The Green Rider, the first book in the Green Rider series by Kristen Britain is a delightful and enchanting high-fantasy with a prominent and likable young woman as its protagonist. Kerigan G’ladheon’s authenticity and flaws give great counterbalance to her spunk an determination as she strives though trial after trial to save the Kingdom from an ancient evil.
WOW. This book was fantastic. After several days, I keep thinking about this book. It had a very dreamy atmosphere (which goes perfectly with the title & subject). The worldbuilding was super interesting, with just enough exposition so that you feel like you know what’s going on, but are still curious to learn more, without forcing it down your throat with boring exposition dumps. Really, perfectly done.
The characters were also very interesting and likeable, with complex personalities. Well, except maybe Arevin, he was a little dull. But that didn’t detract from the book at all IMO.
I loved the subtle progressiveness in showing same-sex couples and even triples (a child having three parents is treated as normal & unremarkable). That is awesome, and I wish more spec fic books did stuff like that.
I also loved how there were all these separate story threads at the beginning, that all came together neatly by the end.
I would only warn readers that some parts of the book feel a little melancholy and even a bit depressing. If you’re up for it, keep reading! It gets happier, and reading this book is well worth it :)
I want a sequel!!!
I have read several literature in relation to gender equality. But this is my first time reading a story in relation to gender roles or gender equality that is based on the Asian culture and practices. I hope this story will be a reminder or eye opener about how people are at times being treated according to their gender.