By: Shannon Hale
River Secrets started off with a slow beginning and it lacked action and dramatic scenes until the end which made the beginning and middle a bit boring. It wasn’t that catching or attractive but the suspense made me keep reading. I’m thinking that it needs more excitement even though the main character is supposed to be invisible and stealthy which means avoiding melee with his enemies. Overall, it was a good read and I really liked it.
Bayern has won the war against its neighboring nation, Tira, and the two nations have accomplished an uneasy peace until the Tiran assembly gathers to decide whether to go to war again or made peace. Before the meeting, the ambassadors of each country will go to the enemies city and a group of soldiers are sent to escort each ambassador to their destination. Unexpectedly chosen, Razo, who is a horrible swordman, is part of the elite group sent to protect their ambassador to Tira. As they depart to Tira, it is Razo that discovers the first dead body and it is he who must figure out who is the mastermind of the burnt bodies before Tira decides to wage war against Bayern again.