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Rise of a Hero by Hilari Bell
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May 07, 2008

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** spoiler alert ** Rise of a Hero is the second book of the Farsala trilogy. Again, it is about Kavi, Jiaan, and Soraya. The Hrum have conquered nearly all of Farsala, with only the walled city of Mazad standing in their way. While Jiaan works to rebuild Farsala’s shattered army, Kavi works to help Farsala. He decides to help by smuggling food to Mazad. Soraya returns to her villa to find it has been destroyed by the Hrum and that her little brother has been taken as a slave. She finds work in a Hrum camp, so that she can find where he has been taken. She steals a slavery record, but is caught in the act. She is sent to the slave pens, where she stays until Kavi rescues her. They flee to the desert, where they meet up with Jiaan. Up to this point he has been building up his army and trying to gain allies. He even went to Farsala’s life-long enemy, Kadesh, to try to get help. But all to no avail. So, when the governor of Mazad requests help, Jiaan comes with what he has. The Hrum drive them back, and Jiaan loses a fifth of his force. When they meet in the desert, Jiaan recognizes Kavi as a Hrum spy. But he promises to work with Kavi until the war is over.

Hilari Bell does a great job with the writing of this book. The speech is just like you would expect a person of that rank to speak. Also, the writing is such that you feel like you are actually there. I really liked this book, because it has a great story and a plot that grips you so that you cannot put the book down. The story continues in book 3: Forging the Sword.
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