Title: Snakecharm (The Kiesha’ra #2)
Author: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Genre \ Themes: Fantasy, Romance
Date Published: September 2004
Cover Rating: 2/5 Stars
Synopsis: 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
Book #1: Hawksong
It took me longer to get through the second book than it did the first book.
Basically, Zane and Danica are having a kid, and they aren’t sure whether to raise him\her in serpiente lands, or avian. Avian children are raised away from their parents, so Danica and Zane wouldn’t get to see him\her a lot. But raising him\her as serpiente might make it even harder to unite the people as one.
I was voting for serpiente. That’s where I would want to be raised, if I had a choice. And it just seems better than the Keep (avian’s palace).
I didn’t want him\her to be raised in the Keep, so the tension was insufferable. I actually started to read other things while reading this.
Despite that, once I got into it again, I really enjoyed it.
The second book is set in Zane’s point of view, which was interesting. It really let’s you see everything in a new way.
As for the addition of the missing falcon and Syfka – at first I wasn’t sure about it, but it added so much to the story, I ended up liking it in the end.
The surprises and the twists and turns in this book – even better done than the first book. It keeps you guessing until the very end; the surprise will take you off guard.
The conclusion was perfect – I wouldn’t change a thing. It left me kind of shocked, and it took a while to process, but that just added to the feeling of the book.
Overall, I liked it, and would suggest the series to someone who is into shape-shifting\fantasy