Friday, May 08, 2009
Hale, Shannon. 2009. Forest Born. (#4 in the Bayern Series) Bloomsbury. 400 pages.
Ma had six sons.
The Bayern series is a fun fantasy series by Shannon Hale. The other books in the series include Goose Girl, Enna Burning, and River Secrets. While each book has a different narrator, they all are set in the same fantasy world--Bayern--and share common themes of young people discovering that they possess magical gifts that connect them with nature and each other. Our heroine in Forest Born is a young girl, Rinna, sister to Razo. As the title hints, Rin is forest born. She loves her home. Loves her family. Loves the trees surrounding her home. Loves communing with the trees. Being near trees--or better yet up in them--gives Rinna inner-peace and serinity. But now that Rinna is getting to be all grown up, and after her first disappointment with love, she's ready for a change. She's ready to embark on her own adventure. She's off with Razo to see how he lives, to meet his friends, and to obtain a place within the household--one of the waiting ladies to the Queen, Isi. But that wouldn't be much of an adventure if Rinna just stayed at the palace would it?
I won't spoil this one for you. Much adventure and danger is to be had. Kingdoms are in peril. (Let's just say that an old enemy resurfaces.) Forest Born is a good fantasy novel (without much romance to it) with a universal theme. Rinna is coming-of-age and she's at the point where she's just beginning to write her own story, to discover who she is and what she wants and needs.
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