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Danica Shardae is no ordinary girl. Why? Because she is in reality a golden hawk, and is all too familiar with war: it has raged between her people and the serpiente for so long that nobody can remember how the fighting started. Danica is sick of the hatred, fear, and endless years of killing. As heir to the avian throne, she'll do everything she can to end the war --- even accept Zane Corbriana, the ominous leader of her people's greatest enemy, as her pair bond and make the two royal families one.

Now Danica must persuade her people that Zane is just as determined to have peace as she is --- though she can't help thinking that, despite his promises, he will strike as quickly and deadly as the cobra that is his second form. Among the serpiente, she will have to pretend to be in love, though when they're alone, Danica's reserve threatens to keep her and Zane worlds apart. Will they finally be able to stop the war, or will it last forever?

I liked this book because it reminded me that violence is not the right way to solve a problem. I believe Danica did the right thing, so I wouldn't have done anything differently if I were in her place. If you like reading books about fighting and wars, read this book to find out what happens to Zane and Danica!


Reviewed by Ashley Hartlaub on October 18, 2011

by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

  • Publication Date: July 8, 2003
  • Genres: Fantasy
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0385730713
  • ISBN-13: 9780385730716