First Rider's Call: Green Rider #2
by Kristen Britain
Cover Artist: Keith Parkinson
Review by Lucy Schmeidler
DAW Trade Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780756405724
Date: 07 July 2009 List Price $16.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
First Rider's Call is the sequel to Green Rider, in which Karigan G'ladheon first became a Green Rider, not in answer to the usual call, but by stumbling across a dying Rider and taking on the obligation of delivering his message. Since then, Karigan has gone back to her life as a merchant's daughter and heir, and now returns to the Riders in answer to a call that brings her out of bed in the early morning, riding off to the King's city in her nightgown to rejoin the King's special messenger service.
In this book, Karigan finds herself traveling in the past and has repeated encounters with Lil Ambriodhe, the legendary First Rider, who founded the Green Riders a thousand years ago. While all Riders have special, magical abilities, Karigan's ability to become invisible shouldn't take her out of her normal time. And then, all the Riders' abilities become erratic.
This book is an enjoyable read, with many sympathetic characters working their way out of serious trouble, while ancient evils loom as new threats.
However, it is a middle book of a series. While it does answer some questions from the previus book (will Karigan return to the Green Riders or live out her life as a merchant?), and some new ones (what is Karigan's special link to Lil Amriodhe?), it raises issues to be resolved in its sequel, The High King's Tomb, and some not even answered there, but waiting for at least one more book.
So if you enjoy reading through several volumes in pleasant company, do read this series, starting, ideally, with Green Rider. But if you prefer your fantasies neatly wrapped up in a single volume, these books are probably not for you.