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First Rider's Call: Book Two of Green Rider Mass Market Paperback – August 3, 2004

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Karigan is a Green Rider, one of the king's elite troop of messengers, each of whom is called as magic in the blood answers an ancient summons. Since the breaching of the D'Yer Wall, which protects Sacoridia from the malignant forces of the Blackveil Forest, however, all the magic in the land has become unpredictable, including that of the Riders. With tainted magic escaping into the world, and Karigan herself poisoned by it, the last thing she needs is to start having visions and hearing voices--visions of the First Rider, Lil Ambriodhe, long-dead founder of the troop, and voices whispering of an age-old, unbreakable link between Lil and Karigan. Lil has seen Karigan's future and that of Sacoridia, and the land will come to no good end if Karigan and Lil together are unable to overcome the great evil that is about to enter the world. Fans of The Green Rider (1998) will be very happy to see its sequel, which, fortunately, stands well on its own. Paula Luedtke
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"I liked this book even better than the first...Britain masterfully manipulates the drama and emotions of her characters." —Fantastical Reads

"This book does a beautiful job of telling an old story in a new way—the epic battle between Good and Evil—which is what high fantasy is all about...Britain creates a world half-familiar, half-mysterious, and wholly compelling." —Infinity Plus

"The magic, politics and fascinating characters make this an engrossing and absorbing read." —The Demon Librarian

"Britain has continued writing a series that is at once magical and realistic, simple and intelligent...I was deeply impressed with the duality of the story being told, the manner in which history was conveyed, and the way in which we got to see it happen." —Fantasy Book Review

Product Details

  • Series: Green Rider (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; Reprint edition (August 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756401933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756401931
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jana Paniccia on August 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you read Green Rider, and were anxiously sitting by your computer waiting for the Daw newsletter to tell you exactly when Kristen's next book was coming out, I can guarantee that First Rider's Call will go so far beyond what you were expecting that it will seem that mere moments have went by rather than years. A good sequel - no, this was a PHENOMENAL sequel. Riviting as a game of intrigue, fast paced, yet subtle - Kristen manages to weave a tale drastically different from Green Rider, but filled with everything a snippet hound could possibly want:
Magic? Plenty - the same fascinating Green Rider Magic from the first book, with a few kinks and bumps along the way (For the Characters that is!), and some completely new and exciting twists to keep you jumping and flipping through the pages with wild abandon :)
Magical Creatures? Eletians, Ghosts, a few.... well, I don't want to spoil it for you!
And as for Karigan, she is a little older, and finally accepting of her role as a green rider, but wait until you see how she gets there! King Zachary, Alton, Captain Mapstone... all are much stonger and more developed in the sequel, and the twisting subplots leave no one alone for long.
First Rider's Call is a more complex novel than Green Rider, but it is more a matter of Sacoridia gaining depth as it grows on you - The scenery is so clear in your mind, it is as if you were the one riding through the woods, or standing at the edge of a lake...the characters have depth, feeling, motivations, humour, and above all, a humanity that links you to their tale and won't let you go until it drops you at the last page...stretching out for the third book which is waiting, just around the corner!
Now, if only I had a time machine and could go forward a year or two to get it!
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By A Customer on July 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Kristen Britain's "First Rider's Call" is a sequel to "Green Rider", her outstanding debut novel. Reading "Green Rider" will certainly help you fully appreciate this wonderful second effort. In FRC, Karigan G'ladheon has finally given in to destiny and joined the Green Riders, a messenger/spy service. While on a delegation to the Eletian kingdom, Karigan and her companions are attacked by a mysterious spirit. With the delegation decimated, Karigan returns to Sacor City to report on the wraith and its peculiar focus on her personally. Magical accidents and attacks are soon occuring all over the kingdom and Green Rider magic itself begins to malfunction. And then things really start to go wrong when Captain Mapstone locks herself in her room. This is a truly enjoyable fantasy adventure, with strong characters and realistic solutions to problems (both magical and personal). Karigan's romantic trials are dealt with more fully in this novel, although readers are left with a cruel cliffhangers on several essential matters. These cliffhangers (including one in particular involving a certain king!) and the absence of the Berry sisters are my only real complaints about the novel, and I'm sure that will be solved in the next book. Buy this!
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Format: Hardcover
Kristin Britain came on to the fantasy scene in 2001 with Green Rider. I thought that she was a talented writer that resorted to too many fantasy cliches, and hoped that her second book (which was supposed to come out a year later) would move away from those. 2002 came and went with no book. Finally, in August 2003, First Rider's Call came out. With her first book not being the greatest, would the sophomore jinx kill Britain's writing? Thankfully, no. First Rider's Call is a rich story with vivid characterization and a surprising depth. She still uses a few too many cliches, but it's nothing like Green Rider in that respect.
Kerigan G'ladheon thought she had left the call of the Green Rider behind her after saving the king from an Eletian plot. However, returning to her merchant family's business doesn't provide the rest that she had expected. She is haunted by the ghost of the First Rider, who is endeavoring to convince Kerigan to follow her destiny and resume the King's service. Reluctantly, she does so, and just in time. Danger is threatening the kingdom of Sacoridia once again. Blackveil Forest, sequestered behind the D'Yer wall for thousands of years, is stirring once again. Evil forces from a long ago time are threatening to get through a breach in the wall, with some having already succeeded. Havoc is sweeping the countryside, people turned to stone and crops withered. Refugees from up north are flooding into other provinces, creating internal strife. King Zachary must balance all of these situations together, keeping his people from panicking and trying to find out what's going on.
Other things are going wild as well. The magic of the Green Riders is becoming unpredictable.
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First Rider's Call is the second novel in the Green Rider series, following Green Rider. In the previous volume, Karigan G'ladheon has forcibly separated Prince Amilton from Shawdell the Eletian, set loose the wild magic, convinced Jendara to change sides, and thus restored King Zachary to his throne. She also breaks the black arrows that killed F'ryan and frees his spirit to pass on. Although offered a position in the messenger service, she decides to return to her family and become a merchant.

In this novel, Karigan is having dreams sent by Lil Ambriodhe, the legendary First Captain of the Green Riders. Other dangers loom and the Green Riders need Karigan back in the saddle. Karigan resists, for she enjoys working with her family and is not eager to return to the terrifying experiences of her past service. One morning, however, Karigan rides out to Sacor City in her nightgown.

A year later, Karigan is scouting for a diplomatic party to the Eletians, those mysterious people to the north. The party encamps in a clearing occupied by a large rock surrounding by wardstones. Ty and Karigan argue against the location, but are overruled. Of course, the party is attacked by groundmites, lead by a walking dead man, and then the large rock emits a storm of energy.

The survivors of the diplomatic party are saved by the Eletians, who single out Karigan for a briefing on the situation. It seems that the unfortunate encampment has released a wraith who was a favored servant of Morhnavon the Black. Other wards are also failing, particularly in the D'Yer Wall. A break therein is allowing various of Morhnavon's monsters to escape their confinement.

Thus begins another story of suspence and sudden dangers.
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