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.
This story is about Echo, a seventeen-year-old girl who was taken in by the Ala when she was only seven. The Ala is part of a folk called The Avicen, a folk that looks just like humans but instead of having human hair, they have feathers and bird like eyes. Story goes, they were here before us humans and had to hide undeground when humans took over Earth.
The Avicen have been at war with the Drakharin for centuries. The Drakharin are human beings with scales for hair. Instead of resembling birds like the Ala, they look like dragons.
Legend has it, the war between the two species can only be stopped with the rising of the Firebird. A mythical creature of fire that’ll possess the power to put a stop to the endless bloodshed between the Avicen and the Drakharin.
Echo learns of this Firebird through the Ala and goes on a hunt for it. She used to going on missions, robbing things and sneaking through New York unseen. That’s why the Ala asks her to go searching for the Firebird. She believes it’s Echo’s destiny to find it but Echo, along the way, discovers much more than only the Firebird….
Only 10 pages into this book, I fell in love with the story. Echo is this mysterious person whom we don’t know much about even though we get to know most of her personality early on. Her past, however, remains a mystery to the reader. In the beginning she’s an orphan girl who roamed the streets of New York until she was taken in by the Ala who gave her the know it all about magic tricks. That gave her the ability to create a livible space in the Library of New York, a space that isn’t traceable or easily seen by humans. Also, she’s this snarky little thief with funny comebacks, plus, she a badass.
This book is well written, the characters are well-rounded and the build-up to the overal story was overal exciting and thrilling. There is a bit of romance and a mysterious past that will unravel instelf in subtle and slow ways. Imagine the torture I went through when I had to pause in the middle due to schoolwork :p
Although I loved the book very much, the writing style was a bit simple at times and the story is fast-paced (the timespan in the book ranging somewhere between three to four days) considering there’s a romance developing. I missed some depth to the storyline, meaning I missed certain build-up towards some of the choices that were made in the book. Don’t let that scare you off, though because this book is awesomeness.
I’m really looking forward to see what Melissa does with part two of this series. If we get more intell on Echo and the Firebird, and of couse I want to see more of Caius.