Title: The Savage Dawn
Author: Melissa Grey
Series: The Girl at Midnight
Previous Books in the Series:
1. The Girl at Midnight
2. The Shadow Hour
Date Started: August 2
Date Finished: August 9
Format: ebook from the digital library
The sides have been chosen and the battle lines drawn. Echo awakened the Firebird. Now she is the only one with the power to face the darkness she unwittingly unleashed . . . right into the waiting hands of Tanith, the new Dragon Prince. Tanith has one goal in mind: destroy her enemies, raze their lands, and reign supreme in a new era where the Drakharin are almighty and the Avicen are nothing but a memory.
The war that has been brewing for centuries is finally imminent. But the scales are tipped. Echo might hold the power to face the darkness within the Dragon Prince, but she has far to go to master its overwhelming force. And now she’s plagued by uncertainty. With Caius no longer by her side, she doesn’t know if she can do it alone. Is she strong enough to save her home and the people she loves? Whether Echo is ready to face this evil is not the question. The war has begun, and there is no looking back. There are only two outcomes possible: triumph or death.
I’m sitting and staring at a blinking cursor with no idea how to start this review. I’m really starting to lose my edge when it comes to writing these things. But here it goes. I was hoping that The Savage Dawn was going to be better than The Shadow Hour that it almost rivaled the first book of this series. …it wasn’t. There were times that I found myself absolutely dreading reading this book as I switched back and forth between this one and The Last Ever After. The characters weren’t the same. The plot that seemed to have so much life in it, was actually quite boring. Not to mention it was really dark/end of the world like. Granted that was to be expected because you are basically dealing with Light and Darkness in TSH, but still. Yikes. I felt like Tanith’s character was something out of Charmed’s early days with the Source of all evil.
Even Echo who I desperately love because of her smart ass mouth had lost some of her spark. She is so focused on saving Caius that once she does (ooops, spoiler alert) she isn’t quite sure what to do next. Not to mention that she also doesn’t realize the condition he’s going to be in once she finds him. Then there was part of the plot that hadn’t been ‘nicely’ tied up. The whole seal thing? There were supposed to be like a dozen of them, but the gang only got around to strengthening two, before Tanith lost her marbles and kidnapped Ivy. And yes, that really drove the final plot home, but why did you waste my time with that only not to see it through?
And then to make matters really worse, the characters I got really attached to? Yeah, I really shouldn’t have gotten attached to some of them. That was really not cool Grey. How can you end a series like that? Shouldn’t people get their happily ever afters?
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. For all the complaining that I did, it still was really good once I got back into the swing of things. And especially when there was action involved and it wasn’t just Jasper, Dorian, Ivy, Echo, Caius and Rowan sitting around looking at each other and how awkward it was. But still, I need a new ending because this one wasn’t all that great.
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