This series is one of the best I have ever read. While I am a bit disappointed that his book did not bring the story to it's conclusion, I have to admit that it makes me happy that there will be more to come of the ever intriguing heroine. If you are a fan of fantasy and sci-fi, this is a series that you have to try. It keeps you on the edge of your seat with the intrigues of court life, the mysteries of love and the impending doom of the antagonist. Love, love, love it. Can not wait until the next installment.
I've been reading this series again and again since I first picked up Green Rider back in middle school several years ago. My paperback copy of Green Rider is missing it's back cover, it fell off somewhere between my 12th and 14th reads. To this day it has remained my favorite series of books of all time and Blackveil was once again another great installment of Karigan and Co.
I like how Kristen Britain ties all the different story lines together in a logical, faily easy to follow way. Blackveil seems more of journey book than any of her previous books have been. The main events of the other three take place in or near Sacor City. Here you get to see more of the Country both on the messenger runs and on the Company's journey to Balckveil and then into Blackveils itself. You also saw more of the evil side's power developing and where it might go in the future.
The only thing I will say is that Kristen Britain has mentioned she enjoys torturing her readers along with her characters and be prepared, especially the ending. I wanted to smack her upside the head with the book and say "Why?!" when I finished blackveil, but of course with that kind of a cliffhanger I am going to buy the next book the day it comes out. Overall it was worth the year and half that I spent anxiously awaiting this book's arrival.
I was actually really disappointed with this entry in the series. I will say that it's engrossing and that Kristen Britain is a very engaging author. So it's easy to read and compelling.
My problem is basically with the content. I just don't like the turns the series is making (there were hints of it from the 1st book, but it still caught me by surprise) and I didn't like the increasingly romantic slants.
Her first book, Green Rider, was almost generic, and she's gotten past that (which is really nice) but now that the series has a defined tone and feel, i'm realizing that I don't like its style. I won't be following this series anymore.
I read on her webpage that the author said she likes to torture her characters (emotionally). That really came out in this book and it's not at all my style of reading.
If you've ever read George R. R. Martin's series "A game of thrones" and liked it, then you'll like this series. But if you didn't, then don't: you'll be disappointed.