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Nicias has never felt completely at home among the avians and serpiente in Wyvern's Court, despite his loyalty to Oliza Shardae Cobriana, the heir to both thrones. He is a falcon, the son of two exiles from Anhmik and images of this distant island have always haunted his dreams. But when Nicias's visions become more like reality, his parents have no choice but to send himNicias has never felt completely at home among the avians and serpiente in Wyvern's Court, despite his loyalty to Oliza Shardae Cobriana, the heir to both thrones. He is a falcon, the son of two exiles from Anhmik and images of this distant island have always haunted his dreams. But when Nicias's visions become more like reality, his parents have no choice but to send him back to the homeland and a royal falcon they've tried their best to forget.If Araceli won't bind Nicias's newfound magic, it could destroy him. In a place where everyone is a pawn, only one other woman has the potential to save Nicias. But she holds the keys to a dangerous power struggle that will force Nicias to choose between his duty and his destiny....

Title : Falcondance
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ISBN : 9780385731942
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Number of Pages : 183 Pages
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Falcondance Reviews

  • Jessica
    2018-11-21 17:57

    This has so far been my least favorite of the series which is sad because it had my favorite narrater to date. But I feel like the magic system while so expanded wasn't explained enough and so a lot of interactions left me confused. With a bit more length for really explaining how these magical things were happening I feel like it would have been an epic read.

  • Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
    2018-11-22 20:46

    This is the third book of this series and I think my favorite so far. I'd give it a 4.5 but rounded it up. When the previous book left off with Danica who is an avian (hawk shape shifter)pregnant by her mate Zane Cobriana (serpent shape shifter)I espected this book to be about their child. Danica and Zane united to bring peace to their people who had been warring for thousands of years. It is at best an uneasy peace, but here twenty years later it still holds. Their daughter Oliza is a wyvern shape shifter, a cross between the two species. (sort of like a dragon) This book is actually about Oliza's sworn guard, Nicias, who is the son of two falcons who are valued and trusted members of the royal guard. However, they have had their power bound and physically shape shift into a crow and a sparrow - but that is all in the previous books. Because the binding did not affect genetics, Nicias is a falcon. The falcons live far away in a land called Anhmik where they have powerful magic and are known to be cruel and dangerous. Although Nicias is a trusted member of the guard, he still is distrusted by many because of his heritage. He is completely loyal to Oliza and they are special friends, partly because there can never be a match between them. She must choose either an avian or a serpiente as a mate. This story mostly takes place after Nicias begins to show signs of magic and his parents and a falcon woman who befriends him insist he must go to Anhnik to learn about his magic or it will destroy him. The land of Anhnik is amazing and the descriptions and events that happpen there are a great read. Nicias is torn between who to believe, the story his parent told him, his friend who accompanied him to Anhnik or a strange woman who comes to him in dreams after he finds her locked away supposedly destroyed by magic. As the reader, I too did not know who to believe. When he learns the truth he returns home, but there is much much more to the story. I think the magic in this book was what I found fascinating and how it ties into a world I am now three books into. These books are all YA and suitable for any age.

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-06 19:47

    Falcondance is the third book in the Keisha'ra series. The entire series is an elaborate re-imagining of were-animal myths. After focusing on the Hawks and the Snakes, this book focuses on Nicias, a Falcon who is coming into his power untrained, which makes him dangerous.Falcondance consists largely of world building. While taking into account the short length of the book (barely over 200 pages) and the fact that this is the third in the series, the amount of time spent learning about rules and places seems extreme. This seems to be on par with the rest of the series though. Each books looks at a different race of the same mythological world meaning that each book needs to set up the basics for those races. While this is the norm for the series, it makes for little in the way of depth of plot or intense action.With each book, I keep waiting for the series to culminate into something more. The information learned in each book is relevant to the next, but not in any important way. These books are mildly interesting in their take on were-animals, but unless something major in later books brings everything together, I don't really see the point.

  • Mei
    2018-11-26 22:38

    I'm sorry, but this one do not desrive more than 3 stars... I loved the first two books and didn't want to believe that this was not as good, but unfortunately it is true.This is the story of Nicias the son of the two renegade falcons of the first two books and his struggle with his awakening magic.He's forced to go to Anhmik or die. On Anhmik he's faced with his grandmother who is plotting to make him stay and become her heir since she failed to coerce his father, but others, those locked in a kind of asylum for crazy falcons, are trying to "help" him... The story is not as interesting as that of the previous books: it draggs and has made me yawn a few times. I was not so interested in what happens to Nicias, even if he seemed like a nice guy. When the end came I was like: OK it has ended... and nothing more.

  • Nidofito
    2018-12-09 19:04

    After a rough start, Falcondance becomes much more enjoyable to read as we are introduced to the second generation of the Keisha'ra (I miss Zane and Danica though TT_TT). Due to its short length, there is a lack of action and it seems that whatever story is presented in the book is only a slice of all that has happened since the last book. One might need to stretch their imagination a bit as the different forms of magic are explained and a glossary would be nice to have as well.

  • marisa.
    2018-11-19 00:38

    "Sometimes it seemed that time dragged, and others it seemed that it was moving quickly."That's how I felt reading this book.Falcondance is the third book in The Kiesha'ra series, and it...definitely exists. I don't know how to even properly express how I feel about it, because for 70% of the book I was bored nearly to death. It had its ups and downs, but mostly it was exactly as described in one of my updates. Reading Falcondance was like reading the outline to a book instead of an actual book.We follow Nicias Silvermead, Kel and Rei's son, to the Falcon island of Ahnmik. There, he is to either have his magic bound or remain forever, and possibly lose himself to the Ecl.This sounds pretty interesting. And I was excited to finally see Ahnmik after allllll the talk about it in Snakecharm that led to absolutely nothing. But like its predecessor, this failed to deliver the goods.The Good• I love the Kiesha’ra world. I always will. Even if the world-building is mostly through telling, and we see little of it, the universe and shapeshifters are all so intriguing. This universe is obviously well thought out, and intricate. Just not presented to the reader in an interesting fashion.• This book is readable, as always. I didn’t get through it as quickly as the others, but the prose is simple and easy to follow along. Falcondance is short and fast. Unfortunately, that’s also a failing, which I'll get into later.• Hai and Darien, I'm just...in love. I'm in love with all of these characters, actually. I love how all their stories are woven together and the connections between them. They're all so tragic, too, my poor heart.• The Ecl is cool, if not explained as well as I would have wanted it to be. It's basically limbo from Inception.The Bad• The weaknesses of the previous book in the series are present in this one, as well, and probably even more noticeable. Snakecharm had some weird pacing and a meandering plot, which I hoped would be a fluke. It was not. It’s a little better in Falcondance, and started off stronger with the appearance of Nicias’ magic, and it picked up near the end, but for most of the book it was incredibly slow. Surprising, since not much was gone into detail.• I've started to realize that AAR seriously struggles with description, especially when it comes to characters. Every author has their weaknesses and that’s fine, but it’s so noticeable in this book that half the time, I didn’t even know where the characters were. The chapter where Lily and Nicias arrive to the Ahnmik, all it says is that they landed on a “marble terrace.” Where? Is it a castle? Are they high up? What does it look like? Too bad, you're gonna have to guess.And that’s only with the scenery. For characters, we get hair color and eye color, at most. We sometimes get skin color if we’re lucky. When we do, a lot of the characters are coded as white, which is very strange when this universe, and all the shapeshifters, have their roots in Egyptian myth. Plus with the all-powerful falcons being white just...idk man, doesn't sit well with me!• Speaking of characters, they all had the same voices. They talked in the same way, and had no real discernible personalities. I think only Darien and Hai really stood out. Darien in her desire for vengeance and Hai in her bitterness. They were interesting characters. And while Nicias was the MC...idk. I didn't dislike him, but he was so simple. His defining trait is his loyalty, and there doesn't seem to be much else to him. I didn't see him have any character development, because he always seemed the type to sacrifice him for the greater good, and he was the same by the end.• The telling is mainly why this book turned into a slog. Here is the plot structure of Falcondance.Character: I'm sure you have a lot of questions.Nicias: Asks all those questions.Character: Answers with long, in-depth explanation.That's it. That's most of the book. I get the necessity of it because the information has to be delivered somehow, but there are things that were only described through dialogue that would have been cool to see actually written out. Like the streets! I have a serious love for sentient cities, especially malevolent ones, so the street trickery would have been great to see more of.• Falcondance started to pick up at the end, but it soon turned into an anticlimax, and a confusing one at that. (view spoiler)[They all seem to realize together that Syfka was orchestrating her own coup, which I mean, it should have been obvious considering how she rallied for Araceli's heirs to be exiled. So they turn on her, and she dies maybe?? Not sure. But everything is swell after that. Araceli is apparently not out for Cjarsa's throne anymore, even though I thought this scene would turn into some kind of usurping, and instead she kisses Nicias' forehead and is all sweet. She even tells him, "Stop by any time!" What? Wasn't she vying for him to be his heir? I would have liked to see her stop at nothing to secure him as heir, even if that meant keeping him by force. And she was planning to usurp Cjarsa, anyway, so why would she care that the Empress wanted him to return to the Wyvern's Court? I don't even understand what happened there. Even Syfka's plots being revealed felt so brushed over.(hide spoiler)]And after that, everything wraps up so neatly. Which leads me into...• AAR's characters rarely run into obstacles that cannot be overcome through some plot contrivance. Everything works out well, and the only strings left loose are the sequel hooks for the series to continue. (view spoiler)[Darien is a traitor, but Cjarsa has a habit of forgiving everyone or at least allowing them around her as her guard. Nicias learned to control his magic in like, a couple of weeks of just falling through the Ecl, so that's not a problem anymore. Oh, but Araceli really wants him to be his heir! Nope, jk, suddenly she doesn't care about what she'd been planning for years and he can go home now.(hide spoiler)]• Remember when I mentioned that the short length was one of its weaknesses? Yeah. This would have been so much better handled if there was room to expand upon it. I feel like a part of the reason there was so much telling and not enough showing was because there wasn't enough room to show everything. And by the time interesting things rolled around, they were wrapped up so quickly there was barely enough time to take them in.• The falcons are so cool...as ideas. We don't really get to see much of their culture, as it's only described through dialogue. And it's impossible to feel connections to any of them because they're so static. This is intentional, of course; the falcons worship the god of stillness. But that makes it difficult to care as much about them as other characters. • There is so much more but that's the main problems I had. The magic was also vague, and as stated in one of my updates, I didn't get Nicias' reasoning for not telling Oliza the truth. (view spoiler)[I would have accepted him not wanting to incite more violence, but he said it was because he didn't want people to be reminded of the war that had just ended. But the thing is, they obviously aren't forgetting any time soon, or else they wouldn't be fighting and isolating themselves from each other. He thinks Oliza's rule will mend everything, which is weird, because he's the one who knows that she doesn't want to rule. She talks about running away all the time, which is what she eventually does in Wolfcry. (hide spoiler)]This got so long but I have so many frustrations because I wanted to love this series. But it keeps letting me now. I'm a completionist at heart, so I will definitely be reading on, but I am not as thrilled about it as I want to be.Bleh. kicks stone I just want a book with either Zane and Danica's generation, or those before. The war is what made Hawksong so interesting and powerful. And that's probably why I like the Wyvern's Court parts more than the falcons; that's where the conflict is. There's hardly any conflict throughout this book that isn't immediately resolved.Thinking I'm going to take a break from the series for a bit, because I don't want to spend another week trying to plow through a book.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Kayla
    2018-11-24 00:55

    There is a reason that Amelia Atwater Rhodes was one of my very favorite authors at a young age. I regret that its taken me this long to read all of the Kiesha'Ra series, because if at all possible it is even BETTER than her other series. <3

  • Heather Codename: ♕Dutchess♕
    2018-11-27 21:43

    Great narrator/character but the story is definitely the weakest of the first three. I still have the last two books of the series to read.

  • Say
    2018-11-11 00:00

    what can i say my rating says it all....i didnt like it! it was boring and for me it was an agony finishing this book. the series started out good, the second book was tolerable and ok but this one i was just so depressed to continue it. i fell asleep while reading this book. i was so disappointed because i wanted to see what happen after the second book coz this third installment happened several years after. oliza (daughter of zane and danica) and nicias (son of kel rei) is all grown up. i was expecting a more from this book. but WTF!!! its all talking and arguing....i just dont want to continue. i dont know if ill continue with this series.

  • April
    2018-11-15 16:37

    In this one there wasn't as much action as there was in the others. It focused on magic, how it worked, the white city, and the history behind the races. The familiar Zane and Danica are just mentioned maybe a couple times. It sucked a little that we didn't even get that much of their child, the first mixture of serpent and hawk. Of course it is expected like that anyways with a little including falcon instead of wyvern. The falcon is the child of Andreios and Kel. So I had to put it one star down from the others, but I still really liked how Atwater-Rhodes presented magic and the falcons. Falcondance also adds some important information to the series.

  • L. P. Simone
    2018-12-11 20:40

    In my opinion, this is the best of the Kiesha'Ra series, after Hawskong, which introduces the reader to the world Atwater-Rhodes sets up. Falcon Dance tells Nicias's story. For me, of all the characters we have met, he is the most appealing and the most sympathetic, in a series full of appealing and sympathetic characters. The reader struggles with him, as he uncovers the truth of his identity. This is a very satisfying installment in the series and sets up the problems the later books must resolve. I thoroughly enjoyed this series.

  • Kirsten Simkiss
    2018-11-27 16:48

    I read this whole book in one day and this was probably the most interesting of the three books for me so far, but it still just falls short of what it could be. The new culture was fascinating and the story was more compelling, but as before I found the characters to be wooden and unchanging. The characters from prior books seemed almost to be entirely separate characters in this one. The main characters from the first two books were barely present at all, instead following a young Falcon shifter. While the main character seemed nice enough to me, he seemed as gullible as a two year old meeting a world class magician. I'd give it 3.5 stars at most. It was good, but it wasn't that good.The ending wasn't as tidy as the last two books, which I was very grateful for. However, it still just seemed so easy an ending that it made me not want to read them anymore. While I may eventually get around to reading later books, I doubt it'll be at the top of my to do list.

  • Emily
    2018-11-14 20:39

    A bit disorienting because it's suddenly many years in the future and we see very little of Zane or Danica, but still a fascinating read. Interesting to read about the Falcoms and the real cause of the war.

  • Ashton Hoffman
    2018-12-09 16:44

    3.5 stars. Best written so far but I still got lost a few times by the random jumps the plot made. Also, I think the author could really, really benefit from describing how her characters look beyond the occasional eye and hair color, although some characters don't even get that.

  • Melita
    2018-11-29 23:42

    I liked this story more than the previous two. It had more complexity in the telling and more intrigue than before. Looking forward to see how the next two books hold up.

  • Samantha
    2018-12-05 00:51

    I liked this better than Snakecharm, at least. Nicias is a reasonably interesting narrator who, you know, struggles with stuff. And I'm always a sucker for the whole palace intrigue thing.

  • R.K. Cowles
    2018-11-12 18:52

    3 1/2 stars

  • Mike
    2018-11-15 17:35

    I'm not quite sure what to think of this one. It took me a couple minutes to decide on a rating, and I'm still not sure if I picked right. Because on one hand, some elements of this book were undeniably brilliant. It contains some of the greatest plot twists and writing that I've ever read. But it was bogged down by a couple flaws that kept me from feeling totally comfortable with a five star rating.Right off the bat, Atwater-Rhodes makes this book unique. I was absolutely shocked at how fast I came to care for Nicias and his concerns. Right away, he sucked me into his story and didn't let me out. He was compelling and unique and well-rendered in a way that most of Atwater-Rhodes' characters - or, really, most characters at all - aren't.But I think the book's biggest, most indisputable strength was the worldbuilding. It kicked ass. Atwater-Rhodes created a very viable and believable world, and it was presented in a way that rarely had me confused. There were no new rules as the plot demanded - all the magic was internally consistent. And the mythology was so detailed and immersive (but never presented to us in info-dumps - lord knows how Atwater-Rhodes managed that so well) that I almost thought it was based off of the mythology of a real culture. It was as detailed as the world in Seraphina, but, in my opinion, put to better use.But even though it was put to better use than in Seraphina, the plot wasn't always great. At first, I thought the pace was slow, but this didn't feel right - events moved along fast enough. It took me a while before I realized the real problem - it was too slight. The book's length, 180 pages, was a perfectly fine length for this plot (although the events could've been distributed more evenly; more on that later), but the plot itself had too few events. It wouldn't have been hard to include more - Nicias could've been more gradually clued in to the secrets that the falcon city holds, just as an example - but the way it was, it didn't work too well.And it was somewhat anti-climatic, in a way that sort of reminds me of Midnight Predator. There was buildup, an almost-climax, falling action, rushed buildup, and THEN the climax, after which the book cut off abruptly. It was a bigger problem in Midnight Predator, though. Here, it felt like a more natural course of events, whereas the eventual climax in Midnight Predator felt more forced. Also, this one's ending was much more conclusive that Midnight Predator's. Still, the fact remains that its dramatic structure wasn't nearly as good as it could've been.However, I almost feel inclined to forgive both of these large issues in light of the BRILLIANT plot twists. Because there were quite a few of them. In fact, this book impacted the world of Kiesha'ra so much through its reveals that what I thought would be a predictable series was just turned on its heels. The way this book fit into the dramatic structure of Kiesha'ra couldn't have possibly been better - even J.K. Rowling would be envious of the twists in this book and the way they were foreshadowed. I am completely in awe of what Atwater-Rhodes has done here, and I wish so much that it could be done more often.And I haven't even gotten to the writing yet, which is a real shame, because it's phenomenal. This is the height of Atwater-Rhodes' writings skills. In particular, the scene when Nicias confronts an unnamed party (for fear of spoiling the book) after he learns the causes of the war between the avians and the serpentine and the book's climax were two of the best-written scenes I've ever read. The only problem I had was that the casual dialogue wasn't great - characters spoke in monologues, which was completely appropriate for the weighty conversations, but awkward and weird for the casual ones. But the lack of casual scenes in the book make it a very small, almost nonexistant problem.Overall, if you've liked Kiesha'ra up until now, you won't be disappointed. I know I'm in the minority on this one, but this book was much better than Snakecharm and - dare I say it - even better than Hawksong. It's still not as good as some of the Den of Shadows series (another opinion I'm in the minority with), but it could be much, much worse. I am incredibly interested in what Wolfcry holds, mores so than I've been invested in a novel's content for a long, long time.

  • Liz Cloos
    2018-12-10 19:40

    Fantastic series!!!

  • Mary
    2018-11-14 18:35

    Not as good as the first 2 books in the series. It was confusing and hard to follow at times. The state of Ecl was confusing.Nicolas was a boring main character with little character development. I was disappointed with this book as a whole but I did really like Oliza and hope that future books focus more on her

  • Virna
    2018-11-29 19:49

    I really enjoyed this one. Is very intriguing and the characters are enjoyable. But I wish for more in it.

  • Koorihime-sama
    2018-11-13 23:55

    Checked out from the library.Review/Rating:3 out of 5Nicias, a son of two outlawed falcons, has never felt at home in the Wyern’s Court, but he somehow feels drawn to Ahnmik, where falcons live. His powers are awakening, so he has no choice but to go to the falcons’ homeland. With warnings from his parents, he goes there, so that he can get back to guarding Oliza Shardae Cobriana, heir to both thrones. However, should he trust Araceli, or a stranger not of his blood? He has to choose wisely because everything he holds dear is at risk.Another book review for The Kiesha’Ra series. I’m only two books away from finishing this series. I can’t wait until I get rid of it since I’m not really starting to like the direction the series is going. :( Oh, there might be some spoilers, so watch out for them. :XLike most series, the third book is usually where it gets less interesting or turns toward something you won’t really like. For Falcondance, it’s a little of both less interesting and turning something that I didn’t like. Don’t get me wrong, I like plot twists, but only when it goes more toward the characters I like the most.Anyways, unlike Snakecharm, which takes place after a couple of months from the previous book, Falcondance takes place about twenty or so years after Snakecharm. That’s my first problem with books like these, you miss the childhood moments for Oliza, Nicias, Salem, Sive, etc, so you kind of miss out on how their personalities got like that. There are some childhood flashbacks, but not that many. I think there is only one in this book.Now for my second problem in the book, my favorite main characters, Zane and Danica, only have small parts in this book. I like the other characters, but Zane and Danica are my favorites. They have a spark that the other characters don’t really seem to have. Nicias is a good character, and so far, he is my fourth favorite character. My third favorite is Andreious/Sebastian. I might list my favorite characters in this series on the last book review. :XLike in the second book, Snakecharm, you learn more about how the avians, serpiente, and falcons came to be, like why the avians were created in the first place, and other parts like that. There is this one part where it mentions that the avians and serpiente will never be able to combine without one giving up their culture. They might be able to live in peace, but they wouldn’t never truly get along since the two powers wouldn’t be balanced. That part gave me a headache since it made thought about several things like: how are Danica and Zane are able to live in peace then? To me, it added some plot holes when the author did that. Also, you find out what happened to Zane’s older brother while he was on the falcon lands, which I really don’t like.Despite the short-comings, Falcondance was very well written, but I like the first book a lot more than this one and the second one. The descriptions are a little bit less, but the events are suspenseful. Finding shapeshifter books, just on their own, are rare, so that makes this book even more wonderful. I miss Danica and Zane as the main characters, but I hope the original spark will come back. I still think it would have been better just to end it with the first book, and not this one. I just hope the last two books stay on the tract it’s on right now, since at this rate, I really don’t like where it is going.Anyways, go ahead and read the book, even though it doesn’t have the same spark as the first one.

  • Jill
    2018-12-09 18:57

    So initially, I had a hard time appreciating this book. The story of this world has jumped ahead about twenty years when this book begins. We don't even get a glimpse of Danica or Zane, characters we have grown to know and love. I wanted to know more about what happened to them. Instead we are introduced to Nicias, the son of Kel and Sebastian. I guess the author felt the more interesting story was no longer with Danica and Zane at this point. I didn't like that, but I figured I'd roll with it and see where this went.In the end, I was pleased with this addition to the series. We get quite a lot of insight into the falcon society, as most of the book takes place on Ahnmik, but we also get some important information about the history of the avians and serpiente. We also see the challenges that their two cultures continue to face in attempting to blend. I appreciate that, because although I liked the hopeful ending of Snakecharm, it almost seemed to be heading too easily into a peaceful future. Generations of warfare would surely not lead gracefully into an accepting society devoid of prejudice. There is hope and things are improving, but the process is gradual in way that feels believable.Also, with this book I became mindful of how marvelous Atwater-Rhodes is with her sense of pace. She never wastes words on extraneous, winding bits of plot, nor does she become verbose when describing the scenery of her world as some fantasy authors are wont to do. Yet you don't feel like you're really lacking anything. You can picture the scene fairly vividly with the little that she gives you, and the story moves along at a comfortable rate. Really, I don't find many authors, particularly fantasy/paranormal authors, who are able to keep their books so short but still tell a good story with a compelling world. Anyway, off to the next book soon. This one ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, and I'm pretty curious to see where things go from here. I hope we're not in for another twenty-year leap. I don't know if I can handle it twice in a row.

  • Kira
    2018-11-24 17:42

    The beginning of this book was a bit of a trial to get past. To me, the main character sounded a bit of a whiney, woe-is-me type which made it hard for me to find out WHY i wanted to care for this Nicias. Something i could not find a spark of, despite his parentage, for several chapters in, which means it's amazing I even made it through this book. After several false starts over the past couple of years, I did finally manage to push myself to a point where I could feel intrigued by this character's story. And once I was hooked, I was not left disappointed. Falcondance takes place nearly twenty years after the end of Snakecharm, the second book to the Kiesha'ra series. It branches away from the Serpiente and Avian courts of the first two books, and allows us, instead, a closer look at the inner workings and family of the royal house of the falcon Empress Cjarasa that had been glossed over in Hawksong, and a bit more in depth in Snakecharm. Nicias Silvermead, the son of two falcons exiled from the city of Ahnmik, must learn to deal with the powers that come from his falcon heritage or succumb to the madness of nothingness, if the heir to the empress refuses to bind his magic. He must also choose between the duty to his familial line, his sworn loyalty to the daughter and heir of the Diente and Tuuli Thea of the previous two books, or wherever his destiny may lead. Over the years I've come to enjoy Amelia Atwater-Rhodes style. Her quick, easy reads have often left me craving for more. Once I got over the rough start this addition to the Kiesha'ra series presented, I found Falcondance to be no different.

  • Josiane Claremont
    2018-11-12 16:55

    I liked this a little more than I thought I would. I'm just not happy with the sudden time-jump from Danica's pregnancy to like, twenty years after the birth of her child. And, I'm not happy with the peripheral glance at Danica and Zane's life, now that everything's at peace and stuff. Like, I appreciate the fact that the story and drama is now happening in the lives of the next generation, but I'm still attached to the old generation; the generation that's not mentioned in this book.Nicias is the son of two falcon traitors, and like his parents, a loyal subject of the Wyvern's Court. When something strange happens, he is forced to return to his parent's homeland to protect his family and his lieges from a power that threatens to destroy everything he knows. While he's training on the island of falcons, what secrets have been kept from him and the outside world about what really happened at the beginning of the feud, and who is that mysterious voice who calls to him in his dreams?I appreciate everything that's going on, because apparently I need to know this information to be able to appreciate the next couple of books. Problem is, impatient as I am, I've read ahead in the other books and I approximately know how it's going to end, and I'm a little torn up about it. But what can I do? What's been written has been written, and it's now cannon.Falcon politics, though, are complicated. Never thought I'd understand how complicated until I hit the end. But at least Nicias gets some closure about stuff.

  • Laura
    2018-11-26 18:02

    I had read the first two books of this series in middle school and finished the series in high school. I remember that this one was my favorite one out of all of them - it's probably because I'm a sucker for stories about magic. While the other two books are narrated by royal characters directly involved in the conflict between the avians and serpents, this book jumps 20 years after the incidents in Snakecharm and is told by the perspective of a young member of the royal guard, Nicias. He feels like an outcast because he is not an avian or a serpent, but a falcon, and falcons are regarded as dangerous because of the length of their lives and the magic that is a part of their existence. Nicias' magic awakens itself later in life because of the circumstances of his birth, so he must travel to the city of the falcons to seek help and advice in controlling his magic. While he is there, he learns more about magic as well as the history of the shapeshifters and some horrible secrets that have been kept by the falcon empress for centuries. Through his discoveries we as the readers learn more about the world that Atwater-Rhodes has been setting up throughout the series. This series is not an action-packed series. But I still love it because the character of the narrator is always well-developed and the book does a great job of bringing us into the hopes and fears of the book's narrator. These books are political and personal in a manner of speaking, which makes them different from many other fantasy kind of novels.

  • Lauren
    2018-11-22 22:56

    Falcondance is the third book in the Kiesha'ra series; the first two dealt with Danica Shardae and Zane Cobriana, shapeshifter leaders who marry to join their worlds in peace. The series left off with Danica being pregnant, but Falcondance is not about Oliza, their child and heir. Rather, it focuses on Nicias, a falcon who is one of Oliza's sworn guards.Falcons are not looked upon favorably in Wyvern's Court, and when Nicias begins to experience falcon magic, he knows he must go back to the land of his ancestors to understand these strange new powers. What he learns there is that he does indeed have power and is considered of royal blood. This fact is both powerful and dangerous in the falcon world and back at home in Wyvern.Terrible things are in his history that forever have been wiped from the memories of his parents, exiles living in Wyvern. But once he knows the truth about where he comes from, he sees that the future of Wyvern's Court and Oliza are in danger unless he acts to ensure otherwise.Nicias brings a troubled woman back from Ahnmik, the falcon land, who is related to the serpiente. She could be a threat to Oliza but needed to go to Wyvern to survive. Her actions, and Nicias's, likely will be spelled out further in the next volume.Beautifully described settings and Nicias himself will draw readers into this complicated and darkly suspenseful story. Readers will need to follow along carefully as in any fantasy series

  • Naomi
    2018-11-29 18:59

    It took me about three days to read this. Took two just to get through the first thrity some pages. It was just too boring to get into at first. I didn't really like having it from Nicias's mind either, although it couldn't be through anyone else's. I liked getting to "see" the falcon's land though, I really wondered how it could be so great. Although, I didn't see much great about it, it seemed more dark than anything. I knew Lilly was tricking him from the beginning, she just seemed to be there in Wyvern's court all too weirdly. It was just too obvious. It became more fast paced when I was wondering if he would find out and return to Wyvern's court. When he finally did and had to go back it made it even more interesting. I really did like the idea of the city though, with the paths that moved on their own, and them wearing their Demi wings and all. But they were all being brainwashed, so it really wasn't that great.I feel bad that he won't be able to mate though, and that the other hiding falcons are so rude and cruel. The power fight at the end wasn't much of a fight though. It did keep me interest to keep reading it though, so it really wasn't that bad. And I did have to read it to get to the next book. Which I'm glad is through Oliza's mind. In all, I'd recommend the series to anyone, but still have two more to go!

  • Shirley
    2018-11-26 16:48

    This book was so much better than Snakecharm and thank every god ever worshiped for that. It’s told from the POV of Nicias, a falcon and most trusted guard of Oliza Shardae Cobriana.I have to say, I was at first surprised that the story didn’t go on to follow the daughter of Danica and Zane. Instead it follows the son of two characters who in the previous book were revealed to be disguised falcons.I’ve read that people find this book boring because of the lack of “action” but I can’t fathom what they mean by that. It’s filled with more of what I would call “political intrigue” I suppose but that might be stretching it a bit. I definitely felt like there was more at stake in this story than the last one and Nicias was far more interesting to read about than Zane turned out to be in the last book.I have so many feelings for this book, I find it almost impossible to put any of them into words. Or that could just be my inability to focus on much of anything today. I wish I could do a review that’s worthy of this book but I can’t find the way to express myself today.After Hawksong, this is my second favorite in The Kiesha’ra series. If you were like me, disappointed with Snakecharm and wondering if you should continue with these books then I implore you to please continue. I promise you wont be disappointed once you’ve read this one.