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Magic, danger, and adventure abound for messenger Karigan G'ladheon in the sixth book in Kristen Britain's New York Times -bestselling Green Rider epic fantasy series.

Zachary Davriel Hillander, High King of Sacoridia, rues how much he has had to give up to lead his realm, including the freedom to live and love as he chooses. When an embassy from Eletia arrives to propose a joint venture between their realms to seek out an old ally in the north, he is dismayed to learn that the one Sacoridian they have in mind to accompany their guide is the woman he truly loves but cannot have: Green Rider Karigan G'ladheon.

Karigan has only just returned from a dark future where Sacoridia has been conquered and is ruled by a despotic emperor, and she has not recovered in heart or mind. As if that is not enough, the castle ghosts won't leave her alone. Though Zachary is loath to part from her so soon after her return, he knows she is the best choice to undertake the mission to the north.

Each step on their journey places Karigan and her companions closer to enemy territory and danger, for northward lie the forces of Second Empire, Sacoridia's longtime foe, and Grandmother, the necromantic leader of Second Empire, has not been idle. She uses her magic to summon a wild elemental spirit to wreak havoc upon Zachary and his wife, Queen Estora.

At first the Sacoridians succeed in fending off the creature, but it so covets Estora that it can't stay away. It abducts Zachary, assuming his form and his place at Estora's side--but when it is finally ousted, Zachary is still missing. Estora, alone and heavy with twins, must prepare her realm for the coming conflict from the confines of her bedchamber.

Meanwhile, the danger only deepens for Karigan and her companions as they journey north. When she finds herself caught in the midst of a clash between forces, Karigan must rescue and protect her king before she falls into a trap set by Grandmother--a trap that could give Second Empire the power to control the dead and all the demons of the hells.
Publisher: United States :, DAW,, 2019
ISBN: 9780756411565
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER 2019


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Sep 24, 2018

Waited a while for “Firebrand,” the next in the Green Rider series, to become available, and upon picking it up at the library, the thickness of the book was a bit daunting. I found all the others in the series quite enjoyable. I love that Karigan is a sword master and also love her relationship with Condor.
Kristen Britain’s style of writing is engrossing, and Karigan’s developing story is unique and compelling. “Firebrand” seemed to start out slow, and I thought I may have lost interest since so much time had passed since I read “Mirror Sight.” But then as I kept reading, the story grew more and more interesting and intense events unfolded. I was drawn back in completely. Looking forward to the next in the series!

Jun 05, 2017

I really loved this book!! I dreaded finishing it because I didn't want to stop the experience of reading it for the first time. It was so great getting back into this universe, with one of my favourite characters of all time, Karigan G'ladheon. The beginning was a bit slow because Karigan is mostly depressed (due to the ending of the last book) but she does eventually return to her almost normal self. Then the action is pretty fast-paced. I really liked all the Zachary parts, because he is one of my favourite characters as well, and there's a reason this book is called "Firebrand" (his nickname). Things just keep happening, one after the other, with no real rest for the characters, which made for a super exciting read. I think the author is great but she really knows how to make her characters suffer ... and the readers as well, with all the Zachary and Karigan scenes. Karigan is really broken down in this book, from beginning to end, but I think (and hope) things will pick up for her in the next book, which I am already dying to read.

Mar 09, 2017

The further adventures of a runaway school girl turned knight of the realm!

I love the strong female lead, the adventure, the romance and the hidden twists. Kristen's writing just sucks you in and keeps you begging for more!

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