First Rider's Call
ISBN 978-0-7564-0572-4
(trade paperback, July 2009)
ISBN 0-7564-0193-3
(mass market paperback, August 2004) ISBN 0-88677-861-1
(hardcover, August 2003)

Also available in ebook editions.
DAW Books, Inc., New York.

Cover art © 2002 Keith Parkinson

The long-awaited sequel to Green Rider!

When Karigan returned to Sacor City, she discovered the passage of time had not improved life for the Green Riders. She found them weakened and diminished. Veteran Riders had been killed yet few new Riders had heard the call. Rider magic was becoming unreliable, and strangest of all, Karigan was having ghostly visions – visions of a strong woman with wild flowing hair and a blue and green plaid draped across her shoulder, pinned with a golden brooch. This woman was no stranger to Karigan nor would she have been to any Green Rider, for she was Lil Ambriodhe, First Rider, and founder of the Green Rider messenger service. But why was she appearing to Karigan? And how could Karigan seek the help of a woman who had been dead for a millennium?


Excerpt

Impossible.
           
The suit of armor standing guard beside Karigan’s door was enameled with a shiny black veneer, with minimal gold trim ornamenting it. A halberd etched with armorial devices had been posed in its gauntlets.
            As she lingered there outside her door, she heard metal grind against metal. She glanced up and down the corridor. Nothing moved, nothing was out of place. Silence reigned.
            She was hearing things, she decided, but as she prepared to step away, she heard it again. She darted her gaze to the black armor beside her. Was its helm tilted at a slightly different angle?
            She shook her head to dismiss it, but on the trailing edge of her vision, she saw a gauntlet rotate in its armored cuff.
            Karigan wheeled to gaze full upon the suit of armor. To her astonishment, it straightened with a clatter from its somewhat slumped posture.
            If Tegan was having one on her—
            Before she could lift the visor to find out, the suit jerked its arms above its helm, raising its halberd high, and then cleaved downward.


Praise

"In FIRST RIDER'S CALL, Kristen Britain's Green Riders once again take
readers on a magical adventure.  Ms. Britain uses her impressive imagination
to blend a strong heroine and powerful action into a remarkable fantasy."
--John Marco

“GREEN RIDER and FIRST RIDER'S CALL by Kristen Britain contain all the
 elements I read heroic fantasy in search of:  strong, heroic characters
 doing  interesting things, exciting worldbuilding, an intriguing magic system,
 respectable antagonists with their own agendas, unexpected twists,
 well-rounded secondary characters, a romance subplot, and an unflinching
 approach to conflict.  These books are also gifted with lively humor, deep
 backgrounding that promises even more surprises in future volumes, and
 cool  and active ghosts and time-traveling.  I look forward to my next ride
 through  this world.” – Nina Kiriki Hoffman

"Kristen Britain is one of the most astonishing fantasy writers working
 today.   She has created a richly imagined world where magic is as real as
 courage, and where a young woman's heroism can change the course of
 history."  -- Tess Gerritsen, author of THE APPRENTICE
 
"Although Kristen Britain writes strong, enthralling fantasy, her real
strength  lies in how very human her characters are. In a genre where
character can easily be lost in  archetype, this is a rare and wonderful
thing." -- Tanya Huff

“The author’s skill at world building and her feel for dramatic storytelling make this first-rate fantasy.” –Library Journal

 

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First Rider's Call First Rider's Call

2003

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