Sunday, August 16, 2009

Hawksong Review

Release Date: September 2004
Publisher: Perfection Learning
Age Group: 12+
Pages: 243 (Hardcover)

DANICA SHARDAE IS an avian shapeshifter, and the golden hawk’s form in which she takes to the sky is as natural to her as the human one that graces her on land. The only thing more familiar to her is war: It has raged between her people and the serpiente for so long, no one can remember how the fighting began. As heir to the avian throne, she’ll do anything in her power to stop this war—even accept Zane Cobriana, the terrifying leader of her kind’s greatest enemy, as her pair bond and make the two royal families one. Trust. It is all Zane asks of Danica—and all they ask of their people—but it may be more than she can give. A School Library Journal Best Books of the Year A VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror List selection From the Hardcover edition.


Hawksong...hmm.... What should I say about Hawksong...?

I think I know why it took me so long to read it and why it was so easy to put it down: no suspense. There was no mystery to keep me guessing, or villain for me to hate. And there was a weird romance going on that wasn't quite a romance going on between Danica and Zane. Now, both of these facts change in the last 60 or so pages, but it wasn't until then that I really got into the book.

I didn't seem to relate to Danica. She was supposed to have a composure on the outside-which I get-but she didn't have much emotion in her narration. I liked Zane a lot, though. Other than that, I didn't really love any of the characters.

The writing was great, but I always rave about Amelia Atwater-Rhodes' writing. I did feel like she lost some of her storytelling ability in Hawksong, though.

Was Hawksong worth the read? Sure. Would I recommend it? With my opinion, but yeah. Since I liked the ending so much, I'll be reading the second one. It wasn't as good as I'd hoped it would be, though.

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