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Snakecharm: The Kiesha'ra: Volume Two Hardcover – September 28, 2004

3.8 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews
Book 2 of 5 in the Kiesha'ra Series

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From School Library Journal

Grade 7-10–In this sequel to Hawksong (Delacorte, 2003), in which the characters switch between human and animal form, the war between the snake and bird peoples is over. Zane Cobriana, Diente of the serpiente, and Danica Shardae, Tuuli Thea of the avians, have brought peace with their marriage. Now they divide their time between their countries, encouraging their citizens to coexist and learn more about one another. Difficulties arise when a dangerous emissary comes from the falcons seeking a fugitive hidden in one of their courts. To complicate matters, Danica is pregnant and each domain wants the future heir to be raised in its own tradition. While Hawksong was told by Danica, Snakecharm features Zane's voice. The story is compelling, but the narration is oddly detached. Zane describes his feelings, but the text seems flat, almost as if he is speaking about someone else. This disconnect doesn't hamper the action, however. While some plot elements, like the eventual solution of building a third court between the two lands, are easily guessed, others are unexpected, and there is enough suspense to keep readers interested. This book is a must-have for libraries with fans of Hawksong. Others seeking out shapeshifter stories may want to investigate Patrice Kindl's Owl in Love (Houghton, 1993).–Lisa Prolman, Greenfield Public Library, MA
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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 midst. The falcons are more powerful than the avians and serpiente combined, and Syfka shows nothing but contempt for Zane and Danica's alliance. To Zane's horror, his own people seem just as appalled as Syfka is by the thought of a mixed-blood child becoming heir to the throne. Is Syfka's lost falcon just a ruse to stir up controversy among them? The truth lies somewhere in their tangled pasts--and the search will redefine Zane and Danica's fragile future.

Praise for Hawksong:

"Atwater-Rhodes has created a stunning adventure that draws readers in and leaves them begging for more."--School Library Journal, Starred

"Atwater-Rhodes takes a break from vampires to create two warring clans . . . [with] impressively complex cultures."--Publishers Weekly

A VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror List selection

Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 940L (What's this?)
  • Series: Kiesha'ra (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (September 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385730721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385730723
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,793,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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Snakecharm, a book I have been waiting 4 ever to read was actually not very charming. In fact it is a major failure as a sequel to Hawksong. Atwater-Rhodes expands the reader's knowledge of Danica and Zane's world very little, by only introducing the falcons and their strict culture. Despite Atwater-Rhodes constantly describing their power, the falcons seemed only like bossy and stuck-up avians to me and Syfka got boring real fast. When it comes to the characters, Atwater-Rhodes failed to develop her main ones. Danica who was the narrator of Hawksong became unimportant and vague in Snakecharm. Zane, the narrator, was hard for me to connect with. Even though seeing the world through his eyes was interesting, I liked him better when I didn't know what was on his mind. This book also lacked the romance that Hawksong had. All the romance is sweet, but expected and even predictable. Romance wasn't the only thing Atwater-Rhodes neglected but the plot as well. The storyline which seemed so interesting at first, became stupid after a while and the little surprises made me want to stop reading all together. I found myself skipping pages to get past the boring parts (something I never did in any of her other books). The end of Snakecharm is rushed and ends rather abruptly which was not very satisfying to say the least. Overall, the book was a disapointment. Atwater-Rhodes could have done better. The main characters were distant, the falcons boring, and the story was so frustrating just to read, that I began to wish she had continued with vampires.
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If you're like me, you were anxious to find out what happened with Zane and Danica after the events of "Hawksong." Once again, we are thrust into the world of the serpiente and the avians. Zane tells the story from his point of view, unlike the first book where Danica was the storyteller.

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes does not disappoint her readers. This book is just as amazing as her previous ones. I recommend it to anyone who enjoyed "Hawksong."

Continue the series with:
Book 3 Falcondance: The Kiesha'ra: Volume Three (Kiesha'ra)
Book 4 Wolfcry: The Kiesha'ra: Volume Four
Book 5 Wyvernhail: The Kiesha'ra: Volume Five

Or if you'd like to read more of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, I greatly recommend her vampire themed stories. Her first book was published when she was only 14, and I think I enjoyed this series even more than the Kiesha'ra ones. The nice thing about these is that they do not necessarily have to be read together or in order as most feature new characters, though they do take place in the same universe and often mention characters from previous books.

Book 1 In the Forests of the Night
Book 2
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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. Both the lands of the hawks and the snakes are at peace (with a few bumps), but this is all put on a string when Syfka, a powerful falcon from Ahnmik (home of her people), warns Zane and Danica of a wanted falcon is in their land. And to make matters worse, Danica is pregnant with their first child, which could upset the balance of the hawks and the snakes.

The plot offers a more gripping, mature and dark tone than Hawksong. To me, it offers a more reality-based peice than Atwater-Rhodes last offering (Hawksong was Romeo and Juliet without the climatic death of the main characters). Also, it's nice to see old characters return and with a whole new outlook on their ever-changing world. Zane's first-person narrative offers a new face too, but it seems Atwater-Rhodes needs some more experience writting for a main male character. While she has proven great success with her main female characters, Zane's P.O.V. is often crossing the line between first/third person and this tends to leave the reader wandering around with no guidence.

Along with her weak male narrator, Atwater-Rhodes also treads into familar problems once more. She offers her readers a fantasical world, but she only gives you the tip of the iceberg.
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Amelia Atwater-Rhodes has created a world based on the idea that an author shouldn't have to describe every single facet of an imaginary world to give the reader fulfillment. She describes only as much as the reader needs to understand the story while at the same time leaving room for future story expansion.

That being said, I have to say that this story comfortably continues the story of Zane and Danica and introduces falcon characters to expand the world introduced in Hawksong. Also, toward the end she lightens the slightly grim mood with the characters' hope in the future Wyvern's Court. It seems the overall mood of the series gradually lightens throughout the first two books of the series and shows the regrowth of a society long-torn by war.

Atwater-Rhodes tells a fine tale for either children or adults.
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