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

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,115 Ratings  ·  391 Reviews
With the ghostly help of the First Rider, Karigan G'ladheon had transported the corrupt spirit of Mornhavon the Black into the future, buying valuable time for her king and country. But how far in the future is Mornhavon now? A hundred years? Ten years? Only one year? There's no way to tell.
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
Text Addict
May 30, 2011 Text Addict rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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
Jul 25, 2008 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Janne Varvára
May 22, 2014 Janne Varvára rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Feb 27, 2011 Karyogini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-on-2011
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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May 04, 2009 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Oct 06, 2015 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad, lengthy, I skimmed a few sections, but quite good.
Rick Fisher
Apr 01, 2015 Rick Fisher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy
Another superbly crafted tale in the "Green Rider" series.
I continue to be amazed at how moved I am by all the wonderful characters, and their adventures, in this series. Karigan, Zachary, Laren Mapstone, Mara, Estora. "The High Kings Tomb" introduces many new and wonderful characters to add to this list. Damian and Lady, Fergal, Lord Umberhill. Incredible cast.
Karigan G'ladheon's growth throughout the series is very impressive. With each new escapade she becomes involved in, it seems she
Jan 03, 2015 Darkphoenix rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would have been a solid 5 stars if not for the annoying romance. I liked Zachary initially but increasingly he's become more and more irritating. He is betrothed to Estora (who is very likable) but at the same time he continues to give signals to Karigan that can't possibly be realised. She is a commoner and he is the King. It is one thing for him to pine for her in silence, but he continues to draw her out. Also considering that Estora is to be his wife, he should be paying her more attention a ...more
Jul 30, 2008 Beckyhr rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sarah Vecchi
If I could live in any fictional world, as any fictional character, it would either be Karigan G'ladheon of the Green Rider series, or Maxwell of The Chronicles of St. Mary's; both of whom are badass heroines who aren't blonde and stunning Mary Sue assassins (*cough* too many YA books).
Kelsey Hanson
I liked this book better than First Rider's Call, but the books in this series are starting to get a little long-winded. If it was slimmed down a bit, preferably in the first half, I would have enjoyed it a lot more. It took a while to get into, but it was still pretty good. I liked the addition of the new villain who is quite literally an evil grandmother. She is nothing if not complex. I also LOVED the fact that the Berry sisters were included in this book. I missed them in the last. Also I re ...more
Jan 26, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Oct 21, 2013 Luke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Beka P
Jun 15, 2012 Beka P rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2012, to-own
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
Nov 06, 2013 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 24, 2015 Tammie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 12, 2009 Meg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 05, 2009 Kayleigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Dec 06, 2010 Dani rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 18, 2016 Ana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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P. Rose
Feb 15, 2015 P. Rose rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 02, 2013 Ali rated it really liked it
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!
Renetta DeBoer
Jan 15, 2016 Renetta DeBoer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea Kristen Britain even wrote a third book. But I can see why considering that somehow Alton has to help fix the breach in the wall. I liked this installment since Karigan is given a new task she has never done before. Train a new rider. She believes that she can do anything but train. But she pulled through. Meanwhile a new character comes into view. Lord Amberhill King Zachary's cousin. He plays a devious rough called The Raven Mask who steals for a living. When Amberhill signs up f ...more
May 28, 2014 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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
May 21, 2009 Charity rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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?
Apr 06, 2015 Jennavier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sadly, I would not give this a four star rating if I was rating it for this read. As a teenager this series was awesome. As an adult it's less so. Yes, it's cool to have an epic fantasy series featuring a girl doing awesome things. But this installment was preachy and scattered. It was still cool, but..... Well, not as awesome. Of course, it could just be the nasty spoiler I got for book four ruining things for me. We'll see how that goes now that I'm actually going to read it.
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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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