Wednesday, November 11, 2009

River Secrets

by Shannon Hale

Dedication: "For all the boys in my family. But especially, triumphantly, adoringly for the one and only Max Stonebreaker Hale"

First paragraph: "Ingridan was an ancient city. Memory ached in its stone arches, crept down its narrow alleys, sluiced through its seven rivers. And its newest memory still burned, raw and sore - a failed war, a nation shamed, and an army dishonored."

Review: This book was the third book of Bayern, following Goose Girl and Enna Burning. It's about Razo's journey to Indigran to create post-war peace with the rival country and allow the two countries to live peacefully side-by-side. In this book Razo has the world thrown at him, including punches, kicks, swords, rocks, tangerine pulp, etc.

Razo really resonated with me. It was like he was my annoying, adorable, gross little brother. He just did things that boys do. He blamed people for farting, he was constantly obsessed with where his next meal was going to be coming from and he found his first friendships in the pastry kitchen.

I think my favorite thing about this book was the that I got to spend more time with Isi, Enna, and Finn. These characters are so lovable and the adventures they take me on are always exciting, dangerous, and super fun-filled.

Shannon Hale did it again. Another book success.

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