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Green Rider (Green Rider #1)

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  23,388 Ratings  ·  1,181 Reviews
A young woman on the run discovers her true destiny--as a magical messenger--in the extraordinary adventure that has thrust first-time novelist Kristen Britain into the master ranks of Mercedes Lackey and Melanie Rawn.
Kindle Edition, 483 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by DAW (first published 1998)
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Jun 11, 2015 Evgeny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I guarantee those familiar with Arrows of the Queen series by Mercedes Lackey will get a sense of déjà vu from my plot description. In fact I had to compare the publication dates of these two books; Mercedes Lackey won.
déjà vu

A misfit young woman met a highly intelligent horse and set up on a very important mission while trying to avoid obstacles and dangers caused by ancient evil bending on getting the lost power back. Needless to say, there are plenty of people on the road doing the best helping the
Oct 27, 2007 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jun 11, 2008 Paxnirvana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tried-to-read
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
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
Jun 13, 2015 Gavin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-books, fantasy
This was a fairly typical YA fantasy. It stands out only because it was well written and has a strong female lead character.

Karigan G'ladheon is fleeing from her school, where she has just been suspended, to her home, but along the way she encounters a dying Green Rider. The man has been shoot with two black arrows. The Green Riders are the King's elite messenger service and with his dying breath the man manages to convince Karigan that she must complete his mission and deliver the message he i
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
Jun 10, 2007 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  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
Eric Allen
Jun 26, 2014 Eric Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
I was not sure what to expect from this book, as the author was new to me and the title didn't quite grab my attention, even though it reminded me of those very old fantasy books which are normally solid bets. I only decide to read it due to the recommendations of friends, and I am glad that I did. In a way, I guess that I wasn't wrong about the old school feeling, as this is a very classic fantasy story and gave off a Tolkienesque vibe.

So, classic fantasy - you know what to expect then. One th
Medieval epic fantasy told in 3rd person POV, mainly from the perspective of the heroine, but also from a villain's POV. I enjoyed this book, but didn't totally love it. Excellent narration, though! Superb performance by Archer. Family safe, too. No sex or swearing. There is a map on the Web, but it's blurry.

Lots of survival scenes, battle scenes, travel scenes. On her clever horse, Karigan must deliver a message, but first she has to deal with deadly creatures of black magic, sorcerery, soul-st
Apr 13, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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).

re-read 8/18/2003
Chelsie Unicornkind
Apr 01, 2008 Chelsie Unicornkind rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Mar 12, 2009 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Dec 19, 2008 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Green Rider starts out rough. For starters, it has a blurb from Terry Goodkind on the cover and an acknowledgement to him. Back in 1998 when this book was first published, I'm sure it seemed like a great marketing decision. Now maybe not so much.

In the first half of the book, Karigan, the protagonist, is really irritating. Granted, she's a teenager and it's established that she's something of a rebel, and I imagine that if most of us were thrown into a fantasy adventure, we'd probably complain t
Melissa Martin
Jun 02, 2015 Melissa Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fantasy-all
I really did like this book and I look forward to seeing what happens in the other books in the series.

There will be some mild **SPOILERS**

Karigan G'ladheon is a wonderful character. Sometimes she made me mad with the choices she made but they always turned out for the best.

She is running away after being expelled from school for something that really wasn't her fault. On the way down the road she runs into F'ryan Coblebay who is a Green Rider, he has been shot with arrows and is dying. He giv
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.
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
Mean Jane
May 12, 2012 Mean Jane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
3.5 stars

This was so much fun! Even though GREEN RIDER was released in the 2000s it still gave me nostalgia for old-school fantasy novels. There's just something so damn classic about a protagonist who runs away...and straight into adventure.

Although I really enjoyed this book, unfortunately I cannot recommend Ellen Archer's audio narration. It legit sounded like Siri was reading the book aloud. Stick to the print version!

Full review to come!
Jun 14, 2015 OhWell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-world, magic
It reminded me of The Lord of the Rings somewhat, with its Eletians (elves), groundmites (orcs), Abram Rust (ent), and the ghosts (the Shadow Host). But overall it is a different world with different characters. It's more a coming of age story than a full-blown fight of good versus evil, with the heroine Karigan having just left school.

I enjoyed the adventure and the characters, even if some of my favourites were just secondary, like the Berry sisters and The Horse. The mysterious group of the
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
Kat  Hooper
Apr 03, 2012 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Jun 15, 2016 Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen marked it as on-hold-maybe-finish-later  ·  review of another edition
I have no freaking clue what is wrong with me... I have tried 4 different high fantasy books and I can't seem to find the "right" one...This is what happens when you spend 24/7 locked into a great epic/high fantasy series and come off the "high" just not finding the same style of story and writing.

This seems to be too young and slow for me. I like action and adventure right away with a hate/romance thrown in!
Sep 09, 2015 Melliane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Mon avis en Français

My English review

J’avais entendu énormément de bien de ces romans et j’avoue qu’en voyant une nouvelle sortie de ce premier tome, j’ai été très intriguée de pouvoir enfin découvrir l’histoire. Je sais que je ne lis pas énormément de fantasy, mais c’est toujours agréable d’en avoir un à portée de main de temps en temps.

Nous découvrons Karigan, une jeune fille fraichement expulsée de son école pour un acte qui pourtant n’aurait pas dû avoir tant de conséquences et qui ne d

The beauty of this book--at least for me--is that I am still newly venturing into the world of fantasy. So, the novel was original, the magical world was quite intriguing, and the bad guys weren't completely expected.

Karigan is a lovable character. I wanted her to succeed. And since I know this book is just one in a series of at least 4 books, I know, in the back of my mind, that she will succeed.

F'ryan Coblebay. Man, I really like this character. Does it say something about me
Lolly's Library (Dork Kettle)
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
Apr 30, 2008 edifanob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
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.
Krista D.
Jul 11, 2016 Krista D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. My only issue was that the pacing in the early chapters was off and made the book sag. But once she reaches the city and delivers her message (about 40% through the book), the plot doesn't stop to take a breath.
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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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