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The High King's Tomb (Green Rider #3)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  8,937 ratings  ·  343 reviews
Kristen Britain returns to the alively fantasya (SF Site) world of the Green Rider.
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
Paperback, 768 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Gollancz (first published January 1st 2007)
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Eric Allen
An Opinionated Look At:

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
Text Addict
I feel like I need to point out up front that this is actually a positive review of this book and series. It’s just that there are some relatively minor things that bug me.

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
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Mike (the Paladin)
With great sorrow I must say that this, the third novel in the Green Rider series is not quite...that's "not quite" as good as the first 2. I give it 4 stars which is the same rating as the others because I don't want to drop it to 3 stars as that's in my rating system moving to "good" but not outstanding. This book is still outstanding...but long, oh so very long for the story it tells.

From what I've read publishers are now asking that fantasy/science fiction novels be about 90,000 words. I've...more
Janne Varvára
In The High King's Tomb, Karigan has to save the day again, as not only does the threat of Blackveil increase when the wall shows signs of breaking, but the king's intended gets kidnapped.

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
I certainly loved reading the parts that concerned Kari... while hating the parts that didn't. I couldn't skip through the other POVs so I found myself speed reading through it. Sigh... I know I shouldn't but I just want to know what's happening with Kari!

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!

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This book is definitely not as good as the first two.

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
An amazing story, but still not as good as the first in the series. While it had all the wonderful characters of the first two (and the addition of a few more) the plot line was hard to follow and somewhat confusing.

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
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In this book Karigan is struggling with the King's wedding to Lady Estora and, when the Captain Mapstone askes her to go on a seemingly boring mission, Karigan is thrilled to leave the castle. The only downer is that she has to bring along a new Green Rider (Fergal) and train him in on the mission. The D'Yer wall continues to crumble and Alton struggles to find a way to repair it. Of course all is not what it seems to be and Karigan's simple mission goes awry.

The beginning of this book was slow...more
Beka P
I gave this book 5 stars because the author writes in such detail! I feel like she paints the whole picture through her words. If only I could tell stories in a similar way!
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
This is one of those books where you don't care that it's really really long. Because you don't want it to be over. I love the heroine, Karigan. She has real concerns and real weaknesses and doesn't seem to realize how awesome she is. The book is too long to really sum up here, but when I think of The High King's Tomb, I think of the climax where Karigan faces down the King's sneaky, rebellious, and surprisingly powerful enemies in the royal tombs with the help of some supernatural coolness. It'...more
Another great addition to the series that I had a hard time putting down. The new character Amberhill was interesting and I'm wondering how he will factor into the story later on. I also loved revisiting Miss Bunch and Miss Bay. They make me giggle. I also found Damian Frost and his wife Lady fun and interesting characters. My only complaints were that I really wanted to read more things from King Zachary's point of view. I was dying to know what he was thinking through some of it. Unfortunately...more
This book was a real disappointment. I love book one Green Rider and felt as though book two First Rider's Call Green Rider Book 2 was losing ground, but I held out hope that perhaps book three would get better. Alas, it was not to be so! The book has major pacing problems, and feels like there were a lot of 'subplots' that were unnecessary. At the conclusion it felt like I had wasted time for the two revelations that come in the book. If they had cut about 150 pages then perhaps this would have...more
This is the best written book in the series, and ironically my LEAST favorite. Britain's writing has really picked up a notch, but the plot--BLAH. The heroine's life isn't in danger until page 400 and something! The heroes are so boring that I've actually starting cheering on the villains. Yay, Bad Guys!

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
In some ways, this was my favorite book in the series, while in others I feel that the first two are superior.

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
I should justify my 1 star review so I will but just quickly. I love the first book. Love, love, loved it. The second one was alright. This one just sucked. It took too long, the ending was annoying and I mean really I like reading series all at once. When I know they're a series that really helps. So I've read Green Rider's First call 3 times and I still like it. However this one still has another book after it. And I will not reread this book. And I hate when authors don't tell you they have a...more
4.5 stars

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!
This may be my favorite of the 5 Green Rider books. I love the avatar aspect and the ghost imitations, the one because I really enjoy avatar stories (I like when gods "employ" humans, so to speak) and the other because it was just so human, and a bit silly! I know some people have complained that these books are too reminiscent of Tolkien, but I have to say: what fantasy novel isn't reminiscent of Tolkien? And if not Tolkien, then Star Wars? And both of those have aspects of the Arthurian legend...more
Will these characters never have closure? Surely there is some way to tie up all the ends in a book that is nearly a thousand pages long. As much as I like the characters, I dislike the author dragging out their misery, and therefore mine, and then leaving me hanging at the end of this the THIRD book. I'm just going to have to think up my own ending; one where no main bad guys lurk and the charactres are not trapped in unsolvable love triangles. Goodness! Is that really so hard?
The third book in the Green Rider series by Kristen Britain finds Karigan mentoring a freshman Rider, Fergal, as they journey on assignment. Their route takes them all over Sacoridia and they encounter danger frequently. Meanwhile, plans continue for King Zachary and Lady Estora’s wedding, causing Karigan to feel no end of bitterness toward the man she loves and her friend. While guiding young Fergal on his path to becoming a true Rider, she discovers secrets about her family. The Second Empire’...more
Nicole N.
I just can't get over how amazing this series is! One of the best fantasy novels I've read in a long time. Britain has such a way with words that the descriptions are beautiful, characters relatively easy to relate to, and the plot just keeps you reading!


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
AH! What happened to this series?!? I was heartbroken. The book did nothing to advance the plot of the story, didn't reveal anything new or interesting about the main character or her love interest and was, in my opinion, a flop. I mean, what's up with character the knacker's son? Who cares? I hope she concludes the series in the next one.
ultimately, i was very disappointed; i waited three years for this book, in a series i love, and it felt convoluted and rushed. to be fair, i was tired and wacky and rushed when i read it, so. might feel a little better on a re-read, but it'll be a little while before i'm ready to make the attempt again.
Ian Massey
The third in Kristen Britain's Green Rider series suffers from the same "problem" as other epic fantasy series (and, perhaps, the film Gravity) - the question of how much worse it can get for one person. However, when the characters are as likeable as these, it's easy to ignore that issue.

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

Jessica Beal
Not quite as good as the first two books. I think part of the reason why is the story has too many voices instead of the one main character. But once again not bad, I'll definitely be reading Book #4 whenever it comes out.
Reread this in preparation for the new book coming out in the spring. Still good after several readings.

The best part is when Karigan is going to bed. :)
Dorothy Donahey
Britain has a gift for world building, good character development and exciting storytelling without falling into the male / female writers trap. By this I mean: men write about too much blood, sweat and war while women write about too much romance and family. To much of either can be boring. Kristin Briton transcends this trap with a good balance that keeps the story moving along. I love having a female author write about a female protagonist as well! I first became interested in her work from P...more
The mark of a truly good book is that you do not care where it is going. You are just along for the ride.
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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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