The Books of Bayern #4: Forest Born by Shannon Hale

Rating: 2 out of 5.
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Rin, Razo’s little sister, is haunted by the Forest she has always loved. When Razo invites her back to the city to be one of Queen Ani’s waiting women, she happily accepts…only to end up on the adventure of her lifetime, following the queen, Enna, and Dasha into the countryside in search of a fire-starting enemy that no one can see. As she learns more about the three women’s magical talents, she finds her strength comes from places both expected–trees–and unexpected–the sound of her voice. A brilliant addition to the Books of Bayern, this book is a treat for fans of this series and stands alone for readers who might be discovering the joys of Shannon Hale’s writing for the first time.

Synopsis from Goodreads.

With a wonderfully created, supported, and immensely entertaining trilogy at her back, Shannon Hale sets out on an endeavor to add a fourth book to the wonderful series, The Books of Bayern. Did she succeed?

Well, Forestborn by Shannon Hale is from the perspective of Razo’s little, and only biological sister, Rin. Seeing as I loved Razo so much, I was excited to delve into the story of his sister and the rest of their family. Rin was no a bad character, I don’t think she was as developed as some of Shannon’s characters previously in this series, but I liked her.

However, my main problem with this book was Isi, Enna, and Dasha. Now, in the books they appear in, they are great! But, I found their personalities greatly altered and I didn’t like it. When I first read that they reappeared in this series, I was excited. Yet I was sorely disappointed. It ticks me off how different they are. That is not to mention that nearly all the other characters from the other books are hardly in them. It is JUST them 90% of the time. So, I am reading a book with a good storyline, a good – but not great – main character, and then some of my favorite characters from the awesome preceding books make a bad reappearance almost ruining the book. Not cool.

As I said, the storyline was good. It does have your cliche “resurrected villain” storyline which wasn’t the best, but it was fine. I loved the excitement and the journey that Rin goes through. I like how all the books in this series are about the characters finding themselves. Not to mention they are all done differently which makes it interesting.

Triggers: seduction, kissing, and violence.

In conclusion, this book was good enough. I do NOT think it lives up to ANY of Shannon Hale’s other novels, especially not the previous books in this series. However, I would still recommend it if you’re dying to read more about Bayern. I’d recommend it to teenagers and older.

Well, that’s all for today! Have y’all read this one? I almost didn’t know it existed before I read it cause no one ever seemed to talk about it…Do y’all think this one is equal to the others? Or do y’all have another book in the series that is your least favorite? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading everyone! God bless!


The biggest communication problem is that we do not listen to understand.

We listen to reply.


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