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River Secrets (The Books of Bayern #3)

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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  21,991 ratings  ·  2,039 reviews
Mysterious events in the Tiran capital arouse the suspicions and anger bubbling just beneath the surface. Enna's friend Razo must find out who is masterminding these events, before it's too late, and they find themselves trapped in the heart of Tira as war breaks out. This is the third book in a trilogy.
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published January 1st 2006)
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Cheryl
I loved how, in this one, the MC doesn't assume he has some inner nobility, some potential for great deeds, that Enna and Isi did in the first two. Yes the girls worried, and at times didn't think they'd succeed. But. As I read of Razo's inner turmoil, I reflected on theirs - and the thing is that they always had a sense of destiny, they thought they were worthy of their ambitions & gifts. Razo takes a long time to accept that he has talents, that he's attractive to girls, that he has a nobi ...more
Cara
Jan 26, 2014 Cara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Cara by: Ash
This was a perfect way too round up the series. I was really excited about this one since it had Razo as the main character. He is the funniest character of the series and I'm so glad he got to shine in his own book. You get to see past characters fairly often and some good new characters as well.

Here is a quick run down of the book: Razo and the other soldiers of Bayern's Own must go to Tira to help along with the peace that is trying to be formed. Of course this doesn't turn out to be easy wh
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Erin
Aug 01, 2007 Erin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
This is possibly my favorite of Shannon Hale's books so far (although it is hard to choose). The plot was perhaps slightly more predictable (just slightly), but Razo's character is absolutely hilarious! I love how Hale takes time to add in little funny or observant tidbits that aren't necessarily pertinent to the plot, but that add depth to the characters. This is definitely a worthwhile read (but read Goose Girl and Enna Burning first.)
Ash
Great, great book!! I really liked it. I was so glad to see that the next book in the series was about Razo. He's always so funny and a trustworthy friend.

Quick overview: Razo is chosen to join an elite mission to escort the ambassador to Tira. Razo can't think of any other reason that he would be chosen except out of pity, which is what most of his fellow soldiers think. In hopes of making peace with Tira they enter into the capital only to find that some Tiran are not so easy to forget their d
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LeiAnn
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Katie Tatton
I plugged through this one, hoping it would catch my interest later in the book like Enna Burning did. Alas, it was not to be. Shannon Hale (the author) was quoted as saying that Razo was her favorite character, the easiest to write, the most real to her. Unfortunately, that's not the case for me. Razo is the short, funny guy in the group who questions his worth in the war and wonders if he'll ever get over his first love. As the youngest son, he wishes he was the best at something, just for onc ...more
Sheri
I would have to call this Shannon's worst work I've read. The storyline was boring and dragged a lot. The entire first half of the book was devoted to Razo's feeling bad for himself and whining a lot. "I'm so short. I suck at everything. Nobody likes me. My girlfriend married someone else. I am no good at swordplay. Woe is me. etc etc." This was repeated page after page after page. Finally, about 3/4 way into the book, the story started going somewhere. There was a pleasant fight scene at the en ...more
hpboy13
By the time I picked this book up, it was clear to me that Shannon Hale was a master of her craft. That said, I was unprepared for how much better this book is than her other (also fantastic) books. This book is a whodunnit wrapped in layers of fantasy and comedy, and it is just such an enjoyable read. Razo makes for a fantastic narrator.

This is the best kind of whodunnit, because there are four main questions instead of just the who? there is also the how?, the why?, and the what? did they actu
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Olivia
In this third book of Bayern, Razo, one of our earlier characters, comes into center stage as he stars in his own book. This book is placed in between the other 3 girl-starred books but I think boys will enjoy it all the same. I really enjoyed Razo’s intriguing point of view and this story shows that even if you don’t have special powers like Princess Anidora-Kiladra-Tilianna-Isilee(Ani or Isi and was the star of the first book), Enna(who was the star of the second book), or Dasha(Razo’s girl an ...more
Joy
Oh I've waited to get a copy of this book for so long that I could scarcely believe it when the librarian said we'd got a copy in. Oh oh oh oh I can scarcely believe my own good fortune.

Besides very decidedly being my favorite YA author, Shannon Hale is a mastermind of the uncliche, well-written fantasy. You won't find wizards or elves in her book, but very believable characters that any young person can relate to, and strong, unhidden themes of love, loyalty, sacrifice, and honor.

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Josie
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Tamora Pierce
Complex and edge-of-your-seat tense as the Bayern folk try to work out a peace with enemies still traumatized by the secret fire weapon that worked such havoc on their soldiers. Enna, the source of that burning, is with the delegation, working for peace, even when she knows it will mean her life if she is identified. Razo the forest boy is the main character, a friend of the queen's brought to observe the success of the peace mission. He is the one to discover someone in Tira is trying to hatch ...more
Anne Osterlund
Razo isn’t much good at anything. He’s as short as the girls. He isn’t handy with a sword. And he always ends up in the thick of trouble. It’s beyond him why the captain the guard would choose to appoint him for the delicate—and dangerous—mission into Tira. To secure peace only a year after recent war.

Naturally Razo is the first to discover a burned body.
And then there’s the assassination attempts.
And the girl who calls him a tree rat.
All in all it’s just possible he should have stayed home.

I lo
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Tanja
I like this series. My only complaint is I wish there was more description. I love the way shannon hale writes and I look forward to the next one. I like that the strong characters are mainly girls. Wahoo!!
Elevetha
Aug 17, 2012 Elevetha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of fairytales retold, reimagined, or twisted on it's side
Recommended to Elevetha by: Miss Clark
I liked it quite a bit. Must re read and give proper review.
Noelle
Not as good as all her other books but it was good.
Teresa Osgood
Razo is such a character. It is great to see him discover his own talents and make them useful. I also enjoyed the glimpse of another culture, with its tidiness and constant festivals. I liked this better than Enna Burning, though it's still not quite as dreamy as The Goose Girl.

One of my sixteen-year-old's best friends (male) got all excited when he saw me reading this. "There's a sequel to The Goose Girl? I loved that!" On his recommendation, I may actually read The Princess Academy.
Anila
Thus far in my Bayern reread, this is definitely the strongest book by far. It benefits both from Hale being a more experienced writer and from building on the groundwork established in the previous two books in the series: the premise is a great deal more politically complicated than either The Goose Girl or Enna Burning, and it benefits the story greatly.

The characters also have a lot more nuance, I suspect in part because this is the first book Hale wrote with the idea of nature-speech overwh
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Emily Michelle
I can't decide if this or Goose Girl is my favorite book in the Books of Bayern series. They are both fantastic, but in different ways. While Goose Girl is beautiful in a sort of old-fashioned way, River Secrets is more straightforward and fun. It's the first book in the series to feature a male protagonist, which could explain the shift in tone, and which I'm really glad about because I think Razo is one of my favorite book heroes.

As I've noted in previous reviews, the Books of Bayern have hero
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Becky
I shouldn't have been surprised that I loved this book - I've loved all of Shannon Hale's books, and the Bayern series (Goose Girl/Enna Burning/River Secrets) certainly doesn't disappoint. If I were to rate the Bayern books in order of my favorites, I'd go with #1: Goose Girl, #2: River Secrets, and #3: Enna Burning.

I wasn't sure what I would think of River Secrets, as it's from the perspective of a male character. Shannon Hale definitely impressed me, greatly, with her capture of a female voic
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Camzcam
I have loved Shannon Hale's Bayern series, and so I was a little disappointed in River Secrets. It doesn't capture the fairy-tale quality of the Goose Girl or the epic feeling of Enna Burning. It's just a little ho-hum.

The story follows the character Razo from the earlier books as he and a company of soldiers accompany an ambassador from Bayern to the land of their recent enemy of war, Tira. Only a few weeks remain before the Tiran assembly will vote whether or not to return to war against Baye
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Jenny
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Ashley
I love Razo! He's been a favorite since I met him covered in oatmeal in The Goose Girl. I think he's such a fun character. I am glad that this story was told for him. It was good to hear his story. His openness and affable demeanor hid a lot of insecurities, and there were times that my heart just went out for him. His was often not an easy position. However, after a while, in between his constant self-disparging thoughts and the time he finally decides to find his backbone, I got a little annoy ...more
Sara ♥
Ah, Razo. I do adore that boy! I was really really excited to read a whole book about him, as I can still hear his voice from the audiobook of The Goose Girl... plus, we got to know him a lot better in Enna Burning, and he's just great! And for him to get to have his very own adventure and meet the cute girl on the cover and fall in love... :) It made me very happy.

Plus, there was this great message in the book about how just because you might feel really average doesn't mean you don't have tal
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Laney
Jun 26, 2014 Laney rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laney by: Leah Spann
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, almost equal to my enjoyment of the Goose Girl. Reading it, after finishing Enna Burning, I just think Enna makes a better third person character, which was the real flaw of why I did not like the second book as well.

Razo is a fun perspective to read: observant, fun, charming. Light. Not particularly special in anyway which makes him very relatable. I also like that Shannon Hale steps away from the trope of each new character finding a new power and let's the sto
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Amanda Caswell
The story picks up after the war with Tira, as Enna and friends journey to Tira as ambassadors of peace between the countries. This tale centers around Razo, the oft-ignored runt of the King's Own, who cannot fathom why he was invited to take part in the entourage. Upon entering the kingdom, the party begins to find burned bodies, specifically placed within their proximity to rouse rebellion in the beaten country and throw suspicions on Enna, the fire-witch. Razo must use all of his latent, undi ...more
Donna
This is the 3rd in the Goose Girl series. I liked that it was different. It had some twists that were engaging, which is always a nice surprise for me since I'm not the target audience .

Shannon Hale is creative and manages to get that on to her pages. And her characters are clear and always seem to be fighting for the common good.

This was an easy read on a cool autumn day.
David S
If you know me you know I have a strong feminine side....much estrogen in the 6'6" man. I love a lot of my wife's favorite chick films and absolutely cheer for strong female characters.

Shannon Hale is one of my favorite writers for this very reason. She showed me a very nice tale in Goose Girl with a quiet heroine that I cared for dearly. In Enna's Burning she showed an equally impressive but decidedly fiercer heroine. So when I decided to read River Secrets I was expecting more of the same but
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Shannon
I absolutely love Shannon Hale books. Sometimes the descriptions honestly sound a little silly to me, but I always end up enjoying them. Just like this one! It was great!

update Nov 7, 2014... oddly enough I have no memory of having read this book before! I just reread goose girl and enna burning, and thought I was moving on. apparently not. in my defense, I was 9 months pregnant with my first child in Jan '09, so she erased much of my memory. :) I did enjoy this book. I love the character Razo a
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Julie Decker
Razo never thought of himself as anything special. He's little and he gets picked on a lot, and he's not especially good as a soldier. So when his kingdom of Bayern elects a hundred soldiers to go to nearby Tira after they lost the war with Bayern and try to keep the peace, Razo is shocked to be selected. Why is he so elite? What's so special about him? Confused but honored, he accompanies the mission to Tira and finds himself working well as a spy, using his considerable detail fixation to Baye ...more
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“Razo hopped back up and adopted a posture that said he was completely unruffled, never had been, and in fact was ready to do something manly like lift boulders or swallow live worms.” 117 likes
“I'm Razo, a member of Bayern's Own," he said, stopping himself from adding "Loafing is just a hobby of mine."
"Bayern's Own? But you're a child."
Razo looked up to the sky. "I'm not a child, I'm just short.”
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