I had high hopes for this sequel but unfortunately I was left underwhelmed. It's not that it was bad but it was certainly a disappointment and not as enjoyable as its precursor. To start with the positive, at least the story does seem more focused this time around. While there are still a large number of different view points, the story didn't feel as though it jumped around as much as it did last time and events, particularly at the start of the story, unfurled at a much more sedate pace, giving a little more opportunity to see how Avicen society is structured (though still not as much as I would have liked, and still far less focus on Drakharin). However, this book did really suffer from middle novel syndrome. When I think back over the story, I realise that little was advanced, despite this book being over 400 pages long. We don't see Echo learning anything more about her powers. The fact that she is host to the spirits of all previous potential firebirds isn't really touched upon (even Rose's presence fades from the story after a few chapters) and she learns little about her nature. It also ended on a rather abrupt cliffhanger, so don't expect any resolution this time around. The addition of the kuçedra made this book feel a little standard. In my own opinion, the battle between a being of light and a being of darkness has been done a hundred times before and it didn't make this story feel especially original. While this story did still have the elements that I found intriguing in the first book, it didn't really feel as fresh this time. There was also the additional of not one, but two love triangles this time around. This compounded my frustration tenfold. I know that some people love these but I personally can't stand them. While I'm glad that it meant that there was more development for Dorian and Jasper, who are still my favourite characters, it really bogged down the Echo and Caius relationship. This seemed to be going so well by the end of The Girl at Midnight but they no longer seem to have the same chemistry. Anyhow, this is getting long so I'll wrap up. I'm still probably going to read the third book just to see how things wrap up but I was disappointed by this novel on the whole. I hope that things will pick up again in the conclusion.
The Shadow Hour
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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
THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT
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