My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Fantastic and everyone needs to read this book
I have had my eye on this book for a while and I admit that I may have done a little stalking at ALA so I could get my hands on it. Of course, when I did get it I forced myself to wait on reading it because it is a series and we all know I am super impatient and if I started it too soon, it would feel like forever before I could read the next book. Fast forward about a month and ahhhhh I loved this book!!
Echo is human and has been living in a world where magic exists and another race of people called the Avicen are her friends and family. Echo survives by stealing things and on the day we meet her, she is almost caught stealing a birthday gift for the Ala, the one person who she would do anything for. When she gives the gift to the Ala, they find a piece of paper in the music box that ultimately drags her into a centuries-old war between the Avicen and the Drakharin.
I loved Echo. She is a great character and I seriously want to be friends with her. She is loyal, daring, sarcastic, a smart ass, and funny. I could go on but that might be weird so trust me on this…she is great.
As Echo jumps into the task of finding the Firebird, she finds allies in some unexpected people. As she teams up with her friend Ivy, a fellow thief, Jasper, and some Drakharins who happen to help Echo and Ivy escape the Dragon Prince, Echo is pulled into something she never expected and forced to make some decisions that she never thought she would have to make. I loved the secondary characters that Grey created for this story and I can’t wait to see where she goes with their stories. One of my favorite things was seeing the relationships change amongst the group. The way Echo and Caius change toward each other was great and I especially thought the changes in Dorian were done really well.
Grey has created a fantastic world and a story that made me fly through the pages so I could learn more about everything. I can’t say much about the actual story because I don’t want to ruin any of it for anyone but I don’t think I am going out on a limb at all by saying if you like the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, you will most likely enjoy this one. I will be re-reading this book in the next few months as I loved it all. There was plenty of action, magic, and there were even some swoony bits that had me falling in love with everyone. Absolutely check this book out when you can – if you love fantasy this is one I think you will want on your shelves!
Thank you to Random House and Netgalley for the review copy!