Friday, May 13, 2011

Review: Snakecharm

This book counts towards the Shifter challenge.

Zane Cobriana and Danica Shardae have united their warring kingdoms of bird and snake shape shifters in an unease peace with their marriage.  It should be happily ever after, right?  But nothing is ever that easy.  Although Zane and Danica have come to love each other, their people are still uneasy and wary of each other - and of their rulers.  Both queen and king have had to survive multiple assassination attempts from their own subjects, angry about the peace and angry about the prospect of Danica's unborn child - an unheard-of half-breed - taking either throne.

Now a falcon has arrived in their court.  Ancient, unimaginably powerful, and cruel, the falcon is searching for a falcon traitor she claims is hiding among the serpiente or the avians.  But this traitor may be just an excuse for the falcons to stir up trouble and destroy the fragile, hard-won peace...

Entertainment: ★★★

It was a short, happy, positive-message-having read.  A nice way to kill a few hours.

Characters: ★★

There was simply not a lot of characterization.  I didn't really feel like I got to know any of the characters, which was disappointing, given that they all seemed to have interesting starting points and I really would have liked to learn more about them.

Plot: ★★★★

It was pretty interesting, and I thought it had a fabulous message about acceptance, getting along, and lovely things like that.  Messages which frankly more people need to hear.  And those messages weren't shoved down my throat, either, they were blended seamlessly into the story.

Writing: ★★★

It was pretty well-written, I thought.

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

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