For this installment of Series Sunday, Green Rider by the fabulous Kristen Britain takes center stage. This is the ONLY author that I’ve followed and continue to enjoy the series even with a 3-5 year gap between volumes. Yes, you read that correctly! The fans wait up to 5 years between stories, and it’s due largely to the incredible complexity that is woven into the each book. Also, there is usually no major cliffhanger, just lots of little threads that span the whole series.
If there is one thing I don’t like about the series, it’s a particular romantic interest thread between 2 characters that has outlasted its usefulness to the storyline. Other people ship them together though, so there is some merit to continuing it, but I just find it frustrating.
I would say that this is the series I consider my ultimate epic fantasy. Besides the interwovenness that I mentioned earlier, the challenges faced by the characters not only shapes those characters for later encounters but also influences relationships and their environment as well. I never could get into Tolkien, but I have to say that there are no drawn-out wars with crazy amounts of battle scenes, nor are there any long passages that feature only walking, walking, and more walking. Britain makes it so much more dynamic, and that’s probably why we keep supporting her and this series.
Not too long ago, I contacted the author about signed bookplates as part of my quest to collect my favorite authors’ signatures. Unfortunately, the ones I sent to her through DAW were lost, but she kindly agreed to send some to me anyway. So glad to have these in all my books!
Kristen Britain grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, where she started her first novel – an undersea fantasy featuring herself and her friends – at the age of nine. She published her first book, a cartoon collection called, Horses and Horsepeople,at the age of thirteen. In 1987 she completed a degree in film production, with a minor in writing, at Ithaca College. After graduation, travel beckoned and she began a career as a ranger with the National Park Service, enabling her to work in a variety of natural and historical settings, from 300 feet below the surface of the Earth to 13,000 feet above sea level on the Continental Divide; and from the textile mills of the American Industrial Revolution to the homes of Americans who changed the course of history. Her first published epic fantasy novel, Green Rider, the story of a runaway school girl who finds herself in deep peril when she agrees to bear a message for a dying Green Rider (king’s messenger), was released in 1998.
Currently she lives in an adobe house in the high desert of New Mexico among the hummingbirds and lizards.
The Order of Books:
First Rider’s Call
The High King’s Tomb