Kristen Britain’s Blackveil

If you’ve read Blackveil, you probably already know where this is going.

How many years will it be, Kristen? Can you give us a ball park? Think you can tie up a certain plot line before the solar flares in 2012 knock out the Int3rw3b5? (Well, whatever. Just in case.)



A’ight. So, recap:

Karigan G’ladheon, whose name’s apostrophe actually seems reasonable, is a Green Rider, one of King Zachary’s elite and moderately magical mail couriers.

She, however, is not the king’s mistress, although he did once suggest to her that the position was open.

But wait, I’m making this sound ridiculous. It’s not, really. Nor is my aggravation at certain developments designed by the Evil Overlord (Britain) to keep the two apart.

Wait, I’m sorry, Ms. Britain! You aren’t the Evil Overlord, not at all! You’re super awesome! (Aren’t you? I don’t actually know.) Well, your books are. So write some more of them, now!

Ahh. Now that that’s out of my system, here are my predictions:

At the end of the book, Karigan is in the castle’s catacombs (But WHEN is she, hmm? Not conveniently in the time she was in when she busted the mask and went to space or whatever that was). She won’t die from suffocating in the sarcophagus (the big stone box she’s trapped in). How do I know she won’t die? 1) The publisher wouldn’t allow it; and 2) She was just in the arms of Westrion, The Birdman, the God of Death. Why the hell would he take her OUT of the void-with-a-gravitation-like-force and put her BACK in the world of the living, just so she can die five minutes later? That would be silly, and Westrion is anything but silly (unless feathery = silly).

Or maybe Karigan is actually on the Weapons’ super secret island (read this prediction at I think SOMEONE is going to go there. Who, I don’t know. It just sounds too badass not to write about.

That marriage thing? A’int gonna last. I don’t know if Karigan will mess with any threads (possible timelines) that will cause the marriage not to have been moved up, or if it will end for another reason (Zachy fully regrowing the pair he apparently lost in the attack, perhaps).

Zachary will receive Karigan’s just-in-case-I-die-in-the-forest-of-doom letter. If they actually get to spend more than 1/6 of a minute together in the next book (I’m not putting anything past you, lady), he just might do something about it.

It’ll turn out that though Spane is the douchiest of all douches, he does know his gossip: Estora will be revealed as the daughter of the unnamed minstrel *cough* Aaron Fiori *cough cough* I could be wrong, but assuming he passed his musical ability to Estora, she’ll have something more to do than date r4p3 the king (yeah, I said it). Send her pretty little @55 to the wall while Estral is (TEMPORARILY, dammit!) voiceless.

Oh, and Lala can f*cking die. Or be redeemed and taught not to be a l’il creepster. Hey, most kids take something that isn’t theirs at some point. Plenty of them grow up to understand that stealing is wrong. And somebody’s gotta be able to work at crimes scenes and in morgues without barfing. Of course, most of these people DON’T PRACTICE DARK MAGIC SO DARN WELL. So she can die, but only after sacrificing Grandmother (out of context, this sounds really bad, doesn’t it?). But that wasn’t a prediction. Lala won’t die in the next book. She’s the scariest damn person in the whole series, except maybe Mornhavon (for NOW!). Yeah, she’s gonna be a bad ass. Poor kid. In our world, she’d be getting an individualized education plan that doesn’t involve using her blood in mean magical spells. In Karigan’s world, she’s powerful, not terribly relate-able, and somewhat unpredictable (despite this, my prediction that she will become a force with which to be reckoned stands).

Where was I… oh yeah, Estral is going to get her voice back. If it can be magically taken, it can be magically returned.

Grandmother isn’t going to last much longer. She’s not necessary to the plot, and lately, all she’s done is groan and creak and follow the voices in the fire. Lala can do plenty of evil without the groaning or creaking. However, I do HOPE we will find out if it’s Mornhavon she’s been taking orders from this whole time. She certainly did take orders from him towards the end of Blackveil, but was it always him? I think we’re supposed to assume it was; I’d just like it to be made clear (remember, after taking a corporeal form, Mornhavon was like, who’re you?).

And Mornhavon. Ohh, Mornhavon. You just don’t know how to move on. How many books will it take before he’s done? We’ll need to know more about what that mask did to him. Maybe it sent him through time again. I dunno. It’ll probably be cool, whatever happens.

Oh, and our man of many masks (sexy thief, sexy pirate, sexy slave of a witch or something), what’s his name. Amberhill. Seeing as how he’s tagged Estora with his pirate booty, and considering she’s totally got the hots for him, they will see something of each other. Amberhill’s plot will be revealed to be relevant to the proceedings of slaying evil sh*t. No idea how he’s gonna escape Yolandhe. In my ideal world, Estora would have to fight her for Amberhill. Although, I really don’t know how she’d win (Newfound music magic? *shrug* That would probably be more effective than wrestling). Actually, Yolandhe and perhaps various other sea beings could help in the destroying of Mornhavon’s obnoxiously eternal soulless soul-thing.

Will the wall be mended? Or will it fall and all hell will break loose? Can’t call that one. It would help to know how many sleepers remain. Remember, there may be other groves. Or not. But I think there are. Why? Because sleepers can get through the wall, and therefore pose a super scary threat (and, therefore, the wall doesn’t need to fall for all hell to break loose – oh, and all that hard work Estora better put in, ho hum!).

Oh, and can the Berry sisters come back, pretty please? That’s not a prediction because I don’t know what they would do other than be old and awesome. Same with L’il, except she’s dead and awesome. Wasn’t there a cliffhanger concerning her a book or so ago? Yo, KB! The f*ck? Get back to the Green Riders’ history. We’ve had our fun with the Eletians; now we could use some Rider magic.

That’s all I’ve got for now. The rest of my thoughts on Blackveil cannot be organized into this prediction format (too sleepy to remember enough specifics).

But this is not the last you will hear from me about this book. It was like over 500 pages! And, if past publication dates are any indication, it’ll be about 4 years before the next book in the series comes out. Gotta keep myself occupied.

5 Replies to “Kristen Britain’s Blackveil”

  1. Hilarious review! Found the book rather disappointing and frustrating too. Still cannot believe Kari and Zachary interacted a total of two times in the story and once he didn’t even know it was her! The evil overlord (KB) knows just how much readers are obesessed with this plot and so she only just gives us enough to whet our appetites. I found that cliffhanger insulting considering we’ll be waiting years. I think Kari is in the future and will be missing presumed dead. I wonder if Mapstone will give Zachary the letter.

    Estral will of course get her voice back. Agreed that Lala is nicely creepy. Estora isn’t related to the Fiori’s because the Eletians would have recognised any Eletian blood in her the way they did when they met Estral but they were not remotely interested in her (and that’s one of the many reasons I like them!). The date rape queen might be the daughter of some random minstrel but I think it was just her cousin shooting his mouth off. I hope she does hook up with Amberhill. Two characters I can’t stand off together elsewhere. Good riddance! Although i’m not sure how this is going to happen now she has decided that she is in love with Z and the power of being a queen and Amberhill really doesn’t seem all that interested in her in this book. The necklace is obviously arcane and has some kind of power.

    I liked meeting Kari’s aunts at last. I’m with you: I want the Berry Sisters back, I want Lil back, I want Condor, I especially want more Weapons especially yummy Fastion. I hope Karigan ends up on their sooper-sekrit island somehow.

  2. I’m not sure we can say for sure what Eletians would or wouldn’t do. Or maybe you’re right, Opti. Honestly, I threw in the prediction about Estora because it’s a way to give her something to do other than be a queen, and to get her away from Zachary, and perhaps into Amberhill’s arms. And because she could help out at the wall. Of course, I don’t know, maybe the wall not getting fixed would be more exciting. I keep thinking, it’s going to be like YEARS before I find out, so I should just stop wondering.

    But I can’t!!! Rawr.

    As for Estora’s love for Zach, I doubt it compares to her love for F’ryan. She knows what the real thing is, and I think because she’s resigned herself to marrying Zach, she’s decided to allow/make herself “fall in love” with him. Not that it would be hard- he’s all hotness and manliness. She just needs some time alone with Amberhill. That should clear things up for her. 😉

    Thanks for reading!

  3. Thanks for the reponse!

    I just think that so far the Eletian’s always react to people with some link to them like Somial helping Karigan in Green Rider because she was “Laurelyn touched” or in FRC when they were wary of her due to the wild magic. In BV they pretty much ignore the humans except Karigan and Estral because of her traces Eletian blood. I’m still surprised that the Sacoridians only now thought to send a minstrel to the Wall. I would have thought that would have been a no-brainer immediately after the events of book 2.

    Heh! I like your description of Zachary as “all hotness and manliness” and also all Karigan’s 😉 …if they ever get together, that is. Or get to spend more than 1/6 of a minute together as you so succintly put it!

    I doubt Estora is truly in love with Zachary but from early on in this book it’s clear she now has feelings for him. F’ryan seemed to be old news to her in this book. She hardly thought about him and totally forgot about him once she decided she liked being queen and she particularly liked being Zachary’s queen. She does have a choice to end the marriage as she is now Lady-Governor of her province but doesn’t because she likes the power, being a queen and being with Zachary. She is pretty shallow though so I imagine if, like you suggest, she comes into contact with a rich and powerful Amberhill and he makes the right moves on her she’ll move on to him.

    I think I enjoyed the Blackveil parts of the book most. KB did a good job of making it menacing and mysterious. I just wish it hadn’t taken so long for the party to set off and more time had been devoted to it. I adored Yates so I was saddened by his death and I thought it was sweet he had feelings all along for Karigan.

    I know what you mean about wondering what will happen during the huge gaps between books. Sometimes I wish I’d only come across this series after it ended. I just hope Karigan catches a break soon. She’s been through too much for someone so young. She’s hurt, lonely, constantly in danger and being flung from pillar to post by various forces but I feel like things are going to get worse for her for a while before they get better 🙁

  4. Gosh, just finished BV and not looking forward to waiting two years for the next one! C’est la vie though, the books are worth it, descriptive and with no loose ends. But for gods’ sakes, cant Karrigan and Zachary at least get it on once!!?? I am sick to death of Mapstone keeping Zachary’s communications secret for the so called wellbeing of Sacordia, that’s not her job! She seems heart set on forcing him into a loveless marriage as if she’s the damn queen mum, and is off to neck with Karrigan’s dad while having her own separation of the loved ones on her agenda. I am sure Zachary could maintain power without marrying Estora now, she’s governess or whatever so do they need to marry, cant they just be allies? ANd to add salt to the wound Mapstone was willing to hide Estora’s fling with a commoner but wont let Zachary anywhere near the real heroine of the planet, without Karigan there is no planet left!!! I cant beleive Lala told Mornhavon that she loved him, what is she a reincarnation of? There is mention of the rising of some ‘she’ person in the summer, I think its Lala, she makes my skin crawl. She’s definitely going to create havoc, spawn of satan, maybe she’ll usurp Mornhavon and be a bigger force to be reckoned with. Mapstone is off to copulate with Karigan’s dad, shocking considering, why is she allowed to have fun while Karigan isnt?? Estora may show another side to herself, she’s rather incipidly ‘nice’ but cunning at the same time, wanted Karigan, ‘just for a minute’ to not return. That’s cold! Amberhill is off being a moron on some island but there is definitely a spark between hiim and Estora. God I hope Zachary isn’t blinded by her gold locks and falls in love with her even for a few weeks, yuck! Karigan seems to be hardening, it seems she may need some way of softening up a bit, and if she finds out Mapstone’s agenda that may well be the final straw. Why couldnt the retired rider arrange a liason instead of being a spoke in the wheel???!!!!

  5. You know, I was rather disappointed with this book and found your review most heartening — as I thought I was the only one who felt that way. I really think the cliffhanger at the end wasn’t at all necessary because her writing has always been captivating (to me at least), and I really, really feel that the cliffhanger was a really ridicoulous way to end the book. It takes her years to put out a book and her original fan base is only growing older (as is she). She might die before the series has a final ending… who knows… (:p)

    I felt that the development of Karigan in the first couple of chapters throughout the 3 previous years really didn’t show when she passed judgement on her father’s past. More then once the writer reminded us that she had 3 years of experience through hardship from her adventures of saving the Kingdom, yet she showed no maturity towards the secrets she found about her father, but instead acted as if she herself was justified in feeling self-righteous about her opinions. This also shows when she’s talking to the Laurleyn — that Karigan hasn’t wisdom from her past experiences.

    I think Britain really wanted us to empathize with Mapstone as far as keeping Karigan and the King separately from one another and to try and promote something between Estora and the King as Estora’s love for F’roya is definitely different then the love between the King and Karigan. That is to say, Estora held an aristocratic standing but the Zachary is the king. But despite this all, I think the King and Karigan would of really thought it out if they were to be together.

    With that being said, now that we know that Estora knows about the feelings the King have for Karigan — why in the world would she go through with all of it? With the writer making Estora’s personality as of someone who is fair, just, and someone who values their friendship with Karigan, I would feel that Estora would at least have feelings of sympathy and try her best to come to some sort of alternative way (whatever that may be). I really feel that this was a really contradicting move on Estora’s part, regardless if throughout the book there were implications of her being truly in love with the King, and not just her coming to terms with the fact that there will be a marriage between her and the king. I found a lot of the changes made to Estora’s personality rather … I don’t know how to put it … distasteful. Estora showed no cunning of her own when made Queen, but rather showed a more common feminime side of frailty and weakness despite her stern assertion when she were in meetings. I’m not sure if the writer is trying to make her readers percieve Estora to be a good Queen but still human, or to sympathize.

    I feel that towards the end when they trap her cousin Spane, it was really a forward jump in time making you wonder how many days or weeks has passed since Estora finding out his plans to when it is revealed to the king, and that the lapse really left a hole somehow… but regardless I suppose that time lapse to the future was a god send as I don’t think I could take any more of Estora’s “vicitimization” from Spane. Somehow, this plot line just filled me with anger.

    As for Grandma, she should die already. Christ that old bag has survived so long. I think we all pretty much konw that Lala has Estora’s voice, but I don’t think Estora needs her voice to really sing to the wall as when she was humming the wall still resonated so perhaps all she needs is a musical instrument — as magic is in the blood.

    Lala, however, will probably play a major role sometime in the future.

    I despise the fact that Amberhill had such an intriquite role in this book. It was like an extra character uneeded. Past the point of him giving Galen Miller silver coins, I’m not too sure what his reasoning for having his own chapters were for, and even if I were to find out, I don’t think I’d be at all that very interested in it as it was very… dry.

    Also… the retired Green Rider Chief was a rather interesting character to add to the book but I feel he was just placed as an additional character without much thought. We know little of his history (but probably will come due time), but his place in the book was awfully awkward and weird towards middle to end.

    One of the things that pisses me off about this book is the end — or how it ended. She ends up in a catacomb saved by the God of Death and then that’s it. Before knowing what Book 5 will be about, I already have a sense that she should of published Blackveil and Book 5 together and make it into one installment rather then making it two seperate books.

    In any case — I thoroughly enjoyed your ravings about the book.

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