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HAI HAS ALWAYS been an outsider. With a falcon mother and a deceased cobra father, she is considered a mongrel by most, an ally by some, and a friend by few. Hai's broken falcon wings are a painful reminder of the life she once led on the island of Ahnmik. And here in Wyvern's Court, the avian and serpiente royal family keep their distance, refusing to acknowledge her cobrHAI HAS ALWAYS been an outsider. With a falcon mother and a deceased cobra father, she is considered a mongrel by most, an ally by some, and a friend by few. Hai's broken falcon wings are a painful reminder of the life she once led on the island of Ahnmik. And here in Wyvern's Court, the avian and serpiente royal family keep their distance, refusing to acknowledge her cobra bloodline. They know that Hai's magic is so volatile, she can barely control it, and images of the past and future threaten to overwhelm her.When Hai's cousin, Oliza Shardae Cobriana, abdicates the throne of Wyvern's Court, Hai has visions only of destruction: the serpiente king Salem, dying in her arms; the dutiful guard, Nicias, unable to save a generation of children; and Wyvern's Court engulfed in flames.Now Hai will do anything to protect her new home - even if it means betraying the very people who need her most.From the Hardcover edition....

Title : Wyvernhail
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Wyvernhail Reviews

  • Mike
    2019-01-25 17:36

    And so it ends. Five years of me reading, twenty years of things happening in-universe, more than a thousand years of conspiracy theories leading up to this ending, and... well, when you put it that way, the ending actually seems pretty anticlimatic. Nevertheless, this was a fitting ending to a fairly solid fantasy series. While it had its weak points, just like pretty much every Atwater-Rhodes book I can think of, it certainly could've been a lot worse.The best thing about this book was obviously Hai, our protagonist. Atwater-Rhodes isn't exactly known for her dynamic protagonists - in fact, if I had to give one central criticism to her writing in general, it would be the monotony to it. But Hai has an interesting twist: her visions. The story is fused with Hai's visions of the distant past and a probable future. It adds a lot of dynamic to the story, heightening the tension in a way that's rare for Atwater-Rhodes. There isn't actually much that happens in the story, but Hai's characterization and her visions are what kept things interesting. Hai is probably the most interesting narrator in the entire series, simply because of how unusual she is. She was a minor character in Falcondance and Wolfcry, and in both, she seemed snarky, but kind of mentally unhinged. We get a lot of insight on both of those aspects here.The writing is, of course, top notch. Atwater-Rhodes' prose is smooth, efficient, and yet still fancy. It perfectly suits the formal, almost stilted mood of the novel. It evokes both a general atmosphere and the emotions of Atwater-Rhodes' characters. And the most infuriating part is that she's been writing like this since she was younger than I am now. It makes me mad, dammit. I wanna write like that!I'm not finding much to say about this book, really, that I haven't said about the rest of this series. I do feel like the ending could've been more complete, and I had a lot of trouble remembering all the mythology to the series, hence the four-star rating. But this was still a nice ending to a very good series, and I'm sad to see the series go.

  • Jessica (a GREAT read)
    2019-01-31 18:59

    So Wyvernhail, the final book in Amelia Atwater-Rhodes The Kiesha'ra series ended up being a one day read! Yay? Yes, sadly, this book brought upon more confusion for myself. Even though it picks up pretty much where Wolfcry left off, this time with Hai at the helm.Hai was a difficult character to get a grasp of. She wasn't insane, but she did have visions nearly every time she touched someone, or even just a vision of its own occurrence. And these sometimes made it hard to discern vision from reality. Then there were her dreams which made it even more confusion.Basically, we still has dissension in the ranks of Wyvern Hall. Oliza is off living with the Obsidian with her new mate, and a new Serpiente ruler has been chosen as well as Avian. But nearly right away, Hai has a vision of the Serpiente ruler being murdered. And before she can do anything to prevent it, it happens and more chaos ensues among the people.This becomes a very political type read as Hai realizes she will have to do things in order to save the people she's grown to consider her own. And friends just might become enemies.I think one of the reasons why this series has been so hard for me with its later titles, is that world gets overly detailed. There are sooo many vocab words that I never know the meaning of. They just get tossed out and I trip up several times trying to figure out what's going on. And since the language is used sporadically throughout the book, it makes the entire book a bit of a pickle to read! Let alone trying to keep all the names straight and what "side" they are on.There was a bit of romance in this one as well, but it was brief and fleeting. I barely had time to be swept up in a lingering moment before more confusion puddles up!I can't honestly say I'd recommend reading this series. Though I did really, really enjoy the first installment Hawksong! And Snakecharm was a pretty good followup. I think it was the introduction of new characters that led me astray from enjoying the series. The people who were once the main characters are barely side characters here. And I was quite upset with how things turned out with them. I like to say things ended happily, but this is one where I am just left utterly confused. I read this one mainly to finish the series and out of loyalty to an author who literally began my paranormal obsession. I plan to read her new series and hope that since a few years are between this one and the new one, language barriers won't be a problem and I will fall in love with a new world and characters like I did once before long ago!Overall Rating 2/5 stars

  • Nidofito
    2019-02-14 14:32

    Rating for the series: 3.4/5Holy crap, that was amazing!SO many questions answered! So many things clarified! So much content!The Keisha'ra series has never been easy for me to read. There is a secondary set of characters of gods and goddesses whose lives are narrated alongside the main plot, and many times I got confused. But so many varied endings for our couples in the last five books! It's a miracle that the avian and serpiente people were able to keep their freedom after all the sacrifices and struggles the main characters had to do.Hai's story was very appropriate for the finishing book, as she'd always seemed to me full of potential. And wow, that epilogue. Who do you think the cobra and hawk were? I think it was Rosalind and Sive, or maybe that epilogue was set much farther into the future? An excellent book to finish off an incredibly unique and wholly understated series.

  • Mei
    2019-02-08 15:38

    This one was the worst of all!This is the stori of Hai - a half falcon-half cobra girl Nicias has saved from Ahnmik's asylum.She's deemed crazy and shunned by everyone because of her visions tha do not permit her to interact normally with anyone.OK, said this way it seems interesting enough, but believe me it's not!I understood her problems, but I didn't liked her and didn't care about what heppens to her or to anybody else...This is the best proof that in certain series the best books are the first ones... then it just die little by little and the last book is the worst... I'm so sorry to write this review, since I loved book one and two, but it is the truth...

  • Naomi
    2019-02-01 15:33

    My actual vote for this is a 3.5 star. I also think I'm super static because I finally finished the series! Yes! Many told me I would not like the last three as much as the first two. That was very true! I loved the first two books. I was very happy that my library bought a new third copy, which I never told anyone that I was reading the libraries copies and never bought the series.My review:I loved Hai's mind. She was trying so hard to make everything right, and everyone kept punishing her for it, saying she was cruel. I'm so glad that Nicias and Oliza healed her wings, Hai deserved that so much. I wish she would've put in the part where she explained it to the court, or at least to Oliza. And as much as it's against me to support Oliza and Betia's relationship, I felt horrible when Oliza was practically forced to come back to the Wyvern's Court. I thought for the longest time that after Oliza saw the child and left the thorne that Hai was seeing Keyi and thought it was Oliza's but was actually hers. (That the visions she kept having of the child running around, before Hai dethroned Oliza, was Hai's child.) I guess it wasn't so until she took the throne. I was a little too ahead of myself there.Hai went through a lot, and I was glad that I finally got to read her story. I knew I was going crazy when it was through Nicias's mind and Oliza's mind because I really did want to know what she was thinking. I feel horrible that Oliza, Zane, and Danica will probably never, or will probably take a long time to forgive Hai. Hai was only trying to help. I was happy Hai finally got to be a full breed in the end, even if it took the Mercy to tell her so. I'm so glad Salem lived though, I was cheering for him the WHOLE book. I also knew that would hurt Sive because of her blaming herself for the death. I'm glad Hai found the traitors who caused all of it. No one ever mentioned Sive's new mate's name though, I really wish it would've. Even if she had to go with something like Henry. Okay, maybe not Henry.I think that things will be forgiven though, or Oliza would not have helped with Hai's wings. Her explanation will finally be understood and they will all get along. I was totally like go Danica when she punched Hai though, it was too funny not to be on her side! And now I understand the cover, it is so appropriate! It really was a good book, and I would probably reread the books again someday. I recommend them! Still a lot of blanks though, but it kind of leaves it to your imagination!

  • Bookworm Jo
    2019-01-28 19:39

    Ok This book was weird and confusing. I didn't like the character of Hai. She evoked no emotion from me except dislike. I could have cared less if she had died during the book (which she didnt). Half the time I didn't even understand what I was reading and had to reread the same passages over and over. There was too much myth in this book that got slammed into its pages, that should have be delved out throughout the course of the series. The constant visions that Hai has are confusing and start to get a little bit annoying. And when Hai declared herself Queen of the serppiente? Oh no I was not happy and I did not like how the author portrayed Zane and Danica during that scene or how their people reacted to them.By this book I was just reading it to see how the series ended. The last three books of this series just wasn't up to par with how Amelia Atwater Rhodes writing and stories are. She is such a good author and I love all her other books but these just weren't as amazing as the other ones. I really like the first two book of this series "Hawksong" and "Snakcharm" and I think she should have stopped this series with those two books. That's just my opinion

  • Tahni
    2019-02-13 18:47

    I think what I liked best about this final book of the series is the way everything came together - it was obviously planned out from page one of the series, and throughout the series it was executed subtly and well, revealing just the right amount of information at a gradual and steady pace, all culminating in Wyvernhail. The only issue that I had with the book (which lessened the more I read) was that the narration didn't follow as I would expect it to, considering that the narrator was shown in the prior two books to be, to some degree, mentally unstable. I did love the switch between nightmares, visions, and reality, and the fact that the character wasn't always certain which was which or took some time to catch up, but the narration was far more linear than her interactions and dialogue in the prior book would suggest. Aside from that, definitely the best book in the series. The endings to the prior books always felt somewhat abrupt, and though the ending to this one shared elements of simplicity of resolution as the ones that came before it, it was executed far better. It didn't feel so abrupt, jarring, or overly simplified. It was, in fact, very satisfying.

  • Nancy
    2019-02-20 12:48

    Wyvernhail is the fifth and final book in the Kiesha'ra series. It tells the story of Hai, a half-falcon, half-cobra shapeshifter, and her attempts to keep peace in Wyvern's Court. With Wyvernhail, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes continues to grow and mature as a writer. Hai is a complex and interesting narrator, but many of the secondary characters (such as Opal) appear as if they need some serious fleshing out. The best part about this book is the ending, which surprises me, because Amy's endings have always seemed rushed and unsatisfying with me. With this book she appears to have learned to write a throughly satisfying ending, as it manages to tie up not only many of the loose ends in the book, but the entire series.Now that the series is finished, apparently the author is going to turn back to vampires. I am very curious as to how her future books will turn out.

  • marisa.
    2019-01-24 13:30

    This book convinced me I should have stopped reading at Hawksong.There are unmarked spoilers below but this series came out in like, the early 2000's and it's obscure enough that probably no one cares.Wyvernhail picks up immediately after Wolfcry, when Oliza abdicates the throne. And I mean immediately. Hai is just finding out about it, and spends the rest of the book having visions and walking around, as one does in a Kiesha'ra book until the plot kicks in.Still, at the beginning, I was hopeful I'd enjoy this one as much as I did the previous installment. The writing felt a little weaker at some parts, but weirdly, stronger at other parts. I really enjoyed Hai's voice, but I have always enjoyed Hai as a character.Then it became this game of Musical Thrones, with people abdicating, nearly dying, etc. in short succession. It was really chaotic and like the other books, this one could have done with some padding out and more detail. Events just came too quickly, and it was all so dramatic. Too many things happened in one book, especially one without the detail or craft to support all of it.The other problem was that half of this book was made up of Hai's visions. So many words were devoted to things that never even happened, and while I understood why they were there, the visions soon outweighed the plot.My biggest issue, however, that bumped this down to 2 stars was how this book butchered Zane and Danica's characters. The two character who began the series, who set everything into motion and sacrificed everything for their people, have long since been pushed to the background. And in Wyvernhail, they served as an antagonistic force for no reason other than contrived conflict.I honestly cannot believe that Zane would challenge Hai immediately after she "usurped" Oliza's throne. Oliza had already stepped down. That made no sense to me. It's like the author no longer knew what to do with their characters and so had them fulfill this antagonistic role. Are you telling me that Zane wouldn't come to support his niece if he knew how important it was, if she'd actually explained? (Is that why the author didn't have Hai actually explain?) Oh, and the random Obsidian guy brings up Adelina's or whatever her name was' execution as a jab at Zane, as if she didn't betray Zane and murder his mother and almost kill Danica. And we're expected to be like yeah, dick move Zane? It was honestly infuriating.And are you kidding me? Danica fucking punched Hai and called her a "soulless mongrel"? Her character arc had been about acceptance and growing out of her prejudice. She was the most composed character, and you're telling me that she just punched her niece-by-marriage? Called her a mogrel? That's such bullshit, and what made me the angriest in this book.The entire thing was so contrived. Hai really could have just discussed her claim to the throne beforehand, but the author had to make it overdramatic. The narrative wanted me to support Hai, but she could have handled it in a much more better, reasonable, way that would have prevented a lot of what happened. It felt like a slap in the face when this book called back to Hawksong because it was just a reminder of how far this series veered off course. It became The Falcon Show; everything was already decided by them, even when this book tried to convince you that fate can be changed. The Wyvern's Court, the serpents and avians, felt like pawns to the the political machinations of the falcons. It took away all the impact of the first book. It made me feel so distant to the Wyvern's Courts struggles because we only saw them through people with no real connection to it, people who were outsiders.Nicias had falcon parents, and as loyal as he was to Oliza, his personal struggles overshadowed those of the Court; and I was much more invested in that then I was this character. Oliza spent most of her book kidnapped. And now Hai, who is also an outsider, narrated this one. She had such disdain for both the avians and serpents. The series just continued to remove the reader more and more from the Court, and from the people who we went into this series to read about.It makes me wonder what could have been had the story actually focused on the Wyvern's Court and the falcons hadn't come into play. Not that I dislike any of the mythology, or the characters, but I liked the series so much better when it was about struggling to find peace between two warring peoples and not how the falcons fuck everything up.Wyvernhail pushed the main characters of the first two books to the side, and then brought them back in to be massive assholes, while ending on a variation of a song that start it all. It felt like a slap to the face. And it's so weird to me. Danica and Zane were still the rulers throughout this series; why didn't they get more shine? Why didn't the avians and serpents get more limelight? Why not have the books of this series narrated by serpents or avians, so that we actually felt connected to the overarching plot? Honestly, this series disrespected the first book so much and I'm too fond of it to forgive the rest of this series. It just didn't know what to do with their main character or the Wyvern's Court.I've never felt so burned by anything. I honestly was going to give it at least 3 stars before about 70% in, when all that bullshit happened. The series deserved a better ending than this, especially since the book felt so short and lackluster.I am seriously considering dropping a star but hey, one good thing that I got out of this is that I finished it in one night. Now to go read Hawksong again...

  • Jennifer Christensen
    2019-02-19 20:53

    Once again, an interesting story, but I had a major problem with the characterization in this one. I appreciate the attempt to make the reader connect with Hai, the voice of this book, but it comes at the cost of COMPLETELY CHANGING her personality from the previous book-- which supposedly occurred immediately before this one. There is no character development whatsoever to bring Hai to the passion and personality she shows by the end. It's like the author just realized she'd made an unlikeable character, and so wrote someone else entirely for this novel. If you can ignore that, though, it's a good read.

  • Kim
    2019-01-27 15:35

    This book was horrible, yet beautiful. It was by far the darkest of the series. I still think Wolfcry is my favorite, but boy this one sure does come close. I'm really glad that Hai got her own book because her visions are interesting to read about. And all the internal struggles she had to deal with in this book were really sad. I loved all the twists in this book and I'm kind of sad that I've finished this series. I'm also happy that I've read yet another satisfying series by Amelia, and I look forward to read all of her other books.

  • Lucy
    2019-02-07 19:37

    The last and my favorite. Even though the one before was amazing, this tops it all off. I never particularly cared for the character that becomes the main character in this book, but she became my favorite. Quite simply, I LOVE THIS BOOK. Oh, and I read it in a day. Which says a lot for a book (even tho the last one I read in about 3 days).

  • Megan Lillian
    2019-01-23 13:38

    Yay for a non-traditional love story.

  • Ariel (Jaberwocky) Demong
    2019-01-31 18:34

    A satisfying end to an utterly satisfying reread of this series. I’ve seen negative reviews of these books, and while some of them make valid points- odd narration in the second book, not enough explanation of the magic system- ultimately this story deserves no less that 5/5 ⭐️. Atwater-Rhodes incorporates strong female roles, unconventional relationships and a truly delightful and unique fantasy realm that it is far too easy to immerse oneself in. Also can we talk about the rampant homophobia in some of the past reviews? It’s my humble opinion that it is gay and lesbian relationships just like the one portrayed here and in wolfcry that we as a culture and that young readers need to see. There is no massive coming out revelation, there is simply love and the choice to be with the one you love.

  • Emily
    2019-02-18 16:40

    From the beginning, Hai was an odd, hard to sympathize with character. This book completely transformed my opinion of her, and although I hated what she did, I understood why she did it, and I was happy to see things end on such a positive note. Books 3 and 4 lacked a lot of that hopeful ending that 1 and 2 had, so I am glad that the series ended on such a positive note.

  • Melita
    2019-01-26 20:50

    The flow of the book was a bit choppy and the plot was definitely more unpredictable than the other books in the series. I like this series but I wish it were a little more cleanly written and deeply developed.

  • Heather Codename: ♕Dutchess♕
    2019-02-10 20:57

    Definitely the weakest series Amelia has written. I'll probably still buy them just so I can have them sitting on my shelf with her other books, but it's not one I'll really be revisiting anytime soon, if at all.

  • Celina
    2019-02-01 17:41

    I didn't like this at all... I knew Hai was bad news!!!

  • Virna
    2019-02-18 18:00

    This is a very messy, crowded and contradictory plot, full of repetitions and Hai procrastinate and annoying. And the twist it was wasted going back on circles. I did not like the characters and her POV became boring. The Autor did not need the last three book in the series.

  • Elizabeth Mathis
    2019-02-10 17:39

    HAI HAS ALWAYS been an outsider. With a falcon mother and a deceased cobra father, she is considered a mongrel by most, an ally by some, and a friend by few. Hai's broken falcon wings are a painful reminder of the life she once led on the island of Ahnmik. And here in Wyvern's Court, the avian and serpiente royal family keep their distance, refusing to acknowledge her cobra bloodline. They know that Hai's magic is so volatile, she can barely control it, and images of the past and future threaten to overwhelm her.When Hai's cousin, Oliza Shardae Cobriana, abdicates the throne of Wyvern's Court, Hai has visions only of destruction: the serpiente king Salem, dying in her arms; the dutiful guard, Nicias, unable to save a generation of children; and Wyvern's Court engulfed in flames.Now Hai will do anything to protect her new home - even if it means betraying the very people who need her most.Rating: 4.25/5 PenguinsQuick Reasons: I LOVE that this comes full-circle at the end; this was a great way to end the series; important moral/societal statements explored; stubborn characters who give up everything for what's right; awesome continued world-buildingI just... Oh my penguins, guys! This book--this series--I just can't put into words how much I adore Amelia Atwater-Rhodes; her fantasy worlds have a way of sucking me in and holding me hostage, of forcing me to step outside of myself, of taking me on a wild and unexpected journey.Had the avians and the serpiente known, all those years as they had warred, that they had slain the other halves of themselves? Was that why peace came with such difficulty: not because they hated each other, but because they could not forgive themselves?And somehow, she always manages to sneak in an important moral/societal statement. For this series specifically, the largest focus was upon prejudice--and the many ways it touches, weaves into, and alters everything we do. Amelia Atwater-Rhodes works these themes in so seamlessly and subtly, you won't realize they're there until you turn the last page and think back on what you've just read. The statements are no less important, though--and are handled with a sensitivity and grace I can't help but feel awed by.The characters for this book, specifically, are single-minded (even when they're NOT--trust me, there's a reason I say it like this, I just can't explain because spoilers) and willing to do whatever it takes to make things right. But sometimes, as portrayed in the journey of our MC, there aren't any "easy" answers. The rest of the characters are just as fierce, as compelled by their emotions and beliefs--just as well-rounded and complex. "I am more than my animal form. I am more than the magic the royal house of Ahnmik deemed right for the serpiente to retain. I am more than feathers or scales."The plot for this book took me on an unexpected, wild journey. Of course, this should come as no surprise--Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is, in my personal opinion, the QUEEN of crafting an intriguing, believable fantasy world. She managed to bring this series almost full-circle...and span several generations and decades in the process! The continued world-building throughout this series is one of the biggest reasons these books get such high ratings for me; there is always something new to learn about the world, something different to think about. The fact that the characters are such endearing, complex, individualized beings only furthers my belief that this writer is top-notch.I had a ton of fun finishing out this series, and cannot WAIT to dive into my next Amelia Atwater-Rhodes read--she never disappoints! The journey was wild, entertaining, and full of surprises--and the characters remain some of my top favorites. I definitely recommend this to lovers of fantasy, political intrigue, and uniquely individual characters. Take a leap, penguins, and step into Wyvern's Court; you're bound to like it here!

  • Koorihime-sama
    2019-02-04 14:59

    Checked out from the library.Review/Rating:1 out of 5Hai has always been an outsider, and even in the Wynern's court, she is considered a mongrel. Few consider her as a friend, even the royal family refuses to acknowledge her bloodline. However when she starts having visions, they begin to overwhelm her. Though, are they the future or something that her presence awakens? When Oliza, Hai's cousin, abdicates the throne to Wyvern's Court because she wants to save it from the vision she saw, Hai sees its destruction. When Salem, heir to the serpiente throne, is poisoned, in order to prevent Oliza from coming back, Hai's followers plan to usurp the throne. However, as long as Oliza lives, the visions of her child destroying everything can come true. Unable to kill Oliza, due to Nicias' loyalty towards her, Hai must find a way to awaken Salem --- even if that means her giving up something that is precious to her.Another book review for The Kiesha’Ra series. Oh, yay, I’m finally finished with this series. \o/ Let’s say, I don’t really like the ending. :( Also, there are spoilers, so bewareLike most series, the third book is usually where it gets less interesting or turns toward something you won’t really like. The same thing is kind of true for this series. With the ending of Wyvermhail, it gets a lot less interesting, and not to mention, you wonder why Hai is still in the book. True, the visions helped Oliza’s decision, but without Hai there to interfere, then her followers wouldn’t have tried killed Salem. Then, with Salem alive, she wouldn’t have gotten the vision of Oliza’s child still. *shakes head* *SIGHS*Anyways, Wyvernhail, takes place only moments from the previous book, Falcondance. Now, instead of a likable character narrating, Hai is the one that narrates this story. Although she doesn’t seem as cold as she did in the other books with her in them, it is still hard to actually like her or even accept that she had a real part in the series. The only part I think she was really need for is to help Oliza abdicate and waking up Salem, other than that, I view her as unnecessary to the series.Another problem with the book is that her visions and the real life is muddled together, so you have to think about what is real and what is not. Also, the author depended on visions to tell the ending of the series, which I didn’t really like. Why depend on visions, when they can change? I like the idea of visions of the future, but with Hai, I don’t like it so much. She annoys me whenever she thinks to interfere, I know other books with visions, they interfere, but they, most of the time, interfere at a lower level. Hai, however, interferes at a much higher level in this book than she did in the others.With that said, I didn’t think that Wyvernhail as well written as the other books, and I really don’t want to say, “Go read it.” Though, if you want to know the ending, as crappy as it is, you have to read it. My advice is just read the last two chapters to avoid the annoying parts with Hai in them. The descriptions are a lot less, but the events are suspenseful and annoying. With this book, I miss Danica and Zane as the main characters, but the spark that it once had, died with this book. The first two books are worth reading, the last three books, err, they really aren’t worth reading, especially this one.Getting/buying all the books separately isn’t really worth it, but if you really want all the books, get The Shapeshifters. That book has all of the Kiesha’Ra books, Hawksong, Snakecharm, Falcondance, Wolfcry, and Wyvernhail, and it’s cheaper than getting all the books separately. This way, you don’t feel guilty if you wasted your money.

  • Shirley
    2019-01-25 20:58

    I’d never read this book. I thought I had. I bought it when it was released but then I suppose it got forgotten when my husband and I moved into our first apartment together. I actually got excited when I started reading it and realized this, looking forward to finally experiencing the end of this series for the first time.It didn’t disappoint. This one follows the POV of Hai, the half falcon, half cobra that Nicias had saved during his adventures in the third book. It starts moment after the end of the previous book and Wyvern’s Court is reeling from Oliza’s sudden abdication of the throne.This book also has a lot more of Nicias, which made me happy since he was my favorite, but I also found that I really liked Hai as well. She was little more than background noise in the previous two books and it was hard to get a real sense of her character.She is constantly tormented by her magic, slipping into visions of the future at every turn. She fights to change the futures that she is shown, only to come to the realization that everything she was doing was only perpetuating those very futures. The story started getting a little ridiculous near the end, but at this point of the story it’s sort of expected. I still enjoyed it, almost as much as the first book. It’s not anything like how I expected anything to go when I first picked up Hawksong, but it was an amazing ride. If you haven’t read The Kiesha’ra series then I definitely implore you to do so.

  • Dana
    2019-02-05 20:46

    I didn't know if I should give this a three star or a four star. Ultimately, the reason it received four was because I found it to be better than the last two books which I had rated a three.Wyvernhail was fast paced and intriguing the entire way through. It nicely tied together themes that had been presented in all four of the previous novels and we got to see and interact with characters from those books as well. For a closer to a series, it did not disappoint. The author managed to create new worlds and cultures beautifully and did it in such a way that not only held my attention, but made me want to read the series again. However, what I did not like about it, and my complaint for the last three books in fact, was the love story. Whereas the author made it believable in the first two books, the getting together of characters, especially in this book seemed forced. A love story was not necessary for the plot of this novel and I feel like I would have enjoyed the story more without it. I would have rather seen the two characters as close friends with the possibility of love in the future as opposed to the quick paced declarations of "I love you" that we received.Overall, I highly suggest this series to others. It's a quick and easy read and is perfect for curling up on the sofa with.

  • Eirian Houpe
    2019-02-12 15:56

    Richly imagined, this story is the continuation of the Kiesha'ra series of books, that follow the fortunes of intertwined and opposing peoples, of avian creatures, serpents, and wolves. Amelia Atwater-Rhodes has woven a rich mythology and compelling cultures for all the civilisations we meet in the course of her series, and the characters that inhabit her world are many facetted, realistic and often beautifully flawed.That same attention to detail holds true in this book in the series, where all that has gone before comes to a head in the confusing conflict between past and future seen through the eyes of Hai, a falcon-cobra hybrid who both embodies, and somehow manages to rise above the age old conflict that has raged for centuries between the two peoples, and which now threatens to tear apart the fragile peace, won at so great a cost during the course of the first four novels.The writing is fast paced, events coming thick and fast one after another, and the plot twists and turns almost as much as the unstable magic twists the lives of those born of such as union as the one between Hai's parents, and while the ending seems, in some ways, bittersweet – it is an appropriate ending; one that ties up the loose ends and yet – at the same time, could leave open avenues to walk within the world of the series.

  • Say
    2019-02-02 16:59

    finally, the final book in the kiesha'ra series and i would say......what an ending! this is by far the best story among the 5 books in this series. however, i only gave it four stars because during the first few chapters of the book it was rather dragging and a lil bit slow. but towards the end it was good.basically this last book is all about hai and her visions and prophecies which in the end could greatly affect the future of wyvern court. i would say that hai is my favorite character in this series. she is practically the most important figure in the wyvern court (i think) because without her visions things in the end would probably be a disaster. though zane and danica united the hawk and serpiente court and oliza further making it work, i think hai sealed the deal among the hawk and serpiente people. yes, there are still unrest on some parts of the wyvern court but people are beginning to co exist among each other. and not just hawks and serpeinte, even wolves, lions and other court are all recognizing each other and learning to live peacefully (at least). there were a lot of ups and downs in this series beginning the first book, some books i like and some books i hate but in the end it turned out ok. =)

  • Mirrani
    2019-01-21 16:43

    I enjoyed this book, but it wasn't the end of the series I was hoping for. The first of the books I simply couldn't put down. The issues between the bird and snake peoples are just so moving I was completely caught up. As the series progressed and the characters shifted into the children of those we had grown to love, the tone of the series shifted slightly and while it was as enjoyable as the beginning of the set, the energy wasn't the same, changing how I felt about the story as a whole unit.The culture that is created in the series is very well thought out. That is one thing consistent through every book. It is obvious that the author took great care to create something that had meaning and prepare relationships that would mean something in the reader's own heart. That also continues with Wyvernhail, where characters that we had previously felt uncertain of are beginning to grow flesh before our eyes. This wasn't a book I sat down and devoured the way I had the first of the series, but I didn't find myself wishing things had been different either. If this truly is the end to the Kiesha'ra series, I feel that it is an appropriate one. However if another book pops up, I'll happily snatch it off my library's shelf.

  • Lauren
    2019-02-16 18:47

    Wyvernhail is the continuation of Kiesha'ra series that began with Hawksong. With each progressing volume in the series, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes introduced and immersed us, to varying degrees, to the world of the avians, serpientes, falcons, wolves, wyverns, and crosses in between. As this is the fifth book in the series, it is assumed that the reader has been following the story from Hawksong (or at least knows the gist of what is going on).Atwater-Rhodes has a rich imagination and it is most obvious in this book than any of her previous works. Wyvernhail is narrated by Hai, the daughter of the cobra Anjay Cobriana and the falcon Darien. Hai is tormented by visions of the future with different monarchs' reigns and their fates. The story unfolds as the reader experiences with Hai her personal conflicts as she attempts to work toward a peaceful future. Also in this book, the reader is given much more historical background of the falcons and the ancestors of the avians and serpiente.As in her previous books, Atwater-Rhodes' writing has continued to mature, and her choice of narrating through Hai is a good one; Atwater-Rhodes tends to narrate better through a female character. This book reads like the end after years of conflict, and if it is, it was quite a satisfying close.

  • Issam
    2019-02-03 20:59

    Brilliant. 'Wyvernhail' is unpredictable, smart, emotional, and above all, a great and satisfying conclusion to Amelia Atwater-Rhodes's Kiesha'ra series.Everything from the truce of the Avian/Serpiente war in the first book, to the birth of Wyvern's Court in the second, and the world surrounding it in the following books, are so rich and exotic with its cultures and creatures. Even the individual characters themselves are so unique and flawed as real people often are, that it's hard not to feel for their pain and suffering as the books carry on.I can't stress enough of how everything is so wonderfully developed and written in this series and of how much I loved reading through all of it. Amelia Atwater-Rhodes has clearly put a strong effort through to make sure that this is a series that is worth reading. It just went on to impress me further and further as the series carried forward with each following book. A definite recommend from me on all five books, including this one.

  • Jori Richardson
    2019-02-10 20:58

    The 5th and final book in the Kiesha'ra series, I think that this is one of the best (though "Hawksong" definitely would be first)."Wyvernhail" is about Hai, a shape-shifter who is half falcon and half cobra. Her half-blood ancestry also creates divided loyalties, and her life is further complicated by the dangerous and prophetic magical abilities she possesses.A dark and tragically heartbreaking story about a world in complete chaos, and a single girl who is attempting to change the already foreseen future.While reading this book, up to the very end I couldn't imagine how it could possibly end happily. The outlook and atmosphere was decidedly bleak.I loved the characters in this book, except for the main character Hai, whom I could not quite like or dislike.As always, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes has written an elegant mix of fantasy, romance, and excitement. If you enjoyed the other books in this series, I would recommend reading this one as well.