The High King's Tomb (Green Rider #3)
A thousand years ago the armies of the Arcosian Empire, led by Mornhavon the Black, crossed the great sea and tried to conquer the land of Sacoridia aand during Karigan Galadheonas early years as a Green Rider, Mornhavonas spirit, sensing weakness in his prison walls and seeking vengeance,...more
Kristen Britain's The High King's Tomb
By Eric Allen
This book is a little hard to rate, because the first half is boring and largely irrelevant to the story, where the second half is excellent and exciting. So I guess I'm going with a nice, neutral 3 stars. Not great. Not horrible. Just kind of there.
Before I start, I want to make something clear. There are a few very big things wrong with this book, and they are not the author's fault. The writing itself is excellent, and...more
So, my local public library finally picked up the paperback of this third-of-four volumes and put it on the “NEW” shelf. Well, at least that means I found it.
I’ve been patiently following this series since Green Rider was published way back in (checks author’s website) 1998. Patience has been required, because the sequel First...more
From what I've read publishers are now asking that fantasy/science fiction novels be about 90,000 words. I've...more
Thankfully, this volume in the series is much better than the previous, which was a bit of a disappointment. I still like it best when the story takes place in the "real" world, and this takes a couple of trips outside too, but not enough for me to lose interest, thankfully. The thing is, Britain does her main...more
There is definitely a lack of development in Kari's romance department, but on her duties and uniqueness, a lot has happened. I want more of Kari and less of everyone else... unless it has something to do with Kari. Hahaha!
(view spoiler)[ I'm q...more
I really felt that this book was slow and uninteresting for the beginning, and parts of the middle as well. Karigan is stuck doing trivial things with a boring companion. And I felt like I was being preached at for parts of the book - for example, the dissertation on whorehouses and love, the random mention of same-sex couples, arranged marriages, etc. It just felt like the author just *had* to put her view of societal issues in the book and t...more
As a recap (and possible spoiler) of the first two books, Karigan has been kicked out of school and on her way back to her father's city she encounters a Green Rider who is mortally injured. The Green Rider's are the King's personal messengers and as part of this service, they obtain...more
The beginning of this book was slow...more
Positives Great Detail, More horse involvement,surprises,humor, short chapters and the wall speaks.
Negatives leaves you hanging for the next book, not many of the new problems are fixed and even the old problems are still there, the annoyance of Alton not being allowed into the Wall, and the size of the book might scare peopl...more
It's all about buying horses, training new riders, delivering messages, going to fancy parties, trying to decide on a suitor... If that did it for me, I'd just pay $2.00 for People Magazine. Now...more
On the one hand, Kristen Britain's writing has improved a lot since the series began, and she handled the increasingly complex storyline well. She juggles about half a dozen subplots inThe High King's Tomb, and she keeps them all in the air.
But on the other hand, the story dragged in places, especially near the beginning. Some details felt unnecessary, while others were obviously includ...more
Coherently written and fabulous.
Plenty of action and intrigue to keep you focused. Struggled to walk away from this book to do other things. Damn that housework!
I love how all the sub-plots come together and give many answers to the mysteries surrounding the wall/Mornhavon.
I hate the fact Estora is going to marry Zachary. But I'm rooting for Alton too!
All of this done in fabulous fashion, it is by no means at the forefront of the story telling. But it leaves us wanting more!
[POSSIBLE SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.]
First off, I must say this, I'm still pining that Karigan and King Zachary could somehow be together. I know it sound so silly, especially since both parties know it isn't possible, and that Zachary is...more
Having a lead character who is not only a female, but a messenger (albeit one who seems to have more skills than that required to deliver "letters") makes it different to other fantasies, where farm boys often...more
Overall, solid books, in a solid series, with enough continuity to make you want more, and enough wrap up in each book so far to not feel like you're being hung out on a cliff.
For horse mad teenagers who read fantasy, this would be a definite win, but I'm not sure a rabid Valdemar fan could read it without making the comparisons I do. I think Valdemar, as a series, is more coherent and possibly better written, at least the early books. But I'm no rabid fan, and Talia always seemed a little se