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Green Rider (Mass Market)

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“Karigan G’ladheon is on her way home from a fight at school when the thundering of hooves fills the forest. A messenger of the king, a Green Rider, comes to a  halt in front of her only to slide off his horse with a bloody arrow sticking out of his back. With his last dying breath, he urges Karigan to complete his mission. Reluctantly she agrees, finding herself compelled to help him.

The dead Rider’s horse guides her down a path only he knows, pulling her into a world of unknown magic and danger thought long dead. With a hooded figure and mercenaries hunting her through the woods, it will take everything she has to survive let alone deliver the message worth dying for. From start to finish I couldn’t help turning the pages of this story filled with engaging characters and a unique world that captures the heart. When I had finished, all I wanted was to start at the beginning again and delve back into Britain’s world. This is one of my absolute favorite books and a must read for fantasy lovers.”

— From Constance's Collection


Magic, danger, and adventure abound for messenger Karigan G'ladheon in the first book of the New York Times-bestselling Green Rider fantasy series 

On her long journey home from school after a fight that will surely lead to her expulsion, Karigan G'ladheon ponders her uncertain future. As she trudges through the immense Green Cloak forest, her thoughts are interrupted by the clattering of hooves, as a galloping horse bursts from the woods.

The rider is slumped over his mount's neck, impaled by two black-shafted arrows. As the young man lies dying on the road, he tells Karigan he is a Green Rider, one of the legendary messengers of the king of Sacoridia.

Before he dies, he begs Karigan to deliver the “life and death” message he bears to King Zachary. When she reluctantly he agrees, he makes her swear on his sword to complete his mission, whispering with his dying breath, “Beware the shadow man...”

Taking on the golden-winged horse brooch that is the symbol of the Green Riders, Karigan is swept into a world of deadly danger and complex magic, her life forever changed. Compelled by forces she cannot understand, Karigan is accompanied by the silent specter of the fallen messenger and hounded by dark beings bent on seeing that the message, and its reluctant carrier, never reach their destination.

With memorable characters, unique magic, and a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats, this action-packed, feminist fantasy is a must-read for lovers of the genre.

About the Author

Kristen Britain is the author of the New York Times bestselling Green Rider series. Deep within the spruce-fir forest of coastal Maine, down a rambling mossy vale, and far beneath the inkwell of the sky, you will find her woodland home, where she crafts her tales and consorts with a pair of furry, tuft-eared sprites.

Praise For…

Praise for the Green Rider series

Green Rider is a wonderfully captivating heroic fantasy adventure.... Kristen Britain’s likable heroine and fast-paced plot kept me eagerly turning pages. This is the rarest of finds: a truly enjoyable read.” —Terry Goodkind, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Sword of Truth series
“Kristen Britain is one of the most astonishing fantasy writers working today. She has created a richly imagined world where magic is as real as courage, and where a young woman's heroism can change the course of history.” ―Tess Gerritsen, author of The Apprentice
“Britain packs her exciting sixth Green Rider epic fantasy with new perils for her heroine, Karigan G’ladheon.... The pages fly by in this dramatic tale.” —Publishers Weekly
“Britain’s latest combines familiar characters with new allies and enemies as it builds to a crucial point in the history of the land. Readers of epic fantasy and series followers will want this finely honed, skillfully crafted tale.” —Library Journal
“Britain provides plenty of action…and a good command of character.” —Booklist
“In masterly fashion, Britain ultimately manages to bring the major plotlines together in a big battle.... A rousing, satisfying adventure.” —Locus
“There is something about returning to read a new book the Green Rider series that just makes me happy.... Addictive comfort reads that make me want to curl up with it until I finish.” —Speculative Herald
“The gifted Ms. Britain writes with ease and grace as she creates a mesmerizing fantasy ambiance and an appealing heroine quite free of normal clichés.” —RT Book Reviews
“This captivating fantasy is filled with adventure, action, and heroes. Karigan grows tremendously as a person and in the end finds her own place in this world. The characters, including minor ones, are well-developed and the plot is complex enough to get the reader thinking. This is a real page-turner.” —VOYA
“Kristen Britain writes so beautifully that I never want to have to put her books down.” ―Fantasy Book Review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780886778583
ISBN-10: 0886778581
Publisher: DAW
Publication Date: April 1st, 2000
Pages: 480
Language: English
Series: Green Rider