by Kristen Britain
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
504 pages; ISBN: 0-671-03303-4
Rating: 10/10 (Ratings explained)
Karigan G'ladheon, a merchant's daughter, has been cast out of the renowned school at Selium for retaliating to the torments doled out by an aristocrat. Determined to make her own way home, her life changes dramatically when she stumbles across a dying messenger of the king, a Green Rider. He passes his message to her, making her swear to take it to King Zachary.
As Karigan strives to reach Sacor City, and the king, her life is in danger as she is caught up in the designs of an evil mage. She is chased by his human counterparts, as well as monstrous foes, and is ever running from the archer whose black arrows steal the souls of their victims.
As she reaches Sacor City, it seems that her quest is not yet over...
I would recommend this book to any lover of fantasy. The plot is simple, on the whole, yet contains unexpected twists and developments near the end that rendered me wholly incapable of putting it down.
The characters are realistic and likeable, with truly chilling villains, and it is generally very well written. Britain has a fluid writing style, and has well-proportioned sections of dialogue and description.
Although perhaps not the most intricate or mentally-stimulating book I have ever read, it was still thoroughly enjoyable.