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

Kristen Britain
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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Book Description

More than a thousand years ago the armies of the Arcosian Empire, led by Mornhavon the Black, crossed the great sea and tried to conquer the land of Sacoridia using terrible dark magic. Eventually Mornhavon had been captured, and his evil spirit imprisoned in Blackveil Forest, protected by the mighty D'Yer Wall; and in the centuries since the war's end, knowledge of the working of magic had disappeared from Sacoridia.

Karigan G'ladheon was now a seasoned Green Rider—a member of the magical messenger corps of the king. But during her first year as a Rider, a rogue magician had cracked the D'Yer Wall. The spirit of Mornhavon, sensing the weakness, had begun to wake, seeking vengeance. Karigan had managed to transport the spirit of Mornhavon into the future, buying valuable time for her king and country. But how far in the future was Mornhavon now? There was no way to tell.

And though Karigan and her fellow Riders scoured the land searching for lost magical knowledge, they were unaware of a threat to their kingdom that lay far closer: the descendants of ancient enemies had spent generations honing their powers of dark magic—a force against which the Sacoridians had no defense. The High King's Tomb is the thrilling third installment of the Green Rider series.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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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"Action-packed...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

"Combines familiar characters with new allies and enemies as it builds to a crucial point in the history of the land...[A] finely honed, skillfully crafted tale."
-Library Journal

"A healthy dose of old-fashioned adventure."

"Britain provides plenty of action...and a good command of character."

"Accessible writing, charming characters, and some pretty entertaining sword-and-sorcery action."
-Fantasy Book Critic

Product Details

  • File Size: 850 KB
  • Print Length: 772 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0575099895
  • Publisher: DAW; Reprint edition (November 6, 2007)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000W93DN0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,295 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We have to wait again? 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable, character-driven tale December 31, 2007
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a surprise! Not the end .... March 1, 2008
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just skim page 200 to 400 =( January 29, 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Two hours ago, I had a headache blooming. I had started the book early today and, though I hadn't reread the earlier novels, I was caught up in the blossoming story, waiting for more of the Karigan love story subplot.

**May be some spoilers after this point**

Then around page 200, the narrative started to crawl. The view points were too spread out between the main characters and, instead of fleshing them out, just simply detracted from the story. I didn't feel that Estora was any more realized at the end of the book than at the beginning. I didn't think Amberhill, since he was given some writing time to begin with, was given enough time to shine. Fergal, Dale - just some more examples of yet more characters popping up with their own side-stories. And though Karigan is the protagonist, there was not enough writing dedicated to her. It was kind of frustrating.

There were also parts that *really* should have been chucked or glossed over. Karigan's whole conversations with Estral and her friends at the school accomplished nothing but to ask Karigan what had been happening in her life since previous novels. I even dreaded every time the perspective went back to Alton at the wall which, when he still accomplished nothing, only served to dwell on his lack of progress.

My headache started to wear off by page 400 when action started to pick up again. I was happy to find some resolution at the end (there were some things that were also introduced at the end for the next novel to deal with), though unsatisfied with some of the major issues I really cared about (namely the love story aspect that really did not *at all* move along). Hopefully the following books will be more cohesive and less cluttered with side-stories that in no way help the book move forward or develop the characters.

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