Blackveil: Book Four of the Green Rider

The Green Rider series is one of those ongoing fantasy worlds what has enough depth and breadth to really engage readers, pull them into the existence of the characters and make them real. It’s one of those series that makes readers wait patiently for long pauses between books and scramble to the stores when the new book is out. BLACKVEIL: BOOK FOUR OF THE GREEN RIDER by Kristen Britain wasn’t really worth the wait.

Blackveil was by far the darkest book of the series, taking Karigan and Zachary into places that were uncomfortable at times. And while we all know that evil is bad, this level of “dark” was a little unexpected from Britain in this series. I was a surprised at some of the turns the story took. There is so much going on in this book, it’s hard to keep up if you haven’t been a fan and reader before, and I found myself going back once or twice to remember who did what to who and when. Things are less than perfect between Karigan and Zachery, Grandmother is up to no good, black magic is running rampant, people are out to kill our heroes, the court is in disarray. There is just so much going on that you need a score card. Blackveil is an epic fantasy a little too heavy on the epic, and I am a fan of the genre in general.

The most disappointing thing was the book ends on a huge cliffhanger. I am all for the “keep the reader reading” cliffhanger, but this was a little too big to end a book on, especially one in a series that has several years between books. I am not a fan of that, and it seems to be becoming more of a “thing”, especially in fantasy and urban fantasy.

The other problem, I think this series is becoming overlong. Fantasy worlds tend to lend themselves to long, ongoing series, but I think many authors continue many books longer than needed and end up with an unmanageable mess. Britain is heading towards this, she is not alone by any means, I would even say some major names in the genre have gone many books too long.

Fans of the series might be disappointed with Blackveil and be aware, this one is dark. Bad things happen to good characters. New readers would be better off heading back to the beginning of the series and skipping this one until they are on more familiar ground, and even then they might want to give it a miss.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: DAW Hardcover | Pages: 672 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon

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