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(The Kiesha'ra #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  9,509 ratings  ·  301 reviews
Zane Cobriana, cobra shapeshifter, thanks the gods every day for Danica, his hawk pair bond, and the peace their union has brought to the avian and serpiente. Soon, Danica will have a child to carry on their royal line. But what should be a happy time is riddled with doubt.
Syfka, an ancient falcon, has arrived from Ahnmik claiming that one of her people is hidden in their
Paperback, 167 pages
Published June 13th 2006 by Laurel Leaf (first published September 28th 2004)
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Jan 11, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First, I thought the characters kind of regressed in characterization. Zane was so bland I frequently forgot who was narrating. They all seemed a bit lifeless. The last book focused so much on Zane’s & Danica’s developing relationship, it was a bit of a letdown to see how far into the background the characters were pushed in this story. Every character was just there to move the plot along, and there wasn’t even that much of a plot!

But my main problem with this book is the lack of world building
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Jul 20, 2013 rated it liked it
After Hawksong, I was immediately filled with a desire to know more about Zane, Danica, and their tumultuous world. Thankfully, I had Snakecharm on hand and began it almost at once. Yet, this sequel leaves much to be desired. While Danica is expecting a child, which puts both herself and Zane in the difficult situation of figuring out how to rear their heir, the haughty falcons have come into their world to search for missing falcons who have hidden among Danica's warriors. Although these two pl ...more
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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Minni Mouse
This was not a good book and shared very little with its predecessor, Hawksong. I thought I read somewhere that the author wrote the first book when she was a teenager and ended up publishing it herself. Unsure if this book followed the same self-published route but it had none of the personality nor spine of the original. In that sense, this is akin to poor Susan Ee surprising us with her self-published book Angelfall but then disappointing for the two sequels.

The reveal of the
Solid 3 stars!

This world that Atwater-Rhodes has created is wonderful but the books are just too short and too fast-paced! On the other hand, there is barely any plot drag that current YA fantasies seem to have. Despite the Keisha'ra series being an MG - YA fantasy, the author's really good with her romance. I remember Hawksong being so sensual even though there wasn't anything extra in it - just good word choice. Not so much here. I kinda wish she would slow down a bit, a fantasy needs that, an
well this is awkward.

i loved hawksong. it has always been one of my favorite books. and although i thought i hadn't read this one before, i remembered a lot of it as i continued to read. and i remembered just how boring it was.

so the premise of the book is that syfka, a royal falcon, comes to the serpiente court to announce that a fugitive is living among either the serpents or the avian people. being that danica is pregnant, the falcon's presence is a huge source of concern for zane.

and then s
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Charming, charming, charming- NOT. Let me start off by saying I had high hopes for this book, Hawksong (its predecessor) was a light exhilarating read. With Snakecharm however, you feel that it is too fast paced and too rushed. For example, (view spoiler). What I'm trying to ...more
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Despite the fact that I love Hawksong with my whole heart, I still went into this book somewhat hesitant. I'd heard some negative reviews with this novel, resulting in my thinking that perhaps it wouldn't live up to its predecessor. But it DID. I LOVED this book. I still am partial to Hawksong, but this book and Hawksong sort of go hand in hand. I adore them both.

I love how much you learn in this novel. In Hawksong, it was about the war, in Snakecharm, it's about the peacetime. And because it's
Jun 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who like other worlds
Shelves: fantasy
The seconf od the Kiesh'ra series, this book gives light to Zane Cobriana's mind. As the narrator for the book, he provides a significant change to the prior novel, which was told through the voice of Danica Shardae his new wife. Zane is much more sarcastic and emotional than she, and it gives the plot a bit more pazzaz. The story line in itself develops nicely and explors the reasons behind the struggle for both the avians and serpiente to live harmoniously to a greater extent.
Jun 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is so talented. I read her books back when I was a teen and just flew through all of them. I still think fondly of them from time to time. I hope to re-read them at some time. The Kiesha'ra series has a special place in my heart.
Apr 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, 2020, fantasy
This book is very boring and bad. Badly written. Badly paced. Had I not been bored every time I picked it up, I could have finished it in a day or two. But here we are on Day 4 and it was a struggle to force myself to read the last 40 pages.

I made it one of my goals to reread Atwar-Rhodes’ work this year as I had physical copies of all her books from high-school when I adored them. Two months ago, I read the first in this series, ‘Hawksong’,and was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t awful. ‘Sna
Emily W
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Ok so I absolutely loved this book and the series, but I wish I wasn't over so fast, and theat it showed more of the serpentine ability to 'sense' emotions like Zane showed Danika in the first book. I'm glad the child wasn't born in this book because that would be easy to fast, even though I kinda expected that to happen. Also, I honestly expected *SPOILERS* Erica and Andreios to be the missing Falcons because they have been actinge strange for some time, and they were just the best fighters fro ...more
Cait S
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
I just feel like this series would be so much better as a couple standard size books. There's too much info dumping and history crammed in to these short 150-200 pages, it just feels overwhelming and like we are more focused on that than on what's currently happening and how it affects the characters. The names are (for me) completely unpronounceable which means I'm hearing gibberish in my head for most of every page. All of that combined together just wasn't an enjoyable reading experience (asi ...more
m ✦ foesandlovers
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it

I loved the first installment, but this one just didn't do much for me. There was barely any romance which was really a big shift from the first book.

There were some good parts and soms interesting stuff thrown in but not enough to really keep me invested in this story and these characters.
Jessica {Litnoob}
Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it
While I was very very happy to be back in this world with these characters I do wish things had been a little longer. I need more angst with my drama and that's more easily done with more length. Still seeing things from Zanes point of view was a nice change and I'd still like to continue on.
May 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Sep 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who is very intrested in fastasy.
Shelves: q1-2008
So far Snakecharm by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes has been really great. It took a while to get used to the style of writing that the author uses, but after getting past the strange style it is a really good book. The plot is progressing all the time so there is never a dull moment. Once you get into it you don't want to put it down.

Zane Cobriana

Zane Cobriana, the main character in Snakecharm by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, is a cobra shapeshifter with a hot flaring attitude determined to keep peace and t
Feb 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes welcomes us back into her world of shapeshifters in this second volume of the planned Kiesha'Ra series. First off, if you haven't read Hawksong (the first volume), you will be lost in the second volume. While there are brief references to that book in this novel, Snakecharm introduces us to a new clan and characters, but also lacks the power of it's predecessor.

In Snakecharm, Zane takes the driver's wheel and guides us into the newlywed's life with his pair bond Danica. Bot
This is one of my favorite books and I love rereading it over and over. This will be a short review because there are lots of spoilers in this book and I don't wanna give anything away

This books picks up a few months after the first book, Hawksong. This book is in Zane's point of view. The war between the serpiente and the avians is over. Danica and Zane rule both people in their each individual courts. While the war is over, the two cultures have not merged together. Some brave individuals have
Checked out from the library.


4 out of 5

Danica and Zane have achieved a lot in their aim of peace between the avains and serpiente. However, when Danica becomes pregnant, will the peace last long? Also, a falcon named Syfka comes and that causes more problems, so is the falcon just there to find their missing falcon? Or, is she there just to stir up trouble amongst their people?

Another supernatural book, however, this time it is about shapeshifters, again. Yay. \o/

As a second book o
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I rediscovered Hawksong on my shelf, and given my current predilection toward both escapism and nostalgia for childhood books, I decided to try and read the rest of the series. This book was....OK. It seemed to just continue the plot of the first book without a lot of the emotional urgency or sexiness that made Hawksong seem pretty great to 11 year old me (still is pretty good!). The two main characters are madly in love and there are machinations and stuff they have to contend with, but it's ju ...more
Isa Lavinia
As I've mentioned in Hawksong's review, these books, though a delightful read, left me wanting.

One thing I should add when it comes to Snakecharm is how well the author dealt with how the "inter-species" (in a way) marriage worked and the difficulties that came from raising a child of two cultures. Most books tend to sweep these conflicts under the Happy Ever After rug, it's always a nice treat when an author does not shy from these issues. Granted, it's fantasy, but these are also issues preval
Sep 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book- being the second of the series, was under a lot of pressure to impress the fan base of the first book. I enjoyed the first book immensely and I was expecting more development of the two protagonists and the continuation of their lives after the first novel. Is that what you get from this sequel? Yes and no. Yes, they are still characters in the book, they make appearances through-out it, but no, they are no longer the book's focus. This sequel was disappointing to me, not simply becau ...more
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
I was absolutely in love with Hawksong! The characters the plot, and not to mention the obvious chemistry between Zane and Danica. This book was kind of a disappointment. With their new world of freedom and semi-peace, the avian and serpiente people are on edge when a falcon comes claiming that there is one of her own kind hidden among Zane and Danica’s people.
When people start to find out that Danica is pregnant with a half cobra/hawk child, arguments are started as to what will happen to it,
E. C. McRoy
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My rating is actually 3.5 stars. As always, I am impressed with the author's firm grasp of world building and I get easily attached to her characters. That being said, I was not as engrossed by this story as I was with the first. There was something in the desperate attempt to create peace that was engaging and that was lacking a bit in this one. I appreciated how the characters strove, constantly, to overcome each other's prejudices in the hopes of making a better world, because that was realis ...more
Miss Clark
Sequel to Hawksong, it was not as bad as I feared, but definitely less "immediate" than its predecessor, where one clearly feels Danica's emotions and thoughts. Zane's narration in this volume feels far removed from the action - an observer's viewpoint rather than a participant's. Furthermore, the falcon angle seemed overdone - just how powerful are they and why don't the Serpiente and Avian clans have some of that good old "magic" on their side?

Honestly, I think Zane's version of Hawksong would
Jan 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
I started reading Atwater-Rhodes when she wrote her first book, In the Forests of the Night in, oh... 1999/2000. It was published while I was working the Books department at Media Play. It was.. interesting... I suppose, but there was this niggling thing about the way she writes - 'pedestrian' is what I called it, to my boyfriend. This book and the next, Snakecharm are the first two books of what I can only imagine will be at the least, a trilogy, called the "Kiesha'ra". Atwater-Rhodes has made ...more
Shelly Schulz
After reading Hawksong and falling in love with it, I immediately went to reserve Snakecharm from the library. It took a few weeks for them to get it in, so I was chomping at the bit to read it when I finally got my hands on it. I still like the world, and the characters–though in Snakecharm there’s a narration shift from Danica to Zane. About halfway through the book we find out that Danica is pregnant with their first child, and along with that comes the problems of raising a mixed breed child ...more
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