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The High King's Tomb

Green Rider

By Kristen Britain

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Format: Paperback, 642 pages
Published In: United States, 01 August 2009
Magic, danger, and adventure abound for messenger Karigan G'ladheon in the third book in Kristen Britain's New York Times-bestselling Green Rider fantasy series - "First-rate fantasy." --Library Journal More than a thousand years ago, the armies of the Arcosian Empire, led by sorcerer Mornhavon the Black, crossed the great sea and tried to conquer the land of Sacoridia using terrible dark magic. Eventually, Mornhavon was captured, and his evil spirit imprisoned in Blackveil Forest. Since that day, the perimeter of Blackveil--now a dark and twisted land--has been protected by the magical D'Yer Wall. But in the centuries since the war's end, knowledge of the working of magic disappeared from Sacoridia, due to the fear and prejudice of a people traumatized by Mornhavon's sorceries. Karigan G'ladheon is 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 cracked the mighty D'Yer Wall. The spirit of Mornhavon, sensing the weakness, began to wake, seeking vengeance, and causing frightening aberrations throughout the land. Karigan managed to transport the spirit of Mornhavon into the future, buying valuable time for her king and country. But how far in the future is Mornhavon now? A hundred years? Ten? Only one year? There is no way to tell. And though Karigan and her fellow Riders have scoured the land searching for lost magical knowledge, and members of Clan D'Yer are camped at the wall, hoping to uncover its lost secrets, they were unaware of a threat to their kingdom that lay far closer. For there were Arcosian soldiers who survived the Long War, and the descendants of those ancient enemies spent generations honing their powers of dark magic--a force against which the Sacoridians have no defense....

About the Author

Kristen Britain is the author of the New York Times-bestselling Green Rider series. She lives in an adobe house in the high desert of the American Southwest beneath the big sky and among lizards, hummingbirds, and tumbleweeds. Kristen can be found online at kristenbritain.com.

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Long ago, the Arcosian Empire had failed to conquer the neighboring realm of Sacoridia. Mornhavon the Black, the tyrant of Arcosia, though immortal, was imprisoned in Blackveil Forest behind a magical structure known as D'Yer Wall. Now the wall lies breached, Arcosia threatens once again, and Mornhavon, though transported magically into the future, may yet return to command his troops with his dark magic. Charged to defend Sacoridia and to recover old magic, Karigan G'ladheon and the other Green Riders find themselves faced with a new threat-this one from within their borders. Continuing the epic tale begun in Green Rider and First Rider's Call, Britain's latest combines familiar characters with new allies and enemies as it builds to a crucial point in the history of the land. Readers of epic fantasy and series followers will want this finely honed, skillfully crafted tale. For most fantasy collections. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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. (Nov.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"Wonderfully Captivating... A Truly Enjoyable Read." "Kristen Britain is a very Talented Author Who Appears Destined to be One of the genre's Superstars." "Wonderfully captivating...a truly enjoyable read." -- Terry Goodkind "Kristen Britain is a very talented author who appears destined to be one of the genre's superstars." -- "Midwest Book Review" Praise for the Green Rider series: "Green Rider is a wonderfully captivating heroic fantasy adventure.... Kristen Britain's likable heroine and fast-paced plot kept me eagerly turning pages. This is the rarest of finds: a truly enjoyable read." --Terry Goodkind, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Sword of Truth series "Kristen Britain is one of the most astonishing fantasy writers working today. She has created a richly imagined world where magic is as real as courage, and where a young woman's heroism can change the course of history." â Tess Gerritsen, author of The Apprentice "Britain keeps the excitement high from beginning to end, balancing epic magical battles with the humor and camaraderie of Karigan and her fellow riders." â Publishers Weekly "Readers of epic fantasy and series followers will want this finely honed, skillfully crafted tale."â Library Journal "The intermittent sense of foreboding is offset by a healthy dose of old-fashioned adventure--kidnappings, a noble thief, near drowning, divine visitations, ghosts, a visit to an upscale brothel, and some very bad knife throwing--that provides a satisfying temporary conclusion despite this being very much a middle novel with serious nastiness still looming." --Locus "The gifted Ms. Britain writes with ease and grace as she creates a mesmerizing fantasy ambiance and an appealing heroine quite free of normal cliches." --RT Reviews "This captivating fantasy is filled with adventure, action, and heroes. Karigan grows tremendously as a person and in the end finds her own place in this world. The characters, including minor ones, are well-developed and the plot is complex enough to get the reader thinking. This is a real page-turner." --VOYA "Kristen Britain writes so beautifully that I never want to have to put her books down." â Fantasy Book Review Praise for the Green Rider series: -Green Rider is a wonderfully captivating heroic fantasy adventure.... Kristen Britain's likable heroine and fast-paced plot kept me eagerly turning pages. This is the rarest of finds: a truly enjoyable read.- --Terry Goodkind, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Sword of Truth series -Kristen Britain is one of the most astonishing fantasy writers working today. She has created a richly imagined world where magic is as real as courage, and where a young woman's heroism can change the course of history.- â Tess Gerritsen, author of The Apprentice -Britain keeps the excitement high from beginning to end, balancing epic magical battles with the humor and camaraderie of Karigan and her fellow riders.- â Publishers Weekly -Readers of epic fantasy and series followers will want this finely honed, skillfully crafted tale.-â Library Journal -The intermittent sense of foreboding is offset by a healthy dose of old-fashioned adventure--kidnappings, a noble thief, near drowning, divine visitations, ghosts, a visit to an upscale brothel, and some very bad knife throwing--that provides a satisfying temporary conclusion despite this being very much a middle novel with serious nastiness still looming.- --Locus -The gifted Ms. Britain writes with ease and grace as she creates a mesmerizing fantasy ambiance and an appealing heroine quite free of normal cliches.- --RT Reviews -This captivating fantasy is filled with adventure, action, and heroes. Karigan grows tremendously as a person and in the end finds her own place in this world. The characters, including minor ones, are well-developed and the plot is complex enough to get the reader thinking. This is a real page-turner.- --VOYA -Kristen Britain writes so beautifully that I never want to have to put her books down.- â Fantasy Book Review Praise for the Green Rider series: "Green Rider is a wonderfully captivating heroic fantasy adventure.... Kristen Britain's likable heroine and fast-paced plot kept me eagerly turning pages. This is the rarest of finds: a truly enjoyable read." --Terry Goodkind, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Sword of Truth series "Kristen Britain is one of the most astonishing fantasy writers working today. She has created a richly imagined world where magic is as real as courage, and where a young woman's heroism can change the course of history." â Tess Gerritsen, author of The Apprentice "Britain keeps the excitement high from beginning to end, balancing epic magical battles with the humor and camaraderie of Karigan and her fellow riders." â Publishers Weekly "Readers of epic fantasy and series followers will want this finely honed, skillfully crafted tale."â Library Journal "The intermittent sense of foreboding is offset by a healthy dose of old-fashioned adventure--kidnappings, a noble thief, near drowning, divine visitations, ghosts, a visit to an upscale brothel, and some very bad knife throwing--that provides a satisfying temporary conclusion despite this being very much a middle novel with serious nastiness still looming." --Locus "The gifted Ms. Britain writes with ease and grace as she creates a mesmerizing fantasy ambiance and an appealing heroine quite free of normal cliches." --RT Reviews "This captivating fantasy is filled with adventure, action, and heroes. Karigan grows tremendously as a person and in the end finds her own place in this world. The characters, including minor ones, are well-developed and the plot is complex enough to get the reader thinking. This is a real page-turner." --VOYA "Kristen Britain writes so beautifully that I never want to have to put her books down." â Fantasy Book Review "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 "Britain's latest 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." Locus "Britain provides plenty of action...and a good command of character." Booklist "Accessible writing, charming characters, and some pretty entertaining sword-and-sorcery action." Fantasy Book Critic" "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" "Britain's latest 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."" " "Locus" "Britain provides plenty of action...and a good command of character." "Booklist" "Accessible writing, charming characters, and some pretty entertaining sword-and-sorcery action."" " "Fantasy Book Critic"" aBritain keeps the excitement high from beginning to end, balancing epic magical battles with the humor and camaraderie of Karigan and her fellow riders.a a"Publishers Weekly" aBritainas latest combines familiar characters with new allies and enemies as it builds to a crucial point in the history of the land. Readers of epic fantasy and series followers will want this finely honed, skillfully crafted tale.a a"Library Journal"

EAN: 9780756405885
ISBN: 0756405882
Publisher: Daw Books
Dimensions: 17.02 x 10.67 x 3.81 centimetres (0.30 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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