Title: Hawksong (The Kiesha’ra #1)
Author: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Genre Themes: Romance, Fantasy
Date Published: July 2003
Cover Rating: 2/5
Synopsis: DANICA SHARDAE is an avian shapeshifter, and the golden hawk’s form in which she takes to the sky is as natural to her as the human one that graces her on land. The only thing more familiar to her is war: It has raged between her people and the serpiente for so long, no one can remember how the fighting began. As heir to the avian throne, she’ll do anything in her power to stop this war—even accept Zane Cobriana, the terrifying leader of her kind’s greatest enemy, as her pair bond and make the two royal family unite.
I had read Amelia Atwater Rhodes’ original work In the Forests of the Night and liked that enough to pick this one up.
I must say, the cover threw me off. I wasn’t a fan of it, and I feel like for anyone who doesn’t know her work, this wouldn’t encourage them to read it.
Nevertheless, I liked this book better than her original work. The twists and turns are so surprising – you think you know what’s going to happen, then something else happens and you reconsider what you were thinking, then what your originally thought was going to happen, happens.
Kinda complicated, I know.
In the beginning it was kind of hard to understand, but as the book went on I got more and more used to it.
On a similar note, I liked the world building and history in it. Hawksong was really well thought out – the avians have their own history and etiquette, while the serpents have theirs. The culture was surprisingly complicated, yet easy to follow. Very realistic.
The characters were amazing, and I look forward to reading about them in the future.
I already have plans to read the rest of the series, and hopefully have them on my bookshelf soon.