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Wyvernhail the Kiesha'ra, Volume Five

Review

Wyvernhail the Kiesha'ra, Volume Five

In WYVERNHAIL, the fifth and final installment in The Kiesha’ra series, find out what happens after Princess Oliza abdicates her throne of the Wyvern Court. This story is told from the point of view of Hai, the relative rescued from the Ecl prison who has scary visions of the future. Her visions urged Oliza to abdicate in the first place. But the visions are continuing…

Hai can’t control her half-falcon, half-cobra magic and isn’t able to discern reality from the visions that overtake her. She struggles with the fire and death she sees in those visions and the image of an evil child who could be born to Oliza if she does not leave the throne.

Hai is also struggling with her identity. In her mind, she can hear her adoptive mother, the Queen of Falcons, back in her falcon world of Ahmik. Hai is shunned both there and in her current home in Wyvern Court because of her mixed status. While her mother may want her to return, she knows that she would never truly belong. In Wyvern, some do not trust her and are afraid of her visions. Some cobras, however, want her to assume the Cobra throne as she is a relative.

After Oliza abdicates, Salem Cobriana tries to take the helm as King of the Cobras, but there is too much strife already and an assassin tries to get him. Only Hai sees the truth of what happened and how to help him. Can she save him in time?

Hai is also falling in love with Nicias, a Falcon Prince who is fiercely loyal to Oliza and the Wyvern Royals. A lot is going on in both her mind and in her reality.

It may help to go back and review this series before embarking on the exciting conclusion, as all the players return to meet their fate. In HAWKSONG, readers are introduced to Danica Shardae, the hawk shapeshifter, and Zane Cobriana, the cobra shapeshifter. Both want to end the war in their worlds and agree to marry despite overwhelming opposition. They tentatively get to know each other in SNAKECHARM, try to calm their followers after their marriage and decide to build a third kingdom, Wyvern Court, to attain peace. In FALCONDANCE, the story of Nicias --- the Prince Falcoln exiled from his home who develops a fierce loyalty to Wyvern --- is explored. WOLFCRY follows Princess Oliza, daughter of Danica and Zane, who cannot choose a mate without starting a war.

This all leads up to Hai’s story in WYVERNHAIL, which concludes Amelia Atwater-Rhodes’s original and compelling series. She weaves interesting characters and intricate fantasy plots in her titles, and readers will look forward to more books from her in the years to come.

Reviewed by Amy Alessio on September 11, 2007

Wyvernhail the Kiesha'ra, Volume Five
by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

  • Publication Date: December 23, 2008
  • Genres: Fantasy
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0440240034
  • ISBN-13: 9780440240037