Book of the Day: River Secrets by Shannon Hale

After his homeland, the kingdom of Bayern, ends the war with neighboring Tiran, teen-aged Razo is chosen to be part of a diplomatic delegation to Tiran. He’s glad, but he can’t figure out why! He’s never been considered good at anything and even thinks of himself as a fool. As the story unfolds, Razo begins to discover his own gift: he is easily overlooked, but remembers everything he sees and hears. In other words, a perfect spy.

The subjects of the two kingdoms are cooperating on the surface, but tension and distrust still simmer beneath the surface. Worst of all, burned dead bodies keep turning up, and Razo is one of the few people who know that his friend, Enna, is able to make anything burst into flame with just a glance. He doesn’t want to believe that Enna would do this, but if it doesn’t stop soon, the two countries will be at war again.

In spite of the enmity between the two kingdoms, Razo finds an unlikely ally in the Tiran girl, Dasha, another girl with extraordinary powers. Could it be that good-for-nothing Razo can find true love?

This is the third book in the series that started with The Goose Girl and continued in Enna Burning. This fantasy is so intriguing and richly textured that you’ll want to read them all.

River Secrets is a nominee for the Teens Top 10 List. To request it from the library, click here. If it’s your favorite, don’t forget to place your vote during Teen Read Week, October 14-20, 2007.

Review by Cheryl @ Eva Perry Library

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