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Hawksong (The Kiesha'ra #1)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  18,071 Ratings  ·  751 Reviews
The Kiesha'ra: Volume OneAn ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant ReadersDanica is an avian shapeshifter, and her golden hawk's form in the sky is as natural to her as her human one 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 it began. All they know is hatred, fear and bloodshed. And Dan ...more
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Published January 1st 2005 by Thorndike Press (first published July 8th 2003)
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Jan 11, 2013 Lora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of YA fantasy with arranged marriages
Although Atwater-Rhodes has garnered much-deserved attention from critics and received several awards for her young adult stories, here on GR and on several other book-reviewing websites, her positive feedback has been moderate at best. I believe this is partially because of the age of most of her stories/series: most of them began before the Twilight era swept the world, and thus don't have the swooning heroines and brooding heroes that everyone has become accustomed to in more recent years. (T ...more
All right, what do we have here?

A conundrum, of course.

My mind kept oscillating between 3.5 or 4 stars and I'm choosing neither. This book is actually very difficult to rate! The reasons?

1) It has a splendid story line.
Who doesn't love shape - shifters with a history? I simply love history and ancient stories and this book had quite a lot of them. But I was so disappointed because the execution of this splendid story line sucked. A lot.

This story is about two warring sides who try their best to
Rachel Carter
May 27, 2016 Rachel Carter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-paperback
Read back in middle school & decided to finally write my review. I still love this book to this day. Amelia was a 16-year old prodigy when her first book got published and I enjoyed her take on vampires far more than Stephanie Myers's. This book doesn't have vampires but it had shape shifters & one of my favorite tropes done right: arranged marriage between enemies. It's a very sweet read & I look back on it fondly, this was my favorite of the series!
Ever since I've arrived at GoodReads, I've wanted to write a review for this book. It deserves a review. But every time I tried, the proper words wouldn't come, and so I just stuck with a completely insufficient paragraph outlining my thoughts in a nutshell. But I'm going to try again, and this time, I'm going to get it right, damnit! So, here goes:

Hawksong is vastly unique and different from most of YA. Its set long in our past (and the past of the Den of Shadows world), and it focuses entirely
Jul 20, 2013 Keertana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swoooon
Hawksong is possibly one of the most under-rated fantasy novels I've come across. In fact, this book simply seems to fall under everyone's radar - much to their own loss, I must say. Atwater-Rhodes is a brilliant writer, creating a world rich in lore, myth, and tradition. Danica, the queen of her hawk people, and Zane, the king of the cobras, are shapeshifters who marry to end the centuries-old feud between their people. Both Danica and Zane are tired of war, but their marriage will prove more d ...more
Wren Jacobson
Jun 15, 2016 Wren Jacobson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ALL FANTASY LOVERS
Recommended to Wren by: Rachel E. Carter
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU sooooo much Rachel for the recommendation!
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Mar 28, 2013 Mei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I rarely read YA novels, but I had this series in mi TBR pile for a long time and I decided to give it a try. Nor do I ovely like a fist person narrative...but...
Oh, boy, was it good!
Really, I wouldn't classify this as YA... it has a "flavour" of a classical fantasy.
The language was almost lirical and the story very interesting: how could two races, which hate each other and are natural enemies, forge peace? Marrying the heirs, of course! It is not a marriage arranged by the parents but by the
Linda Suzane
Apr 02, 2009 Linda Suzane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is only 21 and has already published seven books. Her first book IN THE FOREST OF THE NIGHT was written when she was only 13. Every one of her books is a treat. Though marketed as Young Adult, there is nothing childish about subject matter or the writing. The lyrical quality and maturity of her writing belies her age or lack of experience.

HAWKSONG is the start of a series about shapeshifters. Dancia is an avian shapeshifter, heir to the throne, whose people are at war with
Minni Mouse
Ah-ha! Finally! An answer to my tireless search for the next Warprize-arranged-marriage-between-two-feuding-clans story! I've skimmed lots of trashy books in order to get to where I am today and lemme tell ya - it is no easy feat trying to find a good action/romance/medieval fantasy story that doesn't feature bodice-ripping and quivering members within the first few pages.

We have two main groups of humans/shapeshifters: Hawks and Serpents. Avians can fly and are more dangerous with thei
I really enjoyed this one.

Hawksong is one of the most underrated fantasy novels, centered on shapeshifters of avian and serpent varieties. This book was published before the Twilight era so thankfully escaped the trope of swooning heroines and brooding heroes.

There are two rival clans who are always at war with each other, so to bring peace and call truce one and for all, the avian heir agrees to an arranged marriage with the serpent royalty. Now, that plot may sounds simple enough, but the act
Apr 24, 2013 Giulia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
Easily one of the greatest books I've ever come across. Zane and Danica are the product of an imagination so complete and powerful, it will move you and never put you back. I've literally had an epiphany after reading this book, and my entire life is practically redefined. Alright, maybe I put it overly dramatically, but the importance of this book is certainly real and I suggest everyone pick it up. IMMEDIATELY.
I should like to analyse all the characters, if you don't mind:
Danica Shardae (what
Emily Eastman
Jan 29, 2011 Emily Eastman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
What a great and quick book! This book was amazing! Some reasons I liked this book are the characters were great, the plot kept you always excited, and it was clean!

First the character in this book were phenominal! Zane the mysterious cobra keeps you on the edge of your seat for half of the book. Is he sincere? Does he love her? Is he planing something? Zane reminds me a lot of Peeta from the Hunger Games. At first he's all show for the cameras, trying to put on the charade that he's in love wi
I had high hopes for this book: there is so much potential in the world and story outlined by the summary. Instead, all I got was the typical story of "forbidden love". *yawn*

The world imagined by the author is definitely colorful, but I feel it's unreasonable (unrealistic). For example, if the leaders of both parties in the war feel that they don't want the war, then how the earth did they manage to drag it out for hundreds of years? Also, no leaders in any war ever believe their own propaganda
so.. this was like destiny... I've been wanting to read this for awhile but it's not available to download to Kindle. Went to Barnes & Noble specifically to look for a few of those 'non-kindle' books yesterday... (yes the library would make more sense but whatever).. couldn't find it anywhere. Then, in the completely WRONG section there was a small paperback on the shelf in the wrong direction (someone had obviously misplaced it there)... I moved the book just to see what was behind it and * ...more
This was partially beautiful but sadly too short.
Before reading:
Ugh, let's talk about horrible covers.
But 4.15 avg rating with more than 17K ratings? I have to see what all this is all about.

After reading:
Until now, 8.090 people gave this 5 stars and I have no idea why. I must have read a completely different book.
The one I've read is more like and underdeveloped idea for a book than an actual one. The plot arc is more or less complete, but the story is simplistic and predictable.

Not only the plot is without any substance at all, but also:
Nov 22, 2013 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When people ask me what my favorite book is my mind immediately flits to this title.

A rich, well-written and UNIQUE fantasy that absolutely captivates you. I don't know what else to say except that I loved, love it, and will love it forever and ever.

The world Atwater-Rhodes creates is full of rich history and an understanding that shows true depth from the author. The main character is strong and beautiful. And the romance is raw and real.

I could give it no less then 5/5 stars, and if it was pos
Apr 26, 2009 Ashley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young fantasy fans
This is a compressed review of four of the five books in the Kiesha'ra series (I never could find Snakecharm), so just be warned.

The first book in this series was really good. I loved the ideas involved in this book. I loved that people could change into birds and snakes (I've always thought that would be a really cool superpower). I loved that, even though their people had been warring for centuries, the leaders of each nation were willing to leave everything they knew in order to bring peace t
Brimming with magic and mayhem, Hawksong is a fantasy novel that is both intriguing and fable-like in nature.

Using its diverse set of characters, the story teaches its readers the importance of establishing peace between all peoples - finding common ground despite differences in culture, beliefs and abilities. With a dash of romance that in no way overpowers the beautifully constructed plot, Hawksong is a mix of many genres. It manages to incorporate them all successfully and in a way that both
May 25, 2009 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hawksong may look like a short book, but there is certainly nothing simple about it. I liked it best out of the series, but the others still captured my attention.

One hawk-shapeshifter, heiress to an avian race. One cobra-shapeshifter, prince of the serpents. One cool and aloof, the other sensual and sensitive. Both of them sick of the endless war between their people. Both willing to do anything to end it...even when it means becoming pair-bonded with each other.

Danica and Zane's emotional and
Sep 07, 2016 Rosie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fantasy, action
3.5 stars.

Okay first, this story was so hard to track down! It doesn't seem to be available for kindle in Australia, so I spent ages trying to find a copy - and I ended up being a little let down. The summary was cool, and it executed what it promised, but I found myself a little distant from the plot and characters. I never really could connect with it? There was no moment where I truly felt for Danica - she just felt so distant. And I know that's part of her character, but I've read distant ch
Fast and interesting to read. Loved the ease with which the world-building including culture, behaviour and norms were explained in between the peace making plot. This is definitely one of those to be continued books as I felt it end rather abruptly.
Adrian Fridge
I'm so torn. While I admire the author and her storytelling ability, I also feel this book lacked in so many ways.

Danica is a strong character who chooses duty over love, and she is willing to sacrifice anything to stop the war that's taken so much of her family away. This includes marrying the prince of the warring side, Zane. There's a lot of good build-up with creating peace and growing their relationship, but the ending is so abrupt! I didn't feel the love, and it's sad I couldn't feel the l
I wish this book had more pages. You know you like a story when you want it to have more to offer. So it was very frustrating for me when Hawksong abruptly ended on a very high note.

This novel is about, to put it quite simply, a marriage of convenience. It is about a marriage to end a war between two deadly species, bent on destroying each other. It is about two very different people agreeing to set aside their mutual distaste and unite to stop their loved ones from dying because of a senseless
Amanda Croley
Apr 10, 2012 Amanda Croley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hawksong was a little different than the average shapeshifter story. Danica Shardae is an avian shapeshifter, who is soon to take her mothers place as the Tuuli Thea. (kind of like their Queen) Her kind has been at war for hundreds of years with the serpeintes. No on really knows why they are fighting, but with so many loved ones lost they simply continue to avenge their dead. Zane Cobriana is the Diente of the serpeintes. (king of the snakes) He ha
Miss Clark
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Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
I debated between 4 and 5 stars - it's a 4.5 but I bumped it up because I really didn't want to put the book down and kept thinking about it when I did. I was surprised when it came that is is so small - it's a cute book. It's the size of a pocket book but a nice hardback - only 243 pages. It was such a fun fantasy story I enjoyed every minute of it.

The story is about a world of shape shifters. Danica is what is called an Avian and she can turn into a golden hawk. Her mother is Queen of the Avia
Jul 17, 2012 Bayla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes fantasy, romance, and awesome female protagonists
Recommended to Bayla by: Chumie
Shelves: favorites, princesses
There has always been war between the avians and the serpiente. Though both sides long for peace, neither can trust the other enough to try and achieve it. But war has gone on far too long, and Danica and Zane are determined to end it, no matter the costs to themselves. But can each learn to love their greatest enemy?

I love this book. It appealed to me from the first page -- beautifully written and conceived, full of emotion. I admire Danica, and found her a wonderful protagonist. Unlike many fe
May 29, 2015 Roxanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-read May, 2015

This book was fantastic. It's a story about two opposite factions putting aside centuries of hate and agreeing to an arranged marriage between the two heirs, Zane and Danica.

At first even the thought of this causes a lot of trouble between the Avians and Serpiente. Zane and Danica also barely tolerate each other. They understand what they need to do is necessary but they struggle to show affection when they are alone. Especially when the Serpiente are a very emotional and touchy
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I grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, where I matriculated through the public Concord-Carlisle school district from kindergarten until my graduation in 2001. The best part of school, from fifth grade until the year I graduated, was definitely chorus. I love music, and I love to sing, and though I never had the courage or the talent to participate in any of the high school plays as a performer, I en ...more
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“I lifted my face to meet the kiss, wanting the comfort of his touch as much as I was willing to provide the comfort of mine. The contact was sweet and soft, yet at the same time desperate.

It was Zane who pulled away first. "Danica, I think..." He trailed off and kissed me again, this time briefly, just the barest touch of lips to lips. "I love you."

From a man who frequently uttered eloquent speeches, the tentative declaration was not the most flattering of compliments-especially when every movement he made and look he cast my way had shown the long truth before now.

But coming from the serpent who had once informed me that he did not love me and did not think he ever could, whose cool, polished words could cut to the bone and freeze the Earth's frozen molten blood — whose eyes right now were just a bid dazed, and whose expression was as open and startled as I had ever seen it — the words were more than enough.

"I know," I answered. Then, soft but certain, I answered, "I love you too."

His smile matched mine and said the same as mine: I know.”
“I ask for trust. It is a lot, I know; it isn't easy to give. But it is all I ask.” 106 likes
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