03/27/2005 Entry: "HAWKSONG and CLOSE KIN -- In Brief (JW)"
HAWKSONG by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes involves warring kingdoms (shapesifters who become birds and snakes respectively). When the only route to peace is a marriage between the two heirs, the couple have to work at getting past the fear and hatred their races feel for the other. I found the writing style a bit awkward at the beginning, but once I got used to it, I really enjoyed the book.--JW
CLOSE KIN by Clare Dunkle was the sequel to THE HOLLOW KINGDOM. It was pretty good, although not as outstanding as the first book. I think part of the problem is that the story is more fragmented, following several characters and not developing any of the characters particularly deeply.--JW