Razo has no idea why he was chosen to be a soldier. He can barely swing a sword, and his brothers are forever wrestling him to the ground. Razo is sure it's out of pity that his captain asks him to join an elite mission--escorting the ambassador into Tira, Bayern's great enemy. But when the... show more
Razo has no idea why he was chosen to be a soldier. He can barely swing a sword, and his brothers are forever wrestling him to the ground. Razo is sure it's out of pity that his captain asks him to join an elite mission--escorting the ambassador into Tira, Bayern's great enemy. But when the Bayern arrive in the strange southern country, Razo discovers the first dead body. He befriends both the high and low born, people who can perhaps provide them with vital information. And Razo is the one who must embrace his own talents in order to get the Bayern soldiers home again, alive. Newbery-Honor winner Shannon Hale returns the reader to the intrigue and magic of Bayern, first introduced in her critically acclaimed novel, The Goose Girl. Enter a world where even those with no special magical skills find in themselves something they never imagined.
Publish date: September 5th 2006
Pages no: 290
Edition language: English
Series: The Books of Bayern (#3)
The third of the Books of Bayern series, River Secrets switches protagonists again. This time the book follows Razo, a soldier of Bayern and close friend of Isi and Enna, the protagonists of the first two books. Tensions are still high between Bayern and Tira after the war between the two countries ...
3.5 or 3.75 stars. Well done, but not on the same level as Enna Burning and Goose Girl. Will elaborate later.
Finn, Enna and Razo find themselves on a diplomatic escursion in a country where people are starting to rumble about war and where suspicion of some deaths is pointing at them It's an interesting sequel but you really need to have read the others in the sequence before reading this.
Razo is so freakin' awesome! He alone deserves 10 stars, and then throw in a thrilling plotline and Shannon Hale's writing, and you've got a completely brilliant book!
While I enjoyed keeping up with Hale's world of Bayern in River Secrets, it was my least favorite of The Books of Bayern, so far. It took me longer to get interested in the story -- perhaps I prefer Hale's female leads or maybe Razo just wasn't a particularly likable male lead. I also felt the plot ...