HAWKSONG by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Updated: Oct 7
I'm going to be honest, I probably should have rated this three stars. But I remember reading this in middle school and loving it so much. I guess the extra star is for nostalgia? While this wasn't a bad book, it was definitely lacking in some things.
For example, filler content.
Now, don't get me wrong, I myself suck at writing filler content, but it's honestly a must for books. You can't just go from one big action to the next without readers wanting more of an explanation of what went on in between the events. This was especially prominent in this book.
I guess I just wanted a little more from this book, despite it being the first in a series.
The plot was super interesting. The hawk shifters and the snake shifters are at war. They've been at war for hundreds of years and the crown prince and princess of the two warring tribes are tired of the fighting. So, they decide to marry and bridge the gap between the two shifter peoples.
Needless to say, this isn't smooth sailing. The people of both sides have been fighting their entire lives and have heard nothing but bad things about the other side. Even those closest to the main characters are not 100% on board with the marriage plan.
Danica: Danica is the crown princess of the avian shifters. She has lost so much, just like everyone else. The book actually opens with the death of her brother. Danica is the epitome of the distant royal, but that's because that is what she's been raised to act like. Once she is alone or with someone she trusts she shows her fiery personality and passion for peace.
Zane: Zane is the crown prince of the snake shifters. Almost the exact opposite of Danica, Zane and his people value emotion and physical contact. He is charming, smooth, and the ultimate gentleman. He is also exactly what you would think of when you think of a snake shifter - sexy and suave. Zane is actually a really good guy and is just as willing as Dancia to give up things so that the war will end.
As I mentioned above, I felt like the pacing of this book was just way too fast. While it does touch on some conflicts that arise from the union of the two shifter tribes, it really glosses over a lot of things. I would have liked the author to slow down and expand on some of the effects of the marriage since the two tribes are very different.
As I said, this should have been a three-star read. But I just couldn't get over how much I remember loving the book when I was younger and that love came out in this reading too. I don't think I will be checking out the rest of the series as this one ended in an okay place, but I think I will keep this book for a quick read that triggers my nostalgia.