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Blackveil: Book Four of Green Rider [Kindle Edition]

Kristen Britain
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Karigan G'ladheon is a Green Rider—a seasoned member of the elite messenger corps of King Zachary of Sacoridia. But Karigan is no ordinary Rider, for she was able to transport the evil spirit of Mornhavon into the future, though no one knows how far he has been sent. During this window of relative safety, King Zachary decides to send Karigan and a small contingent of scouts, accompanied by a small group of Eletians—a magical race who once lived in the lands now tainted by Mornhavon's magic—into Blackveil Forest.

Though Mornhavon is gone, the forest is still a treacherous place filled with monstrous creatures and deadly traps. And unbeknownst to the band of Eletians and Sacoridians, another small group has entered the forest—Arcosian descendants who have kept Mornhavon's dark magic alive in secret for centuries, and who now plan to avenge their long ago defeat by bringing Sacoridia to its knees. Blackveil is the fourth novel of the acclaimed Green Rider series.

Editorial Reviews


“Karigan’s adventures, full of strange and deadly encounters, provide [BLACKVEIL's] core.... With characters you care about, touches of complicated romance, and some wonderfully weird developments (vampire hummingbirds!), this is a hard-to-put-down adventure.”

"Kristen Britain’s Blackveil has everything that Green Rider fans could hope for, including romance, adventure, humor, time travel, dark magic, entertaining drama, ghosts, prophetic visions, and much more."
(Fantasy Book Critic)

"The latest Kariagan epic fantasy is a terrific entry loaded with subplots that provide the reader with both the big picture of the world of Kristin Britain and the small scale happenings that impact the larger scope.... With a strong diverse cast (a trademark of Ms. Britain), fans will welcome the return to Sacoridia."
(Midwest Book Review)

"If you read my reviews long enough, you’ll soon come to realize that I love good epic fantasy more than anything else. There’s something about the heroism, the magic systems, the adventure, and the bold characters that I truly enjoy. And for me, Kristen Britain’s books fit the bill. "
(Owlcat Mountain)

“Britain provides plenty of action… and a good command of character.”
(Booklist (for THE HIGH KING'S TOMB))

"Britain keeps the excitement high from beginning to end, balancing epic magical battles with the humor and camaraderie of Karigan and her fellow riders."
(Publishers Weekly (for THE HIGH KING'S TOMB))

About the Author

Kristen Britain lives in a log cabin in Maine where she writes full time and pursues her interests of reading, guitar playing and cartoon illustration. She enjoys exploring the magical places around her and can often be found paddling a canoe in stillwater, ambling through the woods to mountain summits, or sitting along the rocky shore listening, watching and daydreaming.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2171 KB
  • Print Length: 673 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0575099615
  • Publisher: DAW; Reprint edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00475AS4W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,417 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Worth It February 10, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As someone who fell in love with the Green Rider series from the beginning, I eagerly awaited the release of Blackveil. However, the other reviewers are completely correct when they say this book is dissatisfying for a few reasons.

Firstly, I felt that the book didn't really become very gripping until about halfway through. I felt the segment with Karigan's father was too long, and would have gladly traded it for a better ending. I understand that a lot of plot lines were began or developed during the first half of the book, but I believe that this could have been accomplished more quickly. The first half of Blackveil lacked the captivating quality that I have so far enjoyed in the Green Rider series.

Secondly, I feel that the cliffhanger ending was a sort of insult to Britain's faithful readers. In fact, she has been quoted in the past saying that she likes to leave the reader at the end of each book with a sense of resolution; this is obviously the polar opposite of what Blackveil ended with. If readers could expect the next installment within a year or two, this wouldn't be such a disappointment. But as other reviewers have stated, this seems unlikely considering the trend of publication.

Lastly, I couldn't help but feel a sense of gloom when I finished this book, as all of the characters seemed to be in dire straits at the end. This is usually not Britain's style; while she is not afraid to end the lives of her characters, I usually feel satisfied and pleased when finishing a Green Rider book. At the end of Blackveil I was cranky and annoyed.

However, anyone who truly loves the series like I do will still love this book.
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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, wait another 4+ years... February 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I love the Green Rider series but I feel as though this book was not as good as the others. It possibly could be because it ends with a very large cliff-hanger. Which wouldn't be so bad, if the fifth book was coming out in a year. But Ms. Briain has a habit of taking 3-4+ years to write the sequels.The first book "Green Rider" came out in 1998. That is 13 years between the first and the fourth. The story was interesting and I was excited to see the main charactors doing what they do. New twists and turns, old issues and so on. I admit there were times that I was very bored and frustraited. Other times I was so engrossed in the story I actually got angry or sad with what was going on.On a good note one of the "newer" events is addressed near the end so the reader was not left hanging wondering about the King's health. I am not giving anything in detail away. I do recommend the series but if you have not started it yet I would wait until the entire series is complete. It will just make you angry if you keep up with the series only to wait 4+years to find out what happens next.
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83 of 96 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The very definition of cliffhanger... February 2, 2011
By lwd
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Imagine for a moment the hero of any favorite novel hanging off a cliff grasping a threadbare rope... and then, and then...

...tune in next time.

As others have mentioned, this a very dark, very grim addition to the Green Rider saga. I found very little satisfaction after turning the last page for the simple reason that nothing was resolved, all is left in extremely horrific flux.

This was an unhappy surprise, as previously Ms. Britain at least finished a plotline, even though the major storyline remained unfinished.

I will read the next installment in this saga simply because I like to know how stories end, and I have loved the series until now, but quite honestly, I'm not especially looking forward to it.

Vague spoilers:

Some favorite characters die, some are grievously maimed or handicapped, other favorites become people you no longer trust or even like.

Grandmother and 'Little Girl' are still causing mayhem, now in Blackveil.

Good guys and bad guys want Karigan and/or Zachary dead.

Karigan and Zachary are further apart than before for reasons you will not appreciate.

Mornhaven shows up, what happens then is unclear.

A story starting a new adventure for Lord Amberhill is haphazardly inserted just to break up continuity during the major storyline. - End vague spoilers.

In short: Snidely Whiplash has tied Nell to the train tracks... (insert commercial featuring Lord Amberhill) the train is speeding toward helpless Nell, (insert commercial featuring Lord Amberhill) Dudley DoRight gets on his faithful steed, (insert commercial featuring Lord Amberhill) Dudley may or may not come to the rescue...

...tune in next time to see if Nell survives.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the paper it's printed on December 15, 2011
By Avy
What a waste. I wish I'd never picked this book up. She had such a good product here and she's completely ruined it. I thought the third book started to go off in the wrong direction about halfway through, but I never dreamed it would get this abysmal.
Karigan is at once a Mary Sue and an author's punching bag. It's clear she's no longer being used for anything other than an outlet for the author's childhood dreams and her displeasure at having not achieved them.
Kristen has said she's frustrated that people are so very interested in the "subplot" between Karigan and Zachary, and I think she needs to take a step back and realize that to many of her readers it's a romantic adventure MAIN plot and that she's trying to sell her product to customers that clearly WANT them together.
I'll probably still read the next book, but I'll be reading it a bookstore or library before I put any money into it. I no longer trust the author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars I would not recommend it even though I enjoyed the previous books
... I could not finish the book and I tired very hard. I would not recommend it even though I enjoyed the previous books. In essence... very boring book.
Published 1 day ago by Kling
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The book is awesome, though it took forever to get to my house.
Published 6 days ago by Allyson
4.0 out of 5 stars great book - I do not like authors to set ...
great book - I do not like authors to set us up to by their next book by leaving us with a cliff-hanger!
Published 24 days ago by VL
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackveil
All of Kristen Britain books in this series have been well written. She keeps you wanting more.
Published 26 days ago by sally
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thank you
Published 1 month ago by Joyce L. Sarquist
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Every time I read this book, it just keeps getting better. I'll never regret buying this. So glad the next book is now available -it's been a long wait!
Published 1 month ago by Kiki Monole
3.0 out of 5 stars Nooooo!
First, allow me to say how much I hate Lady Estora. She complains about having no rights yet practically rapes King Zachary in the deathbed wedding because she didn't have the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Margaret M. Saponari
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Awesome!
NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't leave us hanging there!!!! What a horrible place to end that book!!!!!!! AGH!!!! Kristen, you are EVIL!!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. L. Holtin
2.0 out of 5 stars Though this book has its good sides, mostly what I found here was...
Though this book has its good sides, mostly what I found here was disappointing. I don't mind Karigan and Zachary not being in a relationship together, because it was already... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Heather Corder
4.0 out of 5 stars could not stop reading
A good story. Lots of characters for me to track but each is a clear personality. I like to get to know the characters. A good plot. Lots of imagery and imagination. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mary
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