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Falcondance: The Kiesha'ra: Volume Three Hardcover – September 13, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 870L (What's this?)
  • Series: Kiesha'ra (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 183 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; First Edition edition (September 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385731949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385731942
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,177,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 7-10–The intricate power struggles between various breeds of avian shapeshifters continue in this third book in the series. Nicias, 19, son of Kel and Sebastian, falcons who were stripped of their falcon magic and exiled from their homeland of Ahnmik, is one of the personal guards to Oliza, heir to the avian and serpiente thrones. He is loyal to her despite never having felt at home in Wyvern's Court. He has inherited his parents' magic and it will destroy him unless he can learn to control it. His parents reluctantly send him to Ahnmik to be taught to bind it by his grandmother, the Empress, and her heir, Lady Araceli. Nicias finds himself torn between his duty to Oliza and the political manipulation and newfound power he discovers as a royal heir on Ahnmik. His only ally is Darien, an exiled member of the Empress's royal guard. Despite the many characters in the series (a family tree is included), the personalities are uniquely drawn and the mythological avian world is vividly described. Characters from Hawksong (2003) and Snakecharm (2004, both Delacorte) return briefly and events from those books are recapped. This title lacks the compelling romance found in Hawksong, and focuses more on the history of the avian conflicts.–Sharon Rawlins, Piscataway Public Library, NJ
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About the Author

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes wrote her first novel, In the Forests of the Night, when she was 13 years old. She has since published Demon in My View, Shattered Mirror, Midnight Predator, all ALA Quick Picks for Young Adults, Hawksong, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror List Selection, and Snakecharm. She lives in Massachusetts.

Customer Reviews

I look forward to reading the next book.
Kooljobs
Surprisingly, I was glad to see the large gap between this book and the previous story in the series.
Mirrani
I also love the new characters Hai and Darien.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Some writers mature as their careers go on, and some just jump from one weakness to another. Too bad Amelia Atwater-Rhodes seems to be one of the latter kind.

"Falcondance" is the third novel in her new series, about several shapeshifting races who barely keep from strangling each other. And for a time it seems that this will beAtwater-Rhodes' best novel yet -- until the plot implodes in a messy, inconclusive finale.

Nicias is the son of two falcon exiles, although he has spent his whole life at the serpiente-hawk Wyvern Court, serving the dual heir Oliza Shardae Cobriana. But when his latent magic starts to awaken, his parents send him to the falcon city of Ahmik, to be trained by his cruel grandmother. If they don't, he'll lapse into the coma-like state of Ecl.

While there, he gains a lover and begins to suspect that his grandmother is hiding some sinister secrets. Even stranger, he is hearing the voice of a condemned prisoner, who promises to give him the answers he needs. What Nicias learns is a hideous secret that threatens the existance of Wyvern's Court itself -- and is terrible enough to kill for.

For most of "Falcondance" it seems as if Atwater-Rhodes is on a roll. Her character of Nicias is well-drawn, conflicted and afraid of his own heritage, and she takes the time to draw out some interesting conspiracy stories that show where the serpiente-hawk conflicts started.

Even her writing is maturing, since she is willing to (awkwardly) handle the subject of sex. Death is still only touched on, though. Then, we reach the final chapters, and it all collapses, as if Atwater-Rhodes had been making it up as she went along and had no idea how to untangle the various crises. So the climactic buildup ends in a showdown...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on September 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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 of his ancestors to understand these strange new powers. What he learns there is that he does indeed have power and is considered of royal blood. This fact is both powerful and dangerous in the falcon world and back at home in Wyvern.

Terrible things are in his history that forever have been wiped from the memories of his parents, exiles living in Wyvern. But once he knows the truth about where he comes from, he sees that the future of Wyvern's Court and Oliza are in danger unless he acts to ensure otherwise.

Nicias brings a troubled woman back from Ahnmik, the falcon land, who is related to the serpiente. She could be a threat to Oliza but needed to go to Wyvern to survive. Her actions, and Nicias's, likely will be spelled out further in the next volume.

Beautifully described settings and Nicias himself will draw readers into this complicated and darkly suspenseful story. Readers will need to follow along carefully as in any fantasy series.

--- Reviewed by Amy Alessio
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Komputer kitten on April 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Falcondance is the third book in The Kiesha'ra Series. Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is the child prodigy who wrote In the Forests of the Night at the age of thirteen.

Falcondance, unfortunately is the weakest of the three books in the series. This is a fantasy novel with a heaping helping of adventure that eventually falls flat. In spite of this, Falcondance is nonetheless a mesmerizing tale of magic, dreams, power and the internal struggles that rage within oneself. This is an enjoyable fantasy book overall because it delivers an attractive storyline that leaves you with a craving for more. There are a multitude of compelling characters introduced in this book, however, many of their roles lack further development. There is much less sentimentality in Falcondance than in the previous books, and this includes a decrease in romantic relations. Falcondance is better reserved for more mature readers; nevertheless it could be read as a bedtime story by parents for their children who read less well.

Still, the language flows very easily, and is beautifully executed. However, this is a book that should be read in chronological order with the first two in the series read first: Hawksong and then Snakecharm, and then finally onto Falcondance. There is an enormous amount of suspense and expectation built up throughout the book, but the finale is indecisive, and leaves one with the feeling of not only unresolved issues, but also of miscalculated turns.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Team LitPick on January 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
When Nicias Silvermead's falcon magic reveals itself in his blood, he flies to Ahnmik to get help from his grandmother. Even though he is a falcon, his parents have not told him much of his heritage. They themselves are exiles from Ahnmik. Nicias finds the city mesmerizing, yet he knows that his true home is the wyvern's court. During his stay in the city he finds out many startling details of his past, including why his parents made the decision to leave Ahnmik. He becomes entangled in a web of lies and deception. As Nicias fights his way through these barriers, he uncovers deadly secrets that could destroy the existence of Wyvern's court.

The newest sequel in The Kiesha'ra series, Falcondance, by Amelia Atwater Rhodes, is mainly Nicias's story. For the most part, Falcondance explains the mysteries of the two previous novels in the series. Though the novel is well written and does have a charm of its own, it does not really compare to Hawksong, the first in the series. It just feels as though Rhodes left too much of the story out. It does not flow as smoothly as the previous two. The whole aura of the series changes, instead of blending the different aspects in the novel they stand apart. The connection that the different characters were linked by in the previous novels has been severed. The novel seems rushed or maybe a new twist in the plot that isn't quite concrete yet. Nevertheless, Rhodes writing is just as good as ever. I still look forward to her next novel, especially in this series because of her ending that seems to suggest another sequel in the series.

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Amelia Atwater-Rhodes wrote her first novel, In the Forests of the Night, when she was 13 years old. Other books in the Den of Shadows series are Demon in My View, Shattered Mirror, Midnight Predator, all ALA Quick Picks for Young Adults. She has also published the five-volume series The Kiesha'ra: Hawksong, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror List Selection; Snakecharm; Falcondance; Wolfcry; and Wyvernhail. Visit her online at www.ameliaatwaterrhodes.com.

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