Pages: 357 pages (hardcover)
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Goodreads Summary: 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.
What we loved: We loved reading about a world just beyond our world, where fantastical creatures have been battling for years. This book has been compared to Cassandra Clare’s shadowhunters books and we can see why. But in this world, a regular human girl (albeit, a talented thief), takes center stage. We enjoyed seeing her hold her own. The element of having a mystery to solve also made the pages turn rapidly in our hands as we tried to figure out, along with the main character Echo, what was going on.
What we didn’t: The book was slow to start, Perhaps the world building took a little too long, but we didn’t really feel vested in the story until about 40 percent of the way through it.
Characters you’ll be glad you met: Jasper. We really enjoyed the unique way in which the author revealed Jasper to us throughout the story, and by the end we were rooting for him 110%.
Why we think Hunger Games fans should give it a try: From a young age, Echo had to do what she had to do in order to survive. She develops a talent, and it is because of this skill that she ends up at the center of the story. Kinda reminds us of Katniss, in a way 😉
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