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Green Rider

(Green Rider #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  37,566 ratings  ·  1,833 reviews
On her long journey home from school after a fight which will surely lead to her expulsion, Karigan G'ladheon ponders her future as she trudges through the immense forest called Green Cloak. But her thoughts are interrupted by the clattering of hooves as a galloping horse bursts from the woods, the rider slumped over his mount's neck, impaled by two black-shafted arrows. A ...more
Mass Market Paperback, DAW book collectors #1102 , 471 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by DAW Books (first published November 1st 1998)
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Robin Hobb
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Here is the story of how I didn't read Green Rider for years.
I received an ARC of Green Rider from the publisher when it first came out, asking if I could blurb it. I set it on the corner of my desk. My younger daughter had recently run out of Tamora Pierce books. She asked if she could try Green Rider and I said, "Sure, let me know what you think of it, and then I'll read it."
So off she went with it. And it went to camp with her, as her read. Then it went to school with her and was passed aroun
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Re-read on audio. Great narrator. I still felt like it's a 4 star! 😊 Now hopefully I can keep going before I forget most of this one again!

****Old Review****

I really did like this book and I look forward to seeing what happens in the other books in the series.

There will be some mild **SPOILERS**

Karigan G'ladheon is a wonderful character. Sometimes she made me mad with the choices she made but they always turned out for the best.

She is running away after being expelled from school for somethin
Sep 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I guarantee those familiar with Arrows of the Queen series by Mercedes Lackey will get a sense of déjà vu from my plot description. In fact I had to compare the publication dates of these two books; Mercedes Lackey won.
déjà vu

A misfit young woman met a highly intelligent horse and set up on a very important mission while trying to avoid obstacles and dangers caused by ancient evil bending on getting the lost power back. Needless to say, there are plenty of people on the road doing the best helping the
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
I’ve had this series on my shelves for YEARS. It was one of the few I was incredibly excited to start, which makes it all the more disappointing that I didn’t like it. My 2-star “it was just okay” rating sums it up perfectly: it was just okay. The first chapter started off with the bang, then it proceeded to meander through one inconsequential event after another, and I could feel my enthusiasm dropping with every page. At one point, I was more than halfway through the book and still couldn’t se ...more
Jun 11, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: tried-to-read
Not good. Mary Sue main. EVERYTHING revolves around this girl. Which can be okay as a device if the author handles it right. This one didn't. *sigh*

The overall story also suffers from a common problem in fantasy world-building: TOO MUCH. If magic horses and riders aren't enough for the tired old the-throne-is-threatened-oh-no-must-save-it! trope, add bad elves, ancient magics, rich men who mysteriously fall for the heroine, shadowy bad guys, Disney-esque old ladies in isolated magical mansions
Oct 10, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any Lackey fans
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
When I read the back of this book, I thought wow; sounds like the Heralds of Valdemar, and if you point out some generalities, it sounds even more so. Young heroine, special horses, magical abilities, messengers for the king. Wow, sounds familiar--Talia--young heroine, special horses--companions, magical abilities--mind magic, messengers for the king--heralds act as messengers. But that's where the similarities end unless you want to add good writing, characterization, and plot to the mix.

The wo
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 4 stars book - if you want a Tolkien feeling, a young and mature female strong lead (and plenty other interesting characters), a lonely quest leading to an epic conclusion of the book.
I could not have had a better time reading through this book!
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ian by: Soo
Every now and then a book comes along that changes your life.
That isn't this book.
But sometimes while you're waiting for that book, you come across a book that was entertaining and really good fun.
That's this book.
Mar 15, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a perfectly serviceable little fantasy. The references to The Lord of the Rings, and even Star Wars are prevalent, but that in itself doesn’t really bother me. There are many successful novels out there that owe allegiance to the classics of fantasy (Harry Potter, anyone?). The only problem is, the constant LOTR references led me to compulsorily compare this book to its older, more experienced, more complex, better grandfather. And I say compulsorily, because I really didn’t want to. I t ...more
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was not sure what to expect from this book, as the author was new to me and the title didn't quite grab my attention, even though it reminded me of those very old fantasy books which are normally solid bets. I only decide to read it due to the recommendations of friends, and I am glad that I did. In a way, I guess that I wasn't wrong about the old school feeling, as this is a very classic fantasy story and gave off a Tolkienesque vibe.

So, classic fantasy - you know what to expect then. One th
Apr 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya-books
This was a fairly typical YA fantasy. It stands out only because it was well written and has a strong female lead character.

Karigan G'ladheon is fleeing from her school, where she has just been suspended, to her home, but along the way she encounters a dying Green Rider. The man has been shoot with two black arrows. The Green Riders are the King's elite messenger service and with his dying breath the man manages to convince Karigan that she must complete his mission and deliver the message he i
Jun 10, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone, really
So, I really feel like The Green Rider demonstrates what a fantasy novel should really be. Just enough world building to pique the interest, with a lot of the usual fantasy tropes bobbing to the surface (ancient wars, forgotten magic, elite bodyguards, aloof faeries/elves hidden in the forests, etc) but other details that make it uniquely its own. The world building is not so overwhelming that is swamps the action or waters down the characters too much.
The pacing kept quick and exciting, as Ka
Eric Allen
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
An Opinionated Look At:

Kristen Britain's Green Rider

By Eric Allen

I'm a proud member of the Science Fiction Book Club, and I have been for many years. I have bought and read the featured selections, two books that the club is really excited about and send to every member each month unless they indicate otherwise, almost every single month since I joined. Yes, I am that big of a geek. So sue me. If I remember correctly, both Green Rider and A Game of Thrones came out the same month. Now THAT was a
Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy, fantasy
This is a good beginning to a good trilogy*(Update...the "trilogy" has gone 4 volumes now, oh well). This is a mainly character driven book. The "courier" is in fact an interesting historical character in "his or her" own right. Traditionally given special consideration (passing through enemy lines in battle, traveling enemy territory allowing communication between hostile powers etc.) they are fascinating. Of course what I mention above is the "ideal" in reality a lot of messengers didn't actua ...more
Apr 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: genre-fantasy
Author borrows from Tolkien and maybe other HF authors but her imagination is limited. I skimmed quite a bit esp. in the second half and won't be continuing the series.

Rating: A higher 3, say 3.65 stars.
The story of a spoiled, bratty, idiotic, judgmental, hypocritical teenager who has little patience and even smaller self-preservation skills but who happens to be such a special little snowflake that no matter what she does (or doesn't do) is fated to be THE ONE who will save the kingdom.

Karigan has been suspended from school due to politics and the fact that she does not play well with others. In a fit she runs away. While on the road she has a run in with a dying green rider, one of the kingdo
Oct 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another of those "I picked it up because of the cover" (lovely artwork by the late Keith Parkinson!) that was a reward for adventurousness -- Enjoyed this book I've had to buy 4 copies because I need to spread the wealth :-)

I tend to send books to my sister and niece, plus I've been known to waylay strangers in the bookstore if they venture down the F/SF aisle (or the horror aisle).

re-read 8/18/2003
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Medieval epic fantasy told in 3rd person POV, mainly from the perspective of the heroine, but also from a villain's POV. I enjoyed this book, but didn't totally love it. Excellent narration, though! Superb performance by Archer. Family safe, too. No sex or swearing. There is a map on the Web, but it's blurry.

Lots of survival scenes, battle scenes, travel scenes. On her clever horse, Karigan must deliver a message, but first she has to deal with deadly creatures of black magic, sorcerery, soul-st
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fantasy can be a tough genre. Though there are some true classics in that genre--such as Tolkien's Middle-Earth saga, C. S. Lewis' Narnia books, and Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quintet--some suffer from shoddy writing, inane plots, and especially objectionable content. So, when I first saw a Kristen Britain book at a garage sale, I wasn't sure if I would like it or not; however, I decided to take a gamble and buy it.

It actually wasn't this book; when I researched it online, it turned out that I had
Green Rider starts out rough. For starters, it has a blurb from Terry Goodkind on the cover and an acknowledgement to him. Back in 1998 when this book was first published, I'm sure it seemed like a great marketing decision. Now maybe not so much.

In the first half of the book, Karigan, the protagonist, is really irritating. Granted, she's a teenager and it's established that she's something of a rebel, and I imagine that if most of us were thrown into a fantasy adventure, we'd probably complain t
Mean Jane
Feb 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
Listened to around 8 chapters on audiobook format.

This book started out wonderfully (well okay, I've never been a big fan of watching the bad guy rub his hands gleefully while doing evil deeds as a prologue, but the magic was interesting!). We get thrown into the action almost from the word go with the main character, Karigan, runs across the path of a dying messenger and taking up his mission. What followed was a exciting chase scene and more interesting magic.

Then the Berry sisters showed up
Sep 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Green Rider by Kristen Britain

I was kind of disappointed by the book this time around. I've evolved as a reader. While the second half of the book was pretty good, the first half was basically a huge info dump while the protagonist made her way to the real story. Since this was her first book, I'm inclined to be generous with my rating, but I truly had trouble getting through the book this time.

Karigan is a head strong main character and it's basically her spunk and the few friends she
Stephen Robert Collins
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! is really coming up to to 20th anniversary of this book.It is one best American fantasy's that I have read.I awarded it The Tolkien Award an award that I do NOT give out very often this so, so,good about postal service.Sounds boreing but it isnt ...more
Mar 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Looking through a bookstore one day I was immediately attracted by the cover. Upon reading the book I was rather pleased with the result. A nice novel with adventure, magic, and intrigue it remains a book I read over and over again.

The story begins with Karigan running away from school. She won in a fight with a rich kid and wants to tell her father her end of the story. However, she runs into a dying Green Rider with a life and death message for the King. As she swears to deliver the message, h
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
I usually like adventure fantasies, but this book was just all over the damn place. There are plenty of books in which this is well done, I didn't feel like this was one of them. The adventures felt forced, and I didn't enjoy reading any of them. I finished the book, but I skimmed through most of it because I just wanted to know what happened in the end. I kind of want to read the subsequent novels, but this is not a good start. ...more
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
An excellent page-turning series starter. It's essentially non-stop action from beginning to end. A perfect book for folks new to Fantasy or old hands like myself. At times it strays towards cheesy but rights itself quickly. It's a more than less self-contained stand alone with a few over-arching dangling plot threads to lead into the next novel. A terrific cast of characters that I look forward to reading again. I would highly recommend it to all of my Fantasy reading friends. ...more
I got about 1/6 of the way through & couldn't take it any more. The narration was good & I liked the horse, but other than that it was pretty awful. Too many details were poorly done, obviously for the convenience of the story. (Her wrists are burned but not her hands, clothes, or any other part?) The dialogue was awful & the characterization childish. ...more
Dec 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book because of an eye-catching cover followed by a few good reviews I ran across while browsing around. I'm glad I did!

This is a fairly standard fantasy work in a lot of ways: Karigan is practically shoved into the role of heroine when circumstances lead her to come across a man, dying with two black arrows in his back, who pleads with her to carry his urgent message to the king. She is quickly thrust into life-or-death situations, meeting all sorts of strange people along her
Nov 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
I've read this book so many times, my copy is starting to come apart. I absolutely LOVE it. The main character Karigan is so believable, I can relate easily to her, and I know that most people would feel the same. The story is very original and engaging. It's definitely a must read for any fantasy book fan. ...more
Most of my commentary on this book, actually, has to do with its similarities to Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar- after all, that was the reason I picked it up. But since other reviewers have addressed it, I'll just summarize it like so: Easy to see the parallels, and at the time it seems almost derivative. However, there are distinct differences.
So, addressing Green Rider itself-
If I recall, this is Britain's first book, and it does show. Could stand for some better editing- run-on senten
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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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“You're a stubborn, ill-trained horse." she said
The horse snorted and walked towards the North Road of his own volition.
"Hey!" Karigan pulled back on the reins. "Whoa. Who do you think is in charge here?”
“I swear...I'll deliver the message for the love of my country.” 12 likes
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