This week the newest book, Mirror Sight, was published. I’ve read and am still digesting it, so a review of that will come later on. But in my excitement for that book, I still wanted to talk about one of my favorite high fantasy series.
There are currently five books published in this series: Green Rider, First Rider’s Call, The High King’s Tomb, Blackveil, and Mirror Sight. Green Rider was originally published in 1998. There has been a minimum of 3 years between the publication of each book. Despite the long wait between each one, it isn’t hard to fall for this series.
The main character of this fanciful tale is Karigan G’ladheon. We start off the first book with her traveling home after being suspended from school. It’s on her journey that she meets a dying Green Rider with an important message for the King. Knowing that he won’t last longer, the Green Rider confirms Karigan’s devotion to the kingdom before getting her to promise to get the message to the King. And from there starts Karigan’s time as a Green Rider.
Karigan is a heroine who rose up to the occasion magnificently, even in spite of not having sought out the adventures and duties thrust upon her. There’s a great assortment of characters to get to know as you go through the books. However, they aren’t all forced down your throat in one sitting, so it’s manageable.
Then there’s the aspect that causes me much ire: the romantic subplot. King Zachary and Karigan are very clearly in love. However, Ms. Britain very accurately shows that such a match is not realistic given their positions in society, especially amidst the upheaval of the realm. Luckily, it’s just a subplot, so you can forget about the torment for the most part. It’s either my favorite or the most frustrating part of these books. I haven’t decided yet.
If this is a series you haven’t heard of and you’re a fan of high fantasy, great adventures, and an awesome heroine (who isn’t without faults), you are missing out! If you’re still unsure, check out my Green Rider review, and hopefully you’ll change your mind. Or if you have read the series, I’d love to chat about it so hit me up on Twitter or leave a comment. 🙂
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