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Mirror Sight: Book Five of Green Rider [Anglais] [Relié]

Kristen Britain
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6 mai 2014 Green Rider (Livre 5)
Karigan G’ladheon is a Green Rider—a seasoned member of the elite messenger corps of King Zachary of Sacoridia. King Zachary sends Karigan and a contingent of Sacoridians beyond the edges of his nation, into the mysterious Blackveil Forest, which has been tainted with dark magic by a twisted immortal spirit named Mornhavon the Black.

At the end of Blackveil, in a magical confrontation against Mornhavon, Karigan is jolted out of Blackveil Forest and wakes in darkness. She’s lying on smooth, cold stone, but as she reaches out, she realizes that the stone is not just beneath her, but above and around her as well. She’s landed in a sealed stone sarcophagus, some unknown tomb, and the air is becoming thin.

Is this to be her end? If she escapes, where will she find herself? Is she still in the world she remembers, or has the magical explosion transported her somewhere completely different? To find out, she must first win free of her prison— before it becomes her grave. And should she succeed, will she be walking straight into a trap created by Mornhavon himself?

Mirror Sight is the highly-anticipated fifth installment of the Green Rider series.

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“Karigan’s adventures, full of strange and deadly encounters, provide [Blackveil's] core.... With characters you care about, touches of complicated romance, and some wonderfully weird developments (vampire hummingbirds!), this is a hard-to-put-down adventure.” —Locus

"Kristen Britain’s Blackveil has everything that Green Rider fans could hope for, including romance, adventure, humor, time travel, dark magic, entertaining drama, ghosts, prophetic visions, and much more."—Fantasy Book Critic

"If you read my reviews long enough, you’ll soon come to realize that I love good epic fantasy more than anything else. There’s something about the heroism, the magic systems, the adventure, and the bold characters that I truly enjoy. And for me, Kristen Britain’s books fit the bill." —Owlcat Mountain

“Britain provides plenty of action… and a good command of character.” —Booklist (for High King's Tomb)

"Britain keeps the excitement high from beginning to end, balancing epic magical battles with the humor and camaraderie of Karigan and her fellow riders." —Publishers Weekly (for High King's Tomb)

Biographie de l'auteur

Kristen Britain grew up in the Finger Lake region of New York State, where she started her first novel—an undersea fantasy featuring herself and her friends—at the age of nine. She published her first book, a cartoon collection called, Horses and Horsepeople, at the age of thirteen. In 1987 she completed a degree in film production, with a minor in writing, at Ithaca College. After graduation, travel beckoned and she began a career as a ranger with the National Park Service, enabling her to work in a variety of natural and historical settings, from 300 feet below the surface of the Earth to 13,000 feet above sea level on the Continental Divide; and from the textile mills of the American Industrial Revolution to the homes of Americans who changed the course of history. Her first published epic fantasy novel, Green Rider, the story of a runaway school girl who finds herself in deep peril when she agrees to bear a message for a dying Green Rider, was released in 1998. She can be found at kristenbritain.com.

Détails sur le produit

  • Relié: 784 pages
  • Editeur : DAW Hardcover (6 mai 2014)
  • Collection : Green Rider
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0756408792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756408794
  • Dimensions du produit: 22,9 x 15,7 x 6,4 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Karigan, suite que l'on ne lache pas 11 juin 2014
Par Ghislain
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Après un début légèrement déroutant, on retrouve avec plaisir Karigan et tout son univers.

Ce nouveau tome va ravir tout ceux qui ont aimé les précédents.

J'ai été légèrement surpris par l'épaisseur de ce tome (relié), mais la lecture est toujours très plaisante avec Kristen Britain.

Vivement la suite des aventures de Karigan !!!
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 disappointed and frustrated 8 mai 2014
Par Jamie S. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
plot spoilers **** Let me preface this review by saying that I have been a fan of The Green Rider series from the beginning. Britain has an excellent writing style that hooks you in leaves you wanting more... I love this series. This book was well written and had it been a stand alone title or a much much shorter novella I might have enjoyed it.

That being said I was extremely disappointed in this latest installment. While it was well written, I am sad to say that the 3-4 year wait time for this title wasn't worth it. While I appreciate the focus on Karigan that this book tries to have, it doesn't seem like this is THE KARIGAN I've grown to love. My Karigan is full of action and defiance. She does what she feels is right and she fights for her country with unwavering loyalty. To steal a line for from another reviewer, this Karigan was too "twilight teen angst" for me. She seemed to sit back and let the action happen, a meek side of Karigan that was brought on by Morphia, but seems to continue for too long. About the only true defiance stems from saving the "supposed green rider" horse, Raven.

I was hoping that this book would continue the story forward for the war with the second empire, the Karigan/Zachary/Estora story line, Estral's lost voice, the crumbling Wall, the new riders being called forward, The Eletians and their sleepers, her connection to Westrion, Karigan's swordmaster training and her link to the Weapons... I wanted the Green Rider world. Instead I got post Industrial Revolution lacking in Magic, action and really any storyline interest I tried to drum up. 

I like that the book was written to focus on Karigan, but part of what makes her Karigan is her interactions with the other characters in Sacordia. Her interactions with the characters in the Empire seemed to feel forced and one dimensional. Yes Karigan finds "love" but it seems born more out of loneliness and attraction to the one person in the Empire that listens to her, Cade. It didn't ever feel like the back and forth that we see with her and Zachary (that seems to be never ending though). Now I'll be the first to admit that I'm definitely team Zachary, but had the character of Cade really stood a chance of not getting predictably killed off by Britain, maybe I could have gotten excited by Cade... on second thought, no, still team Zachary, sorry.

I feel like the whole Cade/Karigan love plot was forced simply for Estora to have twins... as there is no other point to mentioning Karigan's potential pregnancy, then ripping it away from her the minute she arrives and Estora doubles over in pain, except for adding a previously unmentioned second child. Subtle plot twist for future books it was not. But once again giving Estora what should have been Karigan's seems to be a running theme. 

Then for Karigan to spend the last 30 pages having gone mad because of the time travel, to lose a child (that could not have existed in the first place), to lose "love" that can't be remembered, to lose her eyesight, to lose months in Sacordia, for all to think her dead and grieve, just seems like too much for 30 pages. Not to mention summing up all the other 870+ pages by tossing her into the abyss for a 5second chat with Westrion, naming her his Avatar, which we knew from previous books. Forced much?

This book doesn't answer many if any questions for me (for those who said it answered your questions, what were they?). It doesn't carry the series forward. To spend 800 + pages on a story only to erase almost all of it in the last 30 seemed to tell the reader it was a filler book, that it didn't matter, that none of it was important. And now I'm sure we'll have to wait the predictable 3-4 years for the next one to come out. My only hope is that if I decide to read the next one, that I like it better than this one.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not a Green Rider book 10 mai 2014
Par Michael H. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
For those of you that were anxiously awaiting a sequel to Blackveil... sorry. This isn't it.

I'm not really sure what happened here. Instead of continuing on with the Second Empire, or resolving the loss of Estral's voice or the betrayal by Zachary's advisers, it seems like the author got tired of writing Green Rider novels and wanted to try her hand at writing a book about cotton mills in a dystopian steampunk version of Victorian England.

Yes. Really.

For those who have read Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series this book has a similar feel to The Pillars of Creation, where instead of following the characters you know and love, you spend an entire novel following the antics of Richard Rahl's chicken choking half-brother. In this case, Karigan ends up propelled some 168 years into a dreary and repressed would-be future, and spends 90% of the novel there.

Defying expectations in this case is not a good thing. I think many readers of Green Rider are attracted to the series by certain qualities of what I would call "clean fantasy" -- fantasy absent the extreme and unrelenting grit of modern writers such as George RR Martin. Things like the Berry sisters and their quirky house. The tower mages with their unusual personalities. Pastoral scenes of horses in the countryside. A reverential unearthing of the mysteries of the past. The fragile romantic sub-plots. The occasional blood, conflict, and tragedy that must be overcome.

While technically proficient and occasionally interesting, Mirror Sight contains none of these things, but seems to channel some parts of Terry Goodkind in more ways than just the odd-book-out comparison with Pillars of Creation. The overall feeling of the book is one of impotent frustration, irrelevancy, and negativity. Magic is all but dead. Karigan spends most of the book cooped up in a house. She acquires a horse but is unable to properly ride it, and then it dies. An Eletian becomes a circus exhibit. Karigan trips over a man, falls in love with him, and becomes pregnant. He dies, and the baby vanishes. King Zachary is presented with Karigan's "last letter" but doesn't read it. Karigan spends about two weeks doped up on morphine. A "goddess" is brutally raped and tortured for almost a century. Everyone Karigan meets in the future dies before the end of the book. Karigan becomes permanently disfigured to the extent it makes other people uncomfortable to look at her. None of the plot regarding present day Sacoridia is advanced or resolved.

Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series certainly contained similar elements, but was artfully balanced by a sense of philosophical advancement, an unrelenting quest for righteous justice, and set in the context of epic world changing events. Mirror Sight contains none of this balance, leaving merely a feeling of dreary disappointment at the end.

Ultimately my suggestion for readers would be this: If you've read this book, just forget it happened. If you haven't read this book, you probably shouldn't. Beyond adding nothing to the series, it may actually diminish your enjoyment of it. Wait a few years for the next book in the series and hope everything returns to normal.

My suggestion for the author would be: You can write books outside of the Green Rider series. This really should have been one of them. It would have stood much better on its own.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointing *Spoilers* 7 mai 2014
Par DallasDucky - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
I have loved the Green Rider series since it began in 1998. I appreciate that writing is a taxing endeavor but taking 3-4 years between books only to come up with this nonsense is insulting to us as readers I bought this last night and read it by the morning. I am so disappointed. The character I have grown up with and loved has become unrecognizable. As I read, I literally growled, "What has she done to Karigan?" I do not care about the Industrial Revolution future or the characters therein. I thought it took far too long to get back to Sacordia. I literally skimmed ahead on my Kindle because I thought surely we'd get back to the characters and world I actually cared about. Which doesn't happen until we're about 90% of the way into the book. 90% of a book about characters in the future that either cease to exist or don't matter once she goes back to her past. Say it with me, "I DO NOT CARE!"

As for the positives, Britain allows Karigan to finally have a sexual relationship without shame. Pity that she picks a man who cannot exist once Karigan goes back to her own time. Talk about emotionally unavailable.Oh and nice way to dodge the baby bullet too. Ugh. I want horses and swords. I want Karigan to grow. I want her and Zachary to have an honest conversation. Or if that's not possible, I want Karigan to understand what love really is. I want Karigan to be happy. I want her to go on adventures. I want this series to get back to what made it great. 4 yrs in the future, when the next book comes out...I will pretend this book never happened.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Read this Beforehand - Get This One From The Library 8 mai 2014
Par kumu - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
What I Wish I Knew Before I Read: There is almost nothing about Sacordia in this book (less than 50 pages), as it is almost entirely set in an alternative reality future from page 1. As such, it does not particularly advance the story line. In fact, you are given a completely different cast of characters and even a new love interest, but none of this makes it back into the main plot line because the alternative reality dissolves when she is returned to her timeline. The spunky, determined, and chaste Karigan is much watered down in this installment. The story is interesting and masterfully written, but ultimately will prove a great frustration and needless expense to fans of the series. I suggest you either skip it, or else check it out from the library and be prepared to be frustrated.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Never thought this would happen (Mild spoilers) 8 mai 2014
Par RCF - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Like many reviewers, I absolutely fell in love with this series from the beginning and agonized between the long release dates. I have rarely enjoyed another series as much. Therefore I never thought this would happen: I didn't actually like this book and turned the final page very dissatisfied and disappointed.

1. The Romance Focus: A romance thread has always been a part of the series, but it was tastefully only a part of Karigan's story. For the tomboys of the world, the series had realistically touched on the loneliness and challenges of unattainable love for a man, without it consuming the plot line. At the end of the day, most of Karigan's life was fighting battles and working hard and being brilliant. The romance in this book figures HUGELY in the storyline, to the point you sigh in exasperation, flipping through pages to figure out where something useful comes into the story again. It also feels unnatural, based on its sudden shift from what Karigan's love focus had been, rushed, and generally outside of the character the author had originally been building in the rest of the series. Karigan had always been built as a character who would only "share the secrets" of her body in a deeply committed relationship, yet the relationship in this book (given the time frame) progresses so quickly and is so thinly rationalized that you wonder who the person is that has taken over Karigan's body.
2. So slow: Most of this book is composed of slow, information-providing scenes or filler scenes. We spend time reading about Karigan's skill as a fighter while she is practicing in a non-dangerous situation. We spend eternity with Karigan injured or incapacitated, not jumping ahead to when she's healed with only a few scenes to impress the reader with the struggle of recovery. Because this book literally spends 90% of the time in an entirely different culture and society, the author spends most of her time with scenes that establish the world of the story. This is done largely through Karigan's conversations with new characters. It was almost like the tedium of having to chat with every villager of the video game Fable 3. Yes, there was risk involved during Karigan's conversations, but not an immediate threat that kept you nervous.
3. The new world: As I have stated, he majority of this story happens in a different culture: namely a future civilization and kingdom that exists on the same landmass as Sacoridia had. The world you have come to love that Britain so carefully built in the last four books makes an appearance at the very end and mainly in the castle of Sacor City. Granted, this is the perogative of the writer and not really what could be considered a structural flaw of the novel, but it is disappointing to many of the fan reviews I have read. You spend too much time trying to get a feel for the new world instead of enjoying further development of old characters with only a few new ones on the side.
4. The future: Basically, the premise of this book is that Karigan ends up in the future so she can go back and stop it from happening. So essentially, the whole book is spent building a world and characters that will most likely never actually enter the storyline again. It makes the whole book seem pointless, especially because of this: in the future timeline Karigan was in, she had disappeared from history after breaking the mask in Blackveil. So by the very fact of Karigan returning to the past at the end of the book, she has already altered the future Karigan spent the whole book experiencing. That makes you wonder if anything she learned in the future is even useful. Due to this, the future portion of the story actually could have been done, as many have stated, in a much shorter time without losing anything.
5. Blackveil: Finally, this book introduces a whole new issue to the storyline that, while involving Mornhaven, has very little to do with him OR Blackveil. In that way, it does not significantly further the plot line we have been eagerly following in the previous four books. It just further complicates it.

Ultimately, I will read the next book in the series, holding out hope it will be more like the original series I love. However, it is good to know the 3-4 year wait won't be as agonizing this time. Sorry Kristen Britain!!!
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