River Secrets (Books of Bayern Series #3)

River Secrets (Books of Bayern Series #3)

by Shannon Hale

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In this third book in New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale's beloved YA fantasy series Books of Bayern, Razo must become the unlikely hero his country needs.

Razo has never considered himself anything but ordinary--and certainly not a great soldier. So he's sure it's out of pity that his captain asks him to join an elite mission escorting the ambassador into Tira, Bayern's greatest enemy.

But when the Bayern arrive in the strange southern country, it's Razo who discovers the first dead body. He is also the only Bayern able to befriend the right people--potential allies who can provide information about the ever-increasing murders--like the beautiful Lady Dasha. If Razo can embrace his talents, he might be the only one who can get the Bayern soldiers home alive.

Don't miss any of these other books from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Hale:

The Books of Bayern
The Goose Girl
Enna Burning
River Secrets
Forest Born

The Princess Academy trilogy
Princess Academy
Princess Academy: Palace of Stone
Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters

Book of a Thousand Days


Graphic Novels
with Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale
Rapunzel's Revenge
Calamity Jack

For Adults
Midnight in Austenland
The Actor and the Housewife

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599904092
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 07/23/2010
Series: Books of Bayern Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 421,722
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Shannon Hale is the Newbery Honor–winning and New York Times bestselling author of the series Princess Academy, Books of Bayern, Ever After High, and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, as well as stand-alones Book of a Thousand Days, Dangerous, and the graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack, among other books. She also wrote three novels for adults, including Austenland, now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell. She and her husband, the author Dean Hale, have four children and live near Salt Lake City, Utah.

Shannon Hale is the Newbery Honor–winning and New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Academy series, The Books of Bayern, Book of a Thousand Days, Dangerous, and the graphic novels Rapunzel's Revengeand Calamity Jack, as well as the Ever After High and Princess in Black series, and the upcoming The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl for Marvel. She also wrote three novels for adults, including Austenland, now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell. She and her husband, the author Dean Hale, have four children and live near Salt Lake City, Utah.


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River Secrets 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 136 reviews.
Reads_a_lot More than 1 year ago
I LOVED River Secrets. Make sure, though, that you read The Goose Girl and Enna Burning first. The Books of Bayern are fantastic, and I cannot wait for Forest Born! If you loved the others, you'll love this one. Razo is SUCH a great character!
mostest_pug_lover More than 1 year ago
I love the characters in this book!!! Razo is so sweet. I wish I could meet him. The story itself can get a bit slow, but the characters and the conflict are really different from other stuff I've read. I personally don't think the picture of Razo on the cover does the character any justice, but it doesn't matter. I can't wait for Forest Born!!!!! :D
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of my favorites! I love Razo and Finn! You just have to read the book for yourself and see how it is. Truly it is an amazing book and I find myself wanting to read it again and again. Be sure to read Goose Girl first then Enna Burning if you want to know how the beginning started.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would give the book River Secrets, by Shannon Hale, 5 stars. River Secrets deserves five stars because it is full of magic, mystery, wonder and power. River Secrets keeps you turning the page. You can't put it down. Shannon Hale's creative writing ability is notable and obvious in River Secrets. For example, Shannon Hale writes 'Razo felt the energy like a muscle twitch'. River Secrets is filled with metaphors and similes to help paint the scene or describe a character. An example is '¿ Dasha held up her hands and laughed, as pleased as a fish in a stream.' Shannon Hale's writing is beautiful, lyrical, and descriptive. She can paint an entire landscape, a people, or a culture in a few sentences. I felt like I was right there with Razo as he ran down the streets of Tira, or when Dasha and Razo went to the ocean. My favorite aspect of the book is that it is a perfect fairy tale without being too far fetched, magical and unbelievable. There is just a sprinkle of fantasy and magic mixed in with mystery, secrets and suspense. I recommend the other two books written by Shannon Hale in the Bayern trilogy, Goose Girl, and Enna Burning. I am an eighth grader who loves to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
River Secrets is such a great book i cant wait to see what happens next!! I could not put this book down i loved it. Shannon Hale is my favorite author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really well written and again, Shannon Hale has proved to be a master of storytelling. I highly recommended its companions, The Goose Girl and Enna Burning. If you love Shannon's books, make sure you check out her website!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this series! the first 2 books were so good and so is this one! shannon hale is such a good author! you have to read this series!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Such a great story line. i was wondering when waterspeaking was gonna come in...well i dont wanna spoil it so i wont say anymore but WOW great story!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shannon Hale is one of the best authors alive today. I'm expecting another Newberry Honor, or maybe a medal, out of this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I adore this women for all the great charcters she has displaid to the world of YA. I think that she should defenatly make a movie out of these because these books are so wonderful that i would pay money to watch them be so incredibly awesome just like this :D this is defenatly one of her many master peices. If she is making any other books to his one, i really want to be one of the first people to read it - love marianna lucero <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One word, amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like a good romance this is a must have
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book. My favorite one out of the Heather Dixon book is Ennas Burning. But all of them are great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
People before u write a reveiw read the book!!!!
Sierra Michelle Simmons More than 1 year ago
I believe this is the second best book of the seres. it is tthe only one that centers itself around a guy. the plot moves along nicely, and you find things in places where you least expect. this book kept my attention the entire time. i could not put it down. :)
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Woah. It was strange to swap to a male point of view in this series, but I got into it quickly. Razo was fun, although I got tired of him not realizing he had talents and continually being the underdog even in his own mind. And I didn't cotton to Dasha. But it was neat seeing another culture in Bayern's world.Oh, and Full Cast Audio was splendid as always.
keristars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As different as Enna Burning was to The Goose Girl, the third in the Bayern series, River Secrets is different again. This time the point-of-view character is Razo, a friend of Isi and Enna from the capital who is known for his love of food and jokes and his ebullient personality, and no doubt the feel of the book derives from him. There isn't nearly as much time spent considering philosophical things like establishing one's own identity or the nature of friendship, and the plot moves along more quickly and with greater excitement - rather like the river of the title, actually.I think I liked River Secrets much more than Enna Burning, though neither rank quite as high as The Goose Girl with me, likely because I identify so much with Isi in that book. River Secrets continues to have the great storytelling Hale has shown in her other books, with a rich, detailed setting, though some of the plot points were a bit heavy-handed (who wouldn't suspect that Pela, the pastry kitchen girl who never showed Razo anything but animosity to begin with, would turn out to be on the villains' side?).In this book, three of the central characters from before (Razo, Enna, and Finn) go to Ingridan in neighboring Tira as part of the company of guards for Bayern's ambassador, who is sent in hopes of preventing a renewal of war between the two countries. Ingridan is quite foreign to the forest-born trio ¿ not only is it in a different country with many differences in culture, but it is located on a delta near an ocean with hardly any trees and rather than a temperate climate, it's hot and humid. Razo and co must get used to being in such a strange place while also dealing with hostile citizens who are angry with the fire-witch who caused the end of the war, and then there's the matter of someone leaving charred bodies around, probably to make it look like the Bayern contingent are killing Tirans in their own city.Just like the other two books, River Secrets has a theme to it, though I don't feel it's as heavy-handed. Mostly it has to do with Razo gaining true confidence in himself, which is symbolized in how at the beginning of the story, he compensates for his height by putting sap into his hair to make it stand on end and make him look taller. It's also about trust, particularly trusting friends and not being self-reliant out of pride, though this one is a very secondary theme.As with Enna Burning, what I really didn't like about this book was the romance subplot with Enna and Finn. There is one with Razo, too, which evolves in the same way other things do which indicate that he is growing up, but it felt more natural to me and less forced. I do wish that the Enna and Finn romance plot had never come to be, though the way it plays out in River Secrets is at least the best option, if it had to happen at all.My favorite part of the book is probably the prince of Tira, known only as His Radiance and whom Razo befriends. I love the character, though his entire story is rather melancholic and pitiful. For example, though he is adored by everyone in the country, he must pay people to be his companions and other than his title ("His Radiance" or "Radiance") he has no name to answer to ¿ only the nursery name his mother used when he was a child and the house name his wife will give him when he eventually marries. He has absolutely no power, either, which contrasts strongly with Geric and Isi, who come from quite different royal families in Bayern and Kildenree.I wasn't sure after reading Enna Burning whether I would want to eventually read Forest Born, the fourth in the series. I was a bit concerned that River Secrets would also disappoint my expectations. Happily, it was a very enjoyable read, and I look forward to the day Forest Born comes out in paperback to complete my set.
Nikkles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is what I've come to expect from Shannon Hale: good story, good characters, good writing, and a good ending. I've loved the previous books in this series The Goose Girl and Enna Burning and was not let down by this story. Rizo is a great character who undergoes a lot of changes as he discovers himself in this book. My favorite part of Shannon Hale's books is that they are prefect faire tales without being overly fantastical or magical. There is just a sprinkle of magic and good common sense. While I think her previous book would be good for boys and girls this book is the first with a male lead and may bring her books to the attention of more young men. Overall, I think this is a great story for both kids and adults. I highly recommend it, but if your new to the series you may want to start at the beging so nothing is given away.
storyelizabeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Young Razo travels from Bayern to Tira at war's end as part of a diplomatic corps, but mysterious events in the Tiran capital fuel simmering suspicions and anger, and Razo must spy out who is responsible before it is too late and he becomes trapped in an enemy land.
Ameliaiif on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm always interested to see how female authors write their male MCs...sometimes I think they get into the TMI situation (juliet marillier!! grrrr) but I must say, I really liked how Shannon handled having a male MC. It increased my confidence that I could give it a try, too! So yes, need I say what we all know? Razo is adorable, Razo is hysterical, Razo is an awesome character who emerges from a secondary character to front-and-center in this third installment of the Bayern series. This book reminded me more of your good'old suspense stories: yes, there were just as many "magical" elements as in the previous two (except i find myself wondering: what happened to the animal speakers? it seems like such a wind-fire-water concept, but what about the animal speaking? HMMM???), but here, the main character finds his niche the old-fashioned way: through self-discovery and the embracing of special gifts and talents. I was intrigued by the idea of the main boy character not being "Mr. Super Soldier" and therefore relying on skills other than brute strength-but in this story, Razo is almost written as a weakling. Hey, the guy should get some credit! Apparently he's a veteran soldier, so he shouldnt be too awful with a sword...?!?!?! Whatever. He reminded me a lot of David from the Bible--youngest of many brothers, kinda small and scrawny, uses a sling... I found that interesting. No, though, he doesnt spy on a chick while she's bathing, but his romantic interest was certainly a pleasure to read. She's not as "cool and complicated" as Enna, and she's not as eloquent and leader-like as Isi, but she's still rather enjoyable, if not at times a bit too amiable (hey, if a guy calls me a "nit," Im not going to be very pleasant). Anyway, great story! And nooooooooooo, there's no Forest Born that matches my other editions yet! A pox on you, Bloomsbury! So I dont want to read/buy that book until the edition comes out that matches my others! I suppose this is the end of my sojourn with the Books of Bayern for awhile... ! Great series, highly recommended!
eringu3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I asked a friend (who is obsessed with reading) to loan me a book that would be an easy read, non-stressful, and be the perfect accessory for a quiet, relaxing moment. And this is what she handed over. She had loaned me the previous books in the series at other times and she was right. I enjoyed the book and it's embracing of the fairy tale-like elements of character, setting and basic nature of the world. I wish I had a natural power like the characters in the book. It would be the best distraction.
lalalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really love the Bayern series! In this the third book Razo finally gets his own story. I can still hear his impish voice in my head from the Goose Girl audio (from full cast audio, my favorite way to listen to books!). Isi and Enna are still here, too.
sara_k on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
River Secrets is part a series of linked books by Sharon Hale. You can read each book separately but if you want to read all three read them in order or else many plot twists are revealed. The Goose Girl is a retelling of the well known folk tale; it has a strong female lead (really two) and other good diversity messages. Next comes Enna Burning which is a much darker story with elements of mind control linked with sexuality and planned and unplanned deaths by burning. My 11 year old was horrified and she and her older sister both declined to finish the book. River Secrets has some deaths but they are neither as horrific or detailed as in Enna Burning. The main character is unsure of himself and yet maintains his integrity while reaching out to other people. His friendships are solid and well-built. River Secrets is a little predictable but not in a way that makes me sigh and put the book aside in the second chapter.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Finn, Enna and Razo find themselves on a diplomatic escursion in a country where people are starting to rumble about war and where suspicion of some deaths is pointing at themIt's an interesting sequel but you really need to have read the others in the sequence before reading this.
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It looks like this book is part of a series (which of course I started at the end). However, I think I picked up what was going on and the book was good enough that I'm interested in finding out the back stories of some of the other characters. This book follows Razo, one of Bayern's own, on a diplomatic mission to try to prevent another war from breaking out between neighboring lands. Razo, although not a very good soldier, proves that he has just the skill set to help with this mission. Enna, has the power over fire, and when burned dead bodies start popping up all over town, it is soon clear that someone is trying to frame the fire witch as an excuse to rekindle the war. It's up to Razo to figure out what is happening.