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Blackveil: Book Four of Green Rider Mass Market Paperback – February 5, 2013
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"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
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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.Read more ›
...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.
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.
I have loved the Green Rider series for it's relative innocence and the forbidden romance between Karigan and Zachary. Both of the loves were shattered with this book. Although I realize it is impossible to keep everything on the happy go-lucky side, it is decidedly lacking in this book, making it a very tedious read as Britain's humor was always one of her strong suits. I found myself skimming whole paragraphs and even pages, which is something I never do.
For those who were disappointed with the lack of interaction between Karigan and Zachary in Book 3, don't bother with Book 4 because there is even less. And then there is Estora, who I have always disliked because she was so "perfect" and annoyingly in the way. Her character evolves, or should I say devolves, as she manages to become even weaker and more insipid. Estora is like Britain's version of Padan Fain from TWOT, you keep thinking to yourself, WHEN is she going to go away!
And then finally, to cap it all off, the book ends on the worst cliff hanger of all time and for those of you who have been loyally following Britain from book one as I have, you know that it will be at least another 5 years (heck why not make it ten!) before she comes out with the next book. As much as I love Karigan, I think I may not even waste my money on Book 5, 6, 7 or however many more Britain plans to milk out. Miss Britain, how very far you have fallen.
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The fourth book in the Green Rider series was good, on par with the previous one and a little less well done than the first two, but for one thing, which awards this book its high... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ktrose
As the name suggests, this installment of the Green Rider series finds Karigan in Blackveil Forest. That, however, isn’t the only thing of importance. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amanda Marie
I love fantasy and this series would be great if the heroine would show some emotional growth. I feel like I'm reading a teen novel or about a teen who isn't sure what the next... Read morePublished 2 months ago by charmz