Daw, August 2003, 24.95, 736 pp.
The only magic left in the Kingdom of Sacoridia resides within the members of the King's elite messenger unit. Each person in the Green Rider troop manifests magic in a different way. However, the magic is no longer reliable because of the crack in the D'yer Wall, designed to keep the evil essence of Mornhavon contained. Wild magic seeps through the opening, turning some people to stone and making others disappear.
The people do not know how to fix the crack because the magical knowledge was lost centuries ago. Mornhavon is waking up and wants the wall torn down so he can begin conquering anew what he lost eons ago. Karigan, a reluctant Green Rider, tries to stop him while keeping the kingdom together. It is her fate to wear the badge of the very first Green Rider and through this mutual medallion link, both women are able to travel through time in what may prove a futile effort to keep the forces of evil in check.
Epic fantasy lovers who read Tokien and Brooks are going to find FIRST RIDER'S CALL one of the best works of speculative fiction in 2003. Many different sub-plots tie seamlessly into the main story line while the rotating third person narrative allows the audience to know what is going on inside the hearts and minds of the characters at all times. Kristen Britain is a very talented author who appears destined to be one of the genre's superstars.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner