Forging the Sword [NOOK Book]

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THE SPIRIT OF THE ANCIENT CHAMPION, SORAHB, WAS REBORN INTO THE BODY OF A DEGHAN YOUTH.

There is not much time left on the Hrum's self-imposed limit -- only a few months. If in that time they don't take all of Farsala, then the Farsalans will regain their independence.

Ceaselessly, Soraya, Kavi, and Jiaan work to keep control of what little land remains free from Hrum ...
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Overview

THE SPIRIT OF THE ANCIENT CHAMPION, SORAHB, WAS REBORN INTO THE BODY OF A DEGHAN YOUTH.

There is not much time left on the Hrum's self-imposed limit -- only a few months. If in that time they don't take all of Farsala, then the Farsalans will regain their independence.

Ceaselessly, Soraya, Kavi, and Jiaan work to keep control of what little land remains free from Hrum rule: parts of the countryside, the badlands, and the walled city of Mazad. They have many people helping them, but there is still one important piece missing: a sword that is able to withstand the Hrum's watersteel. In the end Farsala will fall if it can't win in battle.

But one thing none of these young heroes can foresee is the growing desperation of the Hrum leaders. It will lead some to break their own laws and sacred pacts and will reveal truths to Kavi, Soraya, and Jiaan about the nature of war, the nature of human beings, and -- most importantly -- the nature of themselves.

Hilari Bell builds the action and intrigue to a crescendo in the final installment of this critically acclaimed trilogy.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Kim Carter
There are only four months left for the Farsalan resistance to hold their remaining stronghold, the city of Mazad, before the invading Hrum will be honor bound to concede and retreat, granting Farsala independence and returning enslaved Farsalans. Three young leaders put aside their deep animosities to work together. Sixteen-year-old Soraya, daughter of the once ruling House of Leopard, has the loyalty of the Suud, desert people with magical abilities to work with nature. Her bastard half-brother, Jiann, commands the remnants of the Farsalan army. Smithy-turned-peddler Kavi rallies the peasants throughout Farsala. Together they harass, confront, spy on, and befriend elements of the Hrum army, in service to their determined bid for Farsalan independence. As the Hrum commander grows more desperate, Kavi works with the Suud to work the desert ore into strengthened steel that can stand up to the Hrum's famed watersteel, Soraya spies on the treacherous governor of Mazad, and Jiaan harries the Hrum forces while maintaining a military honor code that disavows torture. Richly textured relationships drive this straightforward yet far-from-simple plot relentlessly forward, presenting a nuanced exploration of myriad shades of the gray of war. From the opening destruction of siege towers to the final challenge and betrayal, with barely a breath's rest, conquerors and conquered engage in plot and counterplot, move and countermove, in this riveting resolution to The Farsala Trilogy.
VOYA - Kelsey Sands
Jiaan, Soraya, and Kavi face their most difficult challenges in this epic ending. The three must come to grips with their bitter hatred toward each other and put it aside for the common good. One has to emerge as the legendary Sorahb, to save the people from the Hrum. The story line is tight, with friendship, suspense, and thrills, and keeps you guessing and holding the book in a tight grip of suspense. Once you pick up this book, you'll be hard pressed to put it down. I recommend it to anyone who likes a thrill.
School Library Journal

Gr 6–10
Jiaan, Kavi, and Soraya—the three young Farsalans attempting to wrest their fallen nation from the conquering Hrum—are back in this final installment of Bell's trilogy. Invoking the name of the legendary Sorahb, they lead the tiny, ill-trained army, organize the peasants, and practice magic as taught by the mysterious, desert-living Suud. The sword that they forge represents both their discovery of the secrets of Hrum steel as well as their ability to create a new, unified Farsala. The young people work according to their particular talents, learning to cooperate and to forgive past transgressions. Primarily, they learn that the world is not a place of black and white, but gray—enemies can be noble and supposed friends can deceive. How one proceeds in the face of that knowledge is the main thrust of this novel. Readers who enjoyed the earlier adventures will be happy to see this epic to its conclusion, but the book does not stand on its own. No attempt is made to recap any previous information. The seamless interweaving of the ancient heroic poem of Sorahb into the downfall of Farsala gave the first novel depth, and its loss is heavy in books two and three. Purchase where the earlier titles have a following.
—Sharon GroverCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Kavi, Jiann and Soraya fight unflinchingly for their country's freedom as the Hrum's onslaught continues. If Farsala can resist for one year, the conquering army will withdraw, following a strict code of honor and efficiency. However, Farsala's own army has been decimated, corruption threatens the Hrum's code of honor and, perhaps worst of all, the Hrum possess watersteel swords that shatter all others. Jiann gathers and trains a peasant-based army in the desert, sheltered by magic-practicing desert dwellers. Soraya spies and uses occasional fire or weather magic; Kavi spies and cultivates his broad connection with Farsala's people. Animosity and deep grudges simmer between the three leaders, but all three embody Sorahb, Farsala's ancient legendary hero-though the country's peasants and craftsmen embody Sorahb too, despite their widespread belief that he's a single leader in hiding. An intriguingly almost-parallel Sorahb story is told between chapters. Moral complexity never wavers, and issues of war, society and class are nuanced and authentic in this impressive climax, memorable for its individual characters and extensively detailed cultures. (Fantasy. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439107379
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 6/23/2008
  • Series: Farsala Trilogy , #3
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 293,433
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Hilari Bell is a librarian in Denver, Colorado, where she lives with her family. Her favorite books are fantasy, science fiction, and mystery -- all the ingredients for a great novel! Hilari is also the author of the Farsala Trilogy -- Fall of a Kingdom, Rise of a Hero, and Forging the Sword -- as well as Songs of Power, A Matter of Profit, and The Goblin Wood.
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  • Posted March 2, 2009

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    Can we have a fourth? Please!

    This trilogy is one of the best I have ever read. I am 16 and read all three in 2 months. The story line is so original and creative it never gets old. The way the characters are described and getting to see everything from their point of view was fascinating. By the second book you feel like you know these characters so well like they could be your best friend at school. These are quickly becoming *almost* my favorite books! Keep writing, you are fabulous. Any hope for a fourth installment?? :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2008

    Amazing Sequel--Sad that it's over

    I LOVED this book. After reading the previous two, I was so excited to read this one. I won't spoil the ending (cause I haven't quite reached it yet) so everyone has to read it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2008

    A Really Great Book

    This book was an amazing read. After reading the first two books of the Farsala Trilogy, I was absolutley swept in and couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. I totally reccomend it to anyone who likes an exciting adventure story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2007

    Great

    This book is a great book. The war parts are awsome..and one of the best. The charcters r amazing..and the plot is incredible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2006

    A trilogy second only to Lord of the Rings

    At last! I have been waiting with bated breath for the third novel in the Farsala trilogy since I read the last word of Fall of a Kingdom three years ago. For the most part, Forging the Sword justified my years of loyal day-dreaming. On a scale of one to ten it deserves a 9.98. The human truths and the realism of the characters do not quite achieve the resounding depth in this book that they reached in the first two Farsala novels--but they are only a point or two off Bell's previous high marks. And the final climactic scene of the book kept me awake late at night to read it and made my heart beat faster. The slight disappointments in Forging the Sword do not detract from my love of my new favorite trilogy on earth, or my devotion to the author. I want to read more!

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