the green rider

by Kristen Britain

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Book 12 of 112 in the Best Fantasy Books for Women
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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 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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Anonymous | 2017-07-29 02:45:48
The first four books? Great. I mean, I started reading this series when I was 12 and I committed to it for YEARS (Britain's publishing rate is slow, to say the least). But books 5 and 6? Britain gave up on this series. Which is a shame, cause the protagonist was a character I could look up to as a young woman. I loved every bit of the world Britain created. But the last two books aren't even close to the same story. I don't think it's worth it to start knowing there will be no ultimate payoff except for one moment of fan service that's not even done well...
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