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Cavalier Vert (Green Rider #1)

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Karigan G'ladheon, jeune fille éprise d'aventure, s'enfuit après avoir été exclue de son école pour avoir défié en duel le fils d'un gouverneur de province. Elle croise alors un Cavalier Vert, l'un des légendaires messagers du roi qui lui demande dans un dernier souffle de porter un message à son souverain. Sans même prendre connaissance de la missive, elle fait le serment...more
Paperback, 500 pages
Published August 21st 2008 by Milady (first published January 1st 1998)
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Roberta
Oct 27, 2007 Roberta rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Lackey fans
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
When I read the back of this book, I thought wow; sounds like the Heralds of Valdemar, and if you point out some generalities, it sounds even more so. Young heroine, special horses, magical abilities, messengers for the king. Wow, sounds familiar--Talia--young heroine, special horses--companions, magical abilities--mind magic, messengers for the king--heralds act as messengers. But that's where the similarities end unless you want to add good writing, characterization, and plot to the mix.

The wo...more
Paxnirvana
Not good. Mary Sue main. EVERYTHING revolves around this girl. Which can be okay as a device if the author handles it right. This one didn't. *sigh*

The overall story also suffers from a common problem in fantasy world-building: TOO MUCH. If magic horses and riders aren't enough for the tired old the-throne-is-threatened-oh-no-must-save-it! trope, add bad elves, ancient magics, rich men who mysteriously fall for the heroine, shadowy bad guys, Disney-esque old ladies in isolated magical mansions...more
Catie
This is a perfectly serviceable little fantasy. The references to The Lord of the Rings, and even Star Wars are prevalent, but that in itself doesn’t really bother me. There are many successful novels out there that owe allegiance to the classics of fantasy (Harry Potter, anyone?). The only problem is, the constant LOTR references led me to compulsorily compare this book to its older, more experienced, more complex, better grandfather. And I say compulsorily, because I really didn’t want to. I t...more
Aaron
Jun 10, 2007 Aaron rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone, really
So, I really feel like The Green Rider demonstrates what a fantasy novel should really be. Just enough world building to pique the interest, with a lot of the usual fantasy tropes bobbing to the surface (ancient wars, forgotten magic, elite bodyguards, aloof faeries/elves hidden in the forests, etc) but other details that make it uniquely its own. The world building is not so overwhelming that is swamps the action or waters down the characters too much.
The pacing kept quick and exciting, as Ka...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This is a good beginning to a good trilogy*(Update...the "trilogy" has gone 4 volumes now, oh well). This is a mainly character driven book. The "courier" is in fact an interesting historical character in "his or her" own right. Traditionally given special consideration (passing through enemy lines in battle, traveling enemy territory allowing communication between hostile powers etc.) they are fascinating. Of course what I mention above is the "ideal" in reality a lot of messengers didn't actua...more
Chelsie Unicornkind
Looking through a bookstore one day I was immediately attracted by the cover. Upon reading the book I was rather pleased with the result. A nice novel with adventure, magic, and intrigue it remains a book I read over and over again.

The story begins with Karigan running away from school. She won in a fight with a rich kid and wants to tell her father her end of the story. However, she runs into a dying Green Rider with a life and death message for the King. As she swears to deliver the message, h...more
Eric Allen
An Opinionated Look At:

Kristen Britain's Green Rider

By Eric Allen

I'm a proud member of the Science Fiction Book Club, and I have been for many years. I have bought and read the featured selections, two books that the club is really excited about and send to every member each month unless they indicate otherwise, almost every single month since I joined. Yes, I am that big of a geek. So sue me. If I remember correctly, both Green Rider and A Game of Thrones came out the same month. Now THAT was a...more
Becky
I picked up this book because of an eye-catching cover followed by a few good reviews I ran across while browsing around. I'm glad I did!

This is a fairly standard fantasy work in a lot of ways: Karigan is practically shoved into the role of heroine when circumstances lead her to come across a man, dying with two black arrows in his back, who pleads with her to carry his urgent message to the king. She is quickly thrust into life-or-death situations, meeting all sorts of strange people along her...more
Susan
Another of those "I picked it up because of the cover" (lovely artwork by the late Keith Parkinson!) that was a reward for adventurousness -- Enjoyed this book I've had to buy 4 copies because I need to spread the wealth :-)

I tend to send books to my sister and niece, plus I've been known to waylay strangers in the bookstore if they venture down the F/SF aisle (or the horror aisle).

Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
Swords and sorcery, coming of age, adventure, action, magic, creatures of myth and legend, dark magic, evil power-hungry bad guys, magical horses, kidnappings, betrayals, triumphs, defeats. Any of that sound good? Then you should read this book!

It truly had a bit of everything. It's quite a long story but the pacing was pretty consistent and fast throughout. I instantly felt comfortable in the world-building, it was very easy to acclimate to. I have read a few swords and sorcery type books but n...more
Emily
Mar 12, 2009 Emily rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
I've read this book so many times, my copy is starting to come apart. I absolutely LOVE it. The main character Karigan is so believable, I can relate easily to her, and I know that most people would feel the same. The story is very original and engaging. It's definitely a must read for any fantasy book fan.
Mean Jane
Listened to around 8 chapters on audiobook format.

This book started out wonderfully (well okay, I've never been a big fan of watching the bad guy rub his hands gleefully while doing evil deeds as a prologue, but the magic was interesting!). We get thrown into the action almost from the word go with the main character, Karigan, runs across the path of a dying messenger and taking up his mission. What followed was a exciting chase scene and more interesting magic.

Then the Berry sisters showed up...more
Lolly's Library
The first impression one gets from reading the back cover of Green Rider is the obvious parallels to the Heralds of Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey. Both involve messengers of the regent, special horses, and magic. And while there are some similarities, Britain's book reads with less magic and more grit and politics. The world is rougher, more dangerous; the land of the story is broken into clans, much as Europe was broken into multiple kingdoms, fiefdoms, etc. several centuries ago; clans wh...more
Rebecca
The book gets off to a slighlty awkward start, but it soon speeds up and eventually you can't put the book down. The plot captures your attention at just the right moments and the characters constantly surprise you. The book is about a girl called Karigan who, upon being thrown out of her school, finds one of the King's Green Riders with two arrows in his back. Making a promise and accepting a life that she underestimates, she embarks on an adventure which leads her to immense danger, to the mys...more
edifanob
I bought this book during a stay in London in 2007. The blurb was like an invitation to me. I like books with a heroine. And to be honest I really love Karrigan and her story. I also like the authors writing style. Fortunately there are two more books. Second volume is on my to read list and third volume is on my to buy list. It's really interesting that UK and US pocket books are a lot cheaper when I buy them in Germany. Ok maybe one reason is exchange raate of Euro.
Miriam Mathew
I liked it. It reminded me of Tamora Pierce's novels actually: the heroine is a strong female called to do some great deed, there's a sprig of romance (not a main theme but it's not minor either), has the perfect blend of fantasy and adventure and keeps its readers turning the pages. All in all, it was wonderful.
Anila
Most of my commentary on this book, actually, has to do with its similarities to Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar- after all, that was the reason I picked it up. But since other reviewers have addressed it, I'll just summarize it like so: Easy to see the parallels, and at the time it seems almost derivative. However, there are distinct differences.
So, addressing Green Rider itself-
If I recall, this is Britain's first book, and it does show. Could stand for some better editing- run-on senten...more
Jamie
I grabbed this book at B&N because it had a horse on the cover and sounded interesting. I was at an event for my son's school and they got a percentage of all sales, so I felt obligated to buy something, but didn't want to spend more than $10. So, at $7.95, Green Rider was one of the best book prurchases I've ever made.

I was hooked from the start. The book is fast-paced and packed with magic--which I love. Britain takes you into the story and make you feel like you're there riding alongside...more
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

"Ride, Greenie, ride!"

Karigan G'ladheon, the daughter of a wealthy merchant, has been kicked out of school because she beat up the son of a nobleman. On her way home she crosses paths with a Green Rider, one of King Zachary’s messengers. The Rider has two black arrows in his back, but before he dies he coerces Karigan into promising to take a sealed message to the king. Reluctantly, Karigan sets out to fulfill her vow. Along the way she meets allies and en...more
Amy Aelleah
Apr 01, 2013 Amy Aelleah rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans, fans of strong leading ladies
I actually bought this book years ago. I found it at a local flea market and it sounded appealing - even though I knew nothing about the book or author. I set it aside and read a few reviews of it that made the book sound dreadfully boring and pretty much erased my interest in it.

Fast forward until a couple of weeks ago.

I was looking at reviews at this very website for books that I was interested in and I thought about this one. I still had my sightly battered copy of Green Rider sitting on my s...more
Dawn
3.5 stars. A good start to a traditional type fantasy series. Nothing new or revolutionary here, just good old hero/quest/coming-of-age fantasy.

This has been on my radar for a while, and I'm glad I finally picked it up. Last month I was looking for an old school traditional fantasy read, but I decided to pick up The Baker's Boy instead of this. I was less than impressed by BB... But I'm happy to say that I found what I was looking for with Green Rider. Like I said, nothing revolutionary.. But I...more
Christopher
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Geneve
Mar 14, 2008 Geneve rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young adult readers, mostly
The story is nothing much new, but there's a surprising whiff of fresh air to it, mostly due to the characters, I think.

I liked the heroine; she came close to being cookie cutter here and there, but for the most part Britain makes an interesting, refreshingly flawed character out of all the cliches.
She was unapologetically belligerent, had enough bad judgment to be real, and by the end, it felt like she'd grown up a little, rather than perfect all along and simply misjudged.
The final battle see...more
Emma
I found this book on the floor of my friends room and started reading it for want of something to do. When the time came for me to go home, she let me take it with me, as I was so engrossed in the story.
We start with Karigan expelled from school, stumbling across a dying Green Rider, and she is shoved into the role of the heroine right away, as the Rider begs her to carry on his mission.
Yes, there are a lot of similarities with other books, there is magic, special abilities and a threat to the...more
Adrianna
I can't believe it's been over four years since I've read this. Yet every single time I see it on my shelf I smile fondly and my fingers itch to go through the pages one more time. I haven't even continued the series, but this is one of my all-time favorite books.

I obviously can't write an accurate review since it's been so long, but I'm hoping some of my friends here on Goodreads will pick this book up because it truly is (was?) a hidden gem.
Scott
2.5 * stars

First off, let me say that I really wanted to like this book. And for those that really enjoyed this book, I am glad. But for me, this book was just a mess of contradictions. Heres's why:

While the narrative is very action driven and well paced, the story seemed not to move very far for a 471 page book.

No explanation for the system of magic used, it just exists.

At times Britain's narrative style bounces back and forth, from that of being exciting and well written, to that of feeling a...more
Janne Varvára
I randomly bought this with my birthday audiobook subscription after seeing it at the store, simply because I like fantasy and I like horses. Seems feeble reasons, perhaps, but a great find!

This book starts as our heroine runs away from boarding school after a fight with another student. Once upon the road homewards, she comes across a rider in green, fleeing with two black arrows sticking out of his back. As he dies, he begs her to take his horse and the message he carries, one of immense impor...more
Joshua Palmatier
This is the first book in Kristen Britain's Green Rider series from DAW Books and I'm not sure why it took me so long to get around to reading it.

Karigan is a student at a school for the wealthy and elite because her father is a successful merchant. But after a sword fight with another student--an aristocrat's son--where she humiliates him, she finds herself in hot water . . . so she runs away. Or rather, she runs from the school, intent on returning home. However, as soon as she leaves she stum...more
Eskana
To be quite honest, it took me quite a while to read this book. I'd seen it around for some time, but although interested, I never felt quite motivated enough to read it. Maybe that affected my momentum, because although I thought the story was pretty good and the characters relatively strong, I was unable to push through to the very end, and ended up skimming the last several chapters just to know how it ended.

Again, I think the characters were good. The heroine was smart, resourceful, and rela...more
Raya
This book didn’t wow me, but it was still a fun read similar to novels like Lord of the Rings, where the fate of a kingdom depends on one unwitting person. The Green Rider centers on Karigan, a feisty young woman who must send a message to the king in order to save the kingdom. It relied on several conventional themes of fantasy novels, the old evil that threatens to rise again, the unlikely heroine that must go on her own journey to persevere and save the kingdom. And of course, it wouldn’t be...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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“You're a stubborn, ill-trained horse." she said
The horse snorted and walked towards the North Road of his own volition.
"Hey!" Karigan pulled back on the reins. "Whoa. Who do you think is in charge here?”
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