Friday, May 6, 2011

Review: Hawksong

This book counts towards the Shifter challenge.

Danica Shardae is an avian, a human-hawk shapeshifter.  She is the princess, soon to be queen, of the avians.  It will be her job to rule them and to lead them in their endless war against the serpiente.  Her heart breaks at the violence and bloodshed that constantly surround her, but she knows of no way to end it.
Zane Cobriana is graceful, lethal, and powerful: the image of a serpiente prince.  He scares Danica like nothing ever has before.  And yet, he has approached her to ask for peace.  Danica is a queen without a king.  Zane is a king without a queen.  If they want to end the killing, they will have to unite the royal families into one.  But that means learning to trust, and trust may the one thing Danica can't give...

Entertainment: ★★★

It was a nice quick little read, a sweet semi-romance.

Plot: ★★★

It's fairly predictable, really not any surprises.  Of course, I read it expecting it to be predictable and I enjoyed it for its predictable-ness - if that makes any sense.  So if you want a nice familiar-seeming read, Hawksong might be for you.

Characters: ★★★

Zane was pretty cool - I have to admit I fell for him a bit, even in only 243 pages.  Sadly Danica didn't really hold up her end of the romance - she was just a little too distant.  I couldn't really empathize with her.  But Zane was cool.

I also liked the well-thought-out cultures and the differences between them.  The world-building, culture-wise, was quite interesting.

Writing: ★★

Atwater-Rhodes has an interesting, unique style that's pretty enjoyable to read.

End Result: three stars.  A decent book, but not amazingly excellent.

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