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Firebrand

(Green Rider #6)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  3,428 ratings  ·  389 reviews
Magic, danger, and adventure abound for messenger Karigan G'ladheon in the sixth book in Kristen Britain's New York Times-bestselling Green Rider epic fantasy series.

Zachary Davriel Hillander, High King of Sacoridia, rues how much he has had to give up to lead his realm, including the freedom to live and love as he chooses. When an embassy from Eletia arrives to propose
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Hardcover, 816 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Daw Books
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Sandra It took 16 years for the first 5 books, so I think it's safe to say, not any time soon.

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Lauren (Shakespeare & Whisky)
This series is a fascinating example of everything that can go wrong in an epic fantasy series. If you haven't already, read my review of The Red Queen because a lot of the stuff in this review is also true for that one and vice versa.

Success in the Fantasy genre

Britain's first book Green Rider was a commercial success. It was pretty much perfect for a traditional single POV epic fantasy adventure. It's generally thought that between 2-5% of readers leave reviews on sites like GR. Green Riders
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Sandra
Apr 13, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I wish people weren't already rating this.
Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

Thank you, NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group/DAW Books for giving me a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review!

THIS is the Green Rider book I hoped for after the last one. Thank you, Kristen! I could not have been more excited to have this book in my hands (well, my Kindle Fire in my hands since I received it as an eARC), and I absolutely could not stop reading this book! After the disappointment that was Mirror Sight, I was eager to get my hands on Firebr
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Eric Allen
Mar 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Spoilers ahead, but since the book is just a phoned in copy of a previous book in the series, who fucking cares?

Wow, this is probably the worst book in the series thus far. It's boring. It's very poorly paced. It did not further the story, or the characters in any meaningful way. And, in my opinion, worst of all is that it is an almost carbon copy of The High King's Tomb, which, again, in my opinion, was not a very good book to begin with. It is extremely predictable. The moment I realized that
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Tammie
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Zachary Davriel Hillander, High King of Sacoridia, rues how much he has had to give up for his realm, including the freedom to live and love as he chooses."

I feel for you Zachary. I really do...

The Green Rider series is one of my favorites and I've been anxiously waiting to read this book. I had high hopes for Firebrand, especially after Mirror Sight was a bit of a disappointment, and I'm happy to say that it lived up to them! We are back to the present in this book and I couldn't be happie
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Ali
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Only for those looking to be disappointed again
Well, I will say I was exceptionally hesitant to try any more books in this series. Mirror Sight (the previous book in case any of you are new to the series) was a disaster. Nothing short of an absolute disaster. The author took a fantasy series and switched genres for a steam punk novel that accomplished...oh, nothing. I decided to give this series one last shot, and while this book is definitely a vast improvement, I do not know if I'm interested in continuing it. For the record, I normally st ...more
Laura
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am attempting to keep this review spoiler free, but anyone who has read the previous books might guess a few things.

Reading this book made my heart sing. The time between books is so empty and this was a much needed return to Sacoridia and to the Karigan we know. I spent much of the book smiling and cheering as I read about familiar characters, the situations they had or were getting themselves into, and the advancement of the story.

Karigan has returned to her time after the events of Mirror
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Miyu
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has a name... does it mean that we dont have to wait for the release for another 3 years? *puppy eyes*

estimated release date (according to Kristen Britain FB): 7.3.2017 :)
Lisa
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2017/0...

Just a quick reminder that while my review is spoiler free for Firebrand, there are likely spoilers for the previous books.

There is something about returning to read a new book the Green Rider series that just makes me happy. Maybe it is because I this is one of the first series I read in the fantasy genre, but I just find them to be very addictive, comfort reads that make me want to curl up with it until I finish. This one wa
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Natalie
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I did like the book, but the series as a whole is starting to show weakness. The plot was rather entertaining in previous installments so the weaknesses didn't really matter but now...It's kind of obvious.

If I were to sum up the issues of Firebrand, they would be:

1. Convenient plot solutions aka asspulls (Gryphons, the last elemental who *assisted in the finale*, Karigan's magic eye convincing characters of things they did not believe in less than 10 seconds, and many many othe
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Josie Shinkfield
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahh I loved being immersed in the Green Rider world once again.
Karigan has been irrevocably changed since her time in the future, but she is on an important mission to find the P'hedrose, a legendary moose/man race.
Zachary has a very interesting story arc in this book (I guess why it is called Firebrand).
Kristan Britain is an amazing writer, she has become an auto-buy author for me.
Now the long wait begins for Green Rider #7
Shadowdenizen
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kristen-britain
3.5 stars.

The Jordan Rule. This series defines that little tidbit for me. (FYI, the Jordan rule is something I implemented for myself some time ago, where I generally won't start to read a series until is at or near completion.)

While I enjoyed revisiting tge world and characters of Green Rider, I feel like I eoulve gotten morecout of this if I had read the books in short order, rather then as they came out....

That said, while I enjoy revisting the world and it's characters, I found this book a b
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K
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
My spoiler tags aren’t jokes. Some major spoilers under those - minor spoilers throughout. Some ranting and some typos.

Firebrand picks up shortly after Mirror Sight ended. Karigan is still reeling from her time in Mill Town and she’s going through some serious mourning for Cade. Despite the grief, we do get some lighthearted moments with her family and friends so it’s not all doom and gloom. The Eletians arrive and an alliance of old must be reforged - and of course they demand Karigan be the Sa
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Mookie
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think that after 14 some years, I've finally outgrown the Green Rider series. The writing and the plot just do not account for the length of this series. Great writing it ain't. A long series like this should have immense world-building platforms, but mostly it's tied to a "he wants her, she wants him, let's watch all the ways she gets physically and emotionally tortured during this period of wanting" formula. The romantic feelings that characters have for one another is beaten to a pulp repea ...more
Rachel
Mar 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really struggled with the lead up to this book after the let down of the last one. I wanted to be excited. I wanted to love it as much as I loved the first 4 books, but overall it was another substantial disappointment. This review contains spoilers, you have been warned.

First I just have to take a moment to address the writing and editing of this novel. Maybe I’ve been reading higher level writing lately, but Firebrand seemed much lower quality than what I remember from her previous books. Th
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Matthew
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Alright. I've been formulating this review since I first started reading the book somewhere around 3-4 weeks ago. I'll start by saying that I have NOT been a lifetime follower of Kristen Britain's--I only started reading the Green Rider series around this time last year, and blew through the first 5 books as fast as I could get my hands on them. I love them! I finished Mirror Sight somewhere around January, and I eagerly awaited Firebrand's arrival in my local libraries (because I was, thankfull ...more
Alexandra Theroux
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series, fantasy-scifi
Finishing a book in this series always leaves me conflicted. Happy to have completed another leg of Karigan's epic story, sad to bid farewell to well-known characters, excited/nervous for what will come next, and, after the way Blackveil ended, more than slightly invested in the well-being of Ms. Britain and her continued investment in the story she has created (seriously, when it takes 3 years to write a sequel, never end a book on a cliffhanger - still not over that).

That being said, Firebrand
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Bob Milne
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-epic
After the curious diversion that was Mirror Sight, Kristen Britain returns to more familiar realms with Firebrand, the sixth book of the Green Rider series. The consequences of Karigan's future experiences weigh heavily on this story, something I didn't expect, given the way her memories were allowed to fade. She is a changed woman here, and what Britain does with all that self-doubt, anxiety, and regret is powerful stuff - especially when contrasted against Estral and her fading voice. It's oft ...more
Emily Ever
I got a copy of this from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love this world that has been created and I love the characters. I was very wary after the last book - even though it was well written and interesting, it still had nothing to do with the plot of the story going on. In this one, the author makes an attempt to tie the last book in with the current story, with mild success.

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Emily Layne
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
Phew! Okay. Technically, I think this should be three stars, but because I've loved the series so much (and for nostalgia's sake. I mean, I've been reading this series since I was 12), I added a star.

FIREBRAND lacks the magic of the first four GREEN RIDER installments and parts of it were downright slow. It took a lot of "warm up" in the beginning for things to really get started. Which I can understand, Ms. Britain had a lot of fixing she needed to do after BLACKVEIL. Mostly Karigan's state of
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Jasmin
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I don't usually write reviews, as it boils don't to "I like it" and "I didn't like it" which is rather subjective. I've been reading the Green Rider series since I was sixteen (27 as of this writing) and everytime a new book comes out I'm at my local bookstore first thing in the morning to grab a copy. I've grown with the books and have a love for them that I don't always understand. This book, however, stabbed at me in a way that got me in a very personally way.

What you need to know about me, i
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Adrianna [SypherLily]
Dec 29, 2016 marked it as to-read
Um. WHAT is with that US cover???? Dislike T_T
Megan
2.5 stars.

Warnings for spoilers, because I'm not holding back.

I'm not quite sure how many more books Britain is planning to write in this series (really, whatever the number is, it's still going to take a looooong looong time for them to be released), but maybe this might be where we part ways.

I've enjoyed this series for a number of years, and I still think that the earlier books are great, but these last two books - Firebrand, and in particular Mirror Sight - have been considerable disappoin
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Diana
Probably the fact that I hadn't read the previous books helps in the fact that I never managed to get into this one. Action was slow, the characters didn't catch my eye and I didn't got invested into the book.
Bethany Vitaris
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
...WOW... This book greatly made up for my disappointment after Mirror Sight. Firebrand held all my favorite elements of the first three novels in the series - the banter, the action, more character perspectives, and some more insight into the history and future of the inhabitants of Sacoridia. I need to reread the series again, but this may be my favorite in the series! Early fans of the series will love how this book goes back to it's roots.
Catherine Ford
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Very disappointing. Full review to come
T. K. Elliott (Tiffany)
If you've got this far into the series, presumably you've read and enjoyed all the preceding books. I enjoyed this one more than Mirror SightMirror SightMirror Sight, probably because we're back in 'present day' Sacoridia with the usual cast of characters.

I enjoyed this - hence the four-star rating - but I couldn't escape the feeling that the editor should have wielded his/her red pen with the same efficiency as Zachary or Karigan wield their swords, and if s/he had, then the book would have be
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Carolina Bonetti
Mar 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah Vecchi
So the problem with this book is that I finish it and immediately want to read it again. Which means I've read it five times since it came out last year. After this latest re-read, I think it’s officially eclipsed First Rider’s Call as my favorite in the series. Not hard to believe considering what a hardcore Karigan/Zachary shipper I am. Can't wait for the next one.
Mirkat23
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
FYI: Amazon has Firebrand up on pre-order with February 28, 2017 as the release date. I'm assuming that's the correct release date since I've seen goodreads wrong before. Yay for sooner release!!!
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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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Green Rider (6 books)
  • Green Rider (Green Rider, #1)
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  • Blackveil (Green Rider, #4)
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