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Green Rider by Kristen Britain – A nail biting adventure across the kingdom

Updated: Jan 16, 2023

I discovered Green Rider several years ago and have been following the series over the years. Green Rider is the first book in the series. This book was published in November 1998 and book 7 was published in September 2021. This was one of the first books that got me into the Fantasy genre. I recommend this series to anyone that loves a long-drawn-out adventure, drama, suspense, and forbidden romance.

Kristen slowly builds the world of Sacoridia through character interactions and experiences. The kingdom slow

ly comes together through the adventure experienced by the main character, Karigan G’ladheon, Condor (the Horse), and the other Green Riders. It reminded me of traveling over middle earth in The Lord of the Rings. Discovering new towns, and people, and watching how Karigan matures.

The book is a journey that takes Karigan across the kingdom to deliver a message to the King. Karigan, a merchant daughter, heads home after leaving the university only to meet a King's messenger on the road and agrees to deliver the message to the King on their behalf. She had no idea that this message was a warning to King and unexpectedly became a key person in the pending war.

I love how Kristen created a dialog and relationship between Karigan and Condor. Condor does not actually speak however he can communicate via actions and body language. My favorite scene is where he runs along the northern road forcing Karigan to jog a mile or two. He keeps his distance until she concedes that he is right.

The Berry sisters are a hoot! If you love quirky lovable older ladies, then you will love these sisters. I wonder if Kristen had any real-life inspiration for them. They are forgetful but attentive to Karigan. The sisters gave Karigan clarity, wisdom, and empathy. The Berry sisters come into the story when Karigan needed someone to keep her motivated and provide her with a reprieve when she needed it the most.

The obstacles Karigan overcame seemed endless. She got into so many tough spots and never gave up. Found a way out of each problem and was able to accomplish her goal. All while keeping true to herself and being kind to others. My conclusion is that Karigan is a warrior, diplomat, and friend. Not everyone could come out of these ordeals as gracefully as she did.

This story has many moving parts. Karigan is the main storyline, however, there are other supporting characters that you will learn about along the way. Some of the supporting characters could have their own spin-off series. Kristen puts you on a nail-biting adventure and leaves you wondering how that event will impact Karigan and the kingdom. The majority of the cliffhangers are answered in the additional books in the series.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a medieval time period, magical, romantic, and adventure. Romance in light and not smutty. There is loss, love, and friendship. I hope you can travel with Karigan across the kingdom to deliver one message to the King.

You can purchase Green Rider on multiple platforms such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Penguin, Audible, and Itunes.

Find out more on Kristen’s website:

Britain, K. (1998). Green Rider. Daw Books.

Goodreads. (n.d.). Green Rider (Green Rider, #1). Goodreads. Retrieved November 20, 2022, from

GREEN RIDER. Kristen Britain. (n.d.). Retrieved November 20, 2022, from

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