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Hawksong

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The Kiesha'ra Volume OneAn ALA uick Pick for Reluctant ReadersDanica is an avian shapeshifter and her golden hawk's form in the sky is as n All right what do we have hereA conundrum of courseMy mind kept oscill

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Atural to her as her human one on land The only thing familiar to her is war It has raged between her people and the serpiente for so long Hawksong is possibly one of the most under rated fantasy novels I've c

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No one can remember how it began All they know is hatred fear and bloodshed And Danica is tired of itAvailable only in The Literacy Bridge Thank you thank you THANK YOU sooooo much Rachel for the recommendation

  • Hardcover
  • null
  • Hawksong
  • Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
  • English
  • 20 December 2018
  • 9780786271795

About the Author: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

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



10 thoughts on “Hawksong

  1. says:

    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 storiesseries 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 recent years They must feel as if there's something missing The relationships are wholesome and intriguing sexy and provocative but not overblown like most today Hawksong's premise is simple Danica Shardae last living heir to the avian throne and Zane Cobriana last living heir to the serpiente throne must marry despite their deferences the former being a hawk shapeshifter and the later being a cobra in order to put an end to the age old war between their species that has dwindled their numbers drastically and caused much heartache among them It is this little plot that drew me to it years ago and that has brought me back for a second timeLet me just say this I despite having read over 300 books since late 2008 I wasn't big on reading before then can count on one hand how many books I've taken the time to read than once This isn't because I'm exaggerating when I say I love a book but because I simply don't see any reason to read something twice unless it spoke to me on a certain level the first time around Very few have done this but Hawksong regardless of the years that have passed since I last turned its pages stuck in my mind enough to make me want to read it again And I can honestly say that it stood the test of time; I think I even enjoyed it now than when I read it so long agoDanica is the kind of heroine I wish YA authors created these days she's independent and strong enough to sit by the dying holding their hand as they draw their last breaths; she's resilient and self sacrificing even in a case where she must commit herself to a life long marriage with someone whom she's been raised from birth to fear all just to try and make peace and save the lives of her peopleZane has a hard exterior with a soft heart underneath and is just as determined to heal the damage caused by the war as Danica is They go together very well they just don't realize it until it's almost too lateWhen I first read Hawksong years back I for some reason that escapes me now didn't take the time to continue with the series and follow it up with Snakecharm Why I'll never know; but in a way I'm glad I didn't because now I get to follow these characters into their next chapter for the first time

  2. says:

    All right what do we have here?A conundrum of courseMy mind kept oscillating between 35 or 4 stars and I'm choosing neither This book is actually very difficult to rate The reasons?1 It has a splendid story lineWho doesn't love shape shifters with a history? I simply love history and ancient stories and this book had uite 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 stop the never ending war Correction the leaders of these two sides try their best to stop the war Not the people So I was cool with the plot It sounded interesting and it was interesting until everything dropped somewhere in between 2 Existence of an awesome male lead made this book even difficult to rateYou're wondering who? It's Zane Cobriana Okay I simply loved him Just because he sounded badass even though he has red eyes But like I mentioned he was awesome before everything dropped somewhere in between3 This book was addictingEven though everything dropped somewhere in between I couldn't put this book down I was just drawn to this book or Zane to be exact but one character isn't enough for me to fall for this bookSo what the hell happened somewhere in between?If you really want to read this book I would advise you to skip this part because it does contain one teeny tiny spoiler But if you really want to know what you're getting yourself into then I would advise you to read this partOkay Remember two warring sides? Remember the leaders want to end this never ending war? Okay so how do they try to end it? Of course the only conclusion they can come up with is marriageAlight I was okay with that Maybe something interesting would happen But no NO What does happen isZane isn't happy with Danica By the way she's the main character and I would say she was uite boringZane is making out with someone else because he's lonelyZane is trying to love DanicaZane finally in the end has fallen for Danica That's all that happened I was crushed beyond words I mean why couldn't Zane remain badass till the end? Was it so hard to remain badass Zane? Was it all a ruse to pull readers in and then kick them so hard in the end making them realize how just not badass you are?I thought they'd be a lot of kidnapping involved in this book I don't know why I thought Zane would kidnap Danica and threaten her side and stuff like that but alas all that is left up to my imagination Also I don't think I'd read the next installment My poor heart can take only so much

  3. says:

    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 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

  4. says:

    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 goesHawksong is vastly uniue 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 on shapeshifters Specifically the avians who are at war with the serpentine and have been for as long as anyone can remember The cause of the war is lost to time not a cop out on the author's part we get an explanation in Falcondance but the two sides are ready for peace In order to do this Danica a shapeshifter royalty agrees to marry Zane a cobra royaltyIf you're thinking that this would create a slow boring plot I'm sad to say that you're mostly correct Amelia tries to create some tension with subplots but the main plot is purely an emotional one Now don't get me wrong the emotional plot is certainly interesting But in an epic fantasy essentially book about shapeshifters I sort of expected something and I never got itBut once you get past this holy shit I don't even know where to start First off the worldbuilding Both the Avian and the Serpentine have incredibly detailed cultures including customs religion rulers and terminology not slang thank God This becomes a major plot point when Danica and Zane have to make adjustments to each others' cultures And it's done flawlessly Each society feels real and each feels beautifully contrasting Moreover everything about it is genuinely original there's no default to imitating customs or religions we already have And why should there be? The avians and serpentine are completely separate from the humans and there's no reason that there would be any overlapIt seems I can't dwell on the aspects that are the most objective without diving into something that you may or may not feel for the book What I'm referring to is a connection to the characters that inhabit this world and an emotional investment in their plight It helps that Danica and Zane both felt completely real and their personalities were completely utilized in making an emotional conflict Danica is put in a position that she's never been in before that she doesn't want to be in but that she has to fill in order to stop the war She wants so badly to trust Zane but she doesn't know if she can or should And last but not least she has to pretend to be in love with him when she is in fact in love with Rei a childhood friend of hers Her reactions to this all feel so real and so poignant that I couldn't help crying at several points in the book This is real life I was looking at here and there's not a thing about it that feels superficial or caricaturey With all this realism it's only natural that a social commentary should accompany it The message is a strong anti war message But unlike Mockingjay which preaches against war by showing its horrors not that this was ineffective Hawksong preaches against war by showing the contrast and beauty of peace Danica is definitely shell shocked by the war and by the death of her friends and family over the years but this is a book about growing beyond that about the wonderful afterthoughts of peace and the ways that we would be bettered if war was a thing of imaginationGoddamn I love it so much that it's got me spouting poetryAs usual Amelia's writing style is flawless Her language is beautiful and complex never awkward or simplistic Looking back I cannot believe that she wrote this book when she was only eighteen The writing is so mature so brilliant that it can't be the work of someone with only high school lessons in writingAfter all this you're probably wondering why my rating is only four stars Is it because of the slow plot? Nope I'd forgive that in a heartbeat what with all the other awesome abound It's because of the ending That FUCKING ENDINGview spoilerIn the end Zane and Danica come to love each other and the last page consists of their confessions of love Maybe I'm being a dick for finding this wrong but sighs My problems with this are complex and somewhat confusing even to me but I'll explain them the best that I canWhen we first meet Danica not only does she want to trust Zane not only does she want to marry him to create peace she's also madly in love with Rei Their relationship had grown over years and years of being together and really he was all she had left Over the course of the book again and again Danica turns to him for advice for comfort I cannot believe that Danica would abandon all this for Zane I have nothing against a story of two people who thought they could never love each other coming together but a romantic declaration of love was completely unnecessary Why couldn't Danica have accepted her duty to create peace to marry Zane in order to prevent the war without this? Sure she would enjoy him but only as a friend Maybe over the years they'd come to love each other that I can believe But the book actually takes place over a relatively short time frame and it just felt insta lovish and out of nowhereSighs Was that worth demoting the book a star? Probably not But that ending just ruined a lot of what came before it and I cannot accept itEDIT Alright I didn't do a very good job of explaining that Let me try againOne of this book's major themes other than 'Peace is good' is how you sometimes have to do things for the better of everyone These things may not be easy or fun for you but you have to do them anyway The ending completely ruined that because well doing the right thing for the better suddenly became easy Everybody won here in a way that doesn't feel very true to life Peace may be good but it isn't perfect; in real life there's no such thing as a scenario where everybody wins After everything was so true to life for an entire book this felt like a betrayal to the book's message and purpose And that's why I have to remove a star hide spoiler

  5. says:

    It’s been a while since I read YA I’m so glad my friend recommended this one Hawksong tells the story of Danica a shapeshifter who takes the second form of a hawk and her efforts to end an ancient war between her people and the snake shapeshifters known as the serpiente The story is well crafted the world building is original and enthralling and the characters are delightfully mature and capable of growth Excellent work

  6. says:

    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 ueen 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 difficult than either can imagine Both the hawks and cobras share different traditions and as Zane and Danica grow to fall in love with one another they also learn to assimilate their cultures and their people Atwater Rhodes writes world building as a mere extension of her story not as an overwhelming portion of info dumping With subtle legends and traditions she manages to create and encompass the depth of these two races Although I felt as if Hawksong ended a little too early with both Danica and Zane falling in love slightly faster than I wished I cannot deny that this is solid fantasy full of the characters and type of complex world I love Atwater Rhodes my friends is not to be missed

  7. says:

    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 actionromancemedieval fantasy story that doesn't feature bodice ripping and uivering members within the first few pagesTHE STORYWe have two main groups of humansshapeshifters Hawks and Serpents Avians can fly and are dangerous with their advantage of fighting from the air whereas Serpientes are poisonousdeadlier on the ground and can entrap your mind once they hold your gaze Avians hide their emotions; Serpientes wear their passions and anger on their sleeves Danica is the new leader of the Avians Zane is the leaderwarrior of the Serpientes Both sides have experienced bloodshed and loss The only way the two sides can ever find peace is if their leaders imitate it themselves byta dah A marriage aligning their two groupsNeither side's people are completely content with the marriage alliance and both Danica and Zane have respective would be mates that would have been the next logical mate had it not been for the marriage This means resentment and jealousy and attempted assassinations all around may the odds be ever in your favor TributesTHE GOOD1 It's refreshing to find a G rated but well developed romantic buildup in an adult fantasy book Zane makes it clear that while he finds Danica physically desirable he won't allow her near him if she only does it out of fear or obligation Thank you for that good sir Disclaimer this is an adult fantasy book with no bodice ripping nor rape nor sex at all actually Let's all sigh in relief together shall we?2 The backstory does a good job taking its time before we take off with our plot The perspective is solely from Danica's point of view but we get a decent backstory feel for both the Avians' and Serpeientes' players There's distrust and hatred and for good reason There are military figures who are excellent at what they do and for good reason When the marriage proposal is presented Danica and Zane take their time deliberating it before they agree and for good reason In short we're not rushed here like to other trashy adult fantasy romance novels and for that I'm grateful3 Enemy courts being forced to align I'm a sucker for these plot lines because I love everything about it from the convergence of drastically different cultures to the bitterness each side must bite down for the same of unity4 Intrigue Assassinations and culture assimilation and who to trust? We're not spy or espionage status with this book but it was the right amount of mellow dramaTHE MEH1 If you have the whole series as one book like me then you're fine Otherwise the place that the book ends is so abrupt and premature that it really should be considered part one versus book one Like it's not even a cliffhanger It's like the end of a thought2 Also wasn't a fan of the sudden lurve declaration between Zane and Danica at the end So you love each other do you? Do you really though? Do you?Because Zane's feelings for Danica happened very forwardly but never uite managed to convince me Danica with her distrust and fear were believablebut we never bridged that part between respect and loveor even friendship Sowhat? We went from your frighten and unnerve me to I love you?THE VERDICTThis book isn't mind blowing We don't have grand plot twists or gory battles or sweeping romancesbut it's a strong subtle storyRecommended for fans of either Warprize which I'm sorry but I'll never stop shutting up about it or Radiance

  8. says:

    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 narrativebutOh boy was it good Really I wouldn't classify this as YA it has a flavour of a classical fantasyThe 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 heirs themselves Great ideaMaybe the YA label was given because the heirs are young but it is often so in fantasy novelsWe are speaking of shapeshifters here and the races are birds and serpents Mortal enemies in nature but as Zane the heir and then kind of the Serpiente says Serpents and birds are not meant to live together he asserted again but I personally like to believe that we are than our animal counterpartsDanica at the beginning of the book agrees too I could not look into the eyes of a boy terrified of death and shaking from pain and feel hatred This was a life serpiente yes but still a life; who was I to steal it?view spoilerEveryone around them is strongly opposed to their marriage but they make it happen and trying to maintain peace for which each of them think they sacrificed their possibility to love Instead between hatred treachery and assassination attempts they get nearer and nearer to each other until discover that they have fallen in love hide spoiler

  9. says:

    Thank you thank you THANK YOU sooooo much Rachel for the recommendation

  10. says:

    I loved the idea behind this book Snake people vs bird people? Yes please And the character interactions were pretty sweet

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