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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (16,727 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Shannon Hale Narrator: Mark Allen Holt, A Full Cast Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Books of Bayern Series Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781482983517
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Bayern has triumphed in its war with Tira. But though the war is over, simmering anger remains among the Tirans, and new hostilities could erupt at any moment. In a desperate attempt to maintain the peace, King Geric sends an ambassador to the Tiran capitol. Of course, an ambassador needs a military guard. Razo—short, impish, and not at all skilled at combat—longs to be among those selected to go but thinks he has no chance. So he is astounded when Captain Talone taps him to join the group. He is even more astounded when he discovers the secret reason for Talone’s decision. All too soon Razo is up to his eyeballs in a simmering mix of danger and intrigue—not to mention an unexpected romance. But as the gruesome deaths mount, everyone is a suspect, even the girl who has stolen Razo’s heart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A character from Goose Girl and Enna Burning takes center stage in this marvelous continuation…Hale makes profound statements about war and peace, friends and strangers, men and women, and all the different kinds of battle. Her language glimmers like firelight, like sunshine on water as she propels readers along a river of wonderful writing to the tumultuous and heart-tugging climax.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “As in the companion books, this high fantasy is rich in detail and lyrical in writing. While it helps to have read the two previous books, River Secrets stands on its own. But fans of the genre will no doubt rejoice in immersing themselves in this magical world by reading all three.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Razo, this winning novel’s endearing protagonist, first brought to life as a minor character in Hale’s The Goose Girl, here gets his own story…This mystery unfolds along with charming friendships among Razo and his comrades…This novel will be a special treat for readers of Hale’s other two companion books, but it also stands on its own as a unique and tender coming-of-age story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[In] this companion book to The Goose Girl and Enna Burning…the characters have depth, and women and men are equally talented and support one another with their skills. The settings, customs, and festivals of both Bayern and Tiran are easy to imagine. Fans of Hale’s previous books will enjoy this one and will hope that there is more to come.”

    VOYA

  • “This mystery is wonderfully written and boasts excellent character development and vivid descriptions that bring the scenery and characters of this magical land in full view…Not only is this book a reading treasure but this is a great book for affirming to teens that everyone has value and possesses many talents and qualities that can prove useful. Razo could be any undersized teen who needs reassurance and encouragement. It is a must for every school library.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “[A] stirring, stand-alone adventure…The story’s pace is leisurely, but Hale’s accomplished writing will easily pull readers into her vividly realized world. The expertly chosen, often poetic details set and pace the story, and the fully drawn characters, whose dialogue crackles with wit, will point readers to the underlying themes of cultural prejudice and the corruption of power that touch on contemporary political debates. Suspenseful, magical, and heartfelt, this is a story that will wholly envelop its readers.”

    Booklist (starred  review)

  • “All elements join together to form an adept Tamora Pierce-like fantasy adventure—although when it comes to Hale’s subtlety of description and limber turns of phrase, there really is no comparison.”

    Horn Book

  • “This full-cast production makes Hale’s story sparkle with snappy, humorous exchanges between characters like Razo, Enna, and Dasha, an ambassador’s daughter. The cast’s varied voices and spontaneous-sounding interactions add depth and drama to the production. Those unfamiliar with The Goose Good and Enna Burning can enjoy River Secrets on its own but are likely to want to search out those companion books.”

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  • An ALA Top Book for Teens

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/17/2014

    " I like this one more than Enna burning. It was fun.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 2/12/2014

    " Definitely my favourite of the three! Razo is the best main character with such a delightful voice. So much love :D Makes me wonder though, are we going to have an 'earth' speaker next? ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie Dewberry | 2/4/2014

    " I didn't get into this one as quickly as the first two in the series. But, about halfway through it got much more interesting. One of the reasons why I like Hale's writing style so much is that her endings always leave me completely satisfied. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shayla | 2/1/2014

    " This book was adorable. I love Shannon Hale's word choice and description. Her characters are amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DeAnn | 1/29/2014

    " Loved it as I do all of Shannon Hale's books. Once again couldn't decide whether 3 or 4 but because they are so short and easy reads I chose the three. Great books to read when you just want to get caught up in a long lazy day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 1/20/2014

    " I really enjoy Shannon Hale's descriptive writing without the use of cliche's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/19/2014

    " Another great Shannon Hale book set in Bayern. I find that I don't like the young men as narrators as much as the young women, but I'd happily read any of her books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/21/2013

    " A very fun addition to the series. It is amazing to watch how the characters have grown and changed since the first book. They have changed and learned, lived and loved so much. This book focuses on Razo, as he deals with strange fiery girls, and the drama of Finn and Enna. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 12/16/2013

    " Such a great story! Love Razo...he's hilarious! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ktdavidson | 12/16/2013

    " I do love the writing of Shannon Hale. I also love Razo and love to see the evolution of these characters and their powers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 12/6/2013

    " Another great book. These are just so intriquing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/3/2013

    " I read this one, instead of listening to it like I did the previous one. As I suspected I would, I enjoyed reading it more than listening to it--I think it's the performers (which is a bummer because I'd rather listen to it). There was also more humor in this book, which I also appreciated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy Jensen | 9/6/2013

    " Stronger than "Enna Burning" but really not that great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Minerfam | 9/3/2013

    " My least favorite of the Bayern series, but still a very well told story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine Harvey | 7/6/2013

    " I like Razo the most out of all the characters. So I liked this book the most of all the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sana Rizvi | 7/4/2013

    " These books bring back so many wonderful memories! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabel Reitzes | 6/21/2013

    " Okay, the first two were great. Very good. But, this is the WINNER! ULTIMATE CHAMPION! Because..... RAZO GETS TO BE THE MAIN CHARACTER! He is so funny and awesome, who wouldn't love the book where he gets to be the star? Its awesome! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joey | 5/3/2013

    " While I can understand Ms. Hale's draw to the character, this just wasn't my favorite book. Perhaps, it was me. I need someone else to read it and tell me what they think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 4/24/2013

    " I'd forgotten how much I liked Shannon Hale! I must pick up Enna Burning next time I need a diversion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsea | 3/28/2013

    " I actually liked this one better than Enna Burning. I thought I wasn't going to like it as much at first, but it turned out to be one of my top favorites of hers. (of course they're all my favorites though) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carissa | 3/15/2013

    " This book was really entertaining. Part mystery, part romance, but lots of the characters from the past two books that I loved. Lots of action, too, and it had me guessing until the end. I even stayed up past midnight to finish it and I rarely do that! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Hughes | 3/12/2013

    " Marvelous. Shannon Hale is great. I really enjoyed reading from a guy's perspective this go-around. It was a good mystery too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 3/7/2013

    " I think our family needs to own these books. Our library purchased them when I requested them. They are great for the whole family. My husband is reading them almost as quickly as my daughter and I. They are wholesome and uplifting. I love watching the characters grow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 2/17/2013

    " So far my least favorite of the Bayern books. A little slow and predictable, but there are some parts I enjoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 2/10/2013

    " this is the 3rd in the Goose Girl series, Razo's story. I liked it, I liked it better than "Enna Burning" number 2 in the series. And that's all I can think to say :) "

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About the Author
Author Shannon Hale

Shannon Hale is the author of multiple award-winning young adult novels, including Austenland and the New York Times bestselling Princess Academy, which is also a Newbery Honor book. Her first book, The Goose Girl, was an ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults and won the Josette Frank Award. In addition to her successful young adult novels, she cowrote two graphic novels with her husband, Rapunzel’s Revenge and Calamity Jack. She received a degree in English from the University of Utah and a master’s in creative writing from the University of Montana.