Melissa | 2/6/2014
" Kristen Britain's fabulous story of the Green Riders continues in this second installment, First Rider's Call. As a recap (and possible spoiler if you haven't read the first book) we were introduced to Karigan, a young merchant's daughter who had been expelled from school for fighting. By a stroke of coincidence, or perhaps she was called, she encounters a Green Rider in the woods. He had been mortally wounded and asks that she take up his horse and deliver his message for him. The Green Riders are an elite messenger service for the king, who, with the help of their horse brooches can perform a bit of magic as well. Karigan takes on this dangerous task and manages to deliver the message despite many hardships. She also, after a fierce battled with a maddened Eletian (one of the other races in the world) helps restore King Zachary to the palace and defeat his evil brother who was trying to take over the kingdom. Done with the adventure, she returns home to become a merchant again, ignoring the call of the Riders.
Now in this book Karigan has returned to the riders. After the call had become to great and she was found riding in her nightgown to get back to the King, she decided she couldn't resist fate and became a Green Rider. One of her major duties was to head North in search of the Eletians but on the way her party accidentally unlocks a tomb that contains an evil wraith left over from when Mornhavon the Black ruled. Both the wraith and the entity known as Mornhavon want Karigan, but she has no idea why.
After coming back with what remains of their party, more bad news just topples on top of everything. The Rider's magic is failing and causing more trouble than before. Karigan is also seeing ghosts and seemingly traveling out of her time to another. Each time brings her closer to death but also helps fill in clues on what may be happening in her time as well. She also is having trouble with her emotions regarding the King. She knows that it is improper, but she can't help but think of him more than fondly. At all costs though, she must focus and keep the rider's together. The wall that is holding back Mornhavon is failing and if it falls, all will be lost.
In the first book I grew to admire the characters. Especially Karigan; she is a brave courageous person but still manages to get herself in embarrassing situations just like a normal person. However, in this book, all the characters just didn't seem as fleshed out. Their motivations were weaker and their personalities a little more subdued. They weren't terribly written, but neither were they as finely crafted as in the first book. The evil people didn't seem as terrible either and I didn't find them particularly menacing even though they should have been.
The writing was descriptive in regards to all but one thing. I can't for the life of me picture Karigan in my head. I know she's a young woman, I think she has brownish hair, but the author always describes her as looking like her mother who I don't ever recall reading a description of. I may just be missing it but one would expect the main character to be a little better described. The rest of the characters, luckily, are written well enough I have an idea of what they look like. This book doesn't have as much violence in it as the first one, but that's not to say there aren't some very vivid descriptions of death, because there is. Just be warned that there is some blood and guts in this tale.
I did like this book. I thought it was a fairly good continuance of the first story. It just didn't have the vivid realness the first one did. I look forward to the third one and hope that it regains some of its heart that it originally had. But overall, this was a great book for fantasy lovers.
First Rider's Call
596 pages "
Cynthiaj | 2/1/2014
" A very nice read. I was pleased when the plot didn't turn out exactly like I expected it to. Enough "action" to keep it entertaining without overkill. "
Ann Katrine Kristensen | 1/28/2014
" Oh the tears! I am really really loving this series!! :) Positively surpriced by a book with a horse on the cover.. As they say.. Never judge a book by it's cover! ;D "
Becky | 1/25/2014
" This book was unbelievably amazing! It took the plot from the first, twisted it and made it better!! The characters progressed well, and left me in tears in some places! I cannot wait to read the next one! "
Allie | 1/12/2014
" Not as good as the first in the series, but definitely great to see where Britain takes her characters. Karigan is still one of my favourite fantasy heroines. "
Isabel Mansfield | 1/11/2014
" This is a classic fantasy series which is ageless Every one should read it at least once "
Echo | 1/7/2014
" I didn't like this one quite as much as the first book, but I still enjoyed it. I'm curious to see what happens with the rest of the series. "
Lobug | 12/29/2013
" Sure a lot of ghost stuff, but quite enjoyable. "
Jenni | 12/12/2013
" There is a noticeable improvement in Britain's writing, and while there are a lot of fantasy staples, almost rip offs, I really enjoyed reading the book and none of it felt stale to me. Definitely eager to reread the next one. "
Elizabeth | 11/21/2013
" A great series, probably my favorite book in the series. Some breath taking moments. A little dark for me sometimes. "
Amii Morrison | 11/15/2013
" Book 2 in the Green Rider series, is a great book. I do like the original better, but this was a close second and makes you really anticipate book 3 "
Amber | 11/13/2013
" I'm really disappointed in this series. It has so much potential, but it's not doing very well. I find myself skimming, looking for the important parts. I can tell she borrowed from J.R.R. Tolkien. "
Tammie | 10/20/2013
" This is quickly turning into a favorite series. Sometimes I get very emotionally invested in the characters I read about. Parts of this book near the end had me tearing up. I can't wait to read happens in the next one! "
Jane | 9/27/2013
" You alway fallow your destiny even if you have to have alittle help from ghost to get you there lol everyone have problems not just you but by helping htem out with there prob. you can also help your self out. "
Patricia | 8/15/2013
" I loved the first book very much and this does not fail to live up to expectations. It is unusual for a sequel to be better than the first one, but this one is. By that standard the next one should be fantastic. "
Ann | 2/6/2013
" Stop running you can't escape it! This book took Kristen Britain years to write and release but so very enjoyable. "
Kent | 10/11/2012
" The story can be great at times, but the violence and the descriptions of the "bad guys" gets to be too graphic for me. "
Lauren | 10/1/2012
" I read this and was happy with it. I was not suprised by and shocking twist or overly complex dialog. This is a simple well written Heroine-coming-of-age story that continues in a fairly long series. (I believe there are 3 or 4 more after this one. "
Rebecca | 7/31/2012
" It was a decent book with an intriguing plot line. However, I found myself often confused by the complicated history/structure of Scardonia. The combination of this confusion and the slow pacing left me quite frustrated. I don't think I'll be reading the third installment. "
Ann-katrin | 7/3/2012
" I loved this second book of Kristen Britain. It's so exciting to read every scene between Karigan and King Zachary. Can't wait to read the third book and hoping for more "romantic" scenes. "
Marissa | 6/15/2012
" As I said on her first book, really amazing. I love her stuff and can't wait to read the third one :) "
Rose | 4/30/2012
" This was a really good book but not quite as good as the first. I can't wait to read the rest! "
Shawna Nash | 3/3/2012
" even more magical then the first "