The Girl at Midnight and The Shadow Hour
by Melissa Grey
Both of these books are wonderful and amazing and very hard to put down. This is one of those series that I wish I had discovered after it was done so that I could devour them like potato chips. The author has created an amazing world that is hidden from us mere mortals, with well rounded characters that you come to love and care deeply about. And they are so amazingly and beautifully written. I could include so many quotes that are just delightfully fun. One of my favorites from the first book is a description of Caius when Echo first meets him, “He was sickeningly handsome, verging on beautiful… his eyes were the kind of green that would make emeralds weep with envy.” Doesn’t that give you the perfect image of his eyes?
So here are the summaries from Goodreads:
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.
Don’t you just love the cover. First is is purple, not a lot of purple books out there. Then I love the symmetry of the dragon and the firebird, with the torch and the stars. The font used for the title is awesome too.
Everything in Echo’s life changed in a blinding flash when she learned the startling truth: she is the firebird, the creature of light that is said to bring peace.
The firebird has come into the world, but it has not come alone. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and Echo can feel a great and terrible darkness rising in the distance. Cosmic forces threaten to tear the world apart.
Echo has already lost her home, her family, and her boyfriend. Now, as the firebird, her path is filled with even greater dangers than the ones she’s already overcome.
She knows the Dragon Prince will not fall without a fight.
Echo must decide: can she wield the power of her true nature—or will it prove too strong for her, and burn what’s left of her world to the ground?
And another very cool cover. I love the flames forming the firebird and then the dragon faces as part of the shadows. Very well done. I also like the fiery font for this one too.
Both of these books are very well written and hard to put down. The characters are wonderful and very diverse. I love the Avicen culture that Melissa has created here as well as the Drakharin. Both are very rich and well thought out. There is lots of forbidden romance to go around too. Another great quote from book two that captures some of the romance perfectly: “Echo glanced at Ivy, who raised her eyebrows in response. That was just what their little group needed-a love triangle between an Avicen, a Drakharin, and a warlock. Because that emotional Chernobyl wasn’t likely to blow up in anyone’s face. Nope. Not at all.”
― Melissa Grey,
I could go on for hours about these books, so I will leave you with one last quote from book one: