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Rowan of Rin (Rowan of Rin Series #1)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    I read this book series when I was in sixth grade, and I absolut

    I read this book series when I was in sixth grade, and I absolutely loved it. It's been 10 years, and I still think about this book. It's amazing. Lots of adventures and perils that keep me hooked. Definitely worth reading again.

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  • Posted May 3, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    A Tale of Courage Gentle spirited Rowan is thought of as weak b

    A Tale of Courage

    Gentle spirited Rowan is thought of as weak by the strong and hardy folk in his village, Rin. He doesn’t measure up to the other villagers; in him they see no value and he has learned to see no value in himself. Only the peaceful creatures he tends named the bukshah love and appreciate him. When an expedition to the top of the mountain is formed to save the bukshah Rowan is forced to go. Haunted by fear and scorned and pitied by the other members of the expedition Rowan is driven by the faith the bukshah have in him to meet the dragon who lives at the top of mountain.

    Throughout this book Rowan struggles to exhaustion to combat his fears and do things others find so easy. Who among us hasn’t felt that way? We spend a lifetime trying to be good enough only to be bashed down. Most people can identify with Rowan and even at times his companions in this book.

    One of the lessons Rowan learns is to see more clearly. He learns to see himself and his companions in a truer light; they are not as invincible as he thought and he is braver than he knew. As the only one to complete the quest he also learns what true bravery is; it is overcoming your fear and doing something even though it frightens you. It is a lesson many people in the real world have yet to master.

    This is a book I have come back to many times and each time I read it I am immediately transported to the valley of Rin. It is written for a younger age group than I tend to read, but the rich texture and characters appeals to many ages. The writing is graceful and Rodda is able to keep the momentum up throughout the story. With universal themes of learning to value yourself and bravery in the face of fear I give this book four stars.

    Definitely give this book a chance!

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    Another great book series by Emily Rodda

    My 11 year old son and I have read Emily Rodda books for 2 years now. We started with the Deltora series and moved on to Rowan of Rin. Her characters are so full of detail and the story lines always keep us guessing. Keep the books coming!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2008

    This amazing adventure caught my eye from the...

    This amazing adventure cuaght my eye from the incredible dragon on the front. It was an adventure 'the town of Rin would never forget,' as the book calls it. This adventure was an awesome tale. the feirce look of the dragon with it's kind heart burried underneath it's scales. No one would have known unless they saw it themselves. Most wouldn't have made it though. It was a dangerous way up to the high mountain. In this tale the young boy, Rowan, agrees with his freinds that they have to go up the mountain of Rin to save their town. It was an incredible book, I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2007


    Yes, the book was outstanding, simply amazing one of best books I have ever read. The way the author wrote those words simply amazed me. When I saw the book, I said, ¿Wow, The Rowen of Rin.¿ I glanced at it for around 15 seconds, and then I picked it up and I started to read it. The first page was as good as all the others in the book so detailed the you want to read it again and again. The book made me feel like Rowen and like I was the one in danger. I love all Fantasy books and you should to. The best part in the book is when the map reads,¿Seven harts the journey make. seven ways the heart will break the bravest heart will carry on when sleep is death and all hope is gone, look into the fiery jaws of fear and see the answer white and clear then throw away all thoughts of home for only then your quest is done.¿ Then Rowen gets it he found out go into the jaws of the dragon to find the problem. He took the bone that was wedged in the dragon tooth out. The dragon went to eat Strong Jonn but Rowen dragged Jonn out just in time then they broke the ice, stopping the water stream for the Rin folk. Then they were home, but instead of Jonn saving Rowen, Rowen saved Jon. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who likes Nerve racking Fantasy and if you do get the Rowen of Rin. The best journey of your life...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2007


    Like Emily Rodda's previous series, Deltor Quest, Rowan of Rin is an outstanding series for young boys. Full of excitement and adventure that engages even my reluctant-to-read son. There are very few books like this written for this age group, and I can't thank Emily Rodda enough for writing them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2004

    You will love this book

    Seven Hearts the Journey make, Seven Ways the Hearts will break¿ At the Prophecy of Sheba the wise woman seven people of Rin have to climb the forbidden Mountain. Val, Ellis, Bronden, Allun, Marlie, Allun, Strong Jonn and the seventh unwanted member is Rowan. Bit by bit the party grows smaller until it is just Jonn and Rowan facing the ancient Dragon at the top of the Mountain¿..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2003

    A very good read and captivating story.

    My 8 year old son and I selected this book at the local public library for reading while searching for some of the Deltora Quest books and we both enjoyed it. It was a "short" enough and fast moving tale that held his interest very much. As an older reader, I was taken in by the story and the characters. I found it and the other three Rowan books much more enjoyable over Ms. Rodda's Deltora Quest series myself as it didn't seem "formulaic" at all. Rowan is an unlikely and unassuming hero who is the center of these stories. He is not strong or willful, yet his heart and hidden courage see him through. I reccommend this good book for the young reader, and for those who want a wonderful tale that can be read over a long afternoon or couple of days. I will definitely re-read these myself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2001


    WOW!! I read this book when I was in 4th grade, and now I am in 7th yet i still remember how GREAT this book is. I will never forget its enchantment and charm. If you are a fantasy lover, or a mystery lover, or an adventure lover, YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK!!!

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    Posted April 26, 2010

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