Forest Born by Shannon Hale Review

Friday, October 2, 2009 |

The fourth installment in the Books of Bayern, Forest Born, follows Rin (Razo's sister!) on the final journey of the series.

I thought that Shannon Hale took a little bit of a twist with this book; it was quite different from the rest of the Bayern series. Rin was a much more emotionally wearing character than Isi, Enna, or Razo. And although the books are usually written in close third person, I sometimes almost felt like I was reading in first person, just because of the focus on Rin's struggles. Rin isn't my favorite lead character, but she certainly was interesting to read about.

Forest Born has one major twist in it, one that I didn't expect AT ALL. After reading one line at the end of a chapter, I do believe my jaw dropped open (no exaggeration.) Major surprise element!

Overall, it was a very enjoyable read. Not my favorite Hale book, but maybe after I've read it a second time I'll have a different opinion; I generally do. If you do decide to take on the Bayern Books, I would recommend starting with the Goose Girl, and not skipping books. It is possible to follow the series out of order, but that surprise element I was talking about earlier- will have a much greater effect if you read the previous books. :)

Rating: 8.5/10


Kath said...

Good review. I was kind of disappointed in it, but maybe if I read it a second time I would enjoy it more. Don't you think this series would make a fun movie?

Priya said...

I'm so jealous...I still haven't read this!

Anonymous said...

I recently discovered Shannon Hale and am loving her. Book of a thousand days and Princess Academy were amazing and I plan to review them soon, but I haven't read any of The Books of Bayern.

Nina said...

Great review. I love the cover this book, it's beautiful.

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