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DAW (hardcover); ISBN 0-88677-824-7
Replete with unchained evil, dire peril attacking the kingdom, light and dark magic in abundance, and a mission that must be completed, Green Rider is a grand fantasy. At a minimum, the book requires a sequel (which seems to be in the offing later this year). 

Suspended indefinitely for besting a royal heir in the practice ring, Karigan G'ladheon, daughter of a merchant, walks away from school without telling anyone she's going home. In the depths of Green Cloak Forest, she meets her destiny when she promises a dying Green Rider that she would ensure the important message he carries is delivered to the king.  

Karigan doesn't realize the magnitude of her promise until she accepts the Rider's brooch -- a golden-winged horse -- and hears great wings beating the air, hooves galloping and invisible lips murmuring, "Welcome, Rider." She wants to ask the dying man what it means, but he uses his last breath to whisper, "Beware the shadow man." 

Riding a horse that seems to know exactly where to go, wearing a brooch that has magic powers, running from the shadow man who is relentless in his pursuit, Karigan tries to fulfill her promise. With danger lurking in every shadow, behind every tree, it isn't easy. 

Karigan knows she has to keep her word, especially after she realizes the shade of the Green Rider is with her, trying to help her reach the king before the two black arrows in his back can claim him and make him a follower of the evil shadow man.

 A well-paced, entertaining debut novel, Green Rider offers readers a very likable heroine, interesting minor characters and a great cast of despicable villains. Although Green Rider has a few minor flaws, it's a book I will keep and re-read when I buy the sequel.  

Patricia White

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I find nothing wrong with Green Rider, and I don't see why everyone should feel so strongly against it. Where's everyone's imagination, and who cares about grammar? Everyone makes mistakes!

The whole multi-culturism thing is just a poor excuse to diss the book when there's nothing to diss. I myself am asian, and I find nothing wrong with it. If an author chooses to have a blonde and blue-eyed person, then it's they're choice! U don't have to read it!

Leslie Lam

I have just finished reading the book Green Rider, and I love it! I have always been a big fan of adventure, fantasy, mystical creatures, good fighting evil, and especially of women heroes. This book portrayed about everything an imaginative person can dream up of! I came upon this book a couple of days ago, and after I read it, I immediately looked for a sequel. You can imagine my disappointment when I found out that one wasn't going to come out till August 2003 or later. (Ughh.) I have always wanted to write a book filled with mystery, adventure and imagination, and each book I read helps me to complete my un-finished story. This book has put more stories into my head that I won't forget easily, and it will help me on exiting catches in my hope-to-be-published book. This book definitely has mystery in it, and I really want to find out who Karigan decides to "marry" or however you would put it. It seems as though it would be King Zachary, because Kari's father said that it wasn't unusual for older men to marry younger girls, and she saw him through the telescope in the Berry sisters home, he seem to show affection toward her, and he was going to say at one time, "Come back…..to me," but he didn't, and Kari always gets her emotions mixed up when he's around. Then again, Alton D'Yer always fumbles and blushes when he wants to ask her something, and she once thought of him as, "more than a friend" when he was resting from being shot by a black arrow. Is she to fall in love with one of these, or somebody totally different in the sequel? Does she become a Green Rider? Does she return to Selium? What happens? It's going to be SOOO hard to wait for the sequel!!! But I bet it's sure going to be worth it!!!!!!!!


I loved Green Rider.  I don't see why the grammer [sic] has to be letter perfect. I loved the Green Rider because the hero is a girl and it shows that girls don't have to just be husband hunters.  I am eagerly awaiting the sequel.

Fred Worstell

Kristen Britain can tell a good story; she describes scenes perfectly. But, where's the originality? Often, I was reminded of Tolkien, Terry Brooks, Lloyd Alexander, Betty Erwin, and even Kevin Costner's The Postman

Women were given key positions and treated equally to the men. But, what about multi-culturalism? Another Arthurian kingdom??? Must all "human" characters be white and British? 

I'm sure some of the "humans" could have been of African or Asian or Hispanic descent without perpetuating stereotypes. Eletians have blond hair and blue eyes. Do they really have to? Is there a law in Science Fiction/Fantasy writing that I am unaware of -- all mystical "humans" in Science Fiction/Fantasy must be blond and blue-eyed? 

And can we please find a better editor to catch the typos and grammatical errors, which are numerous? I had to reread lines several times in order to make sense of them. 

Sequel-wise -- I want to know whom Karigan chooses as a future mate, and how the all-to-obvious loose threads in the novel will be resolved. 

By the way, how old is Karigan supposed to be? 10? 12? 16? or? 

Deborah Bloomberg