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Blackveil (Green Rider 4) by Kristen Britain
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Blackveil (Green Rider 4) (edition 2012)

by Kristen Britain

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Title:Blackveil (Green Rider 4)
Authors:Kristen Britain
Info:Gollancz (2012), Edition: Mass Market Paperback, Paperback, 672 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:fiction, fantasy

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This is the 4th volume in the series of fantasy novels that began with Green Rider. Despite there being some exposition at the beginning of this one, you are probably better starting at the beginning of the series rather than jumping on here.

There are many plot strands going on. The central one involves an expedition back into the magically tainted forest of Blackveil. Second Empire followers are plotting the downfall of the king; and a once master thief has a new quest. Meantime Karigan has to deal with her relationship with her father. And her relationship with her king. And a game of power politics is about to commence. The realm will never the same again as a result.

Written in the same style as the previous three books, this is a very amiable read. Although it takes till over the halfway point for the expedition to set off, there's still enough going on in the meantime, involving a lot of characters who you do come to care about, to make the pages turn very nicely.
This volume runs for 647 pages. And, with an almightly cliffhanger ending, it is most definitely not the end of the story. Thankfully, I have the next instalment right to hand – and will quickly rejoin Karigan and her friends on this journey. ( )
  Jawin | May 13, 2018 |
Blackveil - Kristen Britain
A truly long wait between books in this series. As well-written, action-packed as the others with the characters readers of this series will have invested in.

But lots of POV switching, took half the book to get to Blackveil and while not exactly a cliffhanger left everything up in the air. Hopefully series isn't being stretched out endlessly.

I probably would have have rated higher — because really is a very good book — had so much of it not really gone anywhere in a lot of pages or gone places I did not like (what happens with King Zachary even if I'm pretty sure where that thread is headed).

I have no no doubt this series will continue to be a favorite and the next books soothe my qualms about this one.

Maybe I should have let my book hangover resolve itself instead of rating so quickly; right now, this is my opinion of my reading experience. ( )
  Spurts | May 17, 2017 |
I started this book fulling expecting it give it one star. I was uber-pissed about the length of time between book 3 and this. I didn't care about Britain's reasons" given on her blog or anything else she had to say.

As the story went on, I got over that. This was a half decent story with some real interesting possibilities and I was thinking, OK, this deserves 3 stars 'cause I'm liking this.

Then things got all romance'y. And by romance'y, I mean angsty, poke my eyes out with the characters whining about their love or lack thereof. And the consumation scene? Next thing you know, the next book will be a soft porn romance, sigh. A lot of things felt like they were thrown in because the author would have liked something like that, not because it was integral to the story.

Finally, the ending cliffhanger. Britain really needs to wrap this series up. Instead, she keeps making this bigger and bigger. If I have to wait another 4 years before the NEXT book, and it isn't the final book, then I will not be reading it. Period.

Miss Britain, get over yourself and wrap this thing up. You want to write more, fine. Do it with another series. I'm just about ready to get rid of my 3 previous hardcovers in the series and be done with you. I can't recommend your Greenrider series anymore because I don't know when it will end and I will not put others through this same path of daggers that I have gone through." ( )
1 vote BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
This book was both infuriating and just simply amazing! I loved everything about it until the very last page: I flipped it over and there was no more!! Just an enormous cliff hanger that makes me want the next book even more. Argh! ( )
  CarpeLibrum58 | Jun 4, 2016 |
I want more...but do you know what the most horrible part i? Knowing that it might take years before book 5 comes out! Yes I do mean years because book 1 came out in 1998..do the math. The other books have all ended well, even if the doom is out there, but this one, no of course it did not end like that. It ended with one huge cliffie, a true evil cliffie in every sense of the word. I despair...I must know! But no, it will take a few years.

As has been said before the second Empire still wants to take over the country. Grandmother, that evil witch is up to her old tricks. A truly well made evil baddie. She thinks she is good, while she certainly is the opposite. But she is not the only evil one, back at court we have someone else who is wolf among sheep. I thought he was bad in book 3, but here, oh that man needs to be stopped.

The good guys then. Alton is trying to fix the wall, King Zachary is still brooding over Karigan. Karigan is being sent to the Blackveil (and is brooding too), Lord Amberhill who showed up in book 3 has a bigger part all the sudden and I can't put my finger on it. Does Britain mean Karigan to end up with him? But then he did flirt with the future queen too. Anyway he has a destiny. And Estora, well she is all nice (too nice), and things happens, she deals well with them, but at one time I just wanted her to say stop because it was shameful. I can't say what happened, but at least for medical reasons she should have known better. So yes I do not like her. And not only cos I want Karigan and Zachary to be happy. Which they never will be, and I really do not know how Britain will fix this. Amberhill? But I do not want that to happen. Oh the romance drama is so non-existing in a way and yet so very delicious.

Going into the Blackveil means danger, and a lot of it. Secrets, blood and more is promised in this exciting new part of the Green Rider series.

Conclusion:
But, how will I survive until book 5? And how will Britain save this poor world? But then good always wins and I always doubt it. I do need more, and now. ( )
  blodeuedd | Mar 2, 2016 |
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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 legendary Green Rider-one of the magical messengers of the king. Forced by magic to accept a dangerous fate she would never have chosen, headstrong Karigan has become completely devoted to the king and her fellow Riders.

But now, an insurrection led by dark magicians threatens to break the boundaries of ancient, evil Blackveil Forest-releasing powerful dark magics that have been shut away for a millennium.
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Legendary Green Rider Karigan G'ladheon--one of the magical messengers of the king--defends her king and fellow riders from an insurrection led by dark magicians threatens to break the boundaries of ancient, evil Blackveil Forest--releasing powerful dark magics that have been shut away for a millennium.… (more)

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