Razo is baffled when he’s invited to join an elite guard escorting the Bayern ambassador to the country’s enemy, Tira, but his ability to befriend nobles as well as common folk makes him an invaluable asset. Unfortunately, charm alone will not be enough to save the mission when Razo stumbles upon a series of gruesome murders.
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I really love this series, but this was my least favourite. I found it to be more predictable and a bit slower, especially following the amazingness that was "Enna Burning." But, I love Razo and he was a pleasure to follow!
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 ...more
Surprisingly, I like that it switches to a completely different narrator each book (tbh it reminds me of the Lunar Chronicles) and I love seeing how the different plot lines and characters mesh together to create this rich world and awesome cast of characters. I really liked Razo because of how friendly, smart, and innocent h ...more
A really awesome YA series. Released recently with new covers, so easy enough to find to buy. Fiv ...more
If The Goose Girl took on a fairytale vibe and Enna Burning a dark tone, then River Secrets takes a happy, light, mysterious tone.
So I'll quickly get into why I took a 0.5 stars from my rating.
Basically, the previous two books had the characters learn how to speak the languages of different elements. Both of them had moments of adventure, and well, Enna Burning had a lot going on.
I didn't expect things to pick up right away in this book, BUT, when I got around page 100+ and the main character stil/>So ...more
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 fo ...more
I like though, that while the other books are about a person discovering a strength, an ability, a power that they have, this book has the same basic theme, even though our main character d ...more
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 h ...more
I read Enna Burning twice but never really enjoyed it much. It felt too bleak after the wonderful Goose Girl. Shannon Hale admits that Enna was a really difficult book for her to write and that, I believe, shows in the novel. River Secrets, however (Razo being Hale's favorite character), was a fun experience for her, and yet again, it shows! Super enjoyable from beginning to end, this book is a sweet fairy-tale mystery with a nice balance of adventure, p ...more
I loved the book. The romance wasn’t bad, and I only caught one minor part that Shannon Hale didn’t have to include to make the story enjoyable.
Great job!! Sadly, I only have one more to go.😊
Right now, though, I am satisfied, because Razo is my favorite, and Dasha is my favorite, and Razo + Dasha are my favorite.
Much love for this book <3
First of all: Razo. If you don't find him incredibly endearing then we need to have a talk. This whole book revolves around him gaining more confidence in himself. I love his brotherly relationship with Enna, and how Talon kind of mentors and believes in him. You can't help but see Razo as your own little brother, and ...more
There was quite a bit of suggestive dialogue and content but I still really loved this book!
This book focuses on Razo, a comical and humble character. He's forest born, but adapts pretty well no matter where you stick him. He's loyal a ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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? d ...more
In the previous books, Razo’s friend Isi, who has wind magic, became queen of Bayern and his friend Enna, who has fire magic, helped Bayern win a battle with Tira. Now Bayern and Tira are swapping ambassadors and opening diplomatic re ...more
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"Bayern's Own? But you're a child."
Razo looked up to the sky. "I'm not a child, I'm just short.”