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Amazon recommended this book to me after reading Dragon Bones by Patricia Briggs. At the start of this year I was enjoying reading fantasy books so I requested this book through BookMooch.com. It has sat on my shelf since, and unusually, my husband read this book before me.
The story is based in Sacoridia, a kingdom that has enjoyed centuries of peace due to the D’Yer Wall that was built after the Long War and protects the kingdom from Kanmorhan Vane (or Blackveil Forest). However something is stirring in the forest, partly inspired by the new young king on the throne. The main character, Karigan G’ladheon, runs away from school after being suspended for defeating the son of a lord during a playground sword fight. However, on the way home she meets an official messenger of the King, a Green Rider, who has been shot by two black arrows and asks her to take his letter to the king. Karigan accepts the mission and starts her eventful journey to the capital and the king.
I really enjoyed this book and have already requested the sequel from BookMooch.com. Although the book wasn’t completely original, I found it had plenty of interesting ideas, such as family clans, a horse with personality and the messenger service. I read this book in a day and think it is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read this year. I’m looking forward to reading the sequel and will then have to wait for the third book to be released.