Summary: 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.
Ship: Dorian & Jasper (& Ivy possibly),
Fave Cinnamon Rolls: Jasper, HELIOS MY PRECIOUS
Needed BROTP: The Squad (Ivy, Jasper, Dorian, Caius & Echo)
4.5/5 Stars. Half a point deduction for MAKING ME WORRY ABOUT SIDE CHARACTERS TOO MUCH
The Shadow Hour is the second book in The Girl at Midnight Trilogy and it does not dissapoint. It picks up about a few weeks or so after the end of TGAM and things have not gotten much better. It seems with the release of the Firebird, Echo has released something else just as powerful. And it is now on Echo to discover just what it is and how she can stop it. With her ragtag group of friends to help of course. All of this she must accomplish while also keeping her friends and home safe and avoiding capture and death by the newest Dragon Prince, the EVIL Tanith (“I’m not evil Caius”. yea right, yes you are stop lying)
This book does not, in my opinon, suffer at all from Middle Book Syndrome. It is jam packed of humor, action,, thrilling page-turning plot and the ever popular pop-culture references. There are even more loveable characters introduced and yes there is plenty of Romance.
There is a brewing love triangle truly showing between Echo, Caius & Rowan, and I really don’t know who I prefer or who will actually end up as End-Game. As with the reveal of the firebird’s former vessels, all of them are in Echo’s head including Caius’ former flame and Avcien Rose. Who likes to pop up a lot in Echo’s head, especially when Echo is alone with Caius. So I totally understand Echo’s hesitation around Caius because how can she know what is her feelings and what are Rose’s.
I loved getting more backstory on both Echo and a little glimpse into other Firebird Vessel’s lives and hopefully we get even more peeks in the third book.
The other romance between Dorian and Jasper is one of those torturous slow-paced but it’s beautiful because we get plenty of reasoning from the jumps in Points of View and the loveliness that is Jasper is he has stated he will wait and do Slow-Burn if that’s what Dorian wants. Also if a Poly relationship between jasper, Dorian & Ivy was to happen I WOULD BE SO DOWN FOR THAT, i keep seeing little moments that could totally just be me doing subtext but it does easily open up a reader to a nice head canon.
Also Ivy has a possible other option in the newest and most precious, cinnamon roll, must protect this innocent babe of a flower in a new character introduced named Helios who has actually sunshine smiles, which is appropriate given the history behind his name. I love this character, i will protect this character and i wish this character to always remain happy. Also he is Drakharin.
This book is just as fun and excited as The Girl at Midnight and now i must wait patiently (yea right) for a very long time for the third and final book when it comes out next year.
Definitely recommend for fans of DOSAB, & mythological Fantasy YA stories.