Snakecharm by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Series: Kiesha’ra #2
Published: September 28, 2004 by Delacorte Press
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
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.
Snakecharm was a quick read but I didn’t enjoy it as much as the previous book, Hawksong. The biggest reason behind this is because it felt like everything was happening to Zane and Danica and they were just along for the ride. The majority of the book is focused on the history of the falcons and their relationship with the other shifter races. It really felt like the story Zane, who is our narrator this time, is just along for the story of the falcons instead of having any real impact on the story. Danica also spends a large majority of the book off page and I missed seeing her.
I still love the word that Amelia Atwater-Rhodes as created and I enjoyed seeing more of the struggles for peace that the avians and serpiente are working toward. I don’t feel like we learned anything new about Danica or Zane as Snakecharm really just felt like a setup for the future books. Either way, it was an easy read and I’ll be curious to see where the idea for Wyvern’s Court goes.
3 stars – it was good
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