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Blackveil is coming!

A long, long time ago in what seems like a world far away, I went to work without a book to read on my lunch break.  Being a proper mall employee, I ran to Walden Books on my break and quickly scanned the shelves for any book cover that grabbed me.  That is how I came across Green Rider by Kristen Britain.  I must admit that my first lunch break with the book, I wasn’t completely hooked.  By my second lunch break, though, I had a hard time tearing myself away from it.

The night I finished Green Rider, I noticed the ad in the back of the book that First Rider’s Call, had just been released.  My car had just been broken into and trashed but that was not going to stop me from finding a way to a bookstore to pick it up.  The fact that it was after 9pm was not going to stop me either.  I was hooked after the first paragraph and was extremely thankful I had another day off and could do nothing but read all day.  A dear friend of mine joked with me that I was taking to this series like it was another Harry Potter.  I looked over the edge of my book and in all seriousness responded, “Nope, its better.”

Like every series that I fall into, the wait between books is torturous, even more so with the Green Rider series since the wait can top four years.  The wait is worth it though.  When The High King’s Tomb came out I seriously contemplated calling into work because I was so entranced.  Britain makes up for the long waits by giving her reader pages upon pages of a rich world with characters that have become like family to me.

It’s been eight years since I was introduced to Karigan G’ladheon, but I always seem to return to her and her friends whenever I am at a loss for what to read next or when I just need something comforting to read.  The Green Rider series has become almost like a security blanket.  When things aren’t going well in real life, I escape into Sacoridia and feel at home.  Her writing is everything that I aspire to as a writer.  Britain’s ability to weave and intertwine plot lines flawlessly allows her readers to fall in love with the world and characters.  Personally, I relate to the characters more than I have in any other series I’ve read.  I have a vested interest in what happens to them.  So imagine my surprise when I searched her blog over Christmas break and realized that Blackveil is coming.

After over three years since The High King’s Tomb left me anxious to find out what happens to Karigan, Captain Mapstone, King Zachary and of course the Berry Sisters (two of my favorite characters in literary history) Blackveil will be coming at the beginning of February.  As crazy as my work schedule will be at that time, I have no idea how I will be able to devour the book as soon as it comes out, but I’m sure I’ll figure out a way.  If you don’t hear from me in a while, you know where I’ll be.



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