“Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.
Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.
Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants…and how to take it.
But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.”
-Synopsis taken from Goodreads
Hey guys! Meaghan here again with another review! I bought this book recently for super cheap, and the cover had me completely drawn in!
“If war had taught him anything, it was that it took the people who deserved long and happy lives and gave them short, brutal ones instead.”
Stars (Out of 10): 8.5/10 Stars
Overall Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. The characters really grew on me by the end of this book, and the plot, while weak at first, grew more and more enjoyable as the book continued on. I also enjoyed the world and races, and learning about the war between the two, and hierarchy of power that each culture had. I really enjoyed this book, and the ending just left me dying for the next one!
SPOILERS BEGIN HERE
The Characters: I really liked the unique characters that Melissa Grey created for this book, and in moments where I felt the plot fell short, the characters often kept me interested in what was going on anyways. I’m curious how the dynamic of Echo and her ‘resurrections’ will come into play though, and if it might change the relationship between Cauis and her! I’m also worried about the repercussions with Rowan there might be, as there was definitely not a clean break between those two, and with the word love being pondered between them in the beginning of the book.
The Plot: This book reminded me a bit of A Daughter of Smoke and Bone (a series I really need to finish), in that it was an eternal war between two races, and the main character was the human reborn love of the character they had begun to fall in love with. The beginning plot, however, was a bit weak, in that these riddles took almost nothing to solve, and we didn’t truly see the thought process behind discovering its secrets. The ending was a lot better though, with Echo
The World Building: I liked the world that Grey built, and it was sometimes so “otherworldly” that I forgot that it was weaved into the Earth we all know. I also loved the pieces of history and culture of these two varying races that we learned throughout the book, and hope that continues in the rest of the series! I am a bit curious to how these races came to be in the first place, and if there are even more than just the two at war (mermaids were mentioned?)
The Favorite Character: I’m really starting to like Cauis, and think there’s a lot more to learn about him!
Buy it, Borrow it, or Bin it: Buy it