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

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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
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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
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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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1.0 étoiles sur 5 What Just Happened? (Very Minor Spoilers) 21 mai 2014
Par Justin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This book represents the epitome of the old, understood cliché that "great things cannot be created in a day, but they certainly can be destroyed in one." This book was insulting - to the reader and to the series. The wanton disregard of the author for the previous four books, and the storylines contained therein was reckless abandon that may result in the disenfranchisement of many of the faithful readers.

I am not going to go into detail about the book itself. Many other reviewers have adequately described the multitude of problems within it. I bought the book the day it was released and started reading. It took me two days reading as hard as I could to read the 784 pages; the first 710 or so of which were miserably slow. Well written, but slow. Somewhat like a Kevin Costner movie. Several times I had to force myself to continue reading instead of skipping a few pages, in hopes that a turn-around for the better was just a page away. It was not. The last 70 pages or so were great, but by that point the damage was done. I purposely waited until today to write a review so that I could give myself some time to let the anger subside in order to think about this book objectively and based on its own merits. I am less angry about feeling duped into buying what amounts to a money-making filler book, but my opinion has not changed much. KB effectively destroyed the continuity of the storyline, and Karigan's character in one fell swoop of her pen (or rather stroke of the keyboard).

One of my main problems with this book is something that I have only seen one other review mention, and hesitate to bring up myself - but this book was full of political undertones and subliminal innuendoes. I hesitate to review about political undertones because I majored in Political Science so sometimes I see political undertones where none were intended to be, simply because my mind is geared to see everything from a politically tainted spectrum. In this case - as much as I hate to say this about my favorite series - I believe the political current is very intentional. The book is chock full of political inferences about guns, capitalism, feminism, the environment, industry, and social equality just to name the big ones. While these are topics that play a role in the story line (and I can understand that) it is obvious that KB is going out of her way to ensure that these issues are mentioned repeatedly. This is apparent based simply on the fact of: how easy it would have been for the author to avoid it, how far she went to include it, and how often the point was attempted to be driven home. Some people may not be as bothered. As I said, I am already sensitive to political undercurrents, but I found it distracting, and irritating. I read books like this to escape politics, not to have them reinforced via what amounts to attempted indoctrination. I hate when authors use their fictional work (minus books that are specifically about politics like "1984" by Orwell) as platforms for their political agenda - no matter what party or agenda it is. I want to read about Karigan slaying some groundmites - not about how evil guns are.

I do appreciate a return to a larger focus on Karigan, but this character was not Karigan. At least not the one we are accustomed with and have become attached to. She seemed foreign. The romance plot line of the first four books was not what kept me reading, but I did believe it added something to the already excellent storyline. However, the romance with Cade in Mirror Sight was forced, almost as if KB felt like there HAD to be a romance soon, but she wanted to pull an unexpected fast one and gave us the anti-climactic version of a relationship with the opposite of a King Zachary type character. Karigan has always been reserved, modest, and afraid to open up to people on a personal level. That is a great deal of what makes her so attractive. In this book KB throws her into an all too predictable relationship that equivocates into a twisted weekend bender type of romance where two people who hardly know one another become bedmates. There never feels like there is any true feeling in the romance plot of Mirror Sight. It was rushed, forced, and poorly executed in writing.

I cannot help but notice that the reviews that give this high ratings lack substance. I gave it one star because I was on the line of whether I "hated" it, or "disliked" it, but ultimately I had to force my way through it, and was left dissatisfied, angry, frustrated, and disgusted. If I had given it two stars it would have been solely because KB is an excellent writer. This book does not deserve "mercy stars" based on its own merits. Even KB's superior writing and attention to detail could not save this book, as it read too much like a Stephen King novel with page after grueling page of endless, irrelevant descriptions.

The reviews giving it poor rating are detailed as to why, and do not seem to be written by people who just hate the series in general for whatever reason. Most are people who love the series (or identify that they have read the rest of it) and simply hate this book. I love the series. I have since I accidentally found Green Rider in my middle school library in 1999. I hate this book too. I question if anyone who gave this book 4 or 5 stars, read the same book that I did. I could understand why someone who was not familiar with the series, and read this book as a "one-off" may give it good ratings - but anyone invested in this series cannot seriously claim to have liked this book for its substance. I believe at least half of the 4/5 star reviews are bogus reviews; either by people who know the author, or by people who did not really read the book before they wrote a review. I guess opinions are opinions, and not everyone will agree with mine either.

I am going to do my best to forget this book, and will not read it again. In the future I will skip from Blackveil to book #6..... That is..... As long as book #6 is not this bad. I will read the reviews before I purchase book #6 sometime in 2017 or 2018 (at this pace).
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Bland, boring, banal. What a huge disappointment. Where did it all go wrong? 19 mai 2014
Par Ruth Brady - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I have always been a fan of this series and gleefully forked out $14 the day it was released.
I have never been so let down by a book I anticipated so much, to the point that is has prompted me to write my first ever review.
This was an entirely different book to the previous in the series. The main character had a lobotomy and behaved like a simpering, helpless, hapless, whinging idiot for most of it. Jumping at shadows, scared to leave the house, allowing herself to be bullied by servants. What the hell happened to Karigan the audacious risk taker, the talented warrior?
And nothing happened for the first hundred or so pages. Her biggest adventure was making it from the bedroom to the top of the stairs in her nightgown.
I almost gave up on the book at this stage and now I wish I had as it only got worse.
One of the most compelling aspects of the previous books was the passionate and forbidden love between Karigan and King Zachary but after about 5 minutes in the alternate future (oh did I mention that the book is set in an absurd quasi-steampunk industrial revolution era) she falls into insta love with the first guy she meets. It all feels so forced and does a major disservice to the previous books.
We get tantalising glimpses of what’s happening back in the real world of Saccoridia but not enough to progress the plot, just enough to remind us of how utterly bad this book is and how entirely it diverges from the main story.
And did I mention how completely useless Karigan was throughout? She didn’t manage to accomplish anything in this book except get herself captured, injured, drugged, duped, laid, injured etc etc. She bumbled blindly from one calamity to another and was only rescued by chance and dumb luck on more than one occasion. Pathetic.
And as a further insult the author acknowledges the fatuousness of the plot by erasing everything that happened during the course of the book at its conclusion. It was like the episode of Dallas when Bobby woke up in the shower and the previous series had all been a bad dream. And that is exactly what this book is. It should never have been written, it’s a complete waste of time, it’s a day and a half of my life I will never get back. To those of you who are fans of the series, avoid this like Blackveil, to those who are new to the series, give this one a miss and start at Green Rider.
I’m not even sure I’ll bother waiting another 4 years for the next instalment. This book has pretty much destroyed the series for me.
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