Atwater-Rhodes, Amelia. Falcondance.

Author:Flint-Ferguson, Janis
Position::Young Adult Review

ATWATER-RHODES, Amelia. Falcondance. (The Kiesha'ra Series, Vol. 3.) Random House, Delacorte. 224p. c2006. 0-385-73194-9. $16.99. JS

Fans of young writer Amelia Atwater-Rhodes will enjoy this third tale about serpent and bird shapeshifters. In this novel, Nicias Silvermead, son of Kel and Sebastian of Ahnmik, is an honor guard in the Wyvern's Court, sworn to protect Oliza, daughter of the hawk Danika and the cobra Zane and heir to the combined realm of serpents and birds. However, Nicias is himself of royal blood, a falcon with the magic of Ahnmik; he is the grandson of Araceli, the powerful queen who rules Ahnmik. As his magic manifests itself, he is lured back to Ahnmik, the realm his parents have long since fled. He is befriended by two falcons, and the stories he hears from them are quite different. He is uncertain about the truth of the white city of Ahnmik and the influence it might have on Oliza.

The story is told by Nicias, whose voice conveys the confusion and uncertainty of his growing falcon...

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