Search Results: "Hilari Bell"


BOOK REVIEW

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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TRAITOR'S SON by Hilari Bell
Released: March 20, 2012

"Nonstop action, family strife, Pacific Northwest Native mythology and a likable hero combine in an unbeatable combination for fans of the fantastic. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
The second in the Raven Duet (Trickster's Girl, 2011) continues the tale of Raven the Trickster and the human partner in his quest to save Earth's ecology from the destruction unleashed by eco-terrorists. Read full book review >

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TRICKSTER'S GIRL by Hilari Bell
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Enough threads are left dangling at the end to ensure a sequel (Traitor's Boy, scheduled for spring 2012), so perhaps it will be fleshed out there. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
At her father's funeral during a sweltering Utah summer in the not-so-distant future, Kelsa Phillips rages against her mother, the funeral and her father's dying in a hospice. Read full book review >

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THE GOBLIN GATE by Hilari Bell
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Fantasy readers, male and female alike, will gobble this book up, as will fans of Bell's other books and readers of Herbie Brennan's Faerie Wars series. (Fantasy. YA)"
In this sequel (Goblin Wood, 2003), Makenna and Tobin, having escaped with a group of goblins to the Otherworld, set about building a new community for the goblins. Read full book review >

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FLAME by Hilari Bell
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"The second volume wants only a more detailed map as Soraya, Jiann, and Kavi throw themselves heart-first into the war. (map) (Fantasy. YA)"
Three complex characters narrate this richly textured story, based partly on an ancient Persian legend, as their land is threatened by war. Read full book review >