Wolfcry (The Kiesha'ra Series #4)

Wolfcry (The Kiesha'ra Series #4)

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by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

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Oliza Shardae Cobriana is heir to Wyvern's Court, home of the avians and serpiente, whose war with each other ended just before Oliza was born. But hatred is slow to die, and not everyone likes the expressive way in which Urban, a serpiente dancer, is courting Oliza--especially not Marus, her reserved avian suitor. And when Urban is found beaten in avian land, Oliza


Oliza Shardae Cobriana is heir to Wyvern's Court, home of the avians and serpiente, whose war with each other ended just before Oliza was born. But hatred is slow to die, and not everyone likes the expressive way in which Urban, a serpiente dancer, is courting Oliza--especially not Marus, her reserved avian suitor. And when Urban is found beaten in avian land, Oliza is filled with despair. How can she be expected to lead a unified society if her people still cannot live peacefully together?

Before Oliza can try to mend the rift in Wyvern's Court, she is kidnapped by mercenaries, who take her deep into wolves' territory. As Wyvern princess, all Oliza has ever wanted is to see a future where she can find love and take a mate without inciting another war. The time is now. She owes it to her people--and to herself.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
Oliza faces the greatest challenge of her life: choosing a mate. As heir to the Wyvern's Court, her choice can in either maintain the precarious peace between avians and serpientes, or result in bloodshed. She realizes how high the stakes are when one of her suitors is severely beaten. Shortly after Oliza is kidnapped and taken away from the court. She escapes and finds her way into wolf country. After meeting a mysterious outcast from the wolf tribe, she makes her way back to the court, where tensions have mounted in her absence. Oliza despairs of finding a way to accommodate all sides, much less being able to follow her own heart. While Atwater-Rhodes creates a masterful fantasy world, it gets lost with all the politics. Oliza appears to be on her own without any guidance from her parents in choosing a mate, which seems rather unrealistic given the stakes we are told exist. The ending manages to be both predictable and unsatisfactory, and Oliza is an extremely flat character for one with such a predicament.
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes's fantasy series follows the world of shapeshifters, where those who shift into snakes and those who shift into birds maintain an uneasy peace under the reign of young Oliza Shardae Cobriana, a young woman who is both snake and bird. In this fourth volume, time has come for Oliza to marry, but the weight of that decision is heavy with uncertainty and guilt. If she chooses a snake, the birds will complain; and if she chooses a bird, the snakes may revolt. She has suitors from both camps, but when a snake is violently attacked by birds, Oliza sees the undercurrents of prejudice and hatred within her own realm. Kidnapped by mercenary lions, she escapes and has to make her way in the forest where she comes into contact with a wolf pack. The pack is led by Velyo who, though he tries to take advantage of Oliza, also shares her wisdom about leadership. She also enters into a relationship with a young wolf hunted by Velyo. In the end, Oliza makes a hard choice, but one she believes will serve her people well. The detail, the uncertainty, and the decisions that Oliza faces make this a compelling story for those who enjoy fantasy. Atwater-Rhodes is a master at integrating the needed details from past volumes without losing momentum in the narrative she is telling. The characters ring true despite the fantasy world of their existence. This novel does deal with sexuality and homosexuality as Oliza comes of age. (Kiesha' ra, vol. 4.). KLIATT Codes: JS--Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2006, Random House, Delacorte, 192p., $14.95 and $16.99. Ages 12 to 18.
—Janis Flint-Ferguson
Princess Oliza Shardae Cobriana has "wings the color of sunset, scales black like night, garnet eyes, a hawk's vision, and a cobra's poison." The time has come for Oliza to choose a mate and to begin ruling Wyvern Court. Her reign will mean the "union of two worlds that warred for two millennia." Oliza knows that her parents' marriage was intended to stop the war, but Oliza feels it is her duty to stop the hatred that still exists among her people. Because she has yet to find love, she feels obligated to do what is best in order to maintain peace among the Avian and Serpiente. Tension looms over Wyvern's Court and escalates when a Serpiente is attacked by Avian. Before she can calm her people, Oliza is abducted. Once Oliza escapes, she is befriended by a wolf named Betia, who helps Oliza find food, shelter, and eventually her home. Once she is safe at Wyvern Court, Oliza's parents force her to choose her mate to settle the unrest. Oliza struggles, knowing that whatever her decision, it will start another war. This fourth entry is the most suspenseful book in The Kiesha'Ra series. Oliza's abduction sparks a thrilling chain of events that leads to a wildly unexpected conclusion. Atwater-Rhodes is a fantastic storyteller, and Oliza's story could not have been better. It is a fast-paced fantasy, full of adventure, mystery, and magic yet thin enough to give to reluctant readers. The book is a must-have for all public and school library collections serving teens. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, Delacorte,192p., and PLB Ages 11 to 18.
—Sarah Cofer
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-After a war that raged for many years, Oliza Shardae Cobriana has become the heir to both the avian and serpiente thrones. As a symbol of peace at Wyvern's Court, she is expected to choose a mate who will become her king, but how can she choose between the serpiente, Urban, and the avian, Marus? When the princess is kidnapped and a note is found claiming she has abdicated the throne, mistrust erupts again between the races. Characters from Hawksong (2003), Snakecharm (2004), and Falcondance (2005, all Delacorte) are mentioned but no prior knowledge of the previous books is needed to understand the plot. A novel about the difficulty of bringing together two very diverse races and the sacrifices inherent in ruling, Wolfcry is a tale of the spirit and love that this ruling class has for its subjects.-June H. Keuhn, Corning East High School, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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“A tale of the spirit and love that this ruling class has for its subjects.” –School Library Journal

“The most suspenseful book in The Kiesha’ra series. A fast-paced fantasy, full of adventure, mystery, and magic.”–VOYA“A compelling story.”–KLIATT

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The northern hills of Wyvern's Court were filled with the trills of tiny bells, the lilting words of storytellers and the songs of choruses. Enraptured children sat in front of me, waiting for me to begin the story of the first avian queen. Blatantly out of place among them was a friend of mine, a serpiente dancer named Urban, who was lounging near the back, managing to look bored and nervous at the same time.

"Many, many years ago, our ancestors were a collection of small tribes, each led by a different captain and each squabbling with its neighbors over food, water and shelter. When drought caused famine, they became afraid and so were more protective of their scarce belongings.

"In the middle of the worst winter, when early snows had destroyed too many of the crops, a woman named Aleya gave birth to a daughter. She loved her child, but she knew she could never take care of her. So Aleya brought the beautiful golden girl to the mountains and left her there, praying that the wild spirits would care for her.

"The infant began to cry, and soon a pair bond of hawks landed beside her. They cared for the child as one of their own, teaching her the language of the forest and giving her their most precious gift: the skies. They gave the girl some of their magic and taught her how to change from her human form into that of a golden hawk."

I paused there, looking into the wide eyes of my young audience. One of the children had moved closer to Urban and was trying to examine the silk scarf he had tied around his waist--a melos, one of the accessories worn by professional serpiente dancers. Urban glanced at her and she jumped.

"But there comes a time when every chick must leave its nest, and as she grew older, the hawk-girl began to wonder about her true mother. Finally, when she was thirteen, she returned to her homeland. She found her mother and her younger brother, whom she had never known, but was horrified by the conditions in which they lived, by the fear and anger that seemed ever present among humans.

"The girl led first her family and then the rest of her mother's tribe into the woods and taught them how to reach the skies. She showed them better ways to hunt, with a hawk's vision and talons, and so they became healthy and well fed once again.

"Later, other tribes joined them, and each took a form from the wilderness--ravens, crows and then sparrows. For the first time, these tribes lived peacefully together, led by the young queen they named Alasdair, which means protector."

The children clapped happily, making the bells hanging from their wrists jingle.

I smiled, enjoying the story almost as much as I had during my first Festival--until one of the adults who had been nearby noticed her child reaching for Urban's melos again and darted forward to scoop her up and away from Urban. Urban pretended not to notice, but I saw his back tense.

I had told the story of Alasdair the way my mother had used to tell it to me, but I knew that some of these children had learned a darker ending from their parents.
Just twenty years before, the myth always would have included the death of Alasdair at the hands of the serpiente. Tales such as these fueled avians' hatred from the cradle.

I tried not to let the avian mother's reaction to Urban ruin my mood. I knew that many people did not approve of his presence there; Urban was not just a serpent--an apprentice dancer, at that--he was widely known to be my foremost suitor among the serpiente. As such, he faced the wrath of mothers with eligible sons, and of course the jealousy of avian men our age, in addition to the general prejudice of avians against serpiente.

Still, I was glad he had come. Suitor or not, Urban was one of my closest friends. We had grown up together. It meant a lot to me that he was willing to be there even though he knew how the avians might react.

"Bit of a dull story," Urban remarked as he came to my side, trying to keep a careful distance between himself and the avians around us. "Lacks intrigue, danger, scandal."

"Well, I'm sorry that the way my ancestor saved her people from starvation and war isn't racy enough for you," I said, teasing.

Serpiente history--which, unlike the avian stories, was regarded as fact, not myth--involved the brave leader of a clan known as the Dasi seducing a powerful creature called Leben, who had impersonated one of their gods to demand their worship. The story, which was told each year in the dance named after the winter solstice holiday Namir-da, described how Leben had given all of Maeve's people second forms to try to win her favor. Maeve had been given the form of a white viper. Kiesha, the high priestess of Anhamirak, had been given the form of a king cobra. Seven others had been given serpent forms, and four, the followers of the god Ahnmik, had been given falcon forms.

The Namir-da did not tell the falcons' story. It also did not include the part about the Dasi being torn apart by a vicious civil war shortly after the gifts had been given. Maeve and the four falcons had been exiled on charges of black magic. The white vipers still lived on the fringes of our society even in modern day, while Cjarsa, Araceli, Syfka and Servos made up the royal house of the falcon empire. Kiesha's people became the serpiente; my family were her descendents.

"Unfortunately," Urban continued, his tone making clear that he found nothing unfortunate in it, "I need to run to the nest now. I'm hoping to catch Salem before he is surrounded by people." Only the full members of the dancer's nest had been invited to Salem's initiation ceremony, and though Urban had grown up in the nest, he had not yet taken his vows. However, the reception that night would be open to anyone who wanted to attend, including apprentices and wyverns. "You will be there later, right?"

"Of course. I think my parents have already headed over."

From the Hardcover edition.

Meet the Author

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes wrote her first novel, In the Forests of the Night, when she was thirteen-years-old. She has since published Demon in My View, Shattered Mirror, Midnight Predator, all ALA Quick Picks for Young Adults, Hawksong, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror List Selection; Snakecharm; and Falcondance.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Note this only for open minded people and not like of those who are saying that they were disappointed in her choice of mate. OK I absolutely love this volume. Kudos for Amelia for bring up a topic they should be further written and discussed and be accepted about. I was so excited in the ended who she choose plus you could tell she was a bit slow. Oliza's choice was brave, giving up her throne so her people won't suffer both avians and serpientes was incredible. I could not put the book down I read in a hour. Plus I love her choice in mate. Their in love what more could you want.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG, I hate everyone who says Oliza just gave up on Wyvern's Court. If you look at her choices: a. Choose a serpent- he gets killed in the market at her feet, the war probably starts again b. Choose an avian- the dancers revolt or another fate... c. Choose an outsider- She dies giving birth to a child that has mental issues and her Wyvern's Court is destroyed. With those choices, anyone would choose the one that leads to happiness and prosperity, for everyone. Oliza LEFT her home, just to help her people, so what if she didn't keep the avians and serpiente together. I think that what she did, seperate the two societies so they could grow closer instead of trying to force them togther, was the greatest sacrifice ever. So there!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms. Atwater- Rhodes first hooked me with Hawksong and with each new book I have been drawn more and more into the world that she has created. It really bothers me that everyone is denouncing this book in their reviews, (I am certain that this is due to the ending and people are just to immature to accept that some people are different but I am extremely happy for the two characters )it is a fantastic story ! If you enjoyed the other volumes of this amazing series please read this addition and do not be so close- minded! *I am really hoping for a fifth installment!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The most disappointing thing to me right now is when people keep saying that Oliza just gave up and that she isn't as brave as her parents. She made a huge sacrifice, and was much braver than her parents. There was absolutely no way she could have taken the throne without destroying everything. She didn't throw away her parent's dream, she preserved it. I found this book intriging and thought-provoking, although it did lack a bit of the attention to detail shown in previous books. Altogether one of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes's better books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
amelia atwater rhodes has continued to enchant my imagination since the day i first happened upon her novel hawksong. snakecharm, and falcondance i read with fierce enthusiasm, loving and cherishing each word more than the last. it was with freverent joy i read wolfcry, and nearly cried. if you have not read it, i advise you to be prepared, and to not as they say judge a book by its cover. amelia dealt an interesting card, and rather, controversial plot. however, i advise you to be open minded before you open this book, and if not, then set it back on the shelf and go on about your way because you will surely be agonized. i leave amelia with one last thought of pure congradulations and credit for breaching a topic, many in our so forward decade still refuse to accept. stars again amelia, stars again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow this was agreat book. Sure the ending shocked me but olivias decision in the end wasnt really selfish it was the only way to keep the kingdoms from going to war again. In additon i really loved betia and olizas romance representation is really impprtant in media and AAR executed it well. Overall a great book
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Can I just say I love that cover. Wolves, shapeshifters, this sounded good. After reading this, thought it was alright, good but alright.
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I honestly didn't see the point in this book... The other four connected with each other and helped tie loose ends, but this, I really didn't see the point. It seemed like she just wanted to let us know what happened to Zane and Danica's daughter and honestly, it was a huge disappointment. Zane and Dani gave up so much and fought so hard and Eliza was basically the complete opposite of her parents. I don't mind that she turned out to be a lesbian, but there wasn't really any depth in Eliza and the Wolf's love; certainly not enough to throw away her home. I loved Hawksong and Snakecharm, adored Falcondance, and Wyvernhail was good but, this.. was.. eh.
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Dark_Lilly More than 1 year ago
i loved this boook the only thing wrong with it was that it was to short i wish she had gonr in to more detail with how Olzia would like with Beta it was still amasing i'm kind of glad she didn't want to have kids of her own becuase and kid of hers would have been to powerful and either killed or destroyed my its own magick its sad but ture and i'm gald she didn't have to suffer that.
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