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Falcondance (The Kiesha'ra #3)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  5,518 ratings  ·  116 reviews
Nicias has never felt completely at home among the avians and serpiente in Wyvern's Court, despite his loyalty to Oliza Shardae Cobriana, the heir to both thrones. He is a falcon, the son of two exiles from Anhmik- and images of this distant island have always haunted his dreams. But when Nicias's visions become more like reality, his parents have no choice but to send him ...more
Hardcover, 183 pages
Published September 13th 2005 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
This is the third book of this series and I think my favorite so far. I'd give it a 4.5 but rounded it up. When the previous book left off with Danica who is an avian (hawk shape shifter)pregnant by her mate Zane Cobriana (serpent shape shifter)I espected this book to be about their child. Danica and Zane united to bring peace to their people who had been warring for thousands of years. It is at best an uneasy peace, but here twenty years later it still holds. Their daughter Oliza is a wyvern sh ...more
Apr 01, 2013 Mei rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
I'm sorry, but this one do not desrive more than 3 stars...
I loved the first two books and didn't want to believe that this was not as good, but unfortunately it is true.
This is the story of Nicias the son of the two renegade falcons of the first two books and his struggle with his awakening magic.
He's forced to go to Anhmik or die. On Anhmik he's faced with his grandmother who is plotting to make him stay and become her heir since she failed to coerce his father, but others, those locked in a
In this one there wasn't as much action as there was in the others. It focused on magic, how it worked, the white city, and the history behind the races. The familiar Zane and Danica are just mentioned maybe a couple times. It sucked a little that we didn't even get that much of their child, the first mixture of serpent and hawk. Of course it is expected like that anyways with a little including falcon instead of wyvern. The falcon is the child of Andreios and Kel. So I had to put it one star do ...more
what can i say my rating says it all....i didnt like it! it was boring and for me it was an agony finishing this book. the series started out good, the second book was tolerable and ok but this one i was just so depressed to continue it. i fell asleep while reading this book. i was so disappointed because i wanted to see what happen after the second book coz this third installment happened several years after. oliza (daughter of zane and danica) and nicias (son of kel rei) is all grown up. i was ...more
L. P. Simone
In my opinion, this is the best of the Kiesha'Ra series, after Hawskong, which introduces the reader to the world Atwater-Rhodes sets up. Falcon Dance tells Nicias's story. For me, of all the characters we have met, he is the most appealing and the most sympathetic, in a series full of appealing and sympathetic characters. The reader struggles with him, as he uncovers the truth of his identity. This is a very satisfying installment in the series and sets up the problems the later books must reso ...more
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To be completely honest I’m still on the fence with this series, as Snakecharm left a bad taste in my mouth. Falcondance introduces a slew of new characters, the second generation of the books if you will, and it’s a little difficult to sympathize with any of them straight off the bat. As readers we’re thrown directly into the story without any sort of buildup or back story at all. Nicias is an interesting character, and I have a feeling he’ll play an important part in the nex
Chevy Aime
I was actually really disappointed with this book. I don't know if it was all the talk of Falcon magic (which was completely uninteresting to me), or the fact that Nicias' personality seemed really feminine. You would think a guy would be more determined and sure of himself and what he intends to accomplish but Nicias was more insecure than I would expect a girl to be in that situation. Actually, I think a girl (like Danica or Oliza) would know exactly what needed to be done and would have the g ...more
This book was so much better than Snakecharm and thank every god ever worshiped for that. It’s told from the POV of Nicias, a falcon and most trusted guard of Oliza Shardae Cobriana.

I have to say, I was at first surprised that the story didn’t go on to follow the daughter of Danica and Zane. Instead it follows the son of two characters who in the previous book were revealed to be disguised falcons.

I’ve read that people find this book boring because of the lack of “action” but I can’t fathom what
A little stale, and kinda confusing. A little boring because I wasn't sure what was happening, and we were thrust out of the world we came to know in book one and thrown into a completely different one with no compensation--the book felt a bit empty. However, I REALLY enjoyed the sense of tension and danger hidden behind the supposedly "sophisticated" walls of the falcon city, and I loved the main character. He was amazing. He honors the good he can see in his people, but is unafraid to cast awa ...more
Falcondance is the third book in the Keisha'ra series. The entire series is an elaborate re-imagining of were-animal myths. After focusing on the Hawks and the Snakes, this book focuses on Nicias, a Falcon who is coming into his power untrained, which makes him dangerous.

Falcondance consists largely of world building. While taking into account the short length of the book (barely over 200 pages) and the fact that this is the third in the series, the amount of time spent learning about rules and
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In this book, the series shifts focus with its narrators from Zane and Danica, to Nicias, a falcon born into the new world of Wyvern's Court, with the story finally giving us a glimpse at the all powerful and mysterious Falcons that we had only seen or heard about briefly in the previous books.

'Falcondance' elaborates further into the history of their people, with an important revelation to the start of the Avian/Serpiente War, as they (the Falcons) are the only ones old enough to remember it.

Checked out from the library.


3 out of 5

Nicias, a son of two outlawed falcons, has never felt at home in the Wyern’s Court, but he somehow feels drawn to Ahnmik, where falcons live. His powers are awakening, so he has no choice but to go to the falcons’ homeland. With warnings from his parents, he goes there, so that he can get back to guarding Oliza Shardae Cobriana, heir to both thrones. However, should he trust Araceli, or a stranger not of his blood? He has to choose wisely beca
The beginning of this book was a bit of a trial to get past. To me, the main character sounded a bit of a whiney, woe-is-me type which made it hard for me to find out WHY i wanted to care for this Nicias. Something i could not find a spark of, despite his parentage, for several chapters in, which means it's amazing I even made it through this book.

After several false starts over the past couple of years, I did finally manage to push myself to a point where I could feel intrigued by this charact
Surprisingly, I was glad to see the large gap between this book and the previous story in the series. I felt as if watching the new city and new government come about would be too tedious for the way these books have been told. This is a set of adventures in discovering your place in the world and a lot of bumbling around with politics just doesn't fit in there, which brings me to the only issue I had with the book; the fact that there were so many political issues brought through in the newly d ...more
Nov 23, 2012 Jill rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: to-own
So initially, I had a hard time appreciating this book. The story of this world has jumped ahead about twenty years when this book begins. We don't even get a glimpse of Danica or Zane, characters we have grown to know and love. I wanted to know more about what happened to them. Instead we are introduced to Nicias, the son of Kel and Sebastian. I guess the author felt the more interesting story was no longer with Danica and Zane at this point. I didn't like that, but I figured I'd roll with it a ...more
I'm not quite sure what to think of this one. It took me a couple minutes to decide on a rating, and I'm still not sure if I picked right. Because on one hand, some elements of this book were undeniably brilliant. It contains some of the greatest plot twists and writing that I've ever read. But it was bogged down by a couple flaws that kept me from feeling totally comfortable with a five star rating.

Right off the bat, Atwater-Rhodes makes this book unique. I was absolutely shocked at how fast I
Not my favorite book.

Don't read this review if you haven't read book 2 (Snakecharm) yet, as there are spoilers.

19ish years after the events of Snakecharm, there's a new generation in Wyvern Court. Danica and Zane have begun to achieve their dream of combining the serpiente and avian lands, which they hope their wyvern daughter, Oliza, will one day rule.

Kel and Rei, two falcons that no longer live in that land, have a son named Nicias, who is a member of Oliza's personal guard, which is an extrem
Falcondance is the third book in the Kiesha'ra series; the first two dealt with Danica Shardae and Zane Cobriana, shapeshifter leaders who marry to join their worlds in peace. The series left off with Danica being pregnant, but Falcondance is not about Oliza, their child and heir. Rather, it focuses on Nicias, a falcon who is one of Oliza's sworn guards.

Falcons are not looked upon favorably in Wyvern's Court, and when Nicias begins to experience falcon magic, he knows he must go back to the land
The next book in the Kiesha'ra saga focuses on Nicias Silvermead, son of the falcons Kel & Andreios (the prince Sebastian) As both a falcon & a guard to the princess Oliza he is both an outsider and and a privileged member of the court. When his magic begins to emerge, Nicias must journey to Ahnmik, the island kingdom and ask his grandmother Araceli to bind his magic. However, when he arrives he realizes that things are much more complicated than they seem. Readers will finally get to le ...more
This book was very interesting, but I feel like the series is going downhill from the beginning.

Nicias Silvermead is a falcon with the blood of royalty running through his veins. Finally, in his ninteenth year, he's feeling it. The pull from his homeland is strong as he imagines the white city. The descriptions of the white city and the people inside it are amazing. The plot ran smoothly, not exactly predictable. I didn't like some parts of it. The romance wasn't as wonderful as Hawksong, but t
I loved this book just like all the rest of her books. This book jumps way ahead of the previous book in the series. After I figured out who everyone was It was great!

Oliza and Nicias are grown children from the couples of the previous book. This story is mainly about Nicias. He is a falcon in an avians and serpiente world where he has sworn to protect his childhood friend Oliza.

This book leaves me with lots of questions and wonders but the next book is right beside me "Wolfcry".

My only compl
May 15, 2008 Richelle rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of young adult fantasy
Despite being my least favorite of the Keisha'ra series, this book still has a lot going for it. Nicias Silvermead is a great characters, though at first I feel cheated that this story is through his perspective and not the child of the main characters from the two previous books. However, without this story we wouldn't be able to meet Hai, who is the focalizer to book five. Though the story of the falcons has interesting aspects and it very important to the history of the serpents and avians, i ...more
It has been years since I read Hawksong and Snakecharm. I was still left feeling disappointed there wasn't more about the characters from those books. Instead we have jumped 20 years in the future to deal with their kid. Kind of. Really we're dealing with their best friend's kid.

I think that kept me from being able to get into the book. Maybe I'll get more from it upon rereading it later (after all Snakecharm took awhile for me to warm up to as well).

Nothing really happened in this book. It adde
So, we're permanently off Danica and Zane now (which is quite sad. I really LOVED them) and focus on the old civilization of the falcons. The story complicates itself through history, magic and loyalties and the product is alright. There is too much 'deepness' and too much of the other language of Ahnmik. It's not like we can understand or even read it. The shm'Ecl thing is rather complicated and a bit of a pain in my opinion at the end because it's power, but darkness, and you've got to venture ...more
I like this series very much. But it was hard for me to read nonstop with this book. I kept putting it down.


ARGH!! why????????

Nicias is the son of 2 exciled falcons. He is raised in the Wyvern court with Oliza the heir to the Avian and Serpiente thrones. He is a loyal guard; however, he has started to demonstrate falcon magic and in order to protect the realm, his parents reluctantly send him back to Anhmik to have his powers bound. They failed to tell him that he is third in line for the falcon throne and that he would immediately be drawn in to dangerous political intrigue.
The book is a light read but has a well dev
This volume of the series takes place about 20 years after Snakecharm. It focuses on Nicias, a falcon, who is a Wyvern of Honor to Oliza, daughter and heir to Zand and Danica - the characters of the first two books.[return][return]Nicas finds that he is coming into his falcon magic and must go to Ahnmik - the land of the falcons - to learn to control it or have it bound. At Ahnmik, he finds a society far differenct from that of the snakes and birds, and doesn't necessarily like it.[return][retur ...more
Jo Oehrlein
Zane and Danica are no longer the focus of the series. In fact, they're hardly mentioned. They've had a child who is part avian and part serpiente. They call her a wyvern and the new mixed court the wyvern court.

Rei and Kel (see book #2) have had a falcon child. Evidently though they had their magic bound, their child's magic isn't bound. He has to return to the falcon court to get training in magic.

There, he has to puzzle through the truth of what he knows about the avians, serpientes, his par
A bit of a word-vomit exposition overload rather than a true story with a beginning, middle, and end. Not my favorite in this series.
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Other Books in the Series

The Kiesha'ra (5 books)
  • Hawksong (The Kiesha'ra, #1)
  • Snakecharm (The Kiesha'ra, #2)
  • Wolfcry (The Kiesha'ra, #4)
  • Wyvernhail (The Kiesha'ra, #5)
Hawksong (The Kiesha'ra, #1) In the Forests of the Night (Den of Shadows, #1) Demon in My View (Den of Shadows, #2) Shattered Mirror (Den of Shadows, #3) Snakecharm (The Kiesha'ra, #2)

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