- Page Count: 357
- Release Date: April 28, 2015
- My Rating: 4.5 stars
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.
Ok, yes, this is similar to Daughter of Smoke and Bone or The Mortal Instruments, but I still really enjoyed it! Most YA books kind of blend together now anyways and this was different enough that it never lost my interest.
Echo is a seventeen year old thief who lives alone in the New York Public Library and was taken in at a young age by these bird-type Avicen people. The Avicen are at war with the Drakharin (dragon-ish people) and there’s a legend about a mythical firebird that could bring about the end of the war. There’s a complicated web of drama and allegiances going on within the Avicen, so Echo wants to find the firebird so she can finally be accepted by them. I’m making this all sound way more dull than it really was… I should stop writing reviews when I’m tired. IT’S A REALLY GOOD & fast-paced story I promise!
The story’s told through the split POVs of Echo, Caius the Drakharin Dragon Prince, and Dorian (the guard who’s in love with the prince), which worked super well. Caius is overthrown by his sister while he’s trying to find the firebird for his own reasons and eventually ends up helping Echo after he takes her as a prisoner. And there is no instalove so yay.
Oh, and the relationship between Caius and Dorian reminded me a lot of Jace & Alec, which was totally solidified when they met up with an Avicen who is COMPLETELY Magnus Bane. Like to a ridiculous extent. But I didn’t really care because I like Magnus & Alec!
The worldbuilding was fine in that there was enough for the story to make sense, but there could have been so much more done with all of the cool elements! This book had SO much potential and I kept feeling like the writing just wasn’t letting it be everything that it could be. I had a really flimsy sense of everything… even the romance.
But the story that’s there is still really fun!! I loved all of the Lord of the Rings references, the Scottish setting of Wyvern’s Keep, and how sarcastic Echo could be. She was a great main character. I’m hoping Ivy gets more of a character in the sequel because again… the story just barely touched on that relationship (yet I still liked what was there). And as far as the ending goes, (view spoiler).
So if you like The Mortal Instruments, dragon princes, or Daughter of Smoke and Bone and don’t mind stories that are similar, then you’d probably love this! It’s nothing terribly original and the writing is average BUT I HAD FUN. So I’m totally happy. But don’t read the description for the second book unless you want the first book to be majorly spoiled.