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Blackveil (Green Rider #4)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  8,051 Ratings  ·  506 Reviews
Once a simple student, Karigan G'ladheon finds herself in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand when she becomes a legendary Green Rider-one of the magical messengers of the king. Forced by magic to accept a dangerous fate she would never have chosen, headstrong Karigan has become completely devoted to the king and her fellow ...more
Kindle Edition, 673 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Daw Books, Inc. (first published 2010)
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Okay, that's IT! I officially HATE KRISTEN BRITAIN! She has joined my hitlist alongside other eminent i'm-going-to-die-before-my-series-is-over greats, George R. R. Martin and Robert Jordan (who did, in fact, die before his series was over, damn him!).

An offering from the I Hate Kristen Britain society

I once told my friend Megan that when I was the queen of the world and got to make my own rules, I would make sure that nobody could get the first book of any series published until they had writ
Feb 03, 2011 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've always enjoyed the Green Rider series until now. Waiting 3-4 years for each book was painful, but you usually got a good book in the end.

Not this time.

The book drags and it's darker than any of the other books. I'm majorly disappointed in the way some of the plot lines developed. But what really honked me off were two things:

1. A main character gets raped.
2. The book ends with a horrendously bad cliffhanger ending.

I could maybe deal with one, but not both. Having to wait another 3-4 ye
Mar 01, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited for this book latest book in the Green Rider series. I was disappointed. The author had written an amazing series that was full of intrigue, romance & strong characters. Sadly, she joined the bandwagon that so many authors are on where they think that they will impress their audiences more by including sexual scenes in their books. FYI -- you ruin a story with such descriptions. For me, sex scenes in movies or books are a big message that the writer is trying to sell their b ...more
Mar 27, 2011 Jenny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, I can't same I'm surprised by the fact that this book was total fantasy drivel. Okay, it could have been worse. HOWEVER reading the author's website FAQs made me sort of hate her guts. Seriously? She had to put up a point that she's too busy taking FIVE YEARS to write one book that she asks her fans not to bother her with mail, you know, full of their little writerly attempts and dreams? And then the question of "why do you take so long to write" she answers by going into a bizarre descrip ...more
Jan 12, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Okay, so Kristen Britain is getting a lot of grief over a certain scene in "Blackveil" that has the K/Z Fandom outraged (no spoilers, I promise!). Let's admit it, it's a doozy whether or not you're rooting for Karigan! Some are enraged, some disgusted, some pleased, some confused ... that's the point! A good author will throw curve balls at her readers in order to generate a reaction - any reaction. Whether it's positive or negative, it tends to have the effect of baiting the audience into stick ...more
Feb 02, 2011 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 20, 2015 Jennavier rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I can't believe this is happening. I've been a fan of this series for so many years. It's one of the only series of it's type- fantasy adventure of the old school model with a female lead. I used this to con so many teenagers into fantasy. But this series went downhill in a big way. My husband got to the point where he strait up asked me to quit since it was making me so miserable which meant I was making him miserable. Yay marriage! Here are my problems:

Karrigan- once upon a time she was a flaw
Aug 09, 2011 Heidi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Warning #1- This is NOT the end of the series. The book leaves you in an even less satisfying place than #3 did.

Warning #2- The author seems to have gone the way of Anne McCaffrey. A few exciting clean books in a series that unexpectedly turns inappropriate. Personally, I do not need detailed sexual encounters in my YA fantasy novels. Especially not when one of the concerned parties is in a coma.

Now I'm grumpy that I've lost another series.
Mar 06, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
wtf, Kristen Britain?! What are you doing to your formerly awesome series? It's heartbreaking. Like many others, I totally fell in love with the first book of the Green Riders series. At book two I was still highly impressed. By book three I was starting to get worried. And this: book four, sat next to my bed a long time before I actually had the courage to pluck it up and read it. I had a bad feeling the author was going to take the plotlines in a direction I would not be happy with. At all. An ...more
Oct 14, 2011 Charisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sigh....these books are so crazy it's screwing with my head. Ok, so I really liked this book, except some J.K. Rowling must have got into Kristin Britain because she's killing off a bunch of good people lol. The only reason I gave this four stars is because the ending was...torturous. The ending leaves you hanging from a 5,000 foot cliff. Plus...I'm not really an Estora fan, she's alright, but I'm totally shipping Karigan and Zachary, and it just sucks that they ended up getting married while he ...more
Oct 25, 2015 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Long, but quite good.
Alyssa Archambo Nelson
I love the Green Rider series. I fell in love with it six years ago when my best friend handed me Green Rider and told me that I would probably be done with it the next day. She was right. Blackveil, however, just wasn't up to par for me.

What I liked:

The suspense is terrific and I am greatly enjoying how the overall storyline is progressing. Once again, Britain creates a world that I can just grab onto and completely immerse myself in. Blackveil is deliciously horrific and I am glad she held not
I've been a fan of the Green Rider series since 1998 when the first book came out. I was so excited for this book and looked forward to getting to see the characters lives play out further-And while the characters remain well written-the story was underwritten but at the same time overwritten.Too much was not touched on enough and too much was just too drawn out. It was frustrating and I found myself skimming through filler wanting to get to the good parts-and the good parts were SOOO good. I fe ...more
Dec 10, 2012 Emmeline rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Craig Anderson
Jun 13, 2016 Craig Anderson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I do not know how many of you, like me have waited for the next thrilling episode, chapter and book of this wonderful story. As Feb. 2011 came 'round, I was excited because it was finally being released! I got it, but I think the author lost this story in Blackveil.

After 300 pages and 2 other books (read in the mean time just to keep my sanity), I have yet to find more than 2 scenes that held my attention. This wonderful, exciting story has turned to a romance novel. A romance novel that hardly
Mar 01, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have really enjoyed the Green Rider series but this book tortured me. I got into this series because of a friend and luckily she had all three copies and I only had to wait a few months for the 4th book. But this author likes to wait 3-4 years for the next one to come out. What is with that? TORTURE! And her characters are going through it too. I was sadden by so many things some of the characters went through. And then she killed someone who I had really started liking, ugh. I wish the author ...more
Feb 03, 2011 Hafiza rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1998-2011 and still no HEA for Karrigan.
I am done with this author and this series.
Eric Allen
An Opinionated Look At:

Kristen Britain's Blackveil

By Eric Allen

And here we come to the fourth book in the Green Rider series. So far, this book, I'm sorry to say, has the least reason to exist out of the four that I've read. I'll get into that later, so on with the review.

The winter has passed, the crisis at the wall has been dealt with for the time being, though it was only a stopgap measure, and the realm is looking forward toward the king's wedding. Second Empire is beyond the wall and the El
Janne Varvára
Jul 03, 2014 Janne Varvára rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Still keeping at it with my journey through Kristen Britain's Green Rider series. In this volume, an expedition of Second Empire is finding their way through Blackveil Forest, intent on unleashing all its evils on Sachoridia. Our heroine Karigan herself must venture into that abyss, her elf-like companions looking for their lost homeland, and she and the other Green Riders searching for anything that might help them keep the dark magic at bay.

The first thing that strikes you about this book as w
Jun 14, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wendy Lynn Brion
Once again Kristen Britain has done it. Perhaps not quite as riveting as her first book, but I could hardly stand to put it down when I had other "more important" things to be doing.

A couple unexpected plot twists for Zachary and Estora, Captain Mapstone, Alton and, of course, Karigan keep the story moving with at least two attempted assassinations, the return of Mornhavon the Black, the machinations of Second Empire and the ongoing looming threat of Blackveil itself.

I've always liked Karigan be
I'm developing a love/hate relationship with Kristen Britain. While I thoroughly enjoyed this book, some of the things that happened in it were agonizing. At the end we are left with a cliffhanger, which I don't necessarily dislike in general, but it looks like there are 3 to 4 years between the publishing of the last two books. It will be pure torture to wait that long for the next book. I am beginning to think Kristen Britain likes to torture her readers along with the main character in her bo ...more
Amanda Marie (Orandi et Legendi)
As the name suggests, this installment of the Green Rider series finds Karigan in Blackveil Forest. That, however, isn’t the only thing of importance. I love how the story follows subplots that are all, somehow, related. Each character has a backstory and a motive of some sort.

Karigan G’ladheon is the ever faithful, ever loyal Green Rider. She knows her duty to her monarch and to the messenger service. The Weapons have adopted her as a sister-in-arms, an honor rarely bestowed. She is also the fi
Anna Bez
Apr 13, 2011 Anna Bez rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Green Rider series started out as a story that probably could have spanned 3 books. Now the story arc is being stuffed full of sidestories and drawn out into 5 (please let it end with 5!) or more novels. This book could easily have lost 150 pages and been better for it. The tightly written, action packed quality of books 1 and 2 is gone and I doubt will return in book 5.I skimmed entire passages and sometimes chapters to try to finish this book. To give you an idea of the various story threa ...more
Catherine Thompson
In Blackveil, Karigan G'ladheon, Green Rider of Sacoridia, is sent with five other Sacoridians and six of the mysterious Eletians into the depths of Blackveil Forest. Before the invasion of the Arcosians under Mornhavon, Blackveil was Argenthyne, home of the Eletians and their great queen Laurelyn. Now it is tainted with wild magic, which warps creatures and plants into dangerous forms: hummingbirds become vampiric, and trees are sentient. The Eletians claim they wish to see what has become of t ...more
Feb 04, 2011 Mephistia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Okay, I liked this book, I really did. I love all Kristen Britain's books, and far be it from me (an unpublished writer) to criticize someone so talented and brilliant, who's actually made it. But oh my god I was hoping this was the last book! It is absolute torture waiting so many years between books, and as much as I love love love this series, I really wanted a conclusion, not a cliffhanger that I'll be waiting on for at least another two years!

The time between book 6 and book 7 of the Harry
Jun 16, 2012 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Usually by the fourth book of a series I am either bored of the characters who don't have enough substance to keep evolving, or thoroughly enthralled and get maddeningly frustrated when I reach the end and the next book is not published yet. I'm more than happy to say that it is the latter in relation to "Blackveil".
The separate threads that are currently being portrayed through the series are kept fresh with some new characters and new relations between characters against a backdrop of a world
Eoghann Irving
Mar 19, 2013 Eoghann Irving rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
The Green Rider series started off as relatively self-contained novels that merely had common characters and some larger plot elements. At some point during the previous book that changed and while reading Blackveil it becomes clear that Britain isn't even trying to tell a complete story.

Not only is there a major sub-plot which barely starts, but the book leaves us on a cliffhanger regarding the central character as well.

Unlike some people I'm actually okay with cliffhanger endings to books, but
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May 26, 2013 Megs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So lets get real here most people are reading these books because of firstly Karigan and second Karigan's romance with King Zachary. So i think this part happened in the third book or this book i dont really remember, but anyways Karigan confronted Zachary and the told her he for sure was gonna marry Estora but he can still keep seeing her on the side. I was like wow really thats the best you can do you could have agreed peace without marrying Estora and you could have made a law that lets you m ...more
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Kristen Britain grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, where she started her first novel - an undersea fantasy featuring herself and her friends - at the age of nine. She published her first book, a cartoon collection called Horses and Horsepeople, at the age of thirteen. After completing her degree in film production at Ithaca College in 1987 she made the logical (?!) leap from cin ...more
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