"It all started with a sword fight… That is how Karigan G’ladheon, a daughter of one of Sacoridia’s top textile merchants, finds herself on the rode after her expulsion from school trying to figure out how she is going to tell her father her side of the story. When life throws her a massive curve ball by the way of a dyeing King’s Messenger, impaled by two black arrows. One of the things that I love about not only this book but the series on a whole is the tenacity of Karigan. She is hounded by people out to stop her every step of the way, but in the end, she comes out on top. Karigan is a breath of fresh air as a female heroine, she is so well characterized that it feels like I could reach out and touch her. The Green Rider and all of the other books in the series are one of my series in my private collection to binge read/listen to.
“Even for readers who avoid slow-starters… I recommend this story as one worth hanging in there for. Especially if the dichotomy appeals to your senses. Kya is as vulnerable as she is resilient. Her hunger for connection balances precariously with her need for solitude. Her love of the voice of gulls stands out against her disdain for even a molecule of spoken bullshit. The one constant is her acute observations of all things living. And then there is all that is said and left unsaid. Powerful writing. Impressive first novel filled with credible depictions of the terrain and southern culture of coastal North Carolina. My favorite so far this year!”
“This book explores many sub-topics but the main topic is homelessness. Rural Montana is usually spared being the focus for homelessness. The story isn’t about those who are homeless because they want the freedom, or they don’t believe in working, or they are disabled or mentally ill. This story is about the accidents in life that create reactions to circumstances that turn into being on a life path not intended. The story is told from the vantage point of a young girl and her little sister. It is well told and infused with hope, and inspires some faith in our fellow human beings. We are the type of people we see in this story. I am of course pleased at the role the library and the librarian ends up playing.”
“Wonderful concept! Really engaging story. A super fun journey with horses outside of the realm of our reality! Well developed characters and an easy read! I enjoyed the full concept of “peace”, even with your enemies, as presented in this story.”