Author: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Genre: Fantasy

Series:  The Kiesha'ra book one

Age: Teen

POV: 3rd person

Summary: The Serpiente and Avian have been at war with each for who knows how long. Danica only wants peace for her people. The only way to bring it is to marry Zane, king of the Serpiente. 

Review: This is such a gem of a book. The world building is well done given the sense that this is a different world yet, it’s our own world. There is a mix of Egyptian mythology and Indian folklore. I have heard the word Naga use in other books I read. They are semi-divine beings that guard Earth's treasure and are depicted as either serpent with multiple heads or humans that can turn into serpents.

I like all the detail of how different the Avian and Serpiente are. Making it a challenge for Danica and Zane to connect with each other. In the beginning, they have no feelings for each other and over time they slowly begin to feel for each other.

A major theme of the story is what would you sacrifice for peace. Zane and Danica both have a love interest of their own and they both give them up. Not willingly at first those.

Having all these challenges throughout the story before a romance begins to blossom at the end felt genuine and earn.

The story could go on a little bit longer. Most of it was court interior and that can get a bit dull.

The author does a good job establishing how everyone is sick and tier of the war between their people. It’s one thing to end a war but, that doesn't mean everyone is going to trust the other side right away. This is well displayed in Hawksong.

Another book that has a similar storyline is Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Hawksong does it better in having two groups that have been at war for so long. Two indivisibles from opposites sides come together to end it. Don't get me wrong. DSB is one of my all-time favorite books. It just takes a whole other dictation in how the war ends.


Characters: 5/5

Writing: 4/5

Plot: 5/5

Total: 14/20

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