The much-anticipated sequel to the book Danielle Page, author of Dorothy Must Die, says is "inventive, gorgeous, and epic--Grey dazzles."
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. Praise for the Girl at Midnight Series:
“A stunning debut. . . . Equal parts atmosphere and adventure, Melissa Grey’s The Girl at Midnight is positively divine.” —Victoria Schwab, author of A Darker Shade of Magic
“An action- and angst-packed installment reminiscent of Buffy and Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Catnip for fans of Cassandra Clare.” —BookPage.com
“A must-read.” —Paste magazine
“You are going to love Echo.” —Bustle.com
“Sparks fly. . . . Will please fans of Cassandra Clare and Game of Thrones watchers with its remarkable world building; richly developed characters; and themes of family, power, loyalty, and romance.” —Booklist, Starred
“A feisty heroine, fun supporting characters, a mission to save the world, and some seriously spicy romance.” —SLJ
“Fast-paced, action-packed, and full of laughs.” —Nerdist.com
“Enthralling and pure magic, Grey’s debut is delightful!” —Romantic Times
“A page-turner—I was hooked from start to finish.” —Latina Magazine
From the Hardcover edition.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
At the end of The Girl at Midnight, Echo became the new vessel for the Firebird. Now she’s dealing with the enormity of what the Firebird is supposed to represent: peace. When the Avicen Nest is attacked by a strange shadowy creature, Echo realizes that there are two sides to every coin. Where there is light, there is also darkness. But if Echo wields the full power she now possesses will she fall into the path of darkness?
Echo must figure out how to utilize the powers she’s been given in order to save her people. Though tensions between the Avicen and Drakharins are still high, former Dragon Prince Caius believes he can talk his sister, Tanith, into siding with the Avicen in order to beat this common enemy. However, Tanith’s need for power runs deep, and Echo quickly learns the time for action is now.
As I was reading The Shadow Hour there were a couple things that struck me. One, the Firebird mythology that Melissa Grey has created...
Melissa Grey returns to the completely awesome world of The Girl at Midnight with The Shadow Hour! This one really picks up the pace in Echo’s journey, and while it’s been way too long since I read TGAM, leaving me with that lack of good memory to what’s happened already, I followed along fairly well all things considered. We get enough of a recap throughout that it wasn’t as painful as other books I’ve read that don’t divulge in recaps. Here, we get those little sprinkles of recaps that I’ve mentioned before.
Anyway, in the beginning of this one we join Echo and her friends in London, as they are hiding out while trying to figure out their next move. It’s not long before it’s decided for them when they are called home. Big scary things are happening. A darkness has been unleashed and it’s infected some of the Avicen, the Ala among them. Echo being Echo takes it upon herself to leave the safety of the Avicen...
Once again Melissa Grey delivers. The sequel to "The Girl at Midnight" is brilliant, rowdy, and breath taking. Full of moments that will make laugh, sigh, and hold your breath. Each character is as individual as threads but are woven into a magnificent tapestry. My only regret is the third book won't be released for another year.
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