Review: River Secrets by Shannon Hale
By leahmsilverman on September 04, 2012
River Secrets by Shannon Hale is the third book in The Books of Bayern series, following The Goose Girl and Enna Burning. The fun part of this book is that it is a male narrative. I thought it was especially refreshing, since Razo is such a delightful character and voice.
This book picks up in the storyline where Enna Burning left off. And while it does introduce new characters with new talents, it is kind of awesome that the narrative belongs to someone that doesn’t have any of the “gifts” that readers know the Bayern world for. The awesome part is that Razo is totally amazing because of his own specialness and talents, albeit they are not mystical. He truly became on integral part of saving the story, and I loved how he developed from an insecure, scared boy to a capable and confident young man.
I continue to really enjoy Shannon Hale’s writing style. Her command of language is just so… witty. It is delightful to read her descriptions, and was doubly delightful to read her descriptions of people and places through Razo’s point of view, he being the somewhat snarky character that he is.
All in all, this was a very satisfying continuation to this series, and I’m really looking forward to reading the next one, Forest Born.
I give it: