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In this third book in New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale's b eloved YA fantasy series Books of Bayern, Razo must become the unlikely hero his country needs. Razo...
In this third book in New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale's b eloved YA fantasy series Books of Bayern, Razo must become the unlikely hero his country needs. Razo...
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  • In this third book in New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale's b eloved YA fantasy series Books of Bayern, Razo must become the unlikely hero his country needs.

    Razo has never considered himself anything but ordinary—and certainly not a great soldier. So he's sure it's out of pity that his captain asks him to join an elite mission escorting the ambassador into Tira, Bayern's greatest enemy.

    But when the Bayern arrive in the strange southern country, it's Razo who discovers the first dead body. He is also the only Bayern able to befriend the right people—potential allies who can provide information about the ever-increasing murders—like the beautiful Lady Dasha. If Razo can embrace his talents, he might be the only one who can get the Bayern soldiers home alive.

    Don't miss any of these other books from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Hale:

    The Books of Bayern
    The Goose Girl
    Enna Burning
    River Secrets
    Forest Born

    The Princess Academy trilogy
    Princess Academy
    Princess Academy: Palace of Stone
    Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters

    Book of a Thousand Days

    Dangerous


    Graphic Novels
    with Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale
    Rapunzel's Revenge
    Calamity Jack

    For Adults
    Austenland
    Midnight in Austenland
    The Actor and the Housewife
 

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About the Author-

  • Shannon Hale is the Newbery Honor–winning and New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Academy series, The Books of Bayern, Book of a Thousand Days, Dangerous, and the graphic novels Rapunzel's Revengeand Calamity Jack, as well as the Ever After High and Princess in Black series, and the upcoming The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl for Marvel. She also wrote three novels for adults, including Austenland, now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell. She and her husband, the author Dean Hale, have four children and live near Salt Lake City, Utah.

    www.shannonhale.com
    @HaleShannon

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from September 4, 2006
    Razo, this winning novel's endearing protagonist, first brought to life as a minor character in Hale's The
    Goose Girl
    , here gets his own story. Now a confidante of Queen Isi, Razo was originally a simple forest boy whose major skill is using a slingshot to hunt squirrels. Short in stature and low in confidence, he is asked to join a mission of peace between his own kingdom of Bayern, and the enemy kingdom of Tira. Razo is then selected to become a spy because of his unassuming nature and powers of observation. He soon discovers that traitors in the Tiran army are trying to re-ignite the war, literally, by leaving charred remains of bodies—an act they hope to pin on another envoy from Bayern—Razo's friend Enna (from Enna Burning
    ). This mystery unfolds along with charming friendships among Razo and his comrades, who lovingly tease him when he is the last to realize he has fallen in love with Dasha, the striking orange-haired daughter of the Tiran ambassador to Bayern, and has grown in height as well as self-assurance. This novel will be a special treat for readers of Hale's other two companion books, but it also stands on its own as a unique and tender coming-of-age story. Ages 12-up.

  • School Library Journal

    Starred review from October 1, 2006
    Gr 6-10-A companion to "The Goose Girl" (2003) and "Enna Burning" (2004, both Bloomsbury). Enna and Isis friend Razo is small and bullied; he has always considered himself pretty useless, so he is thrilled to be chosen as one of a hundred Bayern soldiers accompanying an ambassador on a peacekeeping mission to the Tiran capital. Tirans lost the war with Bayern, largely due to Ennas forbidding ability to burn people, and their army was shamed. When Razo discovers burned bodies, he first fears that Enna has reneged on her promise to stop using her powers, then realizes that she isnt guilty. In this part mystery, part coming-of-age story, Razo learns why he is so important to the kings mission. He befriends Lady Dasha, the daughter of the ambassador who was sent in exchange to Bayern. Like Enna and Isi, she is a young woman with elemental powers. The burner is exposed and captured; peace is assured, as is the romance between Razo and Dasha. Hales portrayal of a group of extremist Tirans for whom war is sacred and putting ones life in peril is honorable connects the storys medieval folkloric setting with todays news in a chilling way. As in the companion books, this high fantasy is rich in detail and lyrical in writing. While it helps to have read the two previous books, "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."Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME"

    Copyright 2006 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • DOGO Books kasmira - River Secrets is about Razo, the funny first guy who also tended animals with Enna and Isi. The third book to the Bayern series, Hales books just keep getting better and better. While I liked the other two books about the girls, I liked how this one was was told from the perspective of a boy and I really liked how this was a murder mystery also(hint, hint!!!)
  • Kirkus Reviews [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.
  • Publishers Weekly A unique and tender coming-of-age story.
  • School Library Journal 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].

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