Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Green Rider--A review
A non-spoiler review of Green Rider.
Summary from the back of the book:
On her long journey home from school after a fight which will surely lead to her expulsion, (16 year old) Karigan G'ladheon ponders her future as she trudges through the immense forest called Green Cloak. But before Karigan's ponderings can become a definite plan, her thoughts are interrupted by the clattering of hooves, as a galloping horse bursts from the woods, its rider slumped over his mount's neck, impaled by two black-shafted arrows. As the young rider lies dying on the road, he tells Karigan that he is a Green Rider, one of the legendary messengers of the king, and that he bears a "life and death" message for King Zachary. He begs Karigan to carry his message, warning her not to read it, and when she reluctantly agrees, he makes her swear on his sword to deliver the message "for love of her country." As he bestows upon her the golden winged-horse brooch which is the symbol of his office, he whispers with his last breath, "Beware the shadow man....."
This is a book for those who truly love fantasy. Kristen Britain plunges you deep into the forest of her world. Sometimes it was hard to see through the trees, especially in the first 100 pages. I found myself a little lost at first, perhaps receiving information before it was relevant. And with her attention to detail, I was a little weighed down. But someone recommended it to me, so I had patience with it even though several times in those first 100 pages I was tempted to put it down and pick up one of the other 2 books I had purchased that day. But, I was glad I hung on. The last 350 pages were amazing. Now, I'm dying to read the second book in the series. Her story and world had many layers and I often found myself surprised. Her main character was believable and lovable. I can't wait to read the next book. In fact, now I'm tempted to buy the next book before I read the other two books I already purchased. We'll see if my willpower holds out.
Update: I have no willpower. I am ashamed at my weakness. Oh well, I'll make myself feel better as I read "First Rider's Call". (book number 2). I'm so excited.