I am SO excited to be participating in the release tour for The Savage Dawn by Melissa Grey hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. The tour runs from July 3rd-14th with one stop each day (excluding weekends) featuring reviews, excerpts, or interviews.
There is also a tour-wide giveaway where three winners will be picked to receive a hardcover copy of The Savage Dawn. Be sure to enter at the bottom of this post and visit the other stops to enter.
I received this book via Delacorte Press. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.The Savage Dawn by Melissa Grey
Series: The Girl at Midnight #3
Published by Delacorte Press on 2017-07-11
Length: 496 pages
Reviewing ARC Rating:
Reading Challenges: 2017 New Release Challenge
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.
As I sit down to write this review, my heart still hurts. I’m still living in the world Melissa Grey created in The Girl at Midnight. The Savage Dawn is hauntingly written and a fantastic conclusion to Echo’s story. After finishing The Shadow Hour, I knew that this book was going to be darker than the rest, that it would take me through a gamut of emotions, and that it would leave me wanting more.
Please note that this is the final book in a series, there are minor, unavoidable spoilers to the previous books in this review. Read at your own risk.
Echo is a resilient character and one that people can easily identify with. Despite everything that is thrown at her, she remains the same. She is still the thief we met back in The Girl at Midnight. She is still loyal to a fault to those she loves and will do anything including dying for them. She’s already proved this about herself. While everything I love about Echo remains, her character is pushed to the breaking point and she is forced to change. She is forced to become a better version of herself and I love her even more for it. She is one of my favorite characters ever!
But Echo isn’t the only stand-out character in this book. There’s Caius whose fate was unknown at the end of The Shadow Hour. Caius is one of those characters that will stick with me for a long time. He’s wise (obviously, he’s 250 years old), but he still has a naivety about him that is endearing. He loves his sister despite what she has become, what she plans to do to him and the world, and he loves his people. He is the kind of leader you want to see, he will sacrifice anything for them, to keep them safe and to protect those he loves. Despite being the leader, he sees himself as the base of the pyramid holding those who rely on him, who look up to him, up. I love him!!! I love his quirks, his love of reading, and how he loves Echo. It’s….gah!!! I could write an entire blog post about just him but I’ll stop there 😉
The Avicen and Drakharin have come so far since book one. The mythology and world-building that started in The Girl at Midnight has continued and Melissa Grey has built upon that foundation creating a fantastic world set within the realms of our own. Merging contemporary and fantasy together, the author has a created an urban fantasy must-read. As the mythology continues to expand in this book, the author brings the story full circle and it is poetic in its entirety. The foreshadowing and dread I felt while reading is something that has stuck with me even a few hours after finishing the book and I suspect will follow me for a few days….that’s the mark of a great author friends!
Overall The Savage Dawn was a heart-breaking conclusion that left me satisfied and wanting more all at the same time. I would love to see more from this world the author’s created either in the form of standalone novels or a new adventure, but if there isn’t anymore that’s okay too. If you’ve enjoyed the series thus far, you won’t be disappointed at its end. I highly recommend this series for fans of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone and to anyone who appreciates a good urban fantasy.
Don’t miss the first two books in The Girl at Midnight!
The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
Series: The Girl at Midnight, #1
Published by Delacorte Press on 2015-04-28
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Urban, Young Adult
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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.
The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey
Series: The Girl at Midnight #2
Published by Delacorte Press on 2016-07-12
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Urban, Young Adult
Source: My Book Shelf
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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.
Praise for THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT:
“Grey’s energetic debut offers a strong protagonist…[and the] well-built world, vivid characters, and perfect blend of action and amour should have readers eagerly seeking the sequel.” — Kirkus Reviews, Starred
“Sparks fly…This first novel will please fans of Cassandra Clare and Game of Thrones watchers with its remarkable world building; richly developed characters…[and] a breathtaking climax that…cannot come soon enough!””—Booklist starred review
“Inventive, gorgeous, and epic—Grey dazzles in her debut.” — Danielle Paige, New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die
“A stunning debut. Equal parts atmosphere and adventure … positively divine.” – Victoria Schwab, author of A Darker Shade of Magic
3 winners will receive a hardcover copy of The Savage Dawn. US only.