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Hilari Bell

fantasy author Hilari Bell(1958- )
Hilari Bell used to work as a reference librarian, but she now writes science fiction and fantasy for kids and teens from her home base in Denver, Colorado. Ms. Bell’s favorite activity is camping, when she spends all her time reading and hiking. She says, “Camping is the only time I can get in enough reading. Well, I take that back — when it comes to reading, there’s no such thing as enough.”

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Farsala

Farsala — (2003-2006) Young adult. Publisher: Who was Sorahb? Stories are told of a hero who will come to Farsala’s aid when the need is greatest. But for thousands of years the prosperous land of Farsala has felt no such need, as it has enjoyed the peace that comes from being both feared and respected. Now a new enemy approaches Farsala’s borders, one that neither fears nor respects its name and legend. But the rulers of Farsala still believe that they can beat any opponent. Three young people are less sure of Farsala’s invincibility. Jiaan, Soraya, and Kavi see Time’s Wheel turning, with Farsala headed toward the Flames of Destruction. What they cannot see is how inextricably their lives are linked to Farsala’s fate — until it’s too late.

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Fall of a Kingdom: Nice change of pace

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Fall of a Kingdom by Hilari Bell
Let the two of us end this war...

Fall of a Kingdomis the first book in the FARSALA trilogy, followed by Rise of a Hero and Forging the Sword, all set in a pseudo-Arabian land called Farsala which is attempting to resist the invasion of an ever-growing empire that bears more than a few similarities to the Roman Empire. Known as the Hrum, these invaders are committed to fighting any conquerable land for a year before negotiating for peace; knowing this, the armies of Farsala are determined to hold them off for the appointed amount of time and thus retain their independence.

The ensuing conflict is explored through the eyes of three very different protagonists, all of whom have opposing attitudes concerning the idea of the Hrum making Farsala a pa... Read More

Navohar: Too many first-timer’s typical poor choices

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Navohar by Hilari Bell

You might have a hard time swallowing much of Navohar, the debut of Denver author Hilari Bell. But Bell produces easygoing, accessible writing that gives her book a degree of light-reading appeal. If only the whole affair weren't so pat and predictable.

Navohar is set towards the end of this century, after the people of Earth have thwarted an invasion by ruthless slave-trading aliens by knocking them out H.G. Wells-style with a horrid genetically-engineered virus. Tragically, this backfires, infecting human DNA as well and causing nearly an entire generation of kids to grow up with an incurably fatal genetic condition.

The people of Earth now live a fearful existence beneath domes, while a stalwart few venture out into the cosmos in an attempt to reconnect ... Read More

More speculative fiction by Hilari Bell

The Goblin Wood — (2003-2010) Ages 9-12. Publisher: When young hedgewitch Makenna witnesses the murder of her mother by their neighbors, she flees to the forest and forms an unexpected alliance with an army of goblins and leads an attack on the humans — who are now their common enemy.

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The Shield, Sword, and Crown — (2007-2009) Ages 9-12. Publisher: Weasel fumbled the cloth aside. It was a shield, steel plate over dark wood, with rotting leather straps. It looked old, and battered, and real. A former pickpocket, Weasel is the type of boy most people would avoid. Certainly, no one would ever trust him — except for one man. Justice Holis took Weasel off the streets, gave him a home, a job as his clerk, and a key to his house. Weasel’s new life may be a bit boring, but for the first time someone actually cares about him. Now Justice Holis is the one in trouble. Arrested for treason, he will surely hang unless someone saves him — and that someone can only be Weasel. But what can one boy do? Not much without help. So with a mysterious girl named Arisa by his side, Weasel goes in search of the Falcon, the most dangerous bandit in Deorthas, but also the one person who would be able — and possibly willing — to stage a prison break. But Weasel’s fate changes when he stumbles upon a shield. Could this be the one said to have been lost for centuries, the one that bestows power on whoever holds it? If so, Weasel, once a lowly pickpocket, could be the most powerful person in the land.

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Knight And Rogue — (2007-2014) Young adult. There will be six books in this series. Publisher: Need a Hero? You’ve got one in Sir Michael Sevenson. Although there hasn’t been a knight errant in over two hundred years, this young noble has decided to revive the trade. He’s found himself a reluctant partner in Fisk, a clever rogue who has been given the choice of serving as Michael’s squire or going to jail for a very long time. Now Michael and Fisk are on a quest to right wrongs, protect the innocent, and make the world a happier place. It’s not going to be easy. On their first attempt at rescuing a damsel in distress, they break a lady out of a tower, only to discover she was there for good reason: awaiting trial for poisoning her husband. Now the would-be heroes must find Lady Ceciel and return her to justice or be condemned themselves.

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The Raven Duet — (2011-2012) Young Adult. Publisher: In a high-tech, high-security world where bioterrorism threatens to cripple the ecosystem, magic is the last thing on anyone’s mind. Something bad is happening to the world. Trees are dying. Cancer is on the rise and becoming more aggressive. When Kelsa’s father dies of the disease, science offers no answers. Then, fifteen-year-old Kelsa meets the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen. But he’s also very strange. Claiming to be a mythological Raven, he goes on about magic, impending ecological disaster, and his need for Kelsa’s help to save the world. Maybe he’s crazy. But what if he’s telling the truth?

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Hilari Bell Navohar, Songs of Power, A Matter of ProfitSongs of Power — (2000) Ages 9-12. Publisher: Someone is trying to sabotage the underwater habitat where Imina, the granddaughter of an Inuit shaman, lives after terrorists have infected the earth’s food supply, and Imina must call on her still undeveloped magical skills to save the colony.


Hilari Bell Navohar, Songs of Power, A Matter of ProfitA Matter of Profit — (2001) Young adult. Publisher: The long antennae — five feet long? six? and covered with what looked like very short fur — swept forward, quivering in the air over Ahvren’s head. It took all his self-control to keep from stepping back. Then the antennae lifted away, without touching him, much to his relief. They remained cocked forward, but relaxed oscillating slowly. Strangers in a bizarre land — that’s what Ahvren’s people, the Vivitare, are. They are the conquerors, the rulers now, of the T’Chin confederacy. But Ahvren is no longer sure what that means. After spending two years fighting a brutal war on another planet, here — where not a single shot was fired — victory doesn’t seem quite so… victorious. Ahvren welcomes the peace, but he doesn’t fully trust it. How could all these people surrender so easily? Are they all cowards? Not likely. And his mistrust is not unwarranted: Rumors abound of a plot to assassinate the Vivitare emperor.But Ahvren’s disdain for war is even greater than his mistrust of peace. The last thing he wants is to rejoin the emperor’s fleet and conquer the next planet. So he strikes a bargain with his father. If he can uncover the plot to assassinate the emperor, Ahvren can choose his own path. It’s a challenge that will take more wits than strength, and Ahvren’s not sure he’s up for it. But it’s also the most important test he’s ever faced and his success is vital. For not only does the emperor’s life depend on it, so does Ahvren’s.In intricate detail, Hilari Bell weaves a tale of danger and suspense that will captivate readers and draw them into this wholly imaginative world.


Hilari Bell fantasy book reviews The Goblin Wood, The Wizard Test, The ProphecyThe Wizard Test — (2005) Ages 9-12. Publisher: Dayven has passed the test he wanted most desperately to fail — he’s been proven to have the powers of a wizard. He had promised never to become one of the deceitful, disloyal sorcerers who believe in nothing and alter people’s true destinies — but now he has no choice. Thrown into an apprenticeship with a roguish wizard, Dayven discovers that loyalty and trust are never simple, and wizards are more deceptive than he could ever imagine. The path that was once clear — his friendships, his future, his destiny — is now shadowed with dangerous twists and turns, and the world he knows must change forever.


Hilari Bell fantasy book reviews The Goblin Wood, The Wizard Test, The ProphecyThe Prophecy — (2006) Ages 9-12. Publisher: Perryn is a hopeless prince. His drunken father scorns his love of books, the master of arms ridicules his swordplay, and someone in the castle may be trying to kill him! But Perryn’s books are his best weapons to stop the dragon that is destroying his kingdom-and his one hope of earning his father’s respect. When he unearths a prophecy on how to kill the dragon, Perryn sets out to find the three things needed to make it come true: a unicorn, a true bard, and a special sword. But in a world where magic is disappearing, the only thing more absurd than pursuing a prophecy is believing any of these legends might still be found. With the king’s men on his trail and time running out, Perryn learns that a scholar’s job is not merely to seek the truth but to understand its worth — and that the power of the prophecy lies in his own hands.


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