Intellectual Nourishment

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Book Review: The Books of Bayern by Shannon Hale

In this series there are three books, beginning with The Goose Girl, Hale’s first novel, which tells of a princess, Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, or Ani, who travels to another country to marry a prince she knows nothing about. But on the way her horrible lady-in-waiting Selia forces her to flee when half the princesses guard turns against her and the other half is killed. The Goose Girl is the story of her finding herself, magic, love, and her place in this world.
Next is Enna Burning which follows the story of Enna, Ani’s friend. Enna’s brother Leifer has been acting strangely and Enna soon discovers what is wrong but doesn’t know what to do. The country is going to war and her brother eagerly accepts the call to arms. Enna wants to help him, to help Bayern, but can she stay above the influence of fire and deception?
Finally there is the newest installment in the series, River Secrets. Razo is a joker. He’s short, sassy, an all around trouble-maker, and a horrible fighter. But when he’s sent with the party to negotiate peace he soon finds that maybe he’s not so useless. Maybe he can make a difference. And maybe he can find a girl along the way.

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