All Summaries from Goodreads:
Magic lives in our darkest corners.
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.
A battle has been won. But the war has only just begun.
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?
Welcome to the shadow hour.
The war between light and dark has begun. The sides have been chosen and the battle lines drawn.
After awakening the firebird, Echo is now the only one with the power to face the darkness she unwittingly unleashed upon the world…right into the waiting hands of Tanith, the new Dragon Prince. Tanith has one goal in mind: destroy her enemies, raze their lands, and reign supreme in a new era where the Drakharin are almighty and the Avicen are nothing but a memory.
The war that has been brewing for centuries is finally imminent. But the scales are tipped. Echo might hold the power to face the darkness within the Dragon Prince, but she has far to go to master it. And now she’s plagued by uncertainty. Is she strong enough to stare into the face of evil and not lose herself in its depths?
The war has begun, and there is no looking back. There are only two outcomes possible: triumph or death.
I have so enjoyed this trilogy. It had many of the things that I enjoy in a fantasy series, lots of action, interesting characters that are diverse in their backgrounds, magic, dragons and a dark story line. I was first captivated by Echo and her love of books and stories. She actually lived in the New York Public library! You have to love a girl for that. Then when we met the Avicen, and the legend of the fire bird was brought into the storyline and I was totally hooked. But wait there was more to love, dragons and a handsome Dragon Prince! I loved Caius, he was such an interesting character. Thousands of years old, but still a young man at heart. The relationship he develops with Echo is slow going and at times frustrating, but I was glad they were able to find their moment of happiness in the third book.
The story is quite sweeping and well developed across all three books. There were some good twists and turns in the plot that kept me guessing who was going to survive to the end. I had a feeling the ending was going to be something I wouldn’t like too much, but it was still quite beautiful and sad at the same time. And I totally got why it had to end the way it did. The plot was well thought out and supported the choices that Caius and Echo make at the end of their story.
Lots of great secondary characters, many that also told the story. Ivy, an Avicen healer who has a compassion for people and wants to help them no matter their race and Echo’s best friend. I also loved the relationship that developed between Dorian, Prince Caius’s body guard and Jasper, and Avicen Mage. It was very beautiful and well done. Two sworn enemies who were still able to find the good in each other and fall in love. Echo’s surrogate parent, the Ala, was a great parent figure and a strong supporter of Echo even when almost every other Avicen was against her. I also adored Rowen, Echo’s other best friend. He was so loyal to her, even when he didn’t agree with her choices. I hope that he will always remain her friend.
A wonderful trilogy set in a fascinating world that will keep you reading and anticipating how it will all end.