, Mornhavon was captured, and his evil spirit imprisoned in Blackveil Forest.

Since that day, the perimeter of Blackveil—now a dark and twisted land—has been protected by the magical D’Yer Wall. But in the centuries since the war’s end, knowledge of the working of magic disappeared from Sacoridia, due to the fear and prejudice of a people traumatized by Mornhavon’s sorceries.

Karigan G’ladheon is now a seasoned Green Rider—a member of the magical messenger corps of the king. But during her first year as a Rider, a rogue magician cracked the mighty D’Yer Wall. The spirit of Mornhavon, sensing the weakness, began to wake, seeking vengeance, and causing frightening aberrations throughout the land.

Karigan managed to transport the spirit of Mornhavon into the future, buying valuable time for her king and country. But how far in the future is Mornhavon now? A hundred years? Ten? Only one year? There is no way to tell.

And though Karigan and her fellow Riders have scoured the land searching for lost magical knowledge, and members of Clan D’Yer are camped at the wall, hoping to uncover its lost secrets, they were unaware of a threat to their kingdom that lay far closer.

For there were Arcosian soldiers who survived the Long War, and the descendants of those ancient enemies spent generations honing their powers of dark magic—a force against which the Sacoridians have no defense....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756405885
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 08/04/2009
Series: Green Rider Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 56,852
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(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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"Wonderfully captivating...a truly enjoyable read." -- Terry Goodkind "Kristen Britain is a very talented author who appears destined to be one of the genre's superstars." -- Midwest Book Review

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The High King's Tomb (Green Rider Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 203 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, I can't say I don't agree with all those other disappointed reviewers/readers. The plot did seem like it kept dragging on, and I often found myself frustrated with the characters (particularly Alton), but we readers must endure the less favorable parts of the story to get to the good stuff. I, personally, really enjoyed it. Even if it isn't the most significant parts in the advancement of the series' storyline. There is still a lot of really important stuff going on here. It's mostly about sorting out details, giving clues, and advancing the characters and plot more than that type of action-packed 'let's kill the bad guy' part of the story that so many readers think you need to make make a good book. I did a little confused near the very end, with the whole High King's Tomb scene. It was hard to understand what was really going on, but I think I mostly got what was happening. Overall, I truly adored this book. It has something unique that I haven't seen in any other book (and I read a lot).
Guest More than 1 year ago
The plot did drag and there were parts that were kinda frustrating, but all in all... Great Book! I can't wait for the next book, and this is still an awesome series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of the Green Rider series, and I've enjoyed reading all of the books. High King's Tomb is an enjoyable read, yet I was disappointed. In about 700 pages, the plot has not moved forward. The status quo is the same as the end of the second book. Mornhaven is still undfeated, Karigan hasn't even faced him. In the meantime, a new enemy has appeared. Karigan has not defeated her either, merely delayed her. Instead of focusing on Karigan, the book places too much emphasis on minor characters and side-plots. Though these are fun reads, I am afraid that the Green Rider series will become like the Wheel of Time series, over-long, drawn out, and filled with unnecessary information. Let's hope that the next book will provide some plot movement.
Enigmatic_Contessa More than 1 year ago
Another great follow up in the series. As others have mentioned there are parts that seemed to kind of drag on a bit, but as has also been mentioned this book was more about developing hte characters more as well as establishing clues, details, and some history into the Green Riders and the history of the world in which they live. I haven't read Book 4 yet but can't wait to delve into it to see what Karigan, the Green Riders and their friends face next.
Peggy Hawkins More than 1 year ago
I liked this better than the second book. It is easier to follow.The story is engaging with plenty of excitement. I could hardly put it down.
lizzy658 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the first two books, but the third book feels like a filler book. At the end of the book, I was disappointed because the original series was suppose to be a trilogy and not a quartet. There was little action in the book and too much plot with minor characters. The action was sparse and picking up the third book after 3+ years from reading the second book is problematic because you forget major scenes from previous books. I loved the series but I was looking for a grand finale and only found a sizzle of a filler book for the series. The book was also too long and needed to be edited down to be more concise.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like others enjoyed the first two books to the Green Rider series especially since they're written by a womans perspective of a female protagonist in an action/adventure type epic. I find reading things that I'm less familiar with to be more interesting. That being said my curiosity was bored stiff and the freshness I felt from the first two books was rarely duplicated in the third. I admit I am extremely critical of books and movies' plot lines so take my opinion with a grain of salt. The High King's Tomb introduces the antagonist early on and I have to say the idea alone of this person made me roll my eyes. For some reason waving a wand and saying 'hocus pocus' I can envision as being possible in some alternate reality. Maybe I'm conditioned through growing up with Witches & Wizards being common place fantasy characters. The antagonist in this book however is so unapealling to me that I had a hard time reading any chapter with her in it. This read like a writing excersize. As I read the chapters their wasn't a fluidity to the book and I think for the most part the author wrote with herself and her enjoyment in mind more than what the audience would like to read about. I haven't even finished the book yet. I'm having a rough go at this one. George R.R. Martin transfers between characters with much more grace than Britain has achieved in this book. It's not an easy thing to do and he makes it look easier than it likely is. My last word is that 'The High King's Tomb' lacks the feeling of gravity, significance, or realism in the actions of the characters. A couple of the new characters I enjoyed immensely like Karrigan's trainee. Others not so much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent! It was worth waiting for. I can't wait for the fourth book!
NW_Tams More than 1 year ago
Loving this series. Looking forward to the next book
MsUnruly More than 1 year ago
I actually read Blackveil before this one! my SO lent me book four and i hadn't even realized that I has missed book three (book four has enough information you can pick up on it all right) - I still enjoyed this one though. The frequent chapter breaks can make it feel a bit disjointed especially when it jumps from one plotline to another - I liked the Karigan&Fergal thread best while the Alton@Dale one may have been the weakest but I'm really getting to like Medrigen&co. fabulously eccentric lot. There's even a wicked witch character - well one who does horrible dark gruesome spells with her knitting-yarn. The Second Empire believe the end justifies *any* means, and worship a deity that reminds me a bit of the Old Testament Yahweh (this comes out more in the next book) ..fanatics who will sacrifice most anyone to their cause are horribly dangerous. BTW horses lovers alert - is that horse on the (US) cover a Fresian? go look at any horse-breed book or website! They are all black, have feathery legs and long silky manes! whether that's a flattering use of it or not...well i want to avoid spoilers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So many twists and turns - you could not anticipate anything. I can’t wait to read the next though I hate that Barnes & Noble charges the same for a nook book as the paperback!
humouress on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Karigan G'ladheon, heroine of the first two Green Rider novels, is off on another adventure. Although Sacoridia is celebrating the betrothal of King Zachary, and enjoying a temporary reprieve from the threat of Mornhavon the Black, unbeknown to them, a new threat is growing. The hidden descendants of Mornhavon's supporters are gathering to strike. Meanwhile, the D'Yer Wall, built to contain Mornhavon, is failing. Karigan, sent on an extended Rider mission, finds herself racing to save the kingdom once again, and in so doing, learns more about Rider magic and the royal tombs below the castle.I like this series. Although I hit a slow spot in this book, about a third of the way in, it became a page-turner again, and I'm looking forward to reading the fourth book.
plunkinberry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great story in the Green Rider saga. These characters and stories are wonderfully intricate and complex; one can only imagine that the series will continue for quite some time with lots of threads resurfacing. Karigan is truely wonderful. There are, however, places in this book that seem a touch irrellevant and unnecessary.
Ilirwen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Maybe it's just because of the way I feel right now, but I was actually a little disappointed in this book, at least the beginning. There were things that just rubbed me the wrong way. On the other hand, as I got further into the book, I began to like it better. All in all, it was a satisfying read.
cat8864 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A better read then the others, although I get the feeling that the author isn't quite used to dealing with such a large cast and world. New characters are introduced and old ones found (I'm glad to see the Berry sisters again), and the plot continues to roll forward, although not as far as I was hoping. I can't wait for the next book!
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this book Karigan is struggling with the King's wedding to Lady Estora and, when the Captain Mapstone askes her to go on a seemingly boring mission, Karigan is thrilled to leave the castle. The only downer is that she has to bring along a new Green Rider (Fergal) and train him in on the mission. The D'Yer wall continues to crumble and Alton struggles to find a way to repair it. Of course all is not what it seems to be and Karigan's simple mission goes awry.The beginning of this book was slow and meandering. The only excitement was Karigan's duel with Amberhill in the museum before she left on her mission. I thought Karigan was strangely morose and immature in the beginning of the book; especially with how she treated Lady Estora.I don't think that Fergal really added much to the book; I started getting flashbacks to Mercedes Lackey's Valedmar series when I read about Fergal. The introduction of Amberhill as the destitute noble/rogue was fun. Amberhill is an entertaining character but I struggled to get him to fit into the story. His role in the story seemed forced and a bit unnatural; althought I think this character has promise for the future. Unfortunately I was getting the feeling that Amberhill's only purpose in this novel is to set him up as a future love interest for Karigan (I guess time will tell).Damien and Lady Frost were very interesting characters that didn't get enough page space. It was also nice to see the Berry sisters again; although the role they played was tiny.The story overall was disappointing. Both Karigan and Alton did a lot of hemming and hawing. There were a lot of issues brought up in the book that were left unresolved (Karigan's problem with her father trying to foist her off for marriage, etc). I think people who have previously reviewed this book and described it as a transition novel are right. There was a lot of shuffling people around and setting up stuff but not a lot of meaningful action taking place.At the end of this book I had more questions than answers. I also started to despair that this is going to be a long un-ending series. I think it would have been good as a trilogy; I am worried that it will drag itself down if too many books are slapped onto this series.So in summary, it was okay. I read it at a pretty good clip for a while and then had trouble finishing it. Hopefully the next book is more meaningful and hopefully it concludes this series!
hindustar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful addition to the series, and while clearing up a few loose ends, it created several more tantalizing characters to follow up on. Grandmother and Amberhill are two I look forward to reading more about, as well as Karigan.
storyjunkie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very transitional novel, which disappointed me because I was among those who had somehow gotten the idea that the Green Rider series was a trilogy. Neither the events nor the character development that occur in The High King's Tomb justify the high page count; it seems that there were a number of filler scenes in which characters fret about events, and events moved very slowly until the last third of the book. The plot actually centers around the character of Grandmother, rather than Kerigan, which means that the majority of actions by characters unconnected to Grandmother (and very few of the introduced characters are connected to Grandmother) are setting up for the next installment, and have little bearing on the momentum of this one. This also has the effect of making Major Events in Kerigan's story seem like side-stories or footnotes, whereas she was the center of the previous two books.That said, the world is still a very interesting place and we do get introduced to far more of it, in passing, here. Interesting new characters are introduced, with hopes that they'll play a big part next time. Specific, high-consequence scenes are done very, very well, providing the dramatic lift. And when she starts connecting to the main plot, Kerigan shines as much as she did in the previous two books.
TheOneTree on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you love horses, fantasy, honour and loyalty then you simply must pick this one up. Riveting read and a very fine series. This is Kristens' third book in her first ever trilogy. Looking forward to many, many more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Green Rider, Karigan and the Green Riders makes a great adventure filled with honor and friendship. Cannot wait for the reat of the story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Continuing Karigan's adventures, this volume elicited laughter, moist eyes and frustration from this reader ?Which means the characters are again complex: we want them to fulfill their goals! The anticipation of learning more of the magic introduced in this time leaves the reader wanting more! So, off I go to purchase #4 in this series,!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good mix of character development and story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Green Rider series has been one of the best additions to the fantasy genre and this installment continues with the development of interesting characters involved in an exciting plot line. ( You can skip book 5 when you get there... unless you're ready for something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT... you'll see. ;-( )