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Forging the Sword

(The Farsala Trilogy #3)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  3,543 ratings  ·  103 reviews

There is not much time left on the Hrum's self-imposed limit— only a few months. If in that time they don't take all of Farsala, then the Farsalans will regain their independence.

Ceaselessly, Soraya, Kavi, and Jiaan work to keep control of what little land remains free from Hrum rule
Hardcover, 494 pages
Published November 28th 2006 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published November 1st 2006)
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Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Forging the Sword is the final volume in the excellent, non-European political fantasy Farsala trilogy. The first book, Fall of a Kingdom, is good; it establishes the world and its lead characters' motivations very well. The second book, Rise of a Hero, is better. This, the final volume, is the strongest of them all. It's exciting, to read and reread a series that gets better as it goes.

The trilogy is about the attack of the Hrum empire on the kingdom of Farsala. That summation leaves out the m
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
How does a ragtag volunteer army in need of a shower
Somehow defeat a global superpower?

Sooooooooo I was super surprised these books didn't whip out a romance in the last act.

Maybe a real review coming someday.
Mailee Pyper
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This third book in the Farsala trilogy was great! I truly enjoyed reading it, and the entire series. It was fun, exciting, and unexpected.

I especially like the lack of romance. It was really nice to explore the intricacies and deepness of relationships that are not remotely romantic in nature.

While the setting and overall story were great, I loved the characters best. Kavi is probably the coolest peddler/rebel/spy ever. The official story of Sorahb side by side with the actual events
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This trilogy should be read by all. It deals with issues of society, class, war, myth, heroism, hope, despair and change. The multifaceted characters are jewels with unbelievable depth. The precious stones are polished and refined with each turn of the page.
Apr 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans.
Forging the Sword is the final installment of the Farsala trilogy by Hilari Bell and it leaves none to disappointment. With the three main characters Jiaan, Kavi, and Soraya, we come to see history become legend and legend into myth as they invoke the name of the Farsala's folk hero Sorahb to fight the Hrum out of their lands. Armed with nothing but a small army of peasants, age-old magic and their wits, we see the transgression between these estranged allies to almost friends, in the complex no ...more
Jul 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book had me up until 1 a.m. It was a fantastic conclusion to the Farsala trilogy: The battle plans had verisimilitude (though honestly, I know nothing of war so I can't judge). The importance of honor rang true with me. Jiaan's character development was absolutely stunning, and I particularly enjoyed his interactions with Fasal. A perfect ending. But the best part, for me, was the twist in who "Sorahb" ended up being. This trilogy is highly recommended.
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I really liked how the book ended. In this book I finally liked all three main characters at the same time. They learned what they were suppose too and changed for the better because of it. They became stronger and better people in a time of adversity. I liked how it pointed out that in war not everyone you are fighting against are bad and not everyone you are fighting with are good.
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Forging the Sword" draws the illustrious-- and surprising!-- conclusion to 'The Farsala Trilogy.' The story shines with brilliant characters and sparkling dialogue, but it goes a step further by compelling readers to think about true leadership and true nobility. Furthermore, this was the first war story I read in which the lines get a little blurry: Who exactly are the bad guys? And why?
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Bell, Hilari Forging the Sword 494 p. Simon and Schuster -

The Hrum have only four months left to completely conquer the country of Farsala and the resistance fighters are well organized and getting even smarter. Soraya, Jiaan and Kavi all lead important groups that work together and apart to sabotage the Hrum and the Hrum leaders resort to breaking their own laws in a desperate attempt to defeat the country and its mysterious leader "Sorahb".

The fitting finale of the Farsala trilogy that stude
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Powerful story - I enjoyed the development of the characters as they had to learn to rid their hearts of hate and realize what is most important. To see the strength come from within to endure pain for the good of a righteous cause, to change ones struggle with hate to understanding and even forgiveness, and how to work together to create the tools necessary to fight the enemy. This author did a great job in painting the picture so realistically to be able to envision what is happening. This boo ...more
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great ending to a great series. I enjoyed it. The characters were each unique and I came to care about them and be frustrated with them in turn, and as normal people, not all their actions were perfect. The story was still far fetched in some aspects and repetitive in others, but overall a quick, entertaining read.
Caleb Haley
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think this book could be as good as the last one, but the author really outdid themselves. Sorabh's story throughout this novel is very well written. It does a great job of wrapping up the trilogy and still giving you a great story.
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-online
D.L. Morrese
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A satisfying conclusion to an enjoyable fantasy trilogy. It cleverly pits heroes and villains against one another in a rousing tale of war without glorifying it. Nicely done.
Elsie Ouellet
First 100 pages is mainly battles . Not my thing. Yawn.
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can not stress enough how much I loved this trilogy! It is masterfully written and one that you will want to devour, put down, pick up, and devour again....
Whitley Birks
May 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
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Final books are hard to review, because you can never truly review just the book. It’s always “the book in relation to the rest of the series” as well as “the book itself.” Throw in my rather flip-flopping feelings on this series in general, and I don’t really know what to say. Forging the Sword was a solid ending for this series that continued with all the good things, and if you’ve read and enjoyed the first two books then you won’t be horribly let down here. But it
Denae Christine
Jan 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
first time through: 4 stars
second time through: 3 stars

Reader thoughts: My second time through this trilogy, I've decided the story is slow. Sure, it covers a whole year and some in just three books, sometimes skipping months at a time, but it drags. We have one chapter per MC every rotation. Sometimes Soraya isn't doing anything interesting. Skip her chapter, then!

Okay. Mostly I was just annoyed with the characters and how angry and hateful they were toward each other. The magic was the tiniest
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I give this one a 4.5 (reason for not a full five stars below). I really, really liked this series. (for more details on why, see the reviews for the other books). I loved the three main characters and their journey to becoming better people. It isn't very often that a book focuses so much on the value of having integrity, and how being a good, solid person will fill your life with peace and joy. I loved that even though some of the characters made big mistakes, they made up for it in the end by ...more
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Forging the sword gets a four only because the ending wrapped up nicely. That might seem really generous but so many series are ruined by the last book that I'm willing to bump up the rating one star just for personnel satisfaction that the whole Farsala trilogy didn't crash and burn. I'll be reviewing the series as whole.
I could definitely see the growth in the three main characters throughout the series an I think the characters overall are written very well. I'm really hesitant to say there
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Farsala has fallen, but not completely. Yet if the resistance is to have any hope, they must be able to stand up against the Hrum's swords, which are strong enough to shatter an ordinary sword on impact. Kavi has obtained a piece of their famous watersteel from a battlefield, a fragment that gradually reveals its secrets. Kavi, Jiaan, and Soraya continue to fight against the Hrum with underhanded tactics, understanding this is a war that they cannot win with military might. But as the deadline g ...more
Mar 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Once again, great plotting, but I found myself feeling bored. My problems with this series:

-The characters never felt lifelike and human, so I didn't feel emotions for them. I would have to say Kavi especially--his voice just never feels realistic somehow. Kavi definitely feels like he's around 30 years old, so I could never picture him as the young guy he's supposed to be.
-Inconsistent period language. It's great that Bell gives each character a different and nuanced voice, but every once in aw
May 26, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was a complete improvement from the first two!!! I actually really enjoyed it and instantly got into it. The ending was just pure awesomeness!!! I'm so glad I persevered through the second one to read this one!

First and foremost my favorite character was totally Patrius. I'm not entirely sure why, but he was just perfect. He was the only person who throughout the entire series was extremely respectable, loyal, and kind. This was also the only book where I really liked Soray
Aurora Dimitre
Apr. 2015
sobs forever

But really, this series is great and I love it.

Re-read from April 2014 - April 12, 2014, because I just? re-read this at the same time?
This is one of those books where, after reading it, I have to just collapse somewhere and just think about it while holding back tears. (True, the holding back tears is mostly because of a death that happens near the end, but also because it's the end of one of my favorite trilogies by one of my favorite authors.)

One of the fantastic th
Mary Love
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
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May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a satisfying conclusion for this series. As in the previous books, I like Jiann the least and Kavi and Soraya the best. Soraya especially surprised me with her character development. I hated her at the beginning of the series and I really liked her by the end.

And something that was both refreshing and frustrating was the lack of romance in this series. I kept expecting it to get pulled in at some point but it never does. Friendship develops but that is all. There is no love triangle, y
Neill Smith
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Jiaan continues to train his army trying to turn them from farmers and craftsmen into soldiers capable of fighting the skilled and disciplined Hrum forces while still battling the entitled co-commander deghan officer that helps and hinders him. Spray a is learning to develop and control her affinities taught her by the Suud tribe and deal with her ambiguous feelings towards her deghass heritage and Kavi, the peddler. Kavi still deals with his mixed defiance of the deghan rule of Farsala but sees
Joshua Zucker
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
A good wrap-up to the series, with some great action and clever plot devices and continued building of characters. A little bit too much of the clear good guy/bad guy thing; a lot of the characters were a bit more interesting when they were more morally ambiguous. Also a bit too heavy-handed of a "torture is bad" speech. Still, definitely a fun page-turner.

Perhaps the best feature was the "legend of Sorahb" which started a couple books ago, where we get the future story about the legendary hero
Elizabeth Wallace
Dec 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Wow, I completely forgot about this series but vaguely remember being somewhat bored. I must admit I was dragging my feet, and consequentially it was one of the library books that hung out on my "library shelf" for a long, long time. Whoa, this made a good impression! I WAS a bit bored at the beginning, but kept reading because I wanted to know what happened in Soraya and Jiaan's relationship with Kavi. All in all, a good read. The ending wasn't wrapped up quite how I expected, but the very end ...more
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: old
I find it interesting that this is the highest rated of the trilogy, as it was the one I liked the least. As in the second book, I attribute the problem mostly to pacing. I read this long after the other two, and so it was nice to return to that world and finally get some closure, but I felt like I had to wait too long for it. Perhaps the context of my reading influenced my experience, so I will bow to other readers here and admit that I don't remember this book fully enough to do it justice.

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“Fasal liked to fight; Jiaan was good at planning. Together, Jiaan thought sourly, they almost made a whole officer. And if you added Jiaan's eighteen years to Fasal's seventeen, you had someone old enough to command an army as well.” 14 likes
“Coordinating the retreat was important too, so important that Jiaan had assigned Aram as Fasal's assistant, to be sure he didn't overlook anything important. Like the fact that they were supposed to retreat.” 11 likes
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