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Wyvernhail (The Kiesha'ra #5)

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HAI HAS ALWAYS been an outsider. With a falcon mother and a deceased cobra father, she is considered a mongrel by most, an ally by some, and a friend by few. Hai's broken falcon wings are a painful reminder of the life she once led on the island of Ahnmik. And here in Wyvern's Court, the avian and serpiente royal family keep their distance, refusing to acknowledge her cobr ...more
Library Binding, 174 pages
Published September 11th 2007 by Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
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Sep 22, 2007 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wyvernhail is the fifth and final book in the Kiesha'ra series. It tells the story of Hai, a half-falcon, half-cobra shapeshifter, and her attempts to keep peace in Wyvern's Court. With Wyvernhail, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes continues to grow and mature as a writer. Hai is a complex and interesting narrator, but many of the secondary characters (such as Opal) appear as if they need some serious fleshing out. The best part about this book is the ending, which surprises me, because Amy's endings have a ...more
Feb 27, 2008 Stefany rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults, fantasy fans
I think Wyvernhail would have been a great end to the series, if there had more coherency in the last three books. Its not that it kept switching "voices", or that it was even inside Hai's warped mind. What I think went wrong was the lack of substance and lack of description of how events went along. It seems we went from an assassination to everything being fine within three pages. As for description, it was odd to see Hai so defensive of Wyvern's Court, or even Nicias. In the last two novels, ...more
Dec 15, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think what makes these books seem "unmature" is really, the author's attempt to put so much into such a short book. I think these could have easily been twice as long and might not have seemed so rushed and contrite. I speak for the series when I say that it's a good story (you need to read them all to get where it's going) and I like how each story is somewhat of itself while building on the whole. But there were times that I thought there were too many ideas presented in such a short space a ...more
Dec 19, 2008 Lucy rated it it was amazing
The last and my favorite. Even though the one before was amazing, this tops it all off. I never particularly cared for the character that becomes the main character in this book, but she became my favorite. Quite simply, I LOVE THIS BOOK. Oh, and I read it in a day. Which says a lot for a book (even tho the last one I read in about 3 days).
Craig 8-33
Feb 02, 2009 Craig 8-33 rated it liked it
Overall, this book is for fantasy lovers. It’s about a young girl who cant use magic and has no idea who she really is. The whole story is about her journey to the throne and to find out her true identity. During the story she must fight for her life so she can survive in a world where no one likes her. Most people consider her a mongrel for having a falcon mother and a serpentine father. Join her on her journey to discover who she really is in, Wyvernhail.

I recomend this book to fant
Dec 26, 2009 Naomi rated it liked it
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Jul 18, 2009 Donna rated it really liked it
This is the story of Hai. Her mother was a falcon but her father was a cobra. She had the Falcon empress' favor so she was tolerated by the falcon purist. When she reached puberty and her magic flared, she retreated into a coma where she remained for years until Nicias managed to drag her out. She followed him back to the Wyvern court where is is tolerated but again feels the contempt of purists for her mixed blood.
Hai should be the heir to the Serpente throne since her father had been Diente o
Aug 20, 2009 Issam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant. 'Wyvernhail' is unpredictable, smart, emotional, and above all, a great and satisfying conclusion to Amelia Atwater-Rhodes's Kiesha'ra series.

Everything from the truce of the Avian/Serpiente war in the first book, to the birth of Wyvern's Court in the second, and the world surrounding it in the following books, are so rich and exotic with its cultures and creatures. Even the individual characters themselves are so unique and flawed as real people often are, that it's hard not to feel
Aug 15, 2010 Kim rated it it was amazing
This book was horrible, yet beautiful. It was by far the darkest of the series. I still think Wolfcry is my favorite, but boy this one sure does come close. I'm really glad that Hai got her own book because her visions are interesting to read about. And all the internal struggles she had to deal with in this book were really sad. I loved all the twists in this book and I'm kind of sad that I've finished this series. I'm also happy that I've read yet another satisfying series by Amelia, and I loo ...more
Aug 04, 2016 Racquel rated it did not like it
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Feb 10, 2011 Say rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
finally, the final book in the kiesha'ra series and i would say......what an ending! this is by far the best story among the 5 books in this series. however, i only gave it four stars because during the first few chapters of the book it was rather dragging and a lil bit slow. but towards the end it was good.

basically this last book is all about hai and her visions and prophecies which in the end could greatly affect the future of wyvern court. i would say that hai is my favorite character in thi
Megan Lillian
Dec 31, 2010 Megan Lillian rated it really liked it
Yay for a non-traditional love story.
Jennifer Christensen
Once again, an interesting story, but I had a major problem with the characterization in this one. I appreciate the attempt to make the reader connect with Hai, the voice of this book, but it comes at the cost of COMPLETELY CHANGING her personality from the previous book-- which supposedly occurred immediately before this one. There is no character development whatsoever to bring Hai to the passion and personality she shows by the end. It's like the author just realized she'd made an unlikeable ...more
Carolyn F.
Mar 05, 2011 Carolyn F. rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I liked this better than Wolfcry. This is the last book in the series and although at first I was kind of glad it was ending I'm wondering who the serpiente who comforted Sive was. I have my guess though with the epilogue.

This one is about crazy Hai, who isn't as crazy in this book. She does in the beginning have almost constant visions but eventually they do calm down and she's a little more coherent after that. I would recommend this series. The books are short, which I find nice s
Joanne♥~Bookworm Extraordinaire
Ok This book was weird and confusing. I didn't like the character of Hai. She evoked no emotion from me except dislike. I could have cared less if she had died during the book (which she didnt). Half the time I didn't even understand what I was reading and had to reread the same passages over and over. There was too much myth in this book that got slammed into its pages, that should have be delved out throughout the course of the series. The constant visions that Hai has are confusing and start ...more
Dec 23, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it
Well I don't really know what to say. I enjoyed the book. It just feels weird that the series is over now.

This time we see the story through Hai's eyes as she attempts to avert the many dangerous futures she sees for Wyvern's Court. It all gets pretty twisty. I would talk about it, but I really don't feel like going over spoilers, even if I hide them.

Atwater-Rhodes's writing is excellent as usual. Still a marvelous sense of pacing. Still the ability to perfectly paint the scene without actually
Dayna Smith
The fifth book in The Kiesha'ra series. Oliza has abdicated the throne of Wyvernhail. As her cousin Salem prepares to take the throne, Hai keeps having visions of Salem dying in her arms and Wyvernhail being destroyed by war. Hai struggles with her growing love for her new land and the lack of acceptance she still feels from serpents, avians, and falcons. How can she change her visions of the future and prevent the war she sees coming? Can she save Salem? If she does save Wyvernhail, can she sav ...more
May 15, 2015 Tahni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think what I liked best about this final book of the series is the way everything came together - it was obviously planned out from page one of the series, and throughout the series it was executed subtly and well, revealing just the right amount of information at a gradual and steady pace, all culminating in Wyvernhail. The only issue that I had with the book (which lessened the more I read) was that the narration didn't follow as I would expect it to, considering that the narrator was shown ...more
Jul 15, 2014 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-fantasy
Wyvernhail is the continuation of Kiesha'ra series that began with Hawksong. With each progressing volume in the series, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes introduced and immersed us, to varying degrees, to the world of the avians, serpientes, falcons, wolves, wyverns, and crosses in between. As this is the fifth book in the series, it is assumed that the reader has been following the story from Hawksong (or at least knows the gist of what is going on).

Atwater-Rhodes has a rich imagination and it is most obv
Jul 07, 2012 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know if I should give this a three star or a four star. Ultimately, the reason it received four was because I found it to be better than the last two books which I had rated a three.

Wyvernhail was fast paced and intriguing the entire way through. It nicely tied together themes that had been presented in all four of the previous novels and we got to see and interact with characters from those books as well. For a closer to a series, it did not disappoint. The author managed to create new
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1 out of 5

Hai has always been an outsider, and even in the Wynern's court, she is considered a mongrel. Few consider her as a friend, even the royal family refuses to acknowledge her bloodline. However when she starts having visions, they begin to overwhelm her. Though, are they the future or something that her presence awakens? When Oliza, Hai's cousin, abdicates the throne to Wyvern's Court because she wants to save it from the vision she saw, Hai see
And so it ends. Five years of me reading, twenty years of things happening in-universe, more than a thousand years of conspiracy theories leading up to this ending, and... well, when you put it that way, the ending actually seems pretty anticlimatic. Nevertheless, this was a fitting ending to a fairly solid fantasy series. While it had its weak points, just like pretty much every Atwater-Rhodes book I can think of, it certainly could've been a lot worse.

The best thing about this book was obvious
Jori Richardson
Dec 08, 2012 Jori Richardson rated it liked it
The 5th and final book in the Kiesha'ra series, I think that this is one of the best (though "Hawksong" definitely would be first).
"Wyvernhail" is about Hai, a shape-shifter who is half falcon and half cobra. Her half-blood ancestry also creates divided loyalties, and her life is further complicated by the dangerous and prophetic magical abilities she possesses.
A dark and tragically heartbreaking story about a world in complete chaos, and a single girl who is attempting to change the already for
Mar 31, 2014 Mei rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, no-books
This one was the worst of all!
This is the stori of Hai - a half falcon-half cobra girl Nicias has saved from Ahnmik's asylum.
She's deemed crazy and shunned by everyone because of her visions tha do not permit her to interact normally with anyone.
OK, said this way it seems interesting enough, but believe me it's not!
I understood her problems, but I didn't liked her and didn't care about what heppens to her or to anybody else...
This is the best proof that in certain series the best books are the f
Dec 15, 2013 Mirrani rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, but it wasn't the end of the series I was hoping for. The first of the books I simply couldn't put down. The issues between the bird and snake peoples are just so moving I was completely caught up. As the series progressed and the characters shifted into the children of those we had grown to love, the tone of the series shifted slightly and while it was as enjoyable as the beginning of the set, the energy wasn't the same, changing how I felt about the story as a whole unit.

Eirian Houpe
Jan 30, 2014 Eirian Houpe rated it really liked it
Richly imagined, this story is the continuation of the Kiesha'ra series of books, that follow the fortunes of intertwined and opposing peoples, of avian creatures, serpents, and wolves. Amelia Atwater-Rhodes has woven a rich mythology and compelling cultures for all the civilisations we meet in the course of her series, and the characters that inhabit her world are many facetted, realistic and often beautifully flawed.

That same attention to detail holds true in this book in the series, where all
Jun 09, 2014 Shirely rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’d never read this book. I thought I had. I bought it when it was released but then I suppose it got forgotten when my husband and I moved into our first apartment together. I actually got excited when I started reading it and realized this, looking forward to finally experiencing the end of this series for the first time.

It didn’t disappoint.

This one follows the POV of Hai, the half falcon, half cobra that Nicias had saved during his adventures in the third book. It starts moment after the en
Jessica (a GREAT read)
So Wyvernhail, the final book in Amelia Atwater-Rhodes The Kiesha'ra series ended up being a one day read! Yay? Yes, sadly, this book brought upon more confusion for myself. Even though it picks up pretty much where Wolfcry left off, this time with Hai at the helm.

Hai was a difficult character to get a grasp of. She wasn't insane, but she did have visions nearly every time she touched someone, or even just a vision of its own occurrence. And these sometimes made it hard to discern vision from re
The finale of the Kiesha'ra didn't disappoint. This time, Hai is the one telling the story and doing the dirty work of keeping the world together, and though I was skeptical at first how insane little Hai could be portrayed correctly through first person, it worked. Reading it almost took you through a sakkri--the events at certain points seemed so random, improbable, and thrown out there--but, naturally, just as the worst of everything came and all hope of a happy ending was all but diminished, ...more
Rating for the series: 3.4/5

Holy crap, that was amazing!

SO many questions answered! So many things clarified! So much content!

The Keisha'ra series has never been easy for me to read. There is a secondary set of characters of gods and goddesses whose lives are narrated alongside the main plot, and many times I got confused. But so many varied endings for our couples in the last five books! It's a miracle that the avian and serpiente people were able to keep their freedom after all the sacrifices
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The Kiesha'ra (5 books)
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“We are not.
We never were; we never shall be. We return to the void we never, for mehay is the center of all, and all is the center of nothing.”
“What could a mortal say to the merciless Fate?
I forced myself to my feet.
A'le-Ahnleh was the traditional end to a prayer. By the will of Fate.
"A'le-la," I whispered defiantly.
By my will.”
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