Author: Kristen Britain
Length: 770 pages
(My) Rating: PG13
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This is book number 5 of the Green Rider series. Usually, I have not been disappointed by Kristen Britain. Her books tend to be fast paced with well-rounded character and interesting plot twists. It is usually very hard to see what's coming next, and that's something I've always really appreciated about the author...until now.
(As a side note, I would recommend reading the first four books first. Otherwise, you will likely be very confused.)
The premise is unexpected. Karigan finds herself propelled into the future to a world with no magic and where her history and time period has been deliberately forgotten. An immortal emperor sits upon the throne, and though Karigan is sure she knows who it is, she is in for a surprise. She must find a way to return home and share her discoveries with her time, before everything is lost and the future that she is living, become real.
Okay, now don't get me wrong. For the most part, this book is interesting and events usually occur very quickly. There were a few slow points where I wished that something exciting would happen, but character development is good too. I did come to care for the people that she encountered, and it was fascinating to see what could occur in Karigan's future.
My beef isn't necessarily with the events in the book, as much as it is with the book itself.
*Spoiler alert for the next part, but I can't mince on words with this.*
This book was a colossal waste of time. It was essential the "it was all a dream" plot-line, with a few changes. I'm not saying nothing significant happened. There were a few things that she was able to bring back that will help her time avoid the future that she experienced, but over all, she pretty much forgot everything that happened in the 700+ pages of book, also, because it occurred in the future, she couldn't bring anything back with her, including the memories or the experiences. So, essentially, it never actually happened.
This whole story could have easily been skipped with just having Karigan encounter someone in the starry space who gives her a riddle about the dragon fly weapon and Amberhill. Then, she could have appeared on the table, just like in the book and had the mirror fragments still impact her eye.
Was Cade really crucial? I don't think so. It was just another way of Karigan never finding someone she could be with. I didn't really appreciate the intimacy scene anyway. I wanted Karigan to wait for the right one (though since the events in the future never really happened, that makes the scene even more unnecessary).
This isn't negated by the fact that she remembers them all at the end, due to Yates interference. In fact, that makes it worse, because now she can pine for someone who never will exist.
Okay, I'm done.
There were some points that I really did like in the story, and like I said the book kept me interested and reading. It was fun to see Karigan stir things up and send out ripples of chaos.
All in all, I hope that the sixth book is better, or I may just leave in disgust.
I'm giving this book a PG-13, though it was bordering on R. There was an intimacy scene, and though it doesn't describe the actual act, it doesn't really skimp on the foreplay.
As far as violence goes, there is mention of rape and torture that occurred in the past to a minor (not underage, just not a main character) character, and in some scenes torture is described a bit. People die, though the descriptions are not really gratuitous.
There is some language, but it is on the mild end of the scale.