Those who have already read "The Goose Girl" and "Enna Burning" will be familiar with Razo, the sweet but sometimes dense shepherd boy who became a member of the guard and saved Enna from being consumed by the fire. I really don't recommend picking this up without having read at least "Enna Burning" first, because it follows almost straight on from that book and frequently refers to it.
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.
OH MY GOSH! Is it possible this series could get any better?! I just Love Razo! What a spunky cool kid! This story is brimming with adventure and intrigue, mixed with some romance! What's not to like?!
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!
I would say that these books are aimed at the 10-15 year old girl, but both my daughter and I loved them. Shannon Hale is a wonderful writer, she really transports you to the land of Bayern. I would describe these books a more grown up fairy tale, with a strong female heroine.
River Secrets is the final book in Shannon Hale's triology, the first two being the award winning novels 'The Goose Girl' and 'Enna Burning'. You can never be disappointed with Hale's writing, and this is no exception. She is the true master of description, and, because of these details, her books allow you to build a very real and solid world and a true, personal understanding of the characters. I think to get the full 'oomph' from the book you will have needed to read the previous two before this one.
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!
I enjoyed this book as it was from a male character's perspective, which is different from the last two books. A good mystery is always enjoyable for me, trying to figure out who was burning who and chemistry between Razo and Dasha was believeable.
This book is brilliant. You can still enjoy it without having read The Goose Girl and Enna Burning, but if you have read them you will recognise the characters, and they are both very good books.
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.