Firebrand by Kristen Britain
Format: Kindle ebook
My Rating: 3.75 / 5 stars
My Summary: The sixth installment of Britain’s Green Rider series, the book takes place where the previous one left off. After her journey through the mysterious Blackveil Forest and adventures in the future, Karigan has returned home to the castle. While resuming her duties as a messenger to the king, she struggles to find peace and healing after her long journey. Eager to establish a sense of normalcy, she is sent on a mission to establish allies among a mythical moose-people in the North, near the territory of the Second Empire, who is trying to overthrow the crown. Meanwhile, the castle is attacked by an ice elemental, who kidnaps and impersonates King Zachary. This sets off a sequence of events that puts the future of the kingdom in jeopardy.
Karigan, as a protagonist, wears on me at times–she’s a fantastic Green Rider, an honorary Weapon and sword master, the avatar of the death god, has a magical mirror eye, is blessed by the elven race, loved by the king… and on and on and on. How special can one person be?!!!
My favorite thing about this book is that we got a large amount of Zachary’s point of view, which was a breath of fresh air.
I’ve been reading this series on and off for years. Britain writes so slowly that, by the time another book comes out, I’ve forgotten everything that has happened. Thankfully, she sprinkles reminders of past events and plot details into her narrative–which helped me get my bearings. While this is helpful, it simultaneously comes across as sloppy. Actually, most of the book feels sloppy and gratuitous… but in an endearing way. Britain tries to write epic fantasy, but the result is more campy than anything. The writing may not be great, but when I read Britain’s work, I’m wholly engrossed and having fun. I spent six days on this 700 page long read and enjoyed every minute.
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