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Forest Born by Shannon Hale
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Jun 23, 2010

it was amazing

** spoiler alert ** I really liked the Bayern series because it was all so magical and new. I was excited to learn that this book was available. Rinna is Razo's younger sister. She is Forest born, but finds as she gets older a connection the trees. They seem to calm her when she is unsettled about being with family or not pleasing her mother (tree-speaking or rather listening). She also finds that she can make people do what she wants by talking to them and reading their thought to find out their fear and insecurities (people-speaking). She finds this out with her niece in giving her her priced possessions and a friend of her cousins whom she made his her.
Razo has left the forest for Bayern and is the protector of the ambassador for Tira, Dasha. She misses him and decides to got the city for a change and becomes a waiting woman for the Queen Isi and then care for her son Tusken. She can read when the people around the boy wish him harm and alerts the queen becoming the childs caregiver. When fire speakers are about the land again and the king is hurt; Enna (fire-speaking), Dasha (water speaking), and Isi( wind, fire, and animal-speaking) go off to hunt out the fire speakers. Rin follows after. She ends up helping them to rescue razo and Tusken when Selia a people-speaking enemy wants to use her talent to get revenge on Isi for trying to kill her and get power to do harm and take control. Rin discovers her talents and uses them to help the others and also learns to find a balance between the two gifts so she doesn't become like Silia and hurt people.
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