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Blue Moon Rising

(Forest Kingdom #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  4,399 ratings  ·  280 reviews
Rupert didn't especially want to be a prince. And he certainly never asked to be the second son of a royal line that really didn't need a spare. So he was sent out to slay a dragon and prove himself-a quest straight out of legend. But he also discovered the kinds of things legends tend to leave out, as well as the usual demons, goblins, the dreaded Night Witch-and even wor ...more
Paperback, 476 pages
Published September 6th 2005 by Ace Books (first published 1989)
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Ian It definitely works fine as a stand alone. I read the first six of the Hawk & Fisher books before this (because I didn't know about the connection) th…moreIt definitely works fine as a stand alone. I read the first six of the Hawk & Fisher books before this (because I didn't know about the connection) then read this because I realised that the seventh Hawk & Fisher book returns the pair to the Forest Kingdom.
I actually enjoyed the, presumably accidental, foreshadowing in this book because of the order I read it, but both series work equally well as a standalone, at least to H&F7/Forest Kingdom4 when Hawk & Fisher return. I haven't got to that one yet - I'll probably read the first three of the Forest Kingdom books first because I'm vaguely obsessive!(less)

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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
Oct 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of fantasy that is humorous but also intense
Reread completed by audiobook in March, 2021
I probably won't write an expansive review of the reread. I'll mainly just comment on the audiobooks and the things that stood out to me. I still love this book, very much. While it's very quite longish, it doesn't feel that way.

Rupert has an excellent character arc over the course of this book, going from an introvert with no self-confidence, to a brave, decisive leader.

Julia isn't quite as well developed, but I like her a lot, and I appreciate that
Michael Fierce
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of classic fantasy, fantasy with humor, and fans of Brooks / Goodkind / Salvatore
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Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
Reading Blue Moon Rising is like watching a group of bored gamers play Dungeons and Dragons. The character reactions are over-the-top, the vernacular is modern and the overall tone is light in spite of an approaching demon-fueled apocalypse. So a princess punches out a lady in waiting over a minor spat, our hero accepts suicidal quests because that's just what heroes do and the local nobles conspire to bring down the king, a plan which ignores the existential threat of the demon army on their do ...more
Trigger warnings: violence, blood, gore, death, animal death, graphic descriptions of death, betrayal, poisoning, stabbing.

Yup. Everything I said last time stands.

I love this book a lot. It's easily my favourite epic fantasy book. And I think I love it as much as I do because the world building is trickled out throughout the course of the story, rather than dumped in right at the beginning. (Yes, Mistborn, I'm looking at you and your TWO HUNDRED FREAKING PAGES OF SET UP)

You ge
Al Burke
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was the book of the month in one of the many book clubs I am a member of but rarely partake in. I wasn't sure I'd like this, as it was full of tropes and was more of a "comedy" book as opposed to containing humour, but I gave it a go. It...was...great. The story did not get washed away in a torrent of "wit," the characters were very likeable and the plot was well delivered. I listened to the audiobook, and the narrator was first class, possibly helping me overlook my other general no-nos. I ...more
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, read-2017
5 Stars

I loved the story, the characters, the writing, the author, and the world.

A great fantasy adventure with fun characters and humor.
May 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I'd hoped to keep my little book reviews to a paragraph or two, maybe less, but this one, fittingly my first, is special, so it gets some extra time during which I can hopefully convince you to pick it up and give it a try.

Throughout my life, my dad has always maintained an impressive little library of everything from history and politics to best-sellers and sci-fi, so I've always had fond memories of books in general. They lined the walls in the room where I spent most of my teenage years, and
Oct 11, 2011 rated it liked it
How long have MLE and I been friends…oh like forever. I got this book to read on the flight to Paris, our French class school trip back in 1996. Don’t let the publication fool you, it’s a reprint. Well I finished it, then handed off to Emily then she finished it.
Yeah, that’s right. We were just that awesome.
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this is a very good book. i read it awhile ago when i didn't have an account so i am trying to see if i remember it. it has a very strong female character, a great plot and ending, and as well as humor. i will probably reread and write a better review. ...more
May 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Blue Moon Rising by Simon R. Green- This is the first book of a series of stand-alone novels under the title of Forest Kingdom. However, each book is an entirely new story with different characters. The second book is called Blood and Honour and the third book is called Down Among the Dead. The two main protagonists are also the main characters in Simon R. Green's Hawk and Fisher series (No Haven for the Guilty, Devil Take the Hindmost, The God Killer, Vengeance for a Lonely Man, Guard Against D ...more
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rupert (supernumerary second prince of the Forest Kingdom) has been sent on a Quest (possibly with the hope that he, um, won't actually survive) riding his unicorn through the Darkwood to slay a dragon. Which, when he arrives at the dragon's lair (after the usual dangers untold & hardships unnumbered -- the Darkwood is a nasty place) he discovers that the dragon is holding a princess captive, and is more interested in collecting butterflies than amassing treasure, and Julia is not your run-of-th ...more
Jun 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I read this when I was in my early teens, and again in high school, and again in college, and again (you get the point). Kitchy fantasy cliches aside (and there are plenty in this book) it's a really well-written and compelling story. I always miss it when I'm finished. The standard fantasy foundation (dragon/prince/spunky princess) is done well enough that it always either adds to- or provides welcome relief from what is a gripping, scary, fun and sometimes sad story. Even if you're not a huge ...more
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of my favorites and why I give Simon R Green a go at least until his ongoing series get plagued with repetition. But this was before all that. It's a near perfect Dark Fantasy, full of gallows humor, I'd say it would fit a near perfect "Dungeon Punk" mentality with the characters being snarky with each other and Green playing with old fantasy tropes. And when I say it's dark...Green loves horror. Sneaky, evil, horror. It's not quite say as nasty as some books, but with a near pe ...more
Dec 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book at random and was very pleasantly surprised. It's a very complex story where the good guys aren't always good adn the bad guys have a lot of good reasons for being bad. I found it a lot more realistic (and therefore dark) than the traditional fantasy fiction, and a lot more witty and fun to read, too. Joss Whedon meets Peter Beagle. ...more
Sarah Garner
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
On the whole an entertaining read but a bit of a mission to read. I didn't quite finish it but I did enjoy it as it was funny in places. ...more

Pretty good! Very fun to read. My biggest problem was that it was too long and the POV sometimes changed within paragraphs.
Katherine Gardner
If I could give it more stars then I would.
I first read this maybe 10-15 years ago and I remember loving it at the time. I've matured since then, as have my taste in books, and I am much more able to point at things and know exactly why I dislike them. Which is to say - this book did not hold up on a re-read. Everyone was constantly posturing in a really annoying way. Everyone thought they were right. The politics were asinine. None of the battles made any sense and the demons absolutely should have won.

To top it all off, the audiobook n
Scott Shjefte
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rip-roaring saga of a second son and his trial against the darkness.
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Blue Moon Rising and Beyond the Blue Moon were the first of Simon Green's book about the husband & wife team of Hawk & Fisher I read - as well as just the first of his books I read in general. And they are what got me hooked.

The Reasons to Read The Series? Easy-Peasy

# A real husband & wife duo. Both characters are strong in their own rights - but together they are amazing. SG has created one of the best pairings I've found, and I wish to hell he'd write more. They aren't perfect, but they don't
Sep 30, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of fantasy that doesn't take itself too seriously
I wouldn't call Green's books outright comedic fantasy, because they're not, but he does have a wonderful kind of wit and his books don't take themselves too seriously. Then again, if you've read the book summary, you can probably tell. A princess with a mean left hook? Obviously not your traditional fantasy. I actually read the books out of order, but I would never change that, because I already knew Julia's character from previous books. When I finally picked up this book and met her character ...more
Jan 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Blue Moon Rising starts out as a stereotypical knee slapping style story as it goes though everything the jacket mentions. There is a sarcastic unicorn, wise dragon, and feisty princess. Not to mention the dark woods and demons. After the first 100 pages though, the story completely changes. What you thought was going to be simple quest based fantasy becomes character driven, and thoroughly entertaining. We get intrigue at the castle and multiple traitors, as well as funny goblins and an angry p ...more
Shane Moore
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
At first this seemed like a humorous take on the most clich�� of Fantasy tropes. I liked it a lot. A Prince is sent off to slay a dragon, mostly in hopes that he will get killed and remove himself from the line of Royal succession. He rides a sarcastic and cowardly unicorn, and faces danger with wit and practicality.

Within a few chapters, the humor has become more sparse. The fighting is increasingly detailed and more gory. Things get serious. The story never stops flirting with stereotypes, th
Aug 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book of Mr. Green's I picked up, way back in High School. Inside there was a small forward explaining what this book was about it said:

" In those days there were heroes and villains, and darkness walked the earth. There were dragons to be slain captured Princesses to be saved, and mighty deeds were accomplished by knights in shining armor. Many tales are told of that time, tales of steadfast bravery and derring-do. This isn't one of them."

I was hooked! Since reading that firs
Feb 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Great book, much better than the Nightside series. There is nothing special about the main character, who is the second son and Prince of a realms that has no need for him. He is sent a Quest that he is either supposed to die on or serve as his exile.

The beginning of this book made me think it was going to be over-the-top Terry Pratchett style, but after the debacle of saving the dragon from the princess, it got a lot better. I really got to like the main character. I guess he strikes a chord w
Kim Luu
Sep 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is the first book I ever read by Simon Green and it made me a fan. I laughed out loud at the opening of a handsome young prince heading out for adventure to prove himself. The catch is that his horse is a unicorn since he's still a virgin. The horse is mouthy and preachy but the prince is stuck with him.

His travails are made worse when the beautiful princess he plans to rescue wants nothing to do with him as she's perfectly happy being a non princess.

Simon writes very well and some of his
Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans, Science Fiction fans, Patricia C. Wrede fans, Tamora Pierce fans
Recommended to Samantha wickedshizuku by: Goodreads
I had never heard of this series until I had stumbled across it on Goodreads. It has been fairly amusing adventure that I enjoyed thoroughly. I thought that the princess was hysterical, and her plight was very complex. I most certainly wasn't expecting a dragon in the mix of things. The princes and king are a riot, though I doesn't seem a very traditional outlook on court intrigue.
The demon prince, who is the enemy, doesn't seem to be the worst big baddie; but I think he will play a much bigger
Jul 01, 2016 marked it as dnf

DNF @ 13%

No rating.

Not my thing. I don't care for the writing style at all. There is no stream of consciousness.. No seeing what's inside the charcters heads.

The pace is WAAAAY too fast. with little details.

Characters are flat.

Too fantastical

To me this reads like a childrens story. Everything told and not shown. It appears the author was going for comedy and I found it cute but not funny.

Would make a good cartoon.

Dec 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
If I could pick only 10 books to read for the rest of my life, this would be one of them.
I've worn out 4 paperback copies of "Blue Moon Rising", and have read it at least thirty times. A must read!
Jun 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I had to buy this book just because of the opening line. And it was completely worth it. It's fantasy, but it's also a story that mocks fantasy. Plus there's a talking unicorn. What more could you ask for? ...more
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Simon Richard Green is a British science fiction and fantasy-author. He holds a degree in Modern English and American Literature from the University of Leicester. His first publication was in 1979.

His Deathstalker series is partly a parody of the usual space-opera of the 1950s, told with sovereign disregard of the rules of probability, while being at the same time extremely bloodthirsty.


Other books in the series

Forest Kingdom (5 books)
  • Blood and Honor (Forest Kingdom, #2)
  • Down Among the Dead Men (Forest Kingdom, #3)
  • Beyond the Blue Moon (Hawk and Fisher, #7)
  • Once in a Blue Moon (Hawk & Fisher, #8)

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“Are you sure this is a good idea?' whispered the unicorn.
'No,' said Rupert. 'But it's our best chance to find a dragon.'
'Frankly, that doesn't strike me as such a hot idea either,' muttered the unicorn.”
“Rupert: "... At this rate, somebody is bound to upset the Warlock once too often, and we'll end up with a Court full of bemused looking toads."

"He wouldn't dare use his magic here," said the Champion.

"Don't bet on it," said Rupert. "The High Warlock has all the practicality and self-preservation instincts of a depressed lemming.”
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