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Blue Moon Rising (Forest Kingdom #1)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  2,510 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Rupert didn't especially want to be a prince. And he certainly never asked to be the second son of a royal line that really didn't need a spare. So he was sent out to slay a dragon and prove himself-a quest straight out of legend. But he also discovered the kinds of things legends tend to leave out, as well as the usual demons, goblins, the dreaded Night Witch-and even wor...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published September 6th 2005 by Roc Trade (first published 1989)
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Michael Fierce
Jul 25, 2014 Michael Fierce rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of classic fantasy, fantasy with humor, and fans of Brooks / Goodkind / Salvatore
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
This book is hilarious, fast-paced, and intensely well-written.It's quite long, at just under 500 pages, and there is so much going on. Yet the storytelling is so involving that you don't have time to be bored. Although this is definitely a fantasy book, it also is a story about an everyday type of hero, even a reluctant hero. Rupert is a man who was raised to live in his brother's shadow. He is the unwanted second son of the Forest Land Kingdom. His father deliberately did not encourage a close...more
I'd hoped to keep my little book reviews to a paragraph or two, maybe less, but this one, fittingly my first, is special, so it gets some extra time during which I can hopefully convince you to pick it up and give it a try.

Throughout my life, my dad has always maintained an impressive little library of everything from history and politics to best-sellers and sci-fi, so I've always had fond memories of books in general. They lined the walls in the room where I spent most of my teenage years, and...more
I read this when I was in my early teens, and again in high school, and again in college, and again (you get the point). Kitchy fantasy cliches aside (and there are plenty in this book) it's a really well-written and compelling story. I always miss it when I'm finished. The standard fantasy foundation (dragon/prince/spunky princess) is done well enough that it always either adds to- or provides welcome relief from what is a gripping, scary, fun and sometimes sad story. Even if you're not a huge...more
I picked up this book at random and was very pleasantly surprised. It's a very complex story where the good guys aren't always good adn the bad guys have a lot of good reasons for being bad. I found it a lot more realistic (and therefore dark) than the traditional fantasy fiction, and a lot more witty and fun to read, too. Joss Whedon meets Peter Beagle.
Blue Moon Rising starts out as a stereotypical knee slapping style story as it goes though everything the jacket mentions. There is a sarcastic unicorn, wise dragon, and feisty princess. Not to mention the dark woods and demons. After the first 100 pages though, the story completely changes. What you thought was going to be simple quest based fantasy becomes character driven, and thoroughly entertaining. We get intrigue at the castle and multiple traitors, as well as funny goblins and an angry p...more
Blue Moon Rising by Simon R. Green- This is the first book of a series of stand-alone novels under the title of Forest Kingdom. However, each book is an entirely new story with different characters. The second book is called Blood and Honour and the third book is called Down Among the Dead. The two main protagonists are also the main characters in Simon R. Green's Hawk and Fisher series (No Haven for the Guilty, Devil Take the Hindmost, The God Killer, Vengeance for a Lonely Man, Guard Against D...more
Blue Moon Rising and Beyond the Blue Moon were the first of Simon Green's book about the husband & wife team of Hawk & Fisher I read - as well as just the first of his books I read in general. And they are what got me hooked.

The Reasons to Read The Series? Easy-Peasy

# A real husband & wife duo. Both characters are strong in their own rights - but together they are amazing. SG has created one of the best pairings I've found, and I wish to hell he'd write more. They aren't perfect, bu...more
Dec 31, 2008 Echo rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of fantasy that doesn't take itself too seriously
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
I wouldn't call Green's books outright comedic fantasy, because they're not, but he does have a wonderful kind of wit and his books don't take themselves too seriously. Then again, if you've read the book summary, you can probably tell. A princess with a mean left hook? Obviously not your traditional fantasy. I actually read the books out of order, but I would never change that, because I already knew Julia's character from previous books. When I finally picked up this book and met her character...more
This was the first book of Mr. Green's I picked up, way back in High School. Inside there was a small forward explaining what this book was about it said:

" In those days there were heroes and villains, and darkness walked the earth. There were dragons to be slain captured Princesses to be saved, and mighty deeds were accomplished by knights in shining armor. Many tales are told of that time, tales of steadfast bravery and derring-do. This isn't one of them."

I was hooked! Since reading that firs...more
Sep 23, 2010 K L rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
This is the first book I ever read by Simon Green and it made me a fan. I laughed out loud at the opening of a handsome young prince heading out for adventure to prove himself. The catch is that his horse is a unicorn since he's still a virgin. The horse is mouthy and preachy but the prince is stuck with him.

His travails are made worse when the beautiful princess he plans to rescue wants nothing to do with him as she's perfectly happy being a non princess.

Simon writes very well and some of his...more
Great book, much better than the Nightside series. There is nothing special about the main character, who is the second son and Prince of a realms that has no need for him. He is sent a Quest that he is either supposed to die on or serve as his exile.

The beginning of this book made me think it was going to be over-the-top Terry Pratchett style, but after the debacle of saving the dragon from the princess, it got a lot better. I really got to like the main character. I guess he strikes a chord w...more
Wickedshizuku (and the Jedi pup)
Dec 31, 2012 Wickedshizuku (and the Jedi pup) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans, Science Fiction fans, Patricia C. Wrede fans, Tamora Pierce fans
Recommended to Wickedshizuku by: Goodreads
Shelves: 2012, paranormal, reviewed
I had never heard of this series until I had stumbled across it on Goodreads. It has been fairly amusing adventure that I enjoyed thoroughly. I thought that the princess was hysterical, and her plight was very complex. I most certainly wasn't expecting a dragon in the mix of things. The princes and king are a riot, though I doesn't seem a very traditional outlook on court intrigue.
The demon prince, who is the enemy, doesn't seem to be the worst big baddie; but I think he will play a much bigger...more
If I could pick only 10 books to read for the rest of my life, this would be one of them.
I've worn out 4 paperback copies of "Blue Moon Rising", and have read it at least thirty times. A must read!
I had to buy this book just because of the opening line. And it was completely worth it. It's fantasy, but it's also a story that mocks fantasy. Plus there's a talking unicorn. What more could you ask for?
Jan 02, 2009 Isaac rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes fantasy
Possibly my favorite book ever, except for all the other ones I like a lot. Good character development and a great fantasy universe to immerse yourself in.
cheesy (sometimes groan-worthy) humor, characters go off on very long expository statements, I might only love this because it was terrific when I was young
Candace Schaddelee
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Shane Moore
At first this seemed like a humorous take on the most cliché of Fantasy tropes. I liked it a lot. A Prince is sent off to slay a dragon, mostly in hopes that he will get killed and remove himself from the line of Royal succession. He rides a sarcastic and cowardly unicorn, and faces danger with wit and practicality.

Within a few chapters, the humor has become more sparse. The fighting is increasingly detailed and more gory. Things get serious. The story never stops flirting with stereotypes, tho...more
Faye, la Patata
It started out really funny, but then it became kinda cliché in the second part of the graphic audio. And it's actually weird because at first it was defying everything cliché known in traditional fantasy only to be a pool of it later on x_x Julia also irritated the heck out of me.

But the graphic audio version is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good. High production value, voices well-dramatized, super nice music... Makes me look forward to more Simon Green GA in the future!
I am really enjoying the audio part of my day (while at work) makes the day go by so much quicker.
This novel is a perfect example of how Graphic audio is really coming into its own, not just narration but (The movie in your mind) ..should bold that .. really add's so much to the story the diff' voices for characters and the background sounds really are amazing, this novel as well as a fun story really keeps it going. good book Great audio book'
I've had this on my five-star list of awhile, but I just realized that I never wrote a review. This is not a book for the faint of heart. It's not entirely pleasant. It is disturbing in parts. There is little hope in the book. It drags a bit in the middle. Normally, these are all signs that I will ultimately dislike, put down, or even utterly loathe a story. But for some reason, it just works.

There's some very good characterization in the book. There are good plot and character twists. There is,...more
“In those days there were heroes and villains, and darkness walked the earth. There were dragons to be slain, captured Princesses to be saved, and might deeds were accomplished by knights is shining armor. Many tales are told of that time, tales of steadfast bravery and derring-do. This isn’t one of them.” ~ And so begins the tale of Prince Rupert, the second son of King John of the Forest Lands. Simon Green’s Blue Moon Rising tells the tale of Rupert sent on a quest to find a dragon, a quest fr...more
Originally a friend lent me this book as one of her long time favourites years ago. I loved it then, and marvelled at the quality of the writing and the fun the author had with the story.
Re-reading it recently, I felt the same way as I did back then.
Interesting characters hold your attention and make you care about how the story develops, and funny little satirical elements still resound with me the way they did when I first read this book.
I can't help but wish that Green had kept the same quali...more
Alexander Draganov
It'd would be poetic to say that I wondered whether a master of space adventures can write a good book about dragons, swords and sorcery, but in reality I was pretty damn sure that "Blue Moon Rising" will be a great novel and, boy, it was. The only wondrous thing is how can an author be that good. I'll not retell the plot in my review, but I have to say that Green as usual has used the genre as to maximize its potential and here you have bloody battles, court intrigues, ancient sorcery, sardonic...more
Amy Newburn
I loved this book! A prince who doesn't act like a prince. A talking unicorn who is very sarcastic and hilarious. A dragon who needs to be saved from a princess. A princess who kicks some serious ass. I couldn't put this down!


The only part that made me cringe was that last little snippet at the end where Rupert can no longer ride the unicorn........did the author HAVE to put it that way? Did the author have to tell us that Rupert lost his virginity at all!?!?!? Way too corny for m...more
If you like magic and adventure with demons, goblins, sorcerers, unicorn and a dragon then you will like this book. Along with that the story has politics in it. (view spoiler)...more
Wendy Yu
Evelyn lent me this book awhile ago. I admit at first I was being a book snob and put it off. I picked it up waiting for some amazon purchases to ship, and now I want to devour all of it. I read to relate, to look for something to help me figure out everything I don't understand in life, which is a lot. And amazingly, awesomely, this funny book about a reluctant prince from a bankrupt kingdom meeting a dragon on his quest to die speaks to me about obligation, duty, the horror of having to go to...more
Prince Rupert, being an unneeded second son, is sent off on a quest to kill a dragon. Instead, he makes a friend of the dragon by rescuing it from Princess Julia. He brings them both back thru the Darkwood, fighting demons and barely surviving by using a sword he finds at the end of the rainbow. Unfortunately, they get back only to find the blue moon is rising and the dark is encroaching rapidly on the castle itself.
The tale is full of swords, sorcery, and heroism served up with Green's typica...more
Found this at a used book store and got it on a whim. Love, love, loved it. The "hero" is a klutz who can't do anything right, the princess in the tower isn't what he expects her to be and the dragon, well, the dragon is complicated. War is hell, the handsome prince isn't all that charming, and these bad guys are BAD. Add a stupid king, an incompetent magician and a unicorn with a rotten attitude and you have a romp that turns fantasy conventions upside down. It's funny and scary and good.
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Simon Richard Green is a British science fiction and fantasy-author. He holds a degree in Modern English and American Literature from the University of Leicester. His first publication was in 1979.

His Deathstalker series is partly a parody of the usual space-opera of the 1950s, told with sovereign disregard of the rules of probability, while being at the same time extremely bloodthirsty.

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“Are you sure this is a good idea?' whispered the unicorn.
'No,' said Rupert. 'But it's our best chance to find a dragon.'
'Frankly, that doesn't strike me as such a hot idea either,' muttered the unicorn.”
“Rupert: "... At this rate, somebody is bound to upset the Warlock once too often, and we'll end up with a Court full of bemused looking toads."

"He wouldn't dare use his magic here," said the Champion.

"Don't bet on it," said Rupert. "The High Warlock has all the practicality and self-preservation instincts of a depressed lemming.”
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