I read this so long ago, I can't remember how well I liked it. So I'm only guessing at the 4 stars--this could've been an amazing, five-star-worthy reI read this so long ago, I can't remember how well I liked it. So I'm only guessing at the 4 stars--this could've been an amazing, five-star-worthy read for me. I'd like to say I'll re-read this one day, but knowing my current reading habits as well as the length of my many TBR lists... I don't see that happening....more
When I finished reading Elfquest: The Final Quest Volume 2, I was faced with two thoughts. One, "Oh, god, how long do I have to wait until the third vWhen I finished reading Elfquest: The Final Quest Volume 2, I was faced with two thoughts. One, "Oh, god, how long do I have to wait until the third volume comes out?" And two? "This doesn't really feel like my Elfquest."
However, to quote what Richard Pini said in a recent post about the Final Quest storyline:
You have to want it (what it has to offer) bad, because it’s also going to put up a fight. It’s not going to go where you think it will, or should, or where you might wish it would, or to a comfortable place. With respect to the over-arching story, we’ve often quoted Bette Davis’ most memorable line, “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” That’s true now, more than ever. Pack your Dramamine.
A solid second entry into a complex and quite fulfilling fantasy series, First Rider's Call finds Karigan thrust once again into the treacherous and dA solid second entry into a complex and quite fulfilling fantasy series, First Rider's Call finds Karigan thrust once again into the treacherous and deadly world of magic, intrigue, love and loss that accompanies the life of a Green Rider. The author has created a vibrant and complex world that is at once foreign and realistic. Her characters aren't just good or evil, black or white. Most have facets to their personalities, giving them a greater depth and more believability. However, I think what I enjoyed best about this book is the romance, which, coming from a person who despises 95% of romance novels, is quite a statement. With the romantic life of Karigan, though, Kristen Britain isn't afraid of showing that life isn't always roses and sunshine. A king who falls in love with a commoner doesn't abandon his kingdom and duties to wed said commoner. A king puts his position above his heart, as sad and as unromantic as that may be. Where some authors may be tempted to write a 'happy ending' to this scenario, Britain defies tradition, bringing an additional level of bittersweet heartbreak to this layered story....more
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 LackeyThe 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 who strive by any means necessary for more power, more land, more resources, something we're all familiar with in today's world. The core of the story revolves around a young girl who promises to carry an important message to the king, even though the messenger who passes it on to her is dying, mortally wounded at the hands of an unknown enemy. This girl, now thrust into matters that had never before intruded into her awareness, finds her eyes opened to the dangerous and intricate dance of power played out by the clans and the king and is made aware of the consequences of joining such a dance, even unwittingly. Overall, it's a satisfying read; I look forward to reading the next two books in this series. The pace runs well and the author isn't afraid of terrifying or humiliating her characters, which makes the drama and action all the more heartpounding, and the triumphs all the more cheer-worthy....more