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The High King's Tomb: Book Three of Green Rider Kindle Edition

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Karigan G'ladheon was hoping for a break from adventure after the breakneck escapades of First Rider's Call (2004), but this action-packed third Green Rider volume gives her no time to rest. Sent on what she thinks is a mundane errand for the king of Sacoridia and the captain of the royal messenger corps known as the Green Riders, Karigan begins having strange dreams that may hold hidden meaning. Then she receives a cryptic message from the ghost of a would-be magician. Karigan finally accepts that she's destined for the extraordinary when the magnificent black horse Salvistar, the steed of the god of death, beckons her to ride with him among the stars. Britain keeps the excitement high from beginning to end, balancing epic magical battles with the humor and camaraderie of Karigan and her fellow riders.
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"Wonderfully captivating...a truly enjoyable read." -- Terry Goodkind "Kristen Britain is a very talented author who appears destined to be one of the genre's superstars." -- Midwest Book Review

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  • File Size: 1562 KB
  • Print Length: 772 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; Reprint edition (November 6, 2007)
  • Publication Date: November 6, 2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000W93DN0
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Saloiye on November 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love this series. The fact that there is a normal, healthy woman as the main character is refreshing. I originally read the Green Rider as a stand alone book. I throughly enjoyed it. This present book was wonderful because we were able to re-meet many of the characters. However what isn't so exciting is that there is another book in the series. Don't get me wrong, I love this series and there definitely needs to be another book, but I don't want to wait any longer. The waits in between the books are massive. I know it takes time to get books written, edited, and published but sometimes the interim seems a bit ridiculous. That and I thought this was going to be a trilogy, similar to Lord of the Rings.

All complaining aside this was an excellent book, there was more down time throughout the adventures but this isn't a bad thing. It allows for more character development. We don't get to see Zachary as much as I would have liked, but his cousin offers us a new treat. Overall this is an excellent addition to the series. Hopefully it won't take another 3 years for the next book in the series.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Laura J. on December 31, 2007
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After waiting four years for a follow-up to Britain's strong First Rider's Call, the second in the Green Rider sequence, I was thrilled to finally get my hands on The High King's Tomb. Details from previous books which had slipped away were reinforced as I returned to Sacoridia, relishing my reunion with Karigan G'ladheon, Alton D'Yer, Estora Coutre, and others.

To Britain's credit, the antagonists in this book are complex. None can be taken at face value, especially Grandmother, whose strange knot-magic threatens to unravel the land. While some old baddies return, new threats and situations arise, feeding off of previous conflicts while remaining innovative enough to be interesting.

The same can be said of the protagonists. Karigan displays greater strength (physical and emotional) and a harsher view of her shifting world. I never had much in common with the courageous heroine, but I like and respect her as much as ever. I particularly enjoyed Lady Estora's development. Unlike other reviewers, I did not find her a clichéd romance heroine. She deals with issues of love and confinement, true, but does not lose her individuality. Laren Mapstone, a longtime favorite, attempts to thwart the romance between Karigan and King Zachary without coming off as callous or cruel. The ambiguous Xandis Amberhill adds spark and spice to several ladies' lives. Yes, Britain's characters remain strong -- and for readers who, like myself, prize characterization above all else, this book is a gem.

On the downside, it takes the action a long time to heat up. Sometimes it seems that not only Alton, but every returning character is pounding on a stone wall, unable to get past it. The first 200 pages are hijacked by the newly introduced Raven Mask and Fergel.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Sozaeva VINE VOICE on March 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have NO idea how I got the idea into my head that this story was a trilogy, but imagine my surprise when I reached the end of this volume and realized ... this is NOT the end! Oh, dear me. And no sign of the next one, either. Oh, dear me ... how long will we have to wait for the love triangles to un-tangle? Will young what's-his-face overcome the training from his knacker "da" and learn to love horses again? What sort of horrible, terrible, no-good, very bad day will poor Karigan have next? Will the King go through with the marriage to Lady Estora? These are just a few of the questions that are NOT answered in this book.

Then again, that's just the sort of thing to leave us wanting MORE!!

When Karigan is paired off with a new, young rider named Fergal and sent on a routine errand for the King, things start out badly right away. Fergal is young, impulsive and has no idea how to behave as a Rider. Plus he hates horses. To make matters worse, he decides to try to test out his "Rider magic" by throwing himself into a river and seeing if that will make it manifest. Which only serves to delay them that much more.

By the D'Yer wall, Lord Alton is slowly going insane because of his obsession with fixing the wall, and as a result he is pushing Dale - injured by a horrible avian of some kind that escaped from Blackveil forest in the 2nd book - too hard to find answers, since she CAN get into the Tower to question Merdigan, one of the minders who are supposed to assist with maintaining the wall. The wall, on the other hand, is also going insane because of the unstable element introduced by Alton's hate-filled cousin Pendric, who gave himself to the wall in the 2nd book.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Chapman on November 10, 2007
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Yes yes, I know...everyone (including myself) is upset about the horribly LONG wait between the 2nd and 3rd book. However..I'm crossing my fingers that the 4th one will be done sooner!
As for THKT, it was amazing. I love Kristen Britains Green Rider series! Karigan has finally ACCEPTED and EMBRACED her role as a green rider, and in this book, takes on the position of a trainer for one of the newest Riders. While the long errand was supposed to remain boring and uneventful...nothing Karigan does seems to turn out that way. There WAS a certain level of downtime as I read someone mention in another post, and I think that the character development in these sections is excellent. Also,as Capt. Mapstone has figured out the relationship between Karigan and King Zachary, she is determined to keep them apart for as long as possible, so there isnt a whole lot of interaction between them in this book. *sniff*
This book mainly focuses on the 2nd Empire and the steps they are taking to achieve their goals. There is a wicked magic user in their midst known as Grandmother who stirs up some nasty concoctions and tortures a few people. Karigan seems to skirt along the outside of things until the end, and does quite a bit of traveling, even managing to run into her old nemesis Timas Mirwell.
The Berry Sisters make another appearance, and King Zachary's estranged cousin makes quite a interesting stir throughout.
All in all, I cannot WAIT until the next book. I loved how this one worked out and I will be waiting impatiently for the 4th one!!
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The King and Karigan - Can it ever happen?
Ok, I'm not sure how it's going to happen, but I'm pretty sure King Zachary and Karigan will get together sooner or later. I'm not a huge King Zachary fan, only because he told Karigan he loved her AFTER signing the papers to wed Estora. If he would have told her before signing the papers and... Read More
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More Green Rider Books coming-beyond four
I would love to see a story from the viewpoint of a Weapon. They are so mysterious - how did they come to be as an order? How are they picked? It doesn't seem as if they have any family or loved ones, so where do Weapons come from? I mean, I know after they've served they can become advisors and... Read More
Jan 3, 2009 by Nerdyesque |  See all 13 posts
just a trilogy or a series?
Kristen Britain's website says that she is currently working on the fourth book, so it must be a series.
Sep 29, 2007 by A. L. Smith |  See all 18 posts
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C. Mullen - Thanks! Amazon's info seemed suspiciously familiar to me, too. After waiting more than two years for this book, I'm getting impatient for any accurate information. - Leslie
Aug 11, 2007 by lwd |  See all 4 posts
release date?
Yeah, well, Amazon, B&, and all of those booksellers also said book 3 (sans title) was to be released July 1, 2006, and it had an ISBN then too. We can see how well that turned out. And Ms. Britain is not known for updating her website very often, so it's a gamble as to which... Read More
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