Green Rider

04/26/2013 Science fictionteen  21 comments

61BJWZTJPCL._SL300_The racket shattered the woods. The trees and shrubs shook as if some wild creature–many times larger that a squirrel– thrashed in the twined branches and undergrowth. Crazed catamounts and rabid wolves played through her mind. She hadn’t a weapon with which to fend off the beast, and she couldn’t run either; her feet seemed to have taken root in the ground. She drew a ragged breath. Whatever the nameless beast was, it charged her way, and fast. It burst from the woods in an explosion of branches, Karigan’s breath hissed in her throat like a broken whistle. The creature loomed huge and dark in the tree shadows. It huffed with great wheezings through flared nostrils like some infernal demon. Karigan closed her eyes and stepped back. When she looked again a horse and rider, not some evil dragon of legend, staggered onto the road. Twigs and leaves fell from them to the ground. The horse a long-legged chestnut, was lathered with sweat and huffed as if from a hard run. The rider slumped over the chestnuts neck. He was clad in a green uniform. Branches has lashed trails of blood across his white face. His broad-shouldered frame twitched with fatigue. He half dismounted, half fell from the horse. Karigan cried out when she saw two black-shafted arrows impaled in his back. “Please. . . ” He beckoned to her with a crimson glove. She took one hesitant  step forward. The rider was only a few years older than she. Black hair was plastered across his pain- creased brow. Blue eyes blazed bright with fever. With two arrows buried in his back, he looked as if he had fought off death longer than any mortal should have.  He was of Sacoridia, Karigan was certain, though the green uniforms were far rarer than the black and silver of the regular militia. “Help. . .” Each step she took was shaky as if her legs could no longer support her. She knelt beside him, not sure how she could aid a dying man. “Are you Sacoridian?” “Yes.” “Do you love your country and your King?” Karigan paused. What a curious question. King Zachary was relatively new to the throne and she knew little of his policies or methods, but it wouldn’t do to sound disloyal to a dying servant of Sacoridia. “Yes.” “I’m a messenger. . . Green Rider.” The young man’s body spasmed with pain, blood dribbled over his lip and down his chin. “The satchel on the saddle. . .  important message for. . .  King. Life or death. If you love Sacor. . . Sacoridia and its King, take it, take it to him.

Karigan G’ladheon has run away from school after a fight that will probably get her expelled. She is trudging through an immense forest the Green Cloak, on her way home, when she hears the clattering of hooves and a galloping horse bursts from the woods his rider slumped over his neck, impaled by two black-shafted arrows. Is she ready for this adventure can she help save her world? As she finds out what her task will be, she finds the strength in herself to do it. Good is fighting evil, can Good triumph? I don’t know. Evil seems to have the upper hand. Read this book and find out.

Kristen Britain is a relatively new Author. Her first book Green Rider came out in 1998 and now is a series. I really like Kristen’s style and her characters are very believable. Its a great book and a great series. A big thumbs up for this book.

 

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