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Forest Born (The Books of Bayern #4)

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Rin, Razo's little sister, is haunted by the Forest she has always loved. When Razo invites her back to the city to be one of Queen Ani's waiting women, she happily accepts...only to end up on the adventure of her lifetime, following the queen, Enna, and Dasha into the countryside in search of a fire-starting enemy that no one can see. As she learns more about the three wo ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published September 15th 2009)
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Jessica I read them when I was 11.
There is a little sword-fighting and battling with magic, but not too much graphic stuff…no more gory description than, “He…more
I read them when I was 11.
There is a little sword-fighting and battling with magic, but not too much graphic stuff…no more gory description than, “He bled heavily onto the stones” or “He was charred.”
There is a little romance, but nothing overly explicit. In Enna Burning, Enna and Razo share a tent and Finn says he has to protect Enna’s honor but there’s really nothing there. In River Secrets there’s a brief bit of suggestive material, but I think it’s pretty PG. It just says that Finn is sleeping beside Enna because she has nightmares, and Razo thinks they’re together-together.
There is not much offensive language. In Goose Girl and Enna Burning they use the word “bastard” and in Forest Born Razo says Enna was “through some hell” but I don’t think he meant it in a bad way. Enna is a little sharp-tongued but her language is pretty PG.(less)
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Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I’m so sad this series is over!!!! It’s been a long time since I’ve binged a series, but I loved every second.
Tanja
May 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having grown up in a large family I could instantly identify with Rin. She is the youngest agget-kin and just does not know where she fits. So she imitates. How many of us do this? We try to figure out what our parents, brothers, sisters, friends want us to be and we try to imitate that. Rin was grown up for her age of 15. She was introspective and aware that she is not the only one that matters. Very unlike normal teenagers. I enjoyed this book the most out of the bayern series. I feel like I h ...more
Josie
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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Cara
Feb 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cara by: Ash
Shelves: series, fantasy, 2010, siblings
I don't know why every single time I pick up one of these books I'm always surprised that it draws me in so quickly. After I turned the last page I decided right there and then that one day I'm going to re-read the whole series again, and cross my fingers that Shannon Hale will get the notion to make one more. Though I should add, that really like with the other books it can stand alone and ends well.

For the fourth book of Bayern we get to explore the life of Razo's little sister, Rin. Rin is
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Lia
Jan 25, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Belabored. Drawn out. Page after page saying the same plot piece. Characters re-enacting their same "idiosyncrasies" endlessly--every time they open their mouths. One of the characters was so repetitious and persistent, that I skimmed whatever he said toward the end of the book.

There is also a very strong and frightening co-dependency that is only given a passing nod rather than actually being dealt with. Through most of the book, the main character is addressed in a condescending, mocking, or
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Laina
Aug 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I almost feel guilty giving this five stars after reading Shannon's latest blogs on star-ratings, but I can't help myself! This book... oh my goodness. Let me try to put this into words.

Shannon Hale has outdone herself... again. I cannot BELIEVE how much I loved this book! It was different then her other books... so much more internal conflict. I felt like she wrote this book specifically for me; it's taken such a special part in my heart.

The writing was wonderful. Of course. Enough said.

The sto
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Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Another Bayern book, which I wasn't really wild about...but then again I didn't love Enna and River right away, so it might grow on me to be a 4 star review. My problem was that Rin was such a non-character, in the beginning. She is quite literally a shadow who eventually takes form. And it's hard to identify with a shadow. I will not spoil the two big twists Shannon Hale has said not to spoil, because that's just mean. I will say that I felt the book had too many cliches, Isi has a baby, baby i ...more
Kogiopsis
Aug 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book years ago, as a galley, and I haven't reread it since. In the interval I've changed my own self-perception a lot, both via the 'normal' self exploration of college and via diagnoses for depression and anxiety - so it was weirdly comforting to come back to this book and remember that, years ago before I realized what was going on in my brain, I read Rin's story as an allegory for depression, and that it still holds true now.

I know there are some people who don't find this b
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Miss Clark
Dec 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Shannon Hale and Bayern
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Kathy * Bookworm Nation
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oliviasbooks
I have to say it: In my personal opinion Shannon Hale is a one-hit-wonder. I truely loved every page of 'Goose Girl', but every other book - with the exception of the middle-grade-targeted 'Princess Academy' maybe - turned out to call for heavy ploughing machinery to get me through. I barely stayed focussed reading 'A Book of Thousand Days', gave up on 'Enna Burning', skipped 'River Secrets' because I didn't own it yet and now abandoned 'Forest Born' around page 88.
There are fairytale elements i
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Addy S.
I’m sad to say that this was the last of Shannon Hales “Books of Bayern” series. However, I really enjoyed it.

Razo and Rin are and will always be two of my most favorite characters. Razo is hilarious. The two share a strong brother-sister bond which is really cool.

You did a GREAT job, Shannon Hale. I will always be a fan!

(Oh and Enna and Finn finally get married)

[Edit: 1/14/18]

I just finished reading this book a second time through!!! I loved this book so much! I’m proud to own a copy now. :) Ri
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Jessica
Oct 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
New gifts are discovered in this fourth Bayern book, as Rin (Razo's sister) takes the center stage. Things come full circle from Goose Girl, with Isi, Enna, Dasha and Rin fighting an old enemy.
Kat  Hooper
Nov 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature. Life's too short to read bad books!
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Everyone thinks of Rin as her mother’s shadow. She belongs to a large extended family that all live near each other in the forest and, until recently, Rin has always been her hard-working mother’s helper. She cooks, cleans, fetches the water, helps take care of all the kids, etc. When she needs a little peace, she communes with the trees of the forest. She doesn’t really “speak” w
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Gunjan (NerdyBirdie)
Man, after enjoying books 1-3 I am kind of disappointed that I didn’t enjoy this one as much. I almost came close to giving it 2 stars but even I have to admit that the main character developed decently at the end.

First of all besides me having a problem with her imitation I also couldn’t find it believable that she needed to do this because she didn’t have a personality of her own. It just made no sense to me. I found the pacing of this story to be slow and in my opinion, River of Secrets gave
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Valerie
Feb 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I didn't think I was going to read the fourth book. I thought it was fine with the third one but Hale is a great writer and I really just couldn't help it. Once I started reading Forest Born I remembered why she is one of my favorite authors.

Rin has a secret and a confusing one at that; Rin herself isn't quiet sure what it is. She doesn't know what is wrong with her; she just knows that something is (its fairly easy to figure out what it is). Rin is constantly copying people’s behavior because
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Jen
Confession: I bought this book only because they rereleased it in a cover that matches the first three of the series that I already owned. I'm not a fan of the new covers. Maybe it shouldn't matter, but it does. If I'm going to spend money on a book, I'm going to get a copy that looks good.

I read this series somewhat out of order, picking up Enna Burning and reading that before I realized it was a sequel to The Goose Girl. (Gold star to Shannon Hale for writing a series wherein each individual b
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Kathryn
Jun 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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In one word. MAGICAL. Forest Born is a captivating ending to The Books of Bayern series.
I absolutely loved the way Hale describes the various gifts. My favorites would be water and wind speaking. They are so graceful and are shown as the least destructive. A magical land where some of the people have speaking abilities is like a fairy tale world.
As always, Hale’s characters are well written. Rin’s innocence is what made her special. Although she possessed two powerful gifts, Rin was asha
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Nikki
Apr 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[Advance Reading Copy:]
What's not to love about Shannon's books? Her gorgeous descriptions and page-turning stories keep me up late every time. I can imagine Rin would be a difficult character to write: unsure of who she is and reflecting other people's personalities when she's around them. But I loved her and was cheering for her the whole time. She felt fifteen, and I know I could have related to her at that age. At the same time, I loved seeing nineteen- and twenty-year-olds Enna, Razo, Dasha
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Donna
It pains me to give this one star because I love Shannon Hale and all that she has done to make reading fun for kids. I started this book this morning, and even before the morning was over, I was asking myself, "Why are you still reading this?" So I caved and walked away, which must really say something since I have only walked away from one book so far this year.

All I can offer in the way of a review is that it failed to grab me and pull me in. Rin rubbed me the wrong way to the point where I j
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Teri
May 25, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book rated more with Enna Burning than with Goose Girl and Water Secrets. It could be that it's the fourth in a series (burnout),or that the character wasn't as appealing (shy and mousy),or maybe I just wasn't in the right mood (needs more violence). Just kidding about that last one - I needed a 3rd thing to round out the sentence. Anyhow! It had plenty of girl power and I always enjoy Shannon Hale enough to neglect many chores while I try to finish her books. Enjoyable read.
Candi
Oct 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Shannon Hale books and this is no exception. It's not quite my favorite as much as Goose Girl but still quite good. The characters are strong, the villain is excellent, exciting story line. I did miss a good love story, but... oh well.
Denae Christine
Reader thoughts: I put off reading this book for so long. I knew I liked Shannon Hale's books and the other Bayern books, but this one just didn't sound interesting. I knew it would be about someone who could speak to trees (from the title, cover, and first couple pages). The other books included speaking to wind, fire, and water. How could speaking to trees be interesting?

Well, SH made it interesting. Plus, Rinna can do more than speak to trees. She's a people speaker. !! She could get her way
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Sarabeth White
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Megan Lewis
As much as I love these books, by the fourth in the series nothing is a surprise. We all know the main character (or someone close to the main character) is going to start experiencing their newly discovered abilities, they’re going to have some kind of overwhelm meltdown and then gain control and find inner peace. Voilà! The end. I enjoy books with a bit more suspense and a bit less predictability.

That being said: I still enjoyed this series (and own the whole series), though I would likely on
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Jen Kayna (Habitat for Happiness)
The perfect ending to an amazing series. Forest Born brings together all of the characters of the previous books while also introducing us to Rin, a wonderful character with a unique and powerful story of her own. I absolutely adored having so many of the previous characters and plots come together at the end and wrap up in such a way that I ended this series with complete closure and no unanswered questions. It was also fascinating to get to learn about two more ways of "speaking" and to follow ...more
Christian Smith
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story: 7/10

A very solid ending to a very quality series. It ties all 4 books together nicely with a good punch.
Amy Maurer
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best plot of the series

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐, this book has the best plot twist I have read, one moment, it is certain death, then Rin punches her. Awesomeness!!!!! 😹😹😹😹😹🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈
Elise
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a great book and I really enjoyed it! I love Shannon Hale's writing style and her characterization and details. She has created a very creative story line and plots that move and flow easily and smoothly.
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Shannon Hale is the New York Times best-selling author of six young adult novels: the Newbery Honor book Princess Academy, multiple award winner Book of a Thousand Days, and the highly acclaimed Books of Bayern series. She has written three books for adults, including the upcoming Midnight in Austenland (Jan. 2012), companion book to Austenland. She co-wrote the hit graphic novel Rapunzel's Reveng ...more
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“I hate them," Enna said. "Whoever is responsible for making me sleep outside without pillows, I hate them."
Mmm-hmmm...," Dasha said. Rin had noticed that the Tiran girl often had trouble remembering how to speak in the morning.
If Finn were here," Enna continued to mumble as she rewrapped her head cloth, "he'd let me rest my head on his chest at night. Or leg. Or arm. And then he'd find whoever was responsible for the whole sleeping outside with no pillows situation and hold him while I kicked him in the shins.”
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“Dasha!' Rin yelled, 'Dasha!'
A face looked up, then two. They started walking toward her, then running. Dasha was in front, her eyes set on Razo, her face caught in an expression of desperate hope.
'Razo,' she said, .... 'Razo, it had better be you. If it just looks like you, I am going to kill you. It had better-'
He'd reached her by then. They embraced, and he swung her around, her legs lifting in the air, her tunic swirling...Then Dasha was kissing Razo's face and crying and smiling and declaring all his perfections.
'Well, this isn't half-bad,' said Razo, 'I think I'll die more often.'
Dasha embraced him again and squeezed until Razo had to admit he was injured. 'Love the lips, not the ribs,' he said, and pulled her into a long kiss.”
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