Author(s): Shannon Hale
Rin is sure that something is wrong with her ... something really bad. Something that is keeping her from feeling at home in the Forest homestead where she's lived all her life. Something that is keeping her from trusting herself with anyone at all. When her brother Razo returns from the city for a visit, she accompanies him to the palace, hoping that she can find peace away from home. But war has come to Bayern again, and Rin is compelled to join the queen and her closest allies-magical girls Rin thinks of as the fire sisters-as they venture into the Forest toward Kel, the land where someone seems to want them all dead.
Many beloved Bayern characters reappear in this story, but it is Rin's own journey of discovering how to balance the good and the bad in herself that drives this compelling adventure.
"One doesn't need to have read the earlier books to become enraptured by this one, but doing so adds to the richness of these very satisfying tales." - Kirkus Reviews
"As usual, Hale's vivid, poetic language; romantic and action-filled plot twists; and friendship themes create a rich, satisfying read. But it's Rin's sensitively drawn struggle to recognize and accept her own power that will stay with readers most." - Booklist
"All is told in Hale's assured voice, drawing the details of her invented countries with precision and depth. Strong characters define the series. . . Newcomers will find this book an easy entry point, and fans will need no excuse to dive back into Hale's fantasy world." - The Horn Book
"Fans of the earlier titles as well as admirers of the genre will find Rin's journey a compelling read." - School Library Journal
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. www.shannonhale.com@HaleShannon