{Review} First Rider’s Call – More Magic and Adventures for Karigan

Posted December 3, 2015 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

{Review} First Rider’s Call – More Magic and Adventures for KariganFirst Rider's Call by Kristen Britain
Series: Green Rider #2
Publisher: Daw (2003)
Paperback (596 pages)
Also by this author: Green Rider, The High King's Tomb, Blackveil
Also in this series: Green Rider, The High King's Tomb, Blackveil
Reading Challenges: 2015 Re-Reading, Read 2015


Karigan G’ladheon had been a Green Rider, one of the king of Sacoridia’s elite magical messengers. In the messenger service she had been caught up in a world of deadly danger, and though she had defeated the Eletian who cracked the magical D’Yer Wall—which had protected Sacoridia for a thousand years from the dark influence of Blackveil Forest, and Mornhavon the Black’s evil spirit imprisoned within it—she had nonetheless been tainted by his wild magic.Exhausted in body and spirit, Karigan had returned to her home in Corsa. But Karigan’s determination was no match for the Rider’s call. Ghostly hoofbeats echoed in the deep regions of her mind, and she returned to the court to find the Green Riders weakened and diminished. Rider magic was becoming unreliable, and she herself was having ghostly visions of Lil Ambriodhe, First Rider, and founder of the Green Rider corps. But why was she appearing to Karigan? And would Karigan be able to seek the help of a woman who had been dead for a thousand years?

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My Review

This is the second book in Kristin Britain’s Green Rider series. It begins about 2-3 years after the events of Green Rider took place. Karigan has returned to Sacor City as a Green Rider.

Karigan was part of a delegation to Eletia that was attacked by groundmites before a wraith escaped and Eletians came to their aid. Since the breach of the D’Yer Wall and especially since the wraith escaped, magic has gone awry.

Karigan is seeing visions of the First Rider, Lil Ambriodhe, and cannot tell what they mean. Her ability has failed her. Captain Mapstone is having inconsistencies in her ability as well. Tegan also has had some wrong readings. Something is up with Rider magic.

And it isn’t only Rider magic that has gone awry. Things are happening throughout Sacoridia that haven’t happened before. An avian crosses the breach in the D’Yer Wall to attack those stationed there. A sentience is awakening in Blackveil Forest and the Wall is crumbling.

Into all of this Karigan and her friends are thrown. The Riders are the most likely ones to understand the magical instances, but even they don’t know enough. For too long magic has been spoken of only as taboo and now too much has been forgotten.

Karigan has grown up in this book. She is more confident in who she is and what her role as a Green Rider entails. She is willing to do whatever is necessary for her king and her country. She is even willing to take on responsibilities that she never wanted.

Alton is at the D’Yer Wall, trying to find a way to fix it. He isn’t even sure if it is possible, but he knows he has to try. His ability may be able to help him, but he has to figure out how it all works before the entire Wall comes crumbling down.

King Zachary has problems of his own. Everyone is looking to him to solve the magical issues. Everyone is looking for him to find a solution to the groundmite attacks. Everyone is looking for him to take care of the northern refugees. Everyone is looking to Zachary for something.

I love this book so much. It is a wonderful sequel to Green Rider and another glimpse into the realm of Sacoridia. This world is so detailed and the characters all have depth. There is so much that I love about this book that I could never get it all into one review. It is great!

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  • You Read How Many Books? Reading Challenge
  • Hard-Core Re-Reading Challenge


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