Karigan G'ladheon is a Green Rider - a seasoned member of the elite messenger corps of King Zachary of Sacoridia. King Zachary sends Karigan and a contingent of Sacoridians beyond the edges of his nation, into the mysterious Blackveil Forest, which has been tainted with dark magic by a twisted immortal spirit named Mornhavon the Black.
At the end of Blackveil, in a magical confrontation against Mornhavon, Karigan is jolted out of Blackveil Forest and wakes in darkness. She's lying on smooth, cold stone, but as she reaches out, she realizes that the stone is not just beneath her, but above and around her as well. She's landed in a sealed stone sarcophagus, some unknown tomb, and the air is becoming thin.
Is this to be her end? If she escapes, where will she find herself? Is she still in the world she remembers, or has the magical explosion transported her somewhere completely different? To find out, she must first win free of her prison - before it becomes her grave. And should she succeed, will she be walking straight into a trap created by Mornhavon himself?
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Was so excited - then disappointed!
I think the story was a good story; however, only the very last part of the book actually took us back to where book four left off. I do not feel that it went very well with the other books in the series - almost like runoff series from a popular televison show. I feel that the first part of this book was 24 hours of filler with only the last 4+ hours actually relating to the story I had been waiting for. Kristen Britain is a fabulous writer - I just feel this book really didn't relate very well to the first four books. Ellen Archer is as always, a fantastic narrator!
Good book, don't read Amazon bad reviews
Don't believe the negative reviews, this is a good addition to the series. It may not forward the world storyline, but is a good advancement of Karigan's personal story. Since she's the main character, that's the more important part.
Unlike other reviews, I don't plan on listing any spoilers in my review. I'll just say that this story is a bit different from previous books, with a mostly new cast of characters, a few of which i liked well enough to wish they would be in future books.
Karigan experiences a few major life milestones, and of course, suffers some significant losses. But in her usual competent style, finishes this adventure with knowledge that may help win the coming war, and may save some popular characters from fates worse than death.
I discovered this series about the time Blackveil came out. At the time i was getting burned out on fantasy, mostly because of authors like George R. R. Martin, Joe Abercrombie, and the like who's dark and bloody fiction send to have taken over the fantasy genre. I enjoy their books, but can only take so much dark fantasy. I came across the Green Rider series and became an instant fan. I listen to them on Audible, and did something I rarely do, I listened to the series a second time immediately. I hope the next book doesn't take too long to come out.
- D. A. Knox "snokat"