Rise of a Hero (The Farsala Trilogy)

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The final third of the newly-arisen Sorahb is a lowly peddler named Kavi, whose resentment of the deghans stems from an act of brutality that destroyed his career as a smith. As a spy to the Hrum, albeit against his will, Kavi's betrayal of his country has been so effective that it played a role in destroying the deghan way of life.

No one could seem less likely to be part-savior of Farsala at this stage, but after seeing the results of his betrayal Kavi has a change of heart. Now he uses the trust he enjoys on both sides of the conflict to play a double game, cuing the Farsalan resistance into opportunities to frustrate the Hrum governor's plans. By spreading rumors, organizing supplies for the besieged city of Mazad, and planning even more daring escapades in the name of Sorahb, Kavi becomes a sharp thorn in the enemy's side.

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Working independently, these three leaders will need a lot of courage, charisma, and luck to keep the Hrum off-balance for the months to come. The real test of whether they can win, however, will come when they finally meet in one place. Will they be able to overcome their bitter differences, and unite to realize the legend of Sorahb? This question smolders throughout the second book in the Farsala Trilogy, providing tension and cohesion to a complex tale. Originally titled Wheel , this book is the sequel to Fall of a Kingdom a.

As to how it all works out, that will be revealed in the third book, Forging the Sword. Author Hilari Bell, a sometime librarian in the Denver area, says on her website that she specializes in "ethically ambiguous" fantasy. This claim is certainly borne out in this book, in which three patriots—none of whom has a spotless character—resist an empire that, in some ways, would be a better place to live in than the country they defend. Each of these three young heroes must consider the other side's point of view, and each other's reasons for the choices they make. Everywhere one sees good and evil mixed in subtle and thought-provoking proportions.

And they always seem to find that wisdom consists in dealing honestly, reconsidering accepted way of doing things, and knowing what risks to take and not to take.

Series: Farsala Trilogy

These and several standalone books look like attractive picks for teens and younger who enjoy adventures with swords, magic, and the occasional unicorn. Jan 30, Denae Christine rated it liked it Shelves: epic-fantasy. Re-read in after hearing much praise from roommate. Reader thoughts: These books feel slow, and I didn't understand why the first time I read them.

I do now, though maybe only because I'm a writer. That said, the story itself is very good. All three MCs have unique talents that are needed in the revolt. The challenges are real, and the moral quandaries set my head spinning. Also, the solutions don't consist of "batter at the enemy. The Hrum are competent, smart, and resourceful, though hindered by their deadline and troop restrictions. There are conflicts between cities, governors, soldiers, peddlers, servants, and slaves.

It's everything one would want in an epic fantasy, although more magic would be fun, too. Writer thoughts: K. Weiland has two great posts about how to trim a book on the macro level and on the micro level. Rise of a Hero needs both. Now, some of the issue is a dialect. The way some people talk and think slows down the prose I think it's supposed to be a peasant's accent.

It's just often enough to be annoying but rare enough for me to wonder if it's on purpose. Next, most chapters start with pages of explanation, since most scene breaks lead to the reader not seeing this character for a month or two, and the author has to catch us up. I found an example for my roommate where one chapter started with eight pages to tell us, "Jiaan is going to the Kadeshi for help, but Fasal doesn't want him to, and Jiaan knows a little of the Kadeshi language. Yes, we have three MCs running around a country trying to stop a horde of bad guys. Yet, some of the scenes could have been combined or linked better.

As it is, much of this book feels like one of the three MCs pops in, does something short and random and supposedly helping the cause, and pops back out of notice for a month. Many readers may not notice at all, but I have been spoiled by reading great authors like Brandon Sanderson and Rachel Aaron. Although the first book did captivate me, this one was more More suspenseful. More alluring. I'm on the edge of my bed and I've almost fell multiple times because I'm too caught up in the story, and constantly looking for a comfortable spot without having my arms ache.

I love the three main characters Soraya, Jiaan and Kavi. I love them so much, they're officially and unofficially my new best friends. And so is the author. There is one teeny, tiny problem that I've encountered, but thankfully, have encountered rarely. It is the fact that the author forgets to mention a few things from the previous book. It's nothing major, I assure you. It's just one particular incident that can be neglected, but honestly, it's been bugging me.

In the first book, Hama, who is the daughter of Kavi's partner-in-crime, get locked up for stealing--or attempted stealing--and the guard gave Kavi nine days to gather up the sum of the bailing money, or else Hama would take her chances with the magistrate. However, Kavi was blackmailed by one of the nobles-- deghans, if you may-- who is also the High Commander, to supply his stowaway daughter with food twice a year.

Now, in the first book, Kavi doesn't address Hama's situation, and in the second, when Kavi goes to visit his "adopted" family, as he calls them ironically, Kavi's like, twenty , Hama is up and about and Kavi, nor the author, even think about asking her, or her mother, if the magistrate had ordered her to be tortured severely or not.

But like I said, it's nothing major. A aforementioned, it's nothing major. Honestly, I'm dreading picking it up, 'cause I don't want to finish the series. But curiosity always wins, no matter how many times your brain reiterates, "Curiosity killed the cat. View 1 comment. Apr 18, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult-fantasy.

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I really enjoyed Rise of a Hero. Probably even more so than Fall of a Kingdom. At the end of the first book, I hated Soraya and Jiann. Now I only hate Jiann. Kavi is awesome as always in this book and his intelligence and sneakiness really starts to shine through. But this book, for me, was all about Soraya's character development. She goes from this whiney, spoiled brat to a touch chick. She figures out how to sympathize with others. How to do hard work. How to care. Basically how to be normal I really enjoyed Rise of a Hero.

Basically how to be normal almost - there's still some more character development that needs to happen. You also start to like the Hrum less and less. They are still better than the deghans. Way better. And the whole draft thing didn't really get to me. Ummm, a lot of countries do that. Mandatory military service is a way to enhance patriotism. And enslaving your enemies is a thousand times better than just killing them.

Or raping and killing them. So I still like the Hrum. But you really start to dislike Garren. He just seems pompous and an idiot in this book. I'll feel bad for Patrius Kavi's contact if the Hrum are defeated. I like him. Anyway, the only thing I disliked about this book was Jiann. He seemed too full of himself. Too out for revenge every single one of his chapters comes back to killing Kavi. And since I really like Kavi, I just couldn't like Jiann. Not at all. Anyway, now I need to know how it ends.

So onto the 3rd book! Oh and one final note - I really like how Hilari hasn't turned this series into a story about a love triangle. You have a chick and two male heroes. Most young adult books would bring in some sort of romance by at least the second book. But not for this series. These people are fighting for their country. Their focus would be on that, not on winning the affection of some girl.

And so that makes Soraya's role much more legitimate and awesome. And I think it's much more inspiring to young girls. It shows them you can have ambitions that aren't focused on boys. In the end, if you liked Fall of a Kingdom, then read Rise of a Hero. I remember when I finished the first one I was kinda like, eh it could have been a lot better.

This was quite a different experience. Characters The characters were a lot more interesting. They were more dynamic and their personalities were so much more defined than in the first book. I found it was a lot easier to relate to, or to simply be interested by, this new development of characters.

Soraya became so much better than the whiny little deghass initially introduced. Jiann finally began to take charge like I had always wanted for him. Kavi became plagued by his decisions, leading him to make conflicting decisions. Plot As with the first book, the plot was slow. I almost put this book down in the first pages or so. It took me quite a while to get into, but the plot definitely picked up and actually became really interesting. My main problem with this book is simply the writing style. It simply wasn't able to do the plot justice, and it is the reason this book only got 3 really 3.

The beginning of the book could easily have been interesting if the author had simply chose to write it in a different way. Beyond that, it was simply the fact that many times throughout the course of the book I found myself stopping to reread a sentence because it didn't flow or it didn't make sense at first.

Certain parts had random, unnecessary details that I simply wish were skipped over, while others didn't have any detail where it was completely needed!!!! Overall, if you liked the first book and gave it at least 3 stars like I did then I advise giving this book a chance!!!! Apr 27, JackB rated it liked it. Rise of a Hero is the second book of the Farsala trilogy. Again, it is about Kavi, Jiaan, and Soraya. The Hrum have conquered nearly all of Farsala, with only the walled city of Mazad standing in their way.

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He decides to help by smuggling food to Mazad. Soraya returns to her villa to find it has been destroyed by the Hrum and that her little brother has been taken as a slave. She finds work in a Hrum camp, so tha Rise of a Hero is the second book of the Farsala trilogy. She finds work in a Hrum camp, so that she can find where he has been taken. She steals a slavery record, but is caught in the act. She is sent to the slave pens, where she stays until Kavi rescues her. They flee to the desert, where they meet up with Jiaan. Up to this point he has been building up his army and trying to gain allies.

But all to no avail. So, when the governor of Mazad requests help, Jiaan comes with what he has. The Hrum drive them back, and Jiaan loses a fifth of his force. When they meet in the desert, Jiaan recognizes Kavi as a Hrum spy. But he promises to work with Kavi until the war is over. Hilari Bell does a great job with the writing of this book.

The speech is just like you would expect a person of that rank to speak.

Also, the writing is such that you feel like you are actually there. I really liked this book, because it has a great story and a plot that grips you so that you cannot put the book down. The story continues in book 3: Forging the Sword. Nov 25, Dominique Saxey-Santillo rated it really liked it. In Rise of a Hero by Hilari Bell, Kavi, a Farsalan turned Hrum-Supporter turned Farsalan defender, Soraya, a female teenage Deghass, and Jiann, Sorayas' bastard half-brother, must join forces to defeat the Hrum, who wish to control Farsala, as they have 28 other countries. It is an exciting action story about patriotism, biases, and the willingness to do anything to achieve a goal.

The Hrum are vilified because of a bad general, when really they are meant to "protect men like" those who are down In Rise of a Hero by Hilari Bell, Kavi, a Farsalan turned Hrum-Supporter turned Farsalan defender, Soraya, a female teenage Deghass, and Jiann, Sorayas' bastard half-brother, must join forces to defeat the Hrum, who wish to control Farsala, as they have 28 other countries. The Hrum are vilified because of a bad general, when really they are meant to "protect men like" those who are downtrodden and forced into a sub-existence.

It is well-written, and tells a story of fiery, determined souls who continue despite whatever lemons life throws into their faces. If you are looking for a book about war, patriotism, and changes in mindsets, this is the one for you. This tells you almost nothing and is just a way of skipping a filler chapter. Overall, I sympathize with both the Hrum, who have just laws but to enforce and spread those laws, have to have an enforced draft, and the Farsalan peasants who do not have to fight for their country, but have the pretense of equality with their overlords when really every judge would lie to protect a single deghan.

I would continue reading the series, to see if Farsala will win and gain equal rights for all, or loose to the tsunami of Hrum. Aug 28, Miguel Flores rated it it was amazing. Rise of a Hero is, one of the best books I have read. I really liked what the author did in the book by having three separate plots for each of the main characters Soraya, Jiaan, and Kavi. Those three were rarely at the same place, and I think that that adds more suspense to the story because the reader may not know when any of those characters will meet up or what might happen if they do.

An aspect that made me more interested in the book was that the Hrum are able to make watersteel, a type o Rise of a Hero is, one of the best books I have read. But that is not the only disadvantage that they have. The people that fight in wars for their country are called deghans. If there is one thing I hate about this trilogy, it is that the deghans of Farsala are all arrogant and cocky, which ultimately became their downfall in Fall of a Kingdom.

Those details from the trilogy really stood out for me, and this book, Rise of a Hero, was where the story started to pick up with suspense and life-or-death situations. I am really looking forward to reading the next book! Nov 22, Carl rated it it was amazing.

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Soraya the spoiled princess has to lower herself to do peasant's work but in the process is humbled. Learn more. As with the first book, the regular chapters are interwoven between the story of Sorahb. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. How will perhaps-mythical fighter Sorahb his story told in offset italic chapters become real again?

I really enjoyed book 1 of the Farsala Trilogy, "Fall of a Kingdom" and this, the second book is just as good. I liked the way story is rotated through the three main characters, it keeps things interesting. I still haven't decided if I like Kavi or not. In the beginning he was a traitor to Farsala and then after regretting what he had done, he turns around and becomes one of its greatest allies. I do know the other two main characters definitely don't like him.

Soraya the spoiled princess has t I really enjoyed book 1 of the Farsala Trilogy, "Fall of a Kingdom" and this, the second book is just as good. Soraya the spoiled princess has to lower herself to do peasant's work but in the process is humbled. Jiaan her half brother and bastard son to her father, who is looked down upon, finds himself becoming the leader of what is left of Farsala's army. All three characters go through life changing experiences doing things they never thought they would do, but necessity drives them. They get to see the world from another point of view. This is the second trilogy written by Hilari Bell that I've read.

I read the Sword, Shield and Crown Trilogy which was very good as well. It looks like I will be looking for and reading more of her books. Mar 18, Trish rated it liked it. Finally got this from the library and have used every spare moment with my nose in it. I was not disappointed. It's times like these that I'm glad to get in on an old series so that I don't have to wait for the sequel to be printed. I have the third book in my lap as I write. I like the bits of magic that seem more like just using your senses more fully and thereby plausible.

I like the Jack Bauer moments in the medieval setting that get my heart hammering along with the spy working to keep cover Finally got this from the library and have used every spare moment with my nose in it. I like the Jack Bauer moments in the medieval setting that get my heart hammering along with the spy working to keep cover. I appreciate the humility learned by the upper class when they actually learn humanity as they embrace their change in situation.

And the struggle of the lower class is just as interesting as they try to hold on to their humanity as they rise in station. For all this, it is pretty predictable. The titles of each book clue you in to how it all ends, but it's a fun ride watching it all come together. Jan 23, Ricki rated it liked it.

Not very creative with these book titles, are they? Fall of a Kingdom, Rise of a Hero. These could be the titles for the first and second books of soooo many trilogies I really enjoy the intrigue, the world-building, the construction of society, community, government in alternate-historical Persia. It's all really interesting and cool. But her writing isn't that good. There are SO many times I wish some editor along the way had said, "This sentence is awkward. Together they would have become a super amazing writing team!

But as it is Harsh, I know : It's kind of weirding me out, because the whole time I read I was thinking, "This book is great. I should love this book.

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Nov 02, Debby Zigenis-Lowery rated it it was amazing. In this novel, Bell follows the lives of the three protagonists from book one--the daughter of the general of the Farsalan army, the illegitimate son of this same general, and the itinerate peddlar and traitor who betrayed the Farsalan army to the conquering Hrum. The kingdom has just one last chance to throw off the yoke of their enemy, and each of the three works in his or her own way to thwart the Hrum. It was so easy to slip back into the world of Farsala, even though two years had passed s In this novel, Bell follows the lives of the three protagonists from book one--the daughter of the general of the Farsalan army, the illegitimate son of this same general, and the itinerate peddlar and traitor who betrayed the Farsalan army to the conquering Hrum.

It was so easy to slip back into the world of Farsala, even though two years had passed since the first read. Each of the main characters, while distinctly flawed is also quite sympathetic. Your heart aches with theirs over all that has passed, and yearns with them for their world to be set right. I highly recommend both books one and two of this series and can hardly wait to read book three, Forging the Sword.

Jan 10, Debbie rated it it was amazing. A great second book in a trilogy. It was fun seeing the three story lines come together, and the characters' lives got more dangerous, and the choices they made were a lot more complicated. I sped right through this book and couldn't wait to read the third! Again, as a disclaimer, if you aren't good at glossing over a few swear words, it might annoy you. Also, it IS a series completely about war, so there is quite a bit of battles and death again, something I start to gloss over if it looks like A great second book in a trilogy.

Also, it IS a series completely about war, so there is quite a bit of battles and death again, something I start to gloss over if it looks like it is getting to gory. I don't feel like the battles were overly gruesome however, but I have been known to be a bit liberal when it comes to that too Jul 05, EAL rated it really liked it Shelves: action-adventure , fantasy , historical. I liked this book a lot. The balance between Jiaan, Kavi, and Soraya was well-struck, and the way their three plots interwove was masterfully done. Soraya could have been an annoying character, but she wasn't - her arrogance, her "deghan's heart," kept her from being too idealized.

Kavi's double-crossing added quite a bit of tension. But Jiaan stood out, for he not only had to take care of himself, he was responsible for an entire army. I enjoyed how he was an honorable hero,, but with blind spo I liked this book a lot. I enjoyed how he was an honorable hero,, but with blind spots. And while it had been a long, long time since I read Fall of a Kingdom, I had no trouble getting back into the world of Farsala and Hrum.

Sep 28, Austin Lohmeyer rated it really liked it. This Book was a great read.

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This gave a great story that spent a lot of doing and not a lot of explaining. I never got bored of this book because of the cycling of story's The warrior,The thief and The noble. This book had a great pick up from the last book. But what i found amazing is that from the release date of book 2 and the ending of Book 1 match so it feels as the story continued as if you were never gone.

The author didn't spend a lot of time explaining the characters which is annoyin This Book was a great read. The author didn't spend a lot of time explaining the characters which is annoying to people with good memory. But this is also a downside if you haven't read the first book. This was a very compelling book.

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May 15, Katie rated it really liked it Shelves: And the plot thickens. I enjoyed this book too, although does the female protagonist always have to go the desert to befriend the "barbaric" desert-dwelling tribe and learn their ways and become humbled only to find out they aren't so barbaric afterall, and in fact, make wonderful allies, especially after they've taught her all their magical skills? In the sequel to the critically acclaimed Fall of a Kingdom formerly titled Flame , the first book of the Farsala Trilogy, Hilari Bell draws readers deeper into the mythical land of Farsala and weaves an epic tale of destiny and danger.

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I really enjoyed book 1 of the Farsala Trilogy, "Fall of a Kingdom" and this, the second book is just as good. I liked the way story is rotated through the three main characters, it keeps things interesting. I still haven't decided if I like Kavi or not. In the beginning he was a traitor to Farsala and then after regretting what he had done, he turns around and becomes one of its greatest allies. I do know the other two main characters definitely don't like him.

Soraya the spoiled princess has to lower herself to do peasant's work but in the process is humbled. Jiaan her half brother and bastard son to her father, who is looked down upon, finds himself becoming the leader of what is left of Farsala's army. All three characters go through life changing experiences doing things they never thought they would do, but necessity drives them. They get to see the world from another point of view. This is the second trilogy written by Hilari Bell that I've read.

I read the Sword, Shield and Crown Trilogy which was very good as well. It looks like I will be looking for and reading more of her books. Great plot, interesting characters, and too many spelling mistakes where a "d" should have been an "s".