Bell, Hilari. Rise of a hero.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

BELL, Hilari. Rise of a hero. (The Farsala Trilogy, Book 2.) Simon & Schuster, Pulse. 578p. maps. c2005. 0-689-85417-X. $6.99. JS *

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, May 2005: In this sequel to Fall of a Kingdom (formerly titled Flame), we continue to follow the stories of three young people whose country, Farsala, is now under siege by the army of the Hrum. Haughty, noble-born Soraya is disguised as a servant in the Hrum army camp, trying to find her mother and brother. Jian, her half-brother, is trying to pull together and command what remains of the Farsalan army in order to defend Farsala. And clever Kavi, a traveling peddler and double agent, evokes the name of a legendary hero to ignite an underground Farsalan resistance movement. Their stories don't come together until the end, when they realize they must work together to achieve their common goal of defeating the enemy--setting the scene for the final volume, Forging the Sword, to be released in fall 2006.

Bell is a talented and thought-provoking fantasy author, though this is...

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