Little to people’s knowledge there is an ancient race called the Avicen that live under the streets of New York City. With feathers for hair and magic at their finger tips humans are nothing compared to them.
17 year old Echo, knows about the Avicen. . .they are the only family she knows despite the fact that she has made a life of pick-pocketing.
When she is asked to follow up on the legend of the firebird, a mythical beast that has power not one has ever dreamed of, Echo doesn’t know that she is stepping into a centuries old war and that her part in this maybe bigger than what she planned.
Let’s get right into this.
For at least half the book this was a hard read. Oddly enough it wasn’t a character issue but it was just really really slow. I would say that around the 200 mark which is a little past half is when the book got good.
Echo is an unapologetic smart ass who is just perfect. I like her because she is loyal without being naive about it. She is fierce and a really good protagonist. All of the characters were perfect because they all balanced each other out. Even though Echo was the main connection to everyone in the book, each character had their own sub story which was cool. At first I thought it was too much going on and a part of me still feels that way but I don’t think this would have been a better book without it.
Another thing I enjoyed about this read was the fact that there were clear roads I thought the author was going to take and it didn’t turn out that way. Was there complete unpredictability in this book? No because once you saw the route the author was going you saw how things were going to pan out. But again I am not even upset about that.
The book got knocked down in points because it took too long to get into. The build up was too slow for my taste.
Overall, I look forward to book two.
Kudos, Ms. Grey. This wasn’t a book I was expecting to fall for.