First Rider's Call

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First Rider's Call

Green Rider, #2

Karigan G’ladheon didn’t want to be a Green Rider. She was fighting her call. Being a Green Rider was an honor as few felt the call to be part of the king of Sacoridia’s elite magical messengers but it was an honor that Karigan truly didn’t want. Finally, the call became to strong and Karigan set out for Sacor City in her nightgown!
From that not so great start, Karigan finds herself in positions and situations that she feels are way beyond what she is capable of doing. The Green Rider corp is small and suddenly it finds itself stretched to its limits as strange happenings are occurring all over the kingdom and a magical wall that has kept evil contained is threatening to break. Ghostly aspirations start appearing to Karigan, ghosts she knows as famous historical figures. With their encouragement Karigan struggles on to help herself, the Green Riders and the king.
Can the wall be fixed? Can this wild magic be stopped? Can Karigan become someone she doesn’t see herself being or will she return home as her father would like?
At first glance this book intimidated me. It’s huge. There are over 600 pages. Quickly, that thought left me as the story gripped my imagination and compelled me to turn the next page. Suddenly, I was fighting for my life and involved in life at court. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. Even as Karigan questions why the founder of the Green Rider’s ghost appears to her and struggles to learn what she is trying to get across, I’m questioning right along with Karigan. As the puzzle of how to fix the wall become critical, I’m listening for the voices that only a few hear along with those that try. Suddenly, this very long book isn’t long enough.
The characters are fantastic. They have a life about them that strikes the reader and brings them alive. They aren’t perfect. They have flaws. Yet, these characters show why they are members of the Green Riders. Those that aren’t Riders are just as interesting. The king has a court face and a human one. He has things he has to do and those he would like to do. The weapons master is brutal but only so his trainees will survive in battle. As the characters interact it is as if you are looking into Sacor City and the surrounding areas watching as the story plays itself out.
The storyline is complex but easily followed. A lot is going on as magic goes wild throughout the kingdom. Tempers flare and love shows its face. Though the main theme is containing the evil that is trying to force its way out, there are other subplots going on. These subplots add interest and further drag the reader into this well rounded world.
This is the second book in a series of books about the Green Riders and Karigan. I didn’t find that not reading the first book in any way diminished the enjoyment that I got reading this one. Karigan’s previous adventures were mentioned a few times but not in a way that you felt you missed something major in the story. The only thing it did for me is wish I had read the first book as this one was so excellent. In fact, the next book is out and I’m hoping to be able to find it! This story is too good to end this fast, even after 600 plus pages.

Book Blurb for First Rider's Call

Second in the Green Rider series from the New York Times bestselling author of The High King's Tomb.

Once a simple student, Karigan G'ladheon finds herself in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand, when she becomes a Green Rider—one of the magical messengers of the king. Forced to accept a fate she never would have chosen, she attempts to return to her life as the daughter of a wealthy merchant, but the magic in her blood is too strong. Pursued by the ghost of the legendary First Rider, she rejoins the Green Riders to confront an ancient evil.

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2009 5.00