River Secrets (Books of Bayern) Paperback – 1 Feb 2009
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"[Hale's] language glimmers like firelight, like sunshine on water as she propels readers along a river of wonderful writing to the tumultuous and heart-tugging climax." - starred review, Kirkus Reviews
"Suspenseful, magical, and heartfelt, this is a story that will wholly envelop its readers." - starred review, Booklist
"A unique and tender coming-of-age story." - starred review, Publishers Weekly
"River Secrets stands on its own. But fans of the genre will no doubt rejoice in immersing themselves in this magical world by reading all three [Books of Bayern]." - starred review, School Library Journal--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Shannon Hale is the author of a number of books for children, including her stunning debut novel Goose Girl. Her novel Princess Academy won the Newbery Honor. Shannon lives in America.
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Now the war between Bayern and Tira is over, Geric wants to to establish better relations. Enna, Razo and Finn become part of the peace mission, but Razo is pretty sure that he's only been invited along because he's a member of Bayern's Own, not because he's especially talented at anything. But then burned bodies start turning up and the Bayerns must find out who's murdering them before the Tirans discover that Enna is the firewitch. And Razo finds out that he's not as useless as he thought he was.
Razo is an endearing narrator, possibly the most appealing out of the three narrators from this world. He is funny, humble and often shrewd (though he doesn't realise it). His journey of self-discovery, combined with his tentative detective work, make this book one of my favourite fantasy tales.
This next installment takes place in Tiran. Yes that's right, the land whom the Bayern were in a war with in the last book. They are there to establish peace. This is Razo's story, and he is a spy for Bayern!
All of our favorite characters are still here: Isi, Geric, Finn, and Enna! Shannon Hale keeps getting better and better!! I think Razo is my favorite boy. He is such a cutie, and the girls love him in this book!
The story is centred around Razo, a poor forest boy who is chosen to go on Bayern's peace mission to their rival country, Tira. The mission is throttled with danger and Razo must keep a an eye out for anybody who does not seem quite right. And with the discovery of two burnt and blackened bodies Razo must find who is the culprit before he strikes again...
Please do not overlook this book; if you do then you will be missing out on Shannon Hale at her best!
After the war between Bayern and neighbouring Tira finishes, the two kingdoms send an ambassador into each other's cities, and Razo is shocked to discover that he is among the Bayern ambassador's guard. However, things don't stay peachy for very long, what with suspicious neighbours and strange events that look like someone is trying to frame the Bayern.
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