Release Date: July 2016.
Publisher: Atom (Hachette Australia.)
Source: From publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
A battle has been won. But the war has only 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 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.
I absolutely loved The Girl At Midnight and couldn’t wait for the sequel. I had high expectations for The Shadow Hour and I was not disappointed! Both were utterly amazing.
Echo died and rose again as the firebird, but what she never realised was that by unleashing the firebird, the light, she also unleashed the darkness, and a powerful enemy is rising.
Echo is in hiding with Caius, – oh how I love Caius – Dorian, a very hurt Jasper, and Ivy. But they are soon forced out of hiding and to the Avician side when the new enemy shows its hand for the first time. The enemy is strong and seemingly impossible to defeat, but Echo is getting stronger, coming into her own power and I cannot wait to read the final battle. It is going to be explosive.
And there is still the Dragon Prince to contend with. She has a plan no one sees coming, gathering more power to herself than any Prince before her.
It was so easy to fall back into this story and Echo and her friends kept me riveted. The secondary characters have such depth and their stories are just as interesting as Echo’s. I really loved how much Ivy is growing as a character. She is really coming into her own, growing braver, less timid and her story is going in such an exciting direction. I can’t wait to see how it unfolds.
The Shadow Hour is a stand out sequel. I was captivated by the beautiful writing, the great twists, epic battle scenes and the multiple love stories. The ending is absolutely gut-wrenching and I can’t wait for book three. This is a series not to be missed.