Published by Random House Children's Books on April 28th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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.
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
What I liked about Echo is that she is clever but also sarcastic. She tends to make rash decisions, but she has a good heart. She’s the kind of unlikely heroine that everybody wants to read about, and throughout this whole book, I loved her humor and sassiness. The start of this blurb said that this book is for those people who loved The Mortal Instrument series and also Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone. And I agree hundred percent. Some might argue that this book is the replica of those two other books, but I say NAY, because even though there might be some parts that are similar, this book is actually unique in its own way. It brings out the story of an orphan girl who would do anything and everything to protect her family, even when that family might not want to protect her.
So, if you love war, and mythical creatures, sarcastic MCs, you should read this book.