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Forest Born (Books of Bayern) Hardcover – September 15, 2009
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Grade 7–11—In her fourth fantasy about the land of Bayern, Hale has created a strong stand-alone companion to The Goose Girl (2003), Enna Burning (2004), and River Secrets (2006, all Bloomsbury). Forest Born centers on Razo's sister, Rin, and her special abilities. The struggle that she goes through as she begins to recognize her talent of persuasion and her elemental connection to the forest brings the typical fantasy themes of good vs. evil to a place that makes them very personal. Rin discovered as a child that her words could be powerful. But that power left her feeling confused and wrong. Since that time, the wrongness has curled up like a snake inside her, making her doubt whether she can ever find peace. Rin encounters Isi, Enna, and Dasha from the previous Bayern stories and through them she finds hope; perhaps what makes her different could be a blessing, if she is able to find balance in her gifts. Lurking throughout the story is the tumultuous backdrop of diplomatic negotiations and threats of war. Everything finally comes to a head when Isi's nemesis from Goose Girl returns and kidnaps her son. All four women need to work together to defeat Selia, who has been completely corrupted and consumed by her people-speaking power of persuasion. Fans of the earlier titles as well as admirers of the genre will find Rin's journey a compelling read.—Genevieve Gallagher, Buford Middle School, Charlottesville, VA END
Hale adds a fourth entry to her Books of Bayern series with this exciting, stand-alone title focused on teenaged Rin, who follows her brother, Razo, from their forest home to the city’s royal court. Characters from the series’ previous titles all hold major roles in the ensuing adventures in which Rin joins a battle to protect Bayern from evil forces. As usual, Hale’s vivid, poetic language; romantic and action-filled plot twists; and friendship themes create a rich, satisfying read. But it’s Rin’s sensitively drawn struggle to recognize and accept her own power that will stay with readers most. Grades 7-10. --Gillian Engberg
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: The Goose Girl - Isi's Story of how she became the princess of Bayern 1st (first) book in the series wonderful book
: Enna Burning - Enna's story of the war between two country's and Enna's part in it. She also learns about how to create and control fire (but will she learn fast enough before it destroys her?). In this story you'll learn about treachery love and most of all friendship. 2nd (second)
: River of Secrets - This story mostly takes place in Tira the place that Bayern has recently had war with. Surprisingly this is Razo's story ( I know right I thought that this was a all girls party too) In this book he meets the mysterious and beautiful Dasha whom with he discovers a deadly plot that could destroy all of Bayern! 3rd (third)
That's all the books there is or at least for now Who knows maybe there's more? Just kidding that's all there is or at least I think so. Anyways check out some of the other Shannon Hale books like Princess Academy and its sequel Princess Academy Palace of stone, also there's Ever after high which I think all young girls would enjoy between the ages 9- 16, Another book is Book of a thousand days which is great. I LOVED these books and plan on reading more Shannon Hale. That's it I guess so bye hope you liked my review. Look at some of my other ones.
The story differs in that Rin isn't necessarily battling abilities that she has (as all the other characters were), at least not at first. Rin is trying to find out where she belongs in this world. She makes you think about what matters in life and how important friends and family are, especially when you are learning how to use your talents.
Our narrator is a fifteen year old, struggling with severe growing pains. This was very tedious to me. I don't believe we needed to know every single thought that went through her mind. Over and over again, making very little progress. Thank heaven she's pretty much worked through her fears! I'm definitely going to read the next book as I believe it will be much better now that she's gotten her head straightened out! Great potential for a fun and exciting series.
The text is of course the most important part of a book, but I have to admit that I own two copies because I had to have the cover that matches all the others, especially if it's one of my favorite books of all time. The Special Edition cover captures the feeling of the story and the seclusion of Rin much more effectively for me.
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