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Karigan G'ladheon always seemed to be getting into a fight, and today was no exception. But as she trudged through the forest, using her long walk home to contemplate her depressing future - and the expulsion it was bound to hold - a horse burst through the woodland and charged straight for her. The rider was slumped over his mount's neck with two arrows embedded in his back. Wherever his horse was taking him, he would be dead before they got there. There's nothing Karigan can do, as the young man lies dying on the road. He had sworn to carry out his mission as a Green Rider - one of the legendary messengers of the king - and he has a life or death message that must reach King Zachary.

Karigan may be unable to save him, but she can deliver his message. He makes her swear to it, to keep it secret and, with his last breath, he warns her to 'beware the shadow man… 'Pursued by an unknown assassin, following a path only her horse seems to know, and accompanied by the silent spectre of the original messenger, Karigan is going to become a legendary Green Rider herself. Caught up in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand, her simple promise to deliver a letter is about to become a race against time… and a race for her life…

Read by Ellen Archer. Ellen Archer is an acclaimed audiobook narrator and winner of a coveted Audie Award for For the Love of a Dog.

Her recent audiobooks include the New York Times bestseller Smashed by Koren Zailckas, Unhooked by Laura Sessions Stepp, and Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami.

©2008 Kristen Britain (P)2012 Penguin

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  • 25/01/2014

Prepare for a wild ride!

The cover first caught my attention and once I read the blurb I was clicking the 'buy now' button. I was expecting the magic and detail of my childhood favourites, such as Tamora Pierce and Garth Nix, and I was not disappointed.
The Green Rider is the story of Karigan G'ladheon, a suspended school girl marching her way home, is come upon by a dying Green Rider who gives her the responsibility of carrying his message to the King, suddenly her life is propelled into dangers, near-death, monsters and intrigue (all on the back of a horse).
The story has been well read by Ellen Archer, and it was a joy to listen to her perform the narrative (her pace and accents suited the story so well).

My only disappointment is that the rest of the series is not available to UK/Australian listeners, and I eagerly await the rest of the series audio release.

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