Search Results: "Hilari Bell"


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RISE OF A HERO by Hilari Bell
Released: May 1, 2005

"The conclusion beckons, but this installment is satisfyingly substantial meanwhile. (map) (Fantasy. YA)"
Magnificent second entry in a rich, deep series about the land of Farsala's battle with the occupying Hrum army. Read full book review >

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THE LAST KNIGHT by Hilari Bell
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"The humorous dialogue and the friendship that develops between the two will make this magical medieval mystery a fun read with the ending open for a possible sequel. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Knights errant have been extinct for more than 200 years, but Sir Michael decides it is his chosen profession. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2009

"Read the whole trilogy at once for optimal satisfaction. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Fittingly and fulfillingly, the triptych's conclusion focuses on its third protagonist and its third long-sought religious icon. Read full book review >

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THE WIZARD TEST by Hilari Bell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Still, readers will feel Dayven's conflict, and applaud the fiber that at last allows him to make hard choices that are, by his lights, both right and honorable. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Right and wrong turn out to be more complicated than a wizard's apprentice supposes in this ruminative fantasy. Read full book review >

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THE GOBLIN WOOD by Hilari Bell
FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2003

"Strong, likable characters and the involving plot make this a surefire winner. (Fiction. YA)"
In an exciting fantasy, the author of Songs of Power (2000) and Matter of Profit (2001), creates a world at war, one in which the rulers of a theocracy attempt to exterminate a non-human race as well as those humans with magical powers who aren't priests. Read full book review >

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SONGS OF POWER by Hilari Bell
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"All in all, a delightful first novel. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A futuristic society that requires fish to feed its populace begins an underwater habitat designed to increase sunlight on the seafloor in order to produce plankton. Read full book review >

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FORGING THE SWORD by Hilari Bell
Released: Nov. 28, 2006

"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)"
Kavi, Jiann and Soraya fight unflinchingly for their country's freedom as the Hrum's onslaught continues. Read full book review >

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A MATTER OF PROFIT by Hilari Bell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

A weary young soldier in a future empire discovers that there's more than one way to conquer in this thought-provoking tale from the author of Songs of Power (2000). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 2007

"The closure is chaotic and slightly random, but Bell provides satisfying surprises and suspense along the way. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Bell opens a new series with an enjoyable tale of 14-year-old Weasel, formerly a criminal, trying to save his mentor from hanging. Read full book review >

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FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Although this is volume two, readers who missed the first book will have no difficulty diving right in and following the story. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A winter's tale—with lots of snow and ice—told by two older teens, this buddy novel tells the further adventures of the anachronistic knight Sir Michael and his trusty (and crusty) rogue squire, Fisk. Read full book review >

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FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Michael and Fisk are rapidly approaching adulthood—let's hope for a few more adventures before they get there. (Fantasy. YA)"
Over a year after their last adventure (Rogue's Home, 2008), Sir Michael, the last knight, and his worldly-wise sidekick, Fisk, are dragged into a new imbroglio when Michael's lovelorn cousin, Rosamund, appears at their boarding house seeking help. Read full book review >

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THE GOBLIN WAR by Hilari Bell
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"This rewarding resolution caps off a fascinating, engaging trilogy that holds appeal for a diverse fantasy audience. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
In this fantasy sequel, the final volume in the trilogy that began with The Goblin Wood (2003), a highly suspenseful plot leads to a thoroughly satisfying and surprising conclusion. Read full book review >