Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format Read: ARC
Published by Atom on July 12th 2016
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.
Check out Alana’s review for the first book in the series: The Girl At Midnight
The Shadow Hour is the second book in the The Girl At Midnight series by Melissa Grey. Huge fan of the first book guys, huge fan! I was super duper excited to dive right back into the magical world of Echo and crew, and this book didn’t disappoint. Grey’s writing style continues to be lyrical and seriously magical. If you’re a fan of Laini Taylor, then you need to check out this series.
While The Shadow Hour didn’t blow me away, a lot of that was due to the pacing. I’m not sure if it was because I kept taking breaks due to an insane work schedule, but it actually took me a few weeks to finish The Shadow Hour, which probably attributed to the whole slow pacing issue. However, I still really enjoyed the characters, their development, and how the plot moved.
The book picks up from where we left the gang in the first book. They’re in hiding following the battle between the Avicens and Drakharin — and what they come to realise is that when they released the much sought after Firebird…they also welcomed an evil force to balance the good in the world.
The running theme in The Shadow Hour is about balances in the world. When there’s good, there’s evil, and this is explored in all the characters. Echo, Caius, Ivy, Dorian, Rowan, Tanith — we are provided glimpses of both sides to every character, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It helped further development them as characters, and made the reader question whether someone as evil as Tanith could actually have a loving heart buried deep inside her.
While the pacing was slow, the story does progress…and as you make it past the halfway mark, it’s like a race car drag race till the end! At one point I thought all my favourites were actually not going to make it to The Savage Dawn. And that ending…OMG. Why would you do that to us?! Needless to say, I’m 100% keen and ready for The Savage Dawn. How many months again till its release?!
Thank you to Hachette Australia for providing an ARC of the book in return for an honest review.