Sunday, December 20, 2009

127. Forest Born by Shannon Hale

Forest Born is the fourth in the Bayern series of fantasy books which Hale has so wonderfully created.  The Goose Girl remains my favorite but I can get carried away in any of her books.  I loved her foreword where she states that the series was supposed to end at three but then she had to tell this tale but it is the absolute last except . . .  She has a great sense of humor and that shows in her writing, plus she is gifted in her wordcraft, creating characters and descriptions that pull you in.  This book tells the story of Razo's sister, Rin, who has the gift of tree-speaking; but also the terrible gift of people-speaking.  Rin is so afraid that she will misuse her gifts, that she doesn't use them at all.  There is a lesson here to develop your talents but to also make up your mind immediately to use them for good and not be swayed by selfish and unworthy intentions.  If you haven't read Shannon Hale's books, now is a good time to start. I've read all but two and loved them all.  Rating:  4.5


  1. Hey Framed,

    Your e-mail still hates me. :) Would you check out this page, and let me know if you'd like to review any of these books, and tell me so at tristipinkston AT

  2. I am looking forward to reading this book at some point and time. I have enjoyed the other Hale books I have read over the years.

  3. I am really looking forward to reading this in 2010. I love the rest in the series and glad y=to see you enjoyed it.