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The High King's Tomb: Book Three of Green Rider (Green Rider #3)

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Kristen Britain returns to the ?lively fantasy? (SF Site) world of the Green Rider.

A thousand years ago the armies of the Arcosian Empire, led by Mornhavon the Black, crossed the great sea and tried to conquer the land of Sacoridia ?and during Karigan G?ladheon?s early years as a Green Rider, Mornhavon?s spirit, sensing weakness in his prison walls and seeking vengeance,
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Paperback, 688 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by DAW (first published 2007)
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Aristea
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally a comprehensive review on this book!
Spoiler: I loved this book, the best of the series just yet. And I am afraid and excited to start Blackveil because it has a great book to live up to!

First and foremost, the book was set up by book 2. A call to the (new) Green Riders was made right before the end of the book and Kerigan had her heart broken into a million pieces. The series has a strong Tolkien influence but this book in particular reminded me of the Lord of the Ring, a vivid reminder,
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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
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Text Addict
May 30, 2011 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
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Kathleen
Feb 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
Even though some scenes were really great, this book felt too long. I probably won't read the entire series, even though I have enjoyed it so far. Beyond the length, pacing needs work. Characterization and plot development, too.

Although not essential to the plot, I personally enjoyed the relaxing scenes at the Frost Farm, with Damian, Lady, Fergal, etc. Interesting stuff. However, the whole system for breeding, selecting, and training messenger horses is much more credible in the medieval serie
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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
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C
Jul 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Asami Uchiha
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has taken me 56 days to finish this book . . . BUT IT IS FINALLY DONE!!!
Thank God for the existence of holidays!

I first intended to finish this book during the Tome Topple Readathon . . . as you can see, this did not happen, but the readathon motivated me to continue reading this book, so I am grateful to have been able to participate.

The amount of pages in this series is intimidating, especially as the books grow exponentially larger by 50 pages every book. That being said, it allows for a l
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Lundos
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Of course, Karigan must be the center of the story, but the entire first 60% of the book was like a cameo for characters from the first to books. If you really love the world and books I guess that is nice and it makes the world more deep in some ways, but for a casual reader the (really) slow pace and no action made it quite boring at times.

Rider horses
A little more background on the special horses were well told but still left a lot of questions. (view spoiler)
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J.V. Seem
May 13, 2014 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
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Karissa
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
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Ashley
Apr 27, 2009 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
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Karyogini
Feb 02, 2011 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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Beckyhr
Jul 30, 2008 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).
Dan
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad, lengthy, I skimmed a few sections, but quite good.
Kes
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017, fiction
Plot

We deal with three main plotlines:

1. The refugees of the Second Empire who have fled King Zachary's crackdown. In particular, we focus on Grandmother, who (view spoiler).

2. Alton, at the wall and his attempts to mend it. I'm not particularly sure what this has to do with the main plot line, and I felt his efforts could be almost entirely cut. All we need is a side-mention that he's failing to
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Shayla
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(spoilers ahead)

THAT WAS AMAZING!!!! Just absolutely epic and thrilling, I LOVED it. Every book just gets better and better. I don't think I was so sure about Karigan as a heroine (thought she was a little boring in book 1) but I'm 100% on board with it now. She's exactly the kind of character I want when I'm reading high fantasy like this: living legend. She's so bold and courageous, someone who will be spoken about for generations, who has songs composed about her insane journeys and extraordi
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Nona Pelfrey
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. So many of the characters are strong women. The storyline and the characters keep me wanting more.
Caitlin
Will try reading again later; I've just put it down for far too long.
Melissa
Jan 26, 2011 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
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Saige
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I truly love Kristen Britain’s fantasy world. I love the characters and all the action. There were times when I wanted to get through parts of the book to get on to more action. You learn more and more about Karigan with each book and I’m excited to see what more there is.
Beka P
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, to-own, favorites
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
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Luke
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Rick Fisher
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
4.5
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
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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
Tammie
The High king’s Tomb was 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
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Samantha
Aug 27, 2013 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
Li
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Li by: Read previous books in series
I did finish this book, but it took a while. I was in the sort of reading mood where I just wanted to read a couple of chapters a day, and this probably suited the pacing of this book, because it was rather slow-moving all the way until the last few chapters.

Too many POVs meant I never really connected with the characters. The main character, Karigan, came across as a bit Mary Sue-ish and I don't think she was charismatic enough to carry the book - much more a plot-driven than character-driven
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Darkphoenix
Jan 02, 2015 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
Meg
Mar 12, 2009 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
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“Not all is certainty in our world, Karigan. If it were there'd be no opportunity for faith; and then it would be a very dull existence.” 23 likes
“Every moment of life mattered. Even the perfect snowflake that alighted on his palm and melted in seconds.” 17 likes
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