The Kiesha'ra: Volume One An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers Danica is an avian shapeshifter, and her golden hawk's form in the sky is as natural to her as her human one 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 it began. All they know is ...Read MoreThe Kiesha'ra: Volume One An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers Danica is an avian shapeshifter, and her golden hawk's form in the sky is as natural to her as her human one 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 it began. All they know is hatred, fear and bloodshed. And Danica is tired of it. Available only in The Literacy Bridge 5.Read Less
Hawksong is the beginning of a series about the Avians--people who change into birds, the Serpiente--they change into snakes, and some others that are vaguely mentioned in this book. It makes a great fantasy read, if a short one, and the love story is a great one, about two people sacrificing the perfect love they could have with someone else in order to bring peace between the two countries. At the beginning of the book, the heroine Danica, an Avian princess, is reflecting sadly on the fresh blood on the ground, of her brother, of her people, and of the enemy. She finds a Serpiente prince dying on the ground, and though her friend Rei would simply leave the boy to die alone, she sits holding his hand and singing until the last breath escapes him. The sadness is what brings in depth, and not just brutality to the story. Very soon after that a Serpiente woman comes to the Keep in search of a truce, and peace. The rulers of the two people meet, and Danica is afraid of and also fascinated by Zane, the Serpiente ruler. It is then that an alliance of marriage between the two of them is suggested, instead of by means of war. Danica and Zane both don't want this marriage, for they both already have lovers, but she realizes that it could be the only means of an end to the fighting, and she knows she would do anything for her people to be safe. But how much is she really giving up? Not everyone likes this idea, and more than one attempt of assassination occur. Meanwhile, she knows Zane is unhappy, and shemust be brave in more ways than one. This is a tender, but also solidly exciting story. But the love grows rather than happens right away, and the plot is excellent. This book has depth as well as imagination, but not so much death as to make it boring.
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