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.
Published: April 28th 2015
Rating: Try It
Read from November 1st to 4th
So I didn’t know what to expect from this book apart from its beautiful cover. I kew it was like a mystical fantasy but I didn’t realised the depth and world travelling we would get as well as the different creatures. This book gave me a daughter of smoke and bones vibe, which is a good thing but also worrying because that series did not live up to the first book. It was quite a short and simple book with a pretty obvious storyline but the fantastical elements were really pleasant and done well.
I liked the Avicen and the Drakoni; I like the unique take on them. And also I love that Scotland was represented and the way the author portrayed the accent. She captured the element beautifully in the description and she did this upon all elements of travel. I would be really surprised if Grey wasn’t well travelled because she fakes it well if she isn’t.
Now the story wasn’t very original but I enjoyed the characters and the interactions and the world enough to enjoy reading about it. The second book looks perhaps to be more promising in this aspect but then again I am a bit unsure.
There are elements of this story that I don’t agree with and that’s why it’s not got a higher rating and it’s for YA issues all around, cheating, insta-love, abandoning relationships you’ve had for over ten years, and treating young people as a child. These do sort of overshadow the story but it is bearable. I do struggle to understand why some characters were included because there just wasn’t enough to them. For example, Echo’s best friend was grossly overshadowed by a character introduced more than half way into the book that we didn’t even any inclination of.
I do think that this book could probably have been longer and more fleshed out. The start was relatively slow and choppy and it’s hard to understand why certain scenes were included as later on in the story it just feels incredibly irrelevant.
If you like unique creatures then I think you should pick this book up but there isn’t enough depth to them for my liking but perhaps we will get to know more about them as the series continues.