Forest Born (Books of Bayern Series #4)

Forest Born (Books of Bayern Series #4)

by Shannon Hale


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In this beloved fourth book in the Books of Bayern, from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Hale, Rin will leave the forest she loves behind to find herself.

Ever since her brother Razo introduced her to the trees, Rin has turned to them for peace or reassurance, even direction—that is, until the day they seem to reject her. Rin is sure something is wrong with her, something that is keeping her from feeling at home in the Foreat, from trusting herself with anyone at all.

Determined to find a new sense of self, Rin accompanies Razo into the city, where she discovers that a mysterious threat haunts Bayern. She joins with three magical girls—Isi, Enna, and Dasha—as they venture toward the kingdom of Kel . . . where someone wants them dead.

The fourth book in master storyteller Shannon Hale's beloved Books of Bayern series is equal parts fantastical and thrilling, with unforgettable characters to root for at its center.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681193199
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Series: Books of Bayern Series , #4
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 85,351
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Shannon Hale is the Newbery Honor–winning and New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Academy series, Book of a Thousand Days, The Books of Bayern, Dangerous, and the graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack, among other books. She also wrote three novels for adults, including Austenland, now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell. She and her husband, the author Dean Hale, have four children and live near Salt Lake City, Utah.


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Forest Born 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 165 reviews.
The_Obsessive_Reader More than 1 year ago
Sorry if its a little jumbled but their is just so many things going on in this book. I couldn't put this down while I was reading it. Ever since Rin was little she has had a connection with the forest but after an incident with a neighborhood boy they have drawn away from her. Now when she touches them she can fill this worm of evil inside of her. Razo, her brother comes to visit and he suggests she come to the city with him. At the city she becomes a lady in waiting for the Queen of Bayern. Listening to the other ladies babble and watching over Tusken, the little prince. Cecile another lady in waiting comes back and Rin can tell she means Tusken harm. An attack is made on a village so the king and his guards including Razo go out to help. Once there they are attacked by Fire-speakers. Rin listens while the Queen talks with her friends but something is strange in the way they are talking. Saying that her, Enna, and Dasha are riding out alone. What is so strange about these girls and why does Rin feel so compelled to be with them. I haven't read any of the other Books of Bayern and this is the fourth one but I still loved it. The only time it was confusing is that all the characters from the other books are in it and it would have made the book even better if I had read their stories also. Forest Born is more on the adventurous-finding-yourself theme while I can tell that romance played a major part in the other books. Rin is so self conscious of herself. Always wanting to be a good person that it makes you really admire and relate to her. The book is very descriptive and I felt like I was standing right beside the characters the whole time. If you like books like Graceling then you'll love this series. The only complaint I have is at times days would pass in a sentence and I wish at those times that she would have kept the story going. I probably wouldn't have picked this book up on my own because I don't like the cover very much. Other than that this book is a must read and I'm going to read the rest of Shannon Hale's books as soon as I can. I can just image Enna's tale is going to be great because she is such a descriptive character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whats going on with all these cat refrences? Seriously people? Warrior cats and whatever else do not belong on Shannon Hale's RATE AND REVIEW page. Get a life and stop talking about cats on this page. Please. Just create a chat website or something. Some of us here want to read about Forest Born.
Reads_a_lot More than 1 year ago
I <3 the Books of Bayern soo much. BUt I was worried when I picked this up. I said, a new character? Can she do it? SHE DID! Rin was so amazingg, not to mention the full return of Razo, Isi, Enna, Dasha, Finn, and Geric. Plus little Tusken! Got to love him! Read it, my friends, you'll love it. But only if you've read the others first!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only book I ever read that was better was the first book in the series, and it was close. This one has incorporated a brand new character,Rin, and is filled with action,evil,magic,family,comitment,love,and friendship that will leave you begging for more( I sure was).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, who ever wrote the first review just gave away the whole book so know I don't have to read it thanks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well i picked up this book in 5 grade last year and this booked looked good and when i read itvwas like i foud i book that would lead me to interal hope of books. One part i rember was when rin brother said wow when did everbody stared hacing so much kid something like bur it was fuuny. I recimocened to Ny bodu
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is dazzling and amazing! No book I've read in my life has had me so hooked ( except the hunger games pls. Read). I feel like crying every time I can't read it. This is an amazing book that would be stupid to not read. Wish i could give it ten million stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the BEST out of all of Shanon Hale's books, in my opinion! I could NOT put it down!!!!! One thing about it is that if you haven't read the other previous books, it might be a bit confusing; so i would recomend reading them first (If not all of them, even just reading the Goose Girl would be helpful, just to let you get to know the characters). All in all, it is a GREAT book, i would recomend it to anyone! An awesome read from beginning to end :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book, but all the errors make it hard to read, like the random capital letters or the spaces in the middle of the words.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the goose girl, enna burning and river secrets. Ihope that this book will be just as good as the others. Knowing shannon hale it will be a fantastic book for sure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shannon Hale is one of the best young adult fiction writers ever! She carefully crafts her stories and hooks you right from the start.
Edgewood More than 1 year ago
I am beyond excited. I love the books of Bayern and was so sad because I thought she was down writing about them. Goose Girl is my favorite book ever. I reread it every year. I can't wait till this book comes out. I'm jumping with joy on the inside. The books are just incredible. I love the characters, especially Razo and I love the way she rights about the connection between Isi, Enna, and Dasha. It makes it seem so much more real and possible to think of the characters not as having special powers but as being able to hear and speak to the forces of nature. It's absolutely brilliant. I can't wait. I am so pre-ordering this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVE the books of Bayern! I had thought River Secrets was the last one, but then I found about Forest Born! I'm sure Forest Born will be as good as the others. I cannot wait until it comes out! My favorite book of all time is Enna Burning (though it's almost a tie with River Secrets) The first time I read Goose Girl I completely fell in love with the series and the characters!
EdGoldberg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Shannon Hale¿s tale of Bayern continues in Forest Born. Rinna, Razo¿s sister, has a power that she doesn¿t understand and can¿t necessarily control. She can convince people to do things they would not ordinarily do. Having used that power for selfish reasons, she is uncomfortable with herself. While communing with nature typically makes her feel wonderful and free, it now makes her scared and distraught. She needs a break from her routine.Razo¿s visit to his forest home from the castle provides such an opportunity. Seeing her unhappy, he suggests that she return with him to the city where he can secure her a position as a lady in waiting for the Queen. After mulling the offer over, she accepts, never realizing what she was getting herself into.Rumors are heard that there is a Queen in neighboring Kel, a country that previously had no Queen. Additionally, a Bayern village near the Kel border was burned to the ground. King Geric and his hand chosen soldiers, including Razo, ride to investigate. When a messenger speeds back to the Queen saying that Geric was burned and a soldier killed, wind-starter Queen Anidori and her partners, fire-starter Enna and water-starter Dasha ride out to meet Geric. Rinna imposes herself on the three `sisters¿ and joins in the fray as they unearth the menace that has caused the disturbance.Hale has continued her exciting Bayern tale in Forest Born and my description of the book does not do it justice because there is so much in it. While having read the previous books (Goose Girl, Enna Burning and River Secrets¿all of which I highly recommend) will help understand the story, the characters and the background, it is not essential to the enjoyment of this book.While primarily a story of a 15-year-old girl coming to grips with her individuality, her power and herself, Forest Born is also an adventure story, pitting evil `people-speaking¿ Selia, the Kelish Queen, against Queen Anidori who is powerful and good. There is suspense and action. The love of a mother for her child is a central theme and marvelously described. Forest Born is a welcome addition to the Books of Bayern and well worth everyone¿s attention. Enjoy.
Elentarien on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very satisfying addition to the Bayern novels. Not, I hope, the last, though. It covered some of the missing elements, and wrapped up some old threads I didn't know were hanging. All in all, a very nice read. And I really hope its not the last she plans to write!
Novelreaction on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I recently read the fourth book in Shannon Hale¿s incredible Books of Bayern series. I first read Shannon¿s books back when she had just published her second book, Princess Academy. I had dealings with Shannon for some time and was very impressed with her. Forest Born, the fourth book in the series was great. I have to admit it had been awhile since I read the previous books so I reread River Secrets before starting Forest Born. I had forgotten how much I liked the character Razo. Razo¿s insecurities about his own worth and not understanding why he was asked to accompany the group on the ambassador trip really hit home for me. How often do we doubt our own worth or feel insignificant when compared with everyone else?Forest Born is about Razo¿s younger sister, Rin. I like Rin¿s character, she is very impressed with the strong women in her life and only sees how strong they are now, not how they were before this point, which is how life is. I love how Rin can see some of each character in herself, including the protaganist but it is Rin¿s choosing to be a strong good person that makes her that way. Spending time with Enna, Isi and Dasha again is great and I loved seeing the three of them interact together.I disliked how Rin seems to focus on one major event in her life so much and she keeps living through that moment again and again. I ended up feeling like we had reviewed what had happened before and I didn¿t want to continue to relive that moment when so much other events were going on.I was very surprised by the main protagonist, definitely not what who I was expecting. I love it when an author is able to surprise me as much as Shannon did in this book.I would suggest that anyone wanting to read this book start with the first book in the series, The Goose Girl. You don¿t have to read the previous books to understand this book because you get enough of the back story to understand what is going on but, I think the story is more enjoyable if you have experienced where all the main characters have come from and seen how they have come to this moment in time.
book_worm127 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Shannon Hale. The Goose Girl is probably one of my all time favorite books. Sadly, this one didn't measure up. I love the world that The Books of Bayern are set in, and I love the characters but this one just didn't do it for me.The main thing was that I really didn't feel connected to Rin, the main character. Not like the other characters in the books. A lot of her thoughts were confusing, and I was aggravated by her sometimes. I did like how Hale kept the returning characters true to their respective books. They didn't go through any dramatic personality changes or anything, which was good.I really liked the writing. I was sucked into the story, and could see everything happening. The magical aspect is great too, and also original. The plot fell a bit flat for me though, and moved rather slow, which I didn't really like. The end left me wanting more, and not in the good way. In the "there's something missing here" way. But that might just be me.I still love Shannon Hale, and I still love the Bayern books, I just didn't love this book. I think part of it is because of my high expectations.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All her life, Rin has unquestioningly helped her Ma out with the many chores required of her to take care of her large family in the Forest. Rin has always found comfort within the trees, but when the trees seem to turn against her, Rin goes with her older brother, Razo, into the city, hoping to put an end to the unsettled feeling within her.However, Rin soon finds herself in the midst of a mysterious political situation as she accompanies the ¿Fire Sisters¿¿Isi, Enna, and Dasha¿to a neighboring country following the reports of strange magical occurrences. Little does Rin know that it may be up to her and her as-yet-unrealized abilities to save the day for them all¿FOREST BORN is a welcome return to the beloved world of Bayern as Shannon Hale shows again why she is one of the decade¿s top YA fantasy writers. Featuring ever-lush writing, wonderful characters, and heartwarming character development, be prepared to step into Bayern once again!With her timidity and extreme lack of self-esteem, Rin is a far cry from the other Bayern characters. However, Rin is never overshadowed by the other, more talkative, and more assertive characters, mostly because we are so invested in Rin¿s well-being and watch with happiness as she grows into understanding herself. Rin¿s quietness¿not to mention her ability¿makes her a careful and meticulous observer of people, and even when previous Bayern characters like Enna seem one-dimensional to the point of being caricatures of their former selves, Rin is reliably steady in her thought process and contemplation.The Bayern fan within me really appreciated how FOREST BORN discusses an aspect of the world that has appeared in her previous books but has not been fully addressed until now. With the believable and shivers-inducing return of an old nemesis, the Bayern books seem to return full circle, and it delights me that Rin¿gentle, unassuming Rin¿is the one who wraps up the mystery surrounding this very curious recurring issue. To be more specific would be to spoil the goods for you, so fans of the Bayern books should definitely read this to better understand what I¿m talking about.Perhaps the best part of Hale¿s novel is, of course, the writing. It¿s gorgeous without losing sight of the plot and themes; poetic without letting the language direct the story. Hale¿s language makes the world of Bayern a romantically mysterious place despite the truly malevolent terrors within, and it¿s a world we want to sink into for a whole day¿s worth of reading.FOREST BORN may be the highly satisfying fourth book in Hale¿s Books of Bayern series, but I think I am not alone when I say that I would not be loath to more books in the series. Shannon Hale proves once again that her writing abilities make sure that previously done worlds never get stale, and that you can always write a beautiful and memorable story out of old ideas.
distractedmusician on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am very sad to hear that Shannon Hale intends this to be the last book in the beloved Bayern series. Though she does claim it isn¿t definite (after all, The Goose Girl was intended to be a stand alone book, and here we are with a four book series), she seems fairly confident. I will miss you Bayern. If you haven¿t read any of this series, you really don¿t know what you¿re missing. Shannon Hale¿s writing is unparalleled in my mind. Her descriptions are so delicate, and yet powerful all the same. Her characters come alive in your mind, and their stories stay with you forever. They have such great messages for young readers about overcoming obstacles, being true to yourself, gaining self-confidence, and more, as well as such beautiful and entertaining stories underneath.In Forest Born, we see Razo¿s little sister take thestage, along with the entire cast of the first three books, in an excitingadventure through the lands of Bayern and Kel. I don¿t want to give away toomuch of the plot, so I¿ll leave my summary at that. Read it for yourself, youwon¿t regret it. Rin's story is told flawlessly as ever, and having all of the original characters come together for one last book was a great way to end a fantastic series. Enna Burning and River Secrets held a more specific focus on Enna and Razo, and though Forest Born is Rin's story, everyone holds a substantial part.The only negative thing I would have to say about thisbook is I cannot stand the cover art. I probably wouldn¿t hate it so much ifthe other books in the series hadn¿t had such unusually beautiful cover art,but they do, and the changes they¿ve made to the series is just terrible. Ifirst picked up The Goose Girl because I thought the cover was so perfect. Itis probably one of my favourite cover illustrations. I can¿t stand the new art,and I don¿t know what the publishing company was thinking. Don¿t let that stopyou from reading it, however =]Though I am very sad to let Bayern go, Shannon Hale did a wonderful job of closing the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All i can say is this series needs to continue i love it so much
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FanOfSF More than 1 year ago
This is the 4th book in the "Books of Bayern" series and is just as good as the others. Recommend all of the books for strong characters and interesting action.
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