Title: The Shadow Hour
Author: Melissa Grey
Series: The Girl at Midnight
Previous Book in the Series:
1. The Girl at Midnight
Date Started: August 5
Date Finished: August 10
Format: Hardcover from local library
A battle has been won, but the war has just begun. 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 to 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.
So, I don’t really remember the events of the first book and when I went to go read my review I cursed my past self for being so horribly vague about what happened. I remembered the whole two warring species of legend aspect and that Echo who was of neither was in the middle even though she housed with the Avicen and was kind of in love with one of their members – Rowan – and had a best friend – Ivy. And that the ‘prince’ of the Drakharin – Caius – was following her hoping to find the firebird but really he fell for her instead. But that was all I remembered from book 1. I didn’t really remember the characters of Jasper and Dorian. And I barely remembered Echo becoming the firebird to save her friends’ lives. However, Grey does a really good job of summarizing the events that happened at the end of book 1.
Once you get past that though, there is A LOT of sitting around and tending to wounds in this book, which is sad considering something more could have been done in 421 pages. I understand why there was a lot of sitting around though, because of the fact that with Echo being the firebird she wasn’t really sure who she could trust. But it isn’t until they realize that the firebird wasn’t the only thing that was released that night, do things get rather interesting. The kuçerda is the opposite of Echo’s firebird. Where the firebird is light, the kuçerda is darkness and can cause vast destruction. But like Echo, it needs a human vessel to control its movements and Echo and the gang have to stop it from finding that vessel, which leads them on an interesting clue hunt. Not as good as the last book’s though. In fact there was a lot of wishy washyness going on in this one. Rowan, Caius, and Echo were in a love triangle that caused me to rip out my hair in frustration. Dorian, Jasper, and Quinn were also in a love triangle but that one was at least entertaining. Quinn actually kind of reminded me of a darker Magnus Bane.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. If you can get past the boring sitting around and the mild sexual tension between Caius and Echo in the beginning, The Shadow Hour wasn’t too bad. It lost some of the sparkle from book 1, but I was actually entertained. It set up nicely, too, for a stunning conclusion that I can’t wait to see how everything is tied up.
Bookshelf worthy? Who does the book design for these books? They are absolutely gorgeous! Another title to add to my Kindle wishlist.