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Green Rider by Kristen Britain
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Sep 28, 11

bookshelves: read-unowned
Read in August, 2005

This was a straightforward book with some truly wonderful characters. The protagonist of the story, Karigan G'ladheon, is a spunky, courageous, and imminently lovable young woman. As the story progresses, her strength of character and inherent goodness are revealed. The friends that she makes along her journey disappear, making hers a sojourn of sorts, something that is uncommon to fantasy stories. Also uncommon is that of the enemies she meets early on, only one ends up being a problem for her. Despite some allusions that one of his lackeys will be against her, personally. As the book marches towards its conclusion, however, the dastardly bad guy shows up, and things start to take a predictable course of action. The progression of her journey was very choppy. From leaving her school to reaching North there is no feeling of movement. Perhaps this was due to not having a map, but despite all the running and backtracking that happened, it seemed like she wasn't going anywhere. Then in the span of two days she goes from deep in the forest to North, and then on to the castle itself. It was like Britain decided she needed to hurry up and end the story. Another detraction from the story were the superficial romantic allusions. Two men take a liking to Karigan once she reaches the castle, and she seems to have feelings for both. Although she seems to forget about one of them altogether. I thought they both added elements to the story, but her wishy-washy reactions to them were boring, lame, and diminished Karigan's integrity.
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