Blackveil and The Green Rider series by Kristen Britain
I just finished the 4th book in Kristen Britain's Green Rider series called Blackveil. I loved Green Rider when I first read it last year. It was one of my favorites of the whole year. It follows the life of Karigan, who is a merchant's daughter. She was at school, but she beat the son of an aristocrat in a sword fight, and she has run away from school. While running away she encounters a Green Rider, which is one of the king's special messengers. He is shot through the back with 2 arrows, and he begs her to finish his mission which is delivering a life or death secret message to the king. She promises she will help him as he dies and her life is never the same again as she is chased all over the country by bandits and evil that does not want the message delivered. Great first book. It is set in a make believe land with magic, evil, adventure, war, betrail, history, and a touch of romance set in. It is an adult book series, and there is war and carnage as goes with any war type book--some not too pleasant to read. The 4th book is further adventures of Karigan as she and a group of warriors must enter the evil, tainted Blackveil forest. It was very good--couldn't put it down good, but be warned being an adult book there is one love scene you can skip over. That is the first scene in the whole series. One complaint I have about the series is how slow the writer is in getting them out, like 4-5 years between each book--hello? The first was written in 1998. So, with that said, this 4th book ends in a cliffhanger, and I will probably have to wait 4 years before it gets resolved--ugh, don't like that, but really like this series.