The Savage Dawn (The Girl at Midnight, #3)
The war between light and dark has begun. The sides have been chosen and the battle lines drawn.After awakening the firebird, Echo is now the only one with the power to face the darkness she unwittingly unleashed upon the world…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 it. And now she’s plagued by uncertainty. Is she strong enough to stare into the face of evil and not lose herself in its depths?The war has begun, and there is no looking back. There are only two outcomes possible: triumph or death.

The Savage Dawn (The Girl at Midnight, #3) Details

TitleThe Savage Dawn (The Girl at Midnight, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 11th, 2017
PublisherDelacorte Press
ISBN-139780385744690
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Magic, Romance, Urban Fantasy

The Savage Dawn (The Girl at Midnight, #3) Review

  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    Arg, my heart. What just happened. I was so set on giving this a four and then the ending happened, followed by the epilogue, and I'm just sitting here confused and stunned. Mostly confused.He mended the holes in the world only to tear one open in her chest. <-- me, right nowThis felt stronger than book two, though lacking in the simpler and almost effortless fun of book one (which, I mean, makes sense due to escalations and reveals), buuuuut.. I just don't know. Seriously. All the confuse.3. Arg, my heart. What just happened. I was so set on giving this a four and then the ending happened, followed by the epilogue, and I'm just sitting here confused and stunned. Mostly confused.He mended the holes in the world only to tear one open in her chest. <-- me, right nowThis felt stronger than book two, though lacking in the simpler and almost effortless fun of book one (which, I mean, makes sense due to escalations and reveals), buuuuut.. I just don't know. Seriously. All the confuse.3.5? 3? I don't even know.ps, currently accepting hugs if you feel so inclined.
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  • Ashley Daviau
    January 1, 1970
    This was the absolute perfect conclusion to what has become one of my new favourite series! I don’t see it around often and I think it’s a downright shame because it is truly such a fantastic series. The world building is stunning and the characters and their development throughout the series is just phenomenal! And I like that it doesn’t end up all sunshine and roses and that there is loss and sadness, it makes the story that much more beautiful and real.
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  • Jaime Arkin
    January 1, 1970
    This was an amazing end to an incredible series that I can't help but want more of!! Thank you for sharing these characters and this story with us!! Full review to come soon
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    January 1, 1970
    Be prepared for me to be the black sheep with this one. WHY? It went on for too bloody long. It felt like this story was one giant simile. I bet if you took them all out, as most of them were completely pointless, this story would be cut in half. This did not need to be nearly 500 pages.FRTC.----------------Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...I can now happily mark this series off of my TBR list. I feel proud of myself as this final book was pushing 500 pages. Be prepared for me to be the black sheep with this one. WHY? It went on for too bloody long. It felt like this story was one giant simile. I bet if you took them all out, as most of them were completely pointless, this story would be cut in half. This did not need to be nearly 500 pages.FRTC.----------------Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...I can now happily mark this series off of my TBR list. I feel proud of myself as this final book was pushing 500 pages. I still do not believe it should have been that long of a book and I’ll get into that. Was it good? MEH. I’m underwhelmed when it came to the final book. It went on much, much longer than it should have.Short recap: Echo, the Firebird, is in a race to save the world from Tanith, who is the vessel for the shadows.My overall feelings towards this entire series are MEH at best. The first book blew me away, while the second was alright, and the third was struggling. I kept feeling more and more like I was reading another version of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. That’s awful, I know but the similarities between the two are just so strong. That being said, the story felt as if it wasn’t sure what it wanted to be. It didn’t feel very flushed out or developed. There are chapters and chapters where nothing happens. Not a thing. There are pointless conversations about food or long-winded descriptions of buildings. Two things should have been put in place of these gaps: 1) Nothing. Delete those suckers and move on. 2) Character development! *GASP* Who would have thought?! There are times that fighting or training stops so the characters can figure out their feelings for each other. WHAT? What is happening?! Good question! Why stuff 500 pages into this book with pointless similes and love triangles if you aren’t going to have these characters do anything worthwhile?! Oh yes, multiple love triangles. They are all annoying and will cause you to groan.Here is the other very large thing that annoyed the snot out of me: this book is one giant simile. I would bet my book collection that if you took those pointless similes out, the final page number would shrink to almost half of its current size. Bet. Grey had to have spent a considerable amount of time thinking of phrases to use to compare everything to something else. “He jumped back from a ghost, like he was being scared at a Halloween haunted house.” Insert eye roll here. Give me a break. Pointless, unnecessary, and it certainly does not add anything to the story.Let’s talk about the severe lack of character development. There was none. BOOM. These characters were the exact same as they were in book 2, which was disappointing. Echo has been through so much yet she was still the same petulant child from the start of the series. OH WAIT. MY BAD. There’s now a LOVE TRIANGLE that she’s in the middle of! Who does she love? Answer: Who cares. It’s a watered down romance at best. No gushy feels, no swoony moments, nothing to write home about. Remember the now bad person Tanith? Well, she is left alone a good majority of this story. She’s doing her thing with no effort on Echo or her team to find her. Jasper and Dorian kiss a couple of times, are angsty about it, then kiss some more. I have nothing to say about the rest of the characters because nothing happens. We do not ever find out what happens to the other characters – Ivy, Helios, the Ala, or anyone else – because they aren’t talked about. Don’t expect a resolution because it won’t happen.I’m sure there is no need for me to talk about the (lack of a) plot within this story. The action scenes are far too few so it draws the story out to the point of near boredom. I wanted to DNF several times but forced myself to finish. Why? Just so I could say I did finish. I almost regret this. There are so many topics that were introduced, talked about a couple of times, then never mentioned again. It all made me confused and angry. Why give me so much information that had a lot of potential, only to not do anything with it? Was it all just for page fillers? I hope not but that is how it came across. The ending was practically a joke. It was completely predictable and very unfulfilling. I waited a long time to finish this series after such a strong start and I feel so let down. I will probably continue to read Grey’s books but I will be very hesitant. If you enjoyed this, I am happy for you and wish I could share in your excitement. This series proved that not every book is for every reader.
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  • mith
    January 1, 1970
    since WHEN HAS THERE BEEN A COVER---Looooove the title!
  • Yissel
    January 1, 1970
    The best book in the series. I'm sad the journey's over, and I'll miss these characters deeply, but my god what an amazing, beautifully written, fun and emotional journey it was. From here on out, every time I walk by the 5th Avenue library, I'll think of Echo and Ivy and Caius and Dorian and Jasper... I'll slow my steps and feel for that tug. That lingering little bit of magic that Melissa has so easily (expertly) convinced me to wholeheartedly believe in.
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  • Kim Dyer
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating: 1.5 out of 5My feelings towards this series have been mixed at best. While I quite enjoyed the first book, since then I have unfortunately found them to be a downward slid towards this. Yet I didn't hate everything about it. The book did have a couple of excellent and exciting scenes, the best by far being Echo, Dorian and Jasper's mission to rescue Caius. It also managed to do away with the two love triangles that popped up in The Shadow Hour, so at least there's that.However, th Actual rating: 1.5 out of 5My feelings towards this series have been mixed at best. While I quite enjoyed the first book, since then I have unfortunately found them to be a downward slid towards this. Yet I didn't hate everything about it. The book did have a couple of excellent and exciting scenes, the best by far being Echo, Dorian and Jasper's mission to rescue Caius. It also managed to do away with the two love triangles that popped up in The Shadow Hour, so at least there's that.However, the book itself was a bit all over the place. It really felt like an early draft rather than a finished work. The novel is pushing 500 pages long and there are long stretches where nothing really happens. I would like to say that this space is spent developing character but it really felt as though we were treading old ground. Dorian and Jasper kiss, angst over it, kiss again and angst some more. Tanith is largely left to her own devices for long stretches, with no efforts made to locate her or figure out her plan. Brutal fights draw to a halt to give characters enough time to consider their feelings for each other.The plot itself felt a bit well-worn, with the kuçedra's ultimate plan being a bit typical fantasy villain. Occasionally, curious tangents reared their heads (such as the breaking of magical seals and the not-so-surprising reveal of a traitor) but these quickly sunk without a trace and were never mentioned again. The ending of the book was more than a little predictable, consisting of a particularly cliched healing of many injured characters. Perhaps I would have cared a little more if it wasn't for the fact that I was tiring of the cast by this point.No one really develops beyond what they were in the previous book. Instead, we're just treated to a lot of repetition as characters express the same feelings and beliefs over and over again. To make matters work, only Jasper and Dorian really receive any closure in the climax. We don't really find out what becomes of Ivy, Helios, the Ala or any of the rest. Even Echo doesn't have a lot to do in the climax. Despite being the Firebird, most of the action centres around Caius.All in all, this was a disappointing end to the series. While I liked the first book, unfortunately everything that followed has failed to hold my interest. Urban fantasy fans might get a kick, but the story felt a bit over-familiar and there are better stories out there.
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  • Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
    January 1, 1970
    LKAJDFH;GKAJDF;ASKDF LOOK. LOOK AT THAT COVER. It's so stunning an dark and I NEEEEED THIS BOOK ASAP. *grabby hands*
  • Rachel Strolle
    January 1, 1970
    OH MY HEART
  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    *Source* Library*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy*Rating* 3.5*My Thoughts*The Savage Dawn, by author Melissa Grey, is the third and final installment in the author's The Girl at Midnight trilogy. As the story picks up, Echo is fearful for the safety of Caius who was taken by his sister Tanith. The same Tanith who dethroned him as Dragon Prince, and also allowed the dangerous darkness known as Kucedra to enter her body. Echo has been hearing about the fated Firebird prophecy from Ala, the Avicen who s *Source* Library*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy*Rating* 3.5*My Thoughts*The Savage Dawn, by author Melissa Grey, is the third and final installment in the author's The Girl at Midnight trilogy. As the story picks up, Echo is fearful for the safety of Caius who was taken by his sister Tanith. The same Tanith who dethroned him as Dragon Prince, and also allowed the dangerous darkness known as Kucedra to enter her body. Echo has been hearing about the fated Firebird prophecy from Ala, the Avicen who saved her, since she stabbed herself in the heart, and became it's vassal. But, Echo disrupted the balance when she welcomed the Firebird into herself, and into the world, and now the world is in deep trouble.*Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201...
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  • Alaina Meserole
    January 1, 1970
    THAT IS HOW YOU'RE GOING TO FUCKING END THIS SERIES?!?!You could've just stabbed me in the fucking heart instead. My heart is broken. I don't like how this series ended. I will forever have trust issues.OTHER THAN THE ENDING THAT BROKE ME, the rest of the book was amazing. So good. The one thing I would change about this book would be the fucking ending.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    I'm taking a star off for the ending. It's petty because this was awesome but I'm sad about it. So much happened in this book and I just want more of Echo and Caius forever. I love them so much. And of course Jasper and Dorian. THE SLOW BURN ALMOST KILLED ME! Definitely a great series and I'll be watching for Ms. Grey's other books from now on. I thought this book would drag since it was the last in the series and almost 500 pages at that, but it didn't. I enjoyed every twist, turn and new disco I'm taking a star off for the ending. It's petty because this was awesome but I'm sad about it. So much happened in this book and I just want more of Echo and Caius forever. I love them so much. And of course Jasper and Dorian. THE SLOW BURN ALMOST KILLED ME! Definitely a great series and I'll be watching for Ms. Grey's other books from now on. I thought this book would drag since it was the last in the series and almost 500 pages at that, but it didn't. I enjoyed every twist, turn and new discovery.
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  • nick
    January 1, 1970
    Super bummed but this is not the ending for me.
  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    That cover is gorgeous!
  • Pam (YA Escape)
    January 1, 1970
    Would have been 4 stars except for the ending and a few other issues. And it's not about Caius dying, actually, because at least his sacrifice made sense, but about the stupid hope that Echo had, about Rose finding him, etc. What was up with that? It made it seem like he could somehow still be alive. So that was just confusing. And I thought Echo was going to tell Rowan her real name. Unless Echo actually was her real name? Again, confusing. And the whole plot with the firebird. What was the poi Would have been 4 stars except for the ending and a few other issues. And it's not about Caius dying, actually, because at least his sacrifice made sense, but about the stupid hope that Echo had, about Rose finding him, etc. What was up with that? It made it seem like he could somehow still be alive. So that was just confusing. And I thought Echo was going to tell Rowan her real name. Unless Echo actually was her real name? Again, confusing. And the whole plot with the firebird. What was the point? Why did they need to find the firebird if the firebird brought about the kucedra? How was that a good thing? And the firebird was so weak compared to the kucedra, which again, made no sense, if they were two sides of the same coin, wouldn't they be equal in power? I hate when fantastic first books don't finish strong and in a satisfying way. There are definitely only a few authors who can achieve that.
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  • Cassie-la
    January 1, 1970
    ORIGINALLY POSTED: https://bibliomantics.com/2017/08/05/...The conclusion to Melissa Grey's The Girl at Midnight series has arrived, and I promise you, you are not emotionally ready. From the witty dialogue to the lyrical prose, the compelling characters and the superb world building, the final book in the trilogy is far and above my favorite. While it's hard to say goodbye to Echo and her superb squad, the bittersweet ending is a beautiful and fitting conclusion.
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  • emma
    January 1, 1970
    I AM NOT OKAY
  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Quite the Novel Idea https://quitethenovelidea.com https://quitethenovelidea.com/?p=13934*Sigh*  I debated back and forth on how to rate The Savage Dawn.  I really loved The Girl at Midnight  and even though its sequel was not perfect, I was still more than eager to read the last installment, especially after the excruciating cliffhanger.  I was not entirely happy with The Savage Dawn and thus I will try to keep this review short, to the point and spoiler free.I loved that we get to see the who Quite the Novel Idea https://quitethenovelidea.com https://quitethenovelidea.com/?p=13934*Sigh*  I debated back and forth on how to rate The Savage Dawn.  I really loved The Girl at Midnight  and even though its sequel was not perfect, I was still more than eager to read the last installment, especially after the excruciating cliffhanger.  I was not entirely happy with The Savage Dawn and thus I will try to keep this review short, to the point and spoiler free.I loved that we get to see the whole gang back together: Echo, Ivy, the Ala, Rowan, Dorian and Jasper and a few new characters.  I also liked that it was action packed, full of quests, mysteries, and such.  I think Echo grows a lot into her role and is more confident.  The sames happens to Ivy and I love her chapters too.The romance is more developed in The Savage Dawn and it's not secret that I adore Caius.  He is indeed one of the MCs and it shows in this book.  Echo and Caius learn to trust each other and to communicate much better.  The is no love triangle, but rather a determination to find what was lost and to save the world from the darkness. The romance between Dorian and Jasper is even more swoony. The writing is awesome, the banter, the dialogue between the characters is amazing, witty, sarcastic, funny. Now we come to my biggest issue with the story.  As you might know, I have an extreme dislike of open endings that this one has big gaps.  I was loving the story, the action, the romance, where everything was going, until the last battle and then it all went downhill fast.  Not only did I not get closure, but the battle seemed to be more about Caius and Tanith, giving it a much-ado-about-nothing kind of vibe that I didn't' care for.  It's almost open enough to warrant another installment to the series or at the very least a novella. Very unsatisfying and extremely frustrating. Oh, and it made me cry to boot :(Overall, the ending of the series is almost everything I was hoping for, but it left too many unanswered questions and it felt too open for me.This review was originally posted on Quite the Novel Idea
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  • Candice
    January 1, 1970
    I find it hard to believe that the person who wrote The Girl At Midnight also wrote this. It's the same characters and the same story, but The Savage Dawn feels like a fanfiction with absolutely no editing. It goes on forever in parts you don't care about. In scenes where interesting things are finally happening there are large sections dedicated to boring introspection and unnecessary back story. I'm not sure if the editor Krista Marino (thanked in the acknowledgments) just gave up after The Sh I find it hard to believe that the person who wrote The Girl At Midnight also wrote this. It's the same characters and the same story, but The Savage Dawn feels like a fanfiction with absolutely no editing. It goes on forever in parts you don't care about. In scenes where interesting things are finally happening there are large sections dedicated to boring introspection and unnecessary back story. I'm not sure if the editor Krista Marino (thanked in the acknowledgments) just gave up after The Shadow Hour or if she did the best damn job she could and this book was initially 1000+ pages.I know a lot of people don't like the ending because it doesn't end with sunshine and rainbows, but that is not the reason I didn't like the book. I can appreciate a sad ending like any European, but this was just poorly written. (view spoiler)[Did Rose's spirit whatever "find" him? The epilogue said Echo heard something about a masculine voice singing the lullaby, but then it says that Rose still needs to search him out. So I guess she really didn't sense him, or she did, I have no idea. And how exactly does a dead person find another presumably dead person? What's the point of "finding" Caius when he is basically dead? Wouldn't his "energy" or "soul" or "magic" whatever join the same spiritual plane that all other after-death people go to? Why would his be stuck in the in-between? It's like the author tried too hard to be profound and now we just have another Matrix story and I just don't care. And what, she's "starting over" with Rowan? What the hell does that mean? I honestly could not have cared less if Rowan had been killed at any time in the book. The author tried to make it seem like they were so good together and have all of this chemistry but I found him so bland. I didn't love him or hate him, he literally was just too boring for me to care about. But now we're supposed to believe that after Echo has lost a great soul mate like Caius, she's supposed to fall for this forgettable face again? It's like going from Jon Snow to Edmure Tully (if you said "who?" Then that is the point.) Alright, rant over. (hide spoiler)]If you had started the series and DESPERATELY want to know how it ends, then read it. Otherwise, don't bother. Imagine your own ending and you'll be better off.
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  • Caitlyn
    January 1, 1970
    I was COUGH, COUGH spoiled by a review that didn't utilize the spoiler tag, AND I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF I WANT TO FINISH THIS NOW. (view spoiler)[Caius dies and Rose promises to "find" him? Echo starts over with Rowan? I AM LIVID. (hide spoiler)]
  • Jessica (a GREAT read)
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from the publisher for being a part of the blog tour team for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.The Savage Dawn brings a conclusion to the world Melissa Grey created two years ago. Having read the first two installments of this trilogy as ARCs made it a tad difficult to dive into this one a bit later. As usual I struggled to get my memory caught up with what had happened and what needed to happen. But soon I was hooked into the story as Echo and h I received this book from the publisher for being a part of the blog tour team for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.The Savage Dawn brings a conclusion to the world Melissa Grey created two years ago. Having read the first two installments of this trilogy as ARCs made it a tad difficult to dive into this one a bit later. As usual I struggled to get my memory caught up with what had happened and what needed to happen. But soon I was hooked into the story as Echo and her friends try to save the world!Caius has been taken prisoner by his sister, the Dragon Prince, Tanith, and it’s Echo’s first mission to find and rescue him. But she will need the help of her friends and a little creative thinking! Rescuing Caius is only the first part of the mission for when they do find him, he’s nowhere near fighting ready.I’ll admit, I had a hard time getting back into this one. Purely memory reasons. When I can’t remember what happened before, it really makes it hard to know why I need to care about the success of all the separate missions and whatnot. Obviously there’s the, Echo is our hero and she needs to win/succeed thing going on, but I like remembering the deeper reason why! Clearly my notes from before were not as detailed as I thought! Despite that, I did still like the story! The characters were always my favorite part of this series! I mean, Echo lives in a library! How cool is that?! And she knows all these obscure words that have such fun meanings! I would never be able to remember them all like she can! I’m definitely a reader of the moment, when reading a book I could tell you what’s going on and all that, probably not be able to give you the backstory if it was the final book of a trilogy, but I’d be able to tell you what happened for the most part. Trying to remember books I’ve previously read and tell you things? Yeah, not as likely to happen! Lol.I also still adore Dorian and Jasper! Jasper is by far the funniest of the group and I love his sense of humor! And I love how far Dorian has come. Granted, I can’t remember his character exactly from the first book, but I remember not having happy feels towards him right away! But now? Definitely an amazing guy! And of course there’s Caius! He was also incredible and strong! And I loved watching his progression as well! All of these characters do a lot of growing and it was most enjoyable to witness!There’s a good deal of action in this one too. It’s kind of spread out. We have the planning stages, the action itself, and some after math coupled with downtime moments. It’s got a nice balance of things. There were also about three sweet romances going on as well! One was subtle, and actually, you never really know the final outcome…I mean I suppose you can infer it, but still. I like concrete answers! Lol. Naturally, the will they, won’t they romance between Caius and Echo was sweet and swoony. You can pretty much say the same thing about Dorian and Julian, except there was a little more conflict between theirs. But still, there was just the right amount of romance to this story and it was nice and subtle instead of all consuming!The ending was exciting and shocking and I admit, I’m left a bit stunned and emotional! Like a serious range of emotions are inflicting me right now as I write this review and try to keep myself from saying things I shouldn’t! Don’t worry! I’d never spoil anything for you guys! But yeah…that ending was emotional! All kinds of emotions! And it also leaves you to wonder, what if? You have this sense, that though the series is over, there will still be more to come from this world. It’s changed quite a bit over the course of the books and I can definitely see more potential to the world itself, should Melissa not ever be completely done with it! You never know! The Savage Dawn was a remarkable conclusion to the world of The Girl at Midnight! I am sad to say goodbye so soon, but Melissa definitely ended it at the right place. I may have more I’d like to say to that, but won’t! For obvious reasons. ;) I am definitely looking forward to more books from Melissa!Overall Rating 4/5 starsThe Savage Dawn releases July 11, 2017
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    BOOKS. WITH. ENDINGS. LIKE. THIS. ARE. WHY. I. HAVE. TRUST. ISSUES.Like, okay, be forewarned because I really don't want to spoil the series for anyone reading, so everything after this paragraph I'm going to mark as a spoiler because I am about to RAGE. Non-spoilery things: The book was exciting and romantic and if you've liked the characters up til now, you'll like them in this one too. I think there was a little lack of development for everyone except Dorian, but this book is really much more BOOKS. WITH. ENDINGS. LIKE. THIS. ARE. WHY. I. HAVE. TRUST. ISSUES.Like, okay, be forewarned because I really don't want to spoil the series for anyone reading, so everything after this paragraph I'm going to mark as a spoiler because I am about to RAGE. Non-spoilery things: The book was exciting and romantic and if you've liked the characters up til now, you'll like them in this one too. I think there was a little lack of development for everyone except Dorian, but this book is really much more about resolution of the plot of the trilogy than characterization because it's a third in a trilogy so whatever that's fine I get it. Everything is great and you very much feel tragedy coming. You know pretty quick into it, that things aren't going to be 100% perfect and happy and roses and rainbows and unicorns, fine. I can do sad endings and tragedy if it is resolved and concluded in a way that makes sense to the plot and that works within the mythology and rules of the world it takes place in. HOWEVER.....(and what follows is all spoilery so DO NOT PEEK UNLESS YOU WANT THINGS SPOILED)...(view spoiler)[ THERE IS NO RESOLUTION. NONE. There are so many unanswered questions.There's a huge fight that's been culminating for three books now and this one is almost 500 pages AND includes an Epilogue, and still there is such a short wrap up of vagueness that I am really not happy. What happened to Ivy? Helios? Echo talks about stealing back things, does that mean she's going to search for Caius? What did Rose mean that she'll find him? Find him in the inbetween and bring him back? Go be with him? Help him move on to death? Echo has this long-winded inner monologue about stealing things back and about how she's shattered from losing Caius and then she sees a star in the sky and Rowan shows up and is like "sup I'm Rowan let's start over" and we're all just supposed to be like k cool sounds good! No. That's not resolution. Like are you setting it up for more books in the future or did you just run out of pages or time? I literally do not understand. What even was the point of him getting his crown back? Why are so many scenes not shown?One minute Caius is being offered books by his sister and then the next he's found in a dungeon with a dragon and like torn the hell up? That's a pretty big jump where we don't have any info as to what happened in between that time. Like, how did he manage to get word to those refugees (the cook and them) to get out? Did that cause Tanith to be more torturous or what? What happened to the dragon at the end???!!!And also, Ivy is healing Helios, and then steps out of the room and next thing we know she's been kidnapped from the Wyvern Keep by Tanith and Tanith is calling Echo on her cellphone? Lol no. Stop. This whole book feels like the author had way more originally and ended up having to cut huge chunks of story out completely.Honestly, I could've forgiven the jumps, if the end had at least been a resolution that actually answered questions instead of just giving us more. If he had just died and we got proper resolution on the other characters and answers to questions, then I'd just be sad and not super confused and let-down. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    2,5* Dit had goed kunnen zijn maar helaas was dat niet het geval. Veel was een herhaling van boek 2 en het einde was verwarrend omdat een aantal verhaallijnen niet worden afgewerkt en omdat er nog heel wat vragen zijn. Het voelt alsof de reeks niet af is...
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  • Jamie Coudeville
    January 1, 1970
    I was a bit underwhelmed by this book. I really struggled to connect with the characters and the story. Maybe I'm just trying to compare it too much to other books of the same genre. I don't know. I did like this world, I was just missing something.
  • Belkis
    January 1, 1970
    Yeah, I'm glad this series is done but this last book was sadly quite disappointing. Way too long. So much of it just dragged and dragged. Sometimes I felt like it looped in senseless circles. I don't know. I'm rather frustrated over the ending. I'm quite gutted :(
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  • Eden Grey
    January 1, 1970
    I DON'T HAVE THE WORDS RIGHT NOW
  • Kelly Sierra
    January 1, 1970
    No. No! I can't! I read the second book in a day, and I had this little ARC just hanging out on my e-reader, so I was like "Heck yeah, I need more Cauis and Echo in my life." Worst decision ever, because I know the end now and it so hard to move on...First, the ending was worth it. Echo and her group of friends are trying to make sure the darkness that balances out the light of the Firebird, doesn't snuff out the world and end it. The action in this book is great, and the journeys and lengths th No. No! I can't! I read the second book in a day, and I had this little ARC just hanging out on my e-reader, so I was like "Heck yeah, I need more Cauis and Echo in my life." Worst decision ever, because I know the end now and it so hard to move on...First, the ending was worth it. Echo and her group of friends are trying to make sure the darkness that balances out the light of the Firebird, doesn't snuff out the world and end it. The action in this book is great, and the journeys and lengths that these characters go through only solidify their friendships and relationships. Cauis is my favorite, but since this is the end, I think I will say some great things about everyone.Echo- Grew to be the Firebird/hero everyone needed. Her sacrifices did not go unnoticed and furthermore she matured as a character through the 3 books.Jasper- Even though he was a thief, there was nothing ever common about Jasper, he was as phenomenal as his plumage. Dorian- Was the hot knight that Japser needed, but also the best friend Ivy never saw coming. He was loyal to a fault and one of the best characters in the series.Ivy- Was braver than she thought she could be. Even though she was a healer, she was fierce and loved without reservations. Hate is a choice, and it was never a choice Ivy would make again.Rowan- Was the annoying boy of your childhood, that no matter what can worm their way into your life over and over again. He grew up to be the friend that you could lean on no matter what.Ala- Obviously she was amazing, without her there would be no Echo in this story. Her constant acceptance and love of an outsider proved that were are all the same.Cauis- This Dragon Prince is everything. He's ancient, mysterious, and cold; but he's also smart, caring, and warm. His story with Echo was not fully fleshed out, which is fine because this story was more than just hormones or romance, but it would have been an epic tale nonetheless. The end hurt me, so 60% of me is irrationally upset about the ending and the other 40% understands that what happened at the end usually happens in a great series. We sometimes lose the best characters, a sacrifice must be made, but I will leave it at that because I don't wan to ruin it for others.4 stars
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  • J. Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    My only complaint is that the ending was not long enough, beautiful yes it was but did it tell of much? Not really. Like what is going to happen next, what lives will our characters lead? I just like a little bit of closure okay? So the series gets a -A for not wrapping up like anything. Other then that, I adored this book. These characters, I like every single one of them, expect maybe Tanith but everyone else yes. And of course I love our main guys-Jasper, Dorian, Echo, Caius. Ivy and Rowan, a My only complaint is that the ending was not long enough, beautiful yes it was but did it tell of much? Not really. Like what is going to happen next, what lives will our characters lead? I just like a little bit of closure okay? So the series gets a -A for not wrapping up like anything. Other then that, I adored this book. These characters, I like every single one of them, expect maybe Tanith but everyone else yes. And of course I love our main guys-Jasper, Dorian, Echo, Caius. Ivy and Rowan, although my favorite is Jasper for sure. I ship all of the ships, which is very rare for me, there's normally a romance I don't agree with but in this book, I was in it for all. The sense of friendship, family, love, dark and light is so deeply woven in with a heartwarming embrace. It's with a deep sadness to say goodbye. (view spoiler)[ Look up upon the night sky for the Caius Star (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]
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  • Cat
    January 1, 1970
    "We fought, we bled, we died, and all in the name of glory. And so we perpetuate the legend that all that fighting and bleeding and dying is worth something so that future generations can go on repeating the sins of the past while expecting it to result in anything besides more fighting and bleeding and dying."Alternatively:"'What the fuck?' Echo whispered softly but with great feeling."(Lol that's the only time I've been unable to choose between two opening quotes, but they both fit so well; #L "We fought, we bled, we died, and all in the name of glory. And so we perpetuate the legend that all that fighting and bleeding and dying is worth something so that future generations can go on repeating the sins of the past while expecting it to result in anything besides more fighting and bleeding and dying."Alternatively:"'What the fuck?' Echo whispered softly but with great feeling."(Lol that's the only time I've been unable to choose between two opening quotes, but they both fit so well; #LetEchoSayFuck happened! Three times!)Echo and friends are desperately trying to find Caius after he was captured by Tanith at the end of The Shadow Hour. The fabric of the world is tearing apart now that the firebird and its evil counterpart, the kucedra, have both been awakened. The Avicen and their few Drakharian allies were devastated by the previous battle but must now prepare for war again. Firstly, what I liked: Everything I said in my review of the first book regarding characters and their relationships, the incorporation of libraries and words and the comparison titles still stands. However, during the second and third books there weren't as many instances where the main five worked together as a group. Since that was something I really loved in the first book, I wish there had been more group interactions in the rest of the series. In particular, I wish there had been more of Ivy and Dorian's friendship in this one as there was in the first two, since they were my favourites.Dorian and Jasper fit two (rare) tropes I adore: one being 'gay/bi person with hopeless crush on their straight best friend moves on and finds gay true love while maintaining a supportive friendship with straight person' and the other being 'forbidden love with a same-gender couple except it's forbidden for some reason other than being gay'. There are a bunch of great Jaspian moments in this book and I love them a lot.On Helios' role: Honestly, I think the book would function better if you removed him completely. We already had a betrayal storyline with Quinn in the second book, so there was no need for another one (especially since I think we all saw it coming from a mile away). Speaking of Quinn, I can understand the logic of needing his powers for the final battle, but ultimately it served no narrative purpose and we never find out what happened to him after the war, so the brief mention seemed all the more bizarre. In conclusion: Ivy being a lesbian makes all the more sense!On Caius' fate: I don't completely hate it. If you had to pick one of the five mains to kill off, he makes the most sense (just like the one member of the Dregs who's killed off in Crooked Kingdom). Perhaps it would've been more satisfying if it was more ambiguous, that is, if the part with the star was cut? I think what was really irritating about this was Echo and Rowan's conversation at the end and the implication that they were "starting over". If this was truly intended as romantic, then it completely contradicts all the earlier statements about Echo and Rowan being too different now to be a couple. This scene would've worked better if Echo had been talking to Ivy or the Ala.Now onto the fun part - all the reasons Ivy is a lesbian (*insert that picture of Newt Geiszler's actor presenting a convoluted theory*): - "Ivy spent more time with Echo than she did with anyone else"- Helios telling Ivy that her feelings for Echo are sisterly because he's trying to get Ivy to focus on him instead- "[Ivy] would have given her left arm - or at the very least, a kidney" to have Echo by her side"- "Ivy wrapped her arm around Echo's and rested her head on Echo's shoulder...Echo brushed off the powdered sugar that had landed on Ivy's feathers"- "Ivy had never kissed a boy before. Or a girl. Well, Echo, once, but that was more of peck, and it was during a game of spin the bottle" oh honey- Ivy returning to Wyvern's Keep despite her previous experiences there because "Where [Echo] goes, I go"- When Ivy is tending to Helios' wounds, she keeps comparing him to Dorian, including how she loves her gay best friend much more than her ex-boyfriend- "Ivy was as close to a sister as Echo would ever have" Ivy darling, give up on your straight bestie and get Dorian to set you up with a Drakharian gal!- Or perhaps Echo isn't that straight since when she reflects on her love for all her friends, she lists Ivy first and then Caius *eyes emoji*- Later in one of Echo's memories "Ivy had staunchly pretended not to notice [that Echo and Rowan were holding hands]" because she's a jealous lesbian! We've all been there! What an icon!Representation: Echo is Puerto Rican American (confirmed in this book). Dorian is gay (confirmed by Grey) and physically disabled (blind in one eye and wears an eyepatch). Jasper is non-White (most likely Black) and pansexual (confirmed by Grey). Ownvoices/author info: Melissa Grey is Puerto Rican American.Trigger warnings: graphic descriptions of blood/injuries/body horror/torture, death, brief mentions of past familial abuse, brief mentions of past abusive relationship, violence.
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  • Bookeater.dk Bookeater.dk
    January 1, 1970
    Anmeldt af Sediga på bookeater.dk:(http://www.bookeater.dk/vbforum/fanta...)Echo har accepteret sin rolle som ildfuglen, og nu har hun verdens skæbne i hendes hånd. Hun er den eneste som kan stoppe Tanith, den nye drageprins, som også er overtaget af mørket. Tanith har også kidnappet sin egen bror, den tidligere drageprins Caius. Echo, Dorian, Jasper og Ivy prøver med alt deres styrke at finde Caius fra hans onde søster. Tanith vil skabe en ny tidsalder hvor drakharianerne ikk længere skal skjul Anmeldt af Sediga på bookeater.dk:(http://www.bookeater.dk/vbforum/fanta...)Echo har accepteret sin rolle som ildfuglen, og nu har hun verdens skæbne i hendes hånd. Hun er den eneste som kan stoppe Tanith, den nye drageprins, som også er overtaget af mørket. Tanith har også kidnappet sin egen bror, den tidligere drageprins Caius. Echo, Dorian, Jasper og Ivy prøver med alt deres styrke at finde Caius fra hans onde søster. Tanith vil skabe en ny tidsalder hvor drakharianerne ikk længere skal skjule sig, og gemme sig for menneskerne. Hun vil have at drakharianerne er enevældige hersker. Hvor kaos og mørke har magten over alt. Den endelige slag er tæt på at ske. Striden mellem drakharianerne og avicenerne skal enten løses ellers vil deres verden som de kender den ikke eksistere mere. Echo er den person som har styrken til, at bekæmpe Tanith, men er hun stærk nok?Jeg har ventet og glædet mig til, at læse den endelige slutning på den fantastisk bog færdig. Jeg har altid godt kunne lide personerne i bogen, især Echo. Jeg elsker det faktum hun ikke er helt 100% god. Hun skammer sig ikke over at stjæle, og hun gør det som er nødvendigt. Echo ved hvad der skal til for, at redde hendes venner, bekendte og verden. Hun er ikke naiv eller følsom. Hun er rent faktisk klar over hvordan det hele hænger sammen. Noget som jeg sætter pris på ved Echo er hendes stolthed og selvstændighed. Hun vil ikke være afhængige af andre. Noget som jeg syntes er rigtig fedt ved bogen er balancen mellem de gode og det onde. At intet kan eksistere uden modsætninger. At styrke hverken er ond eller god, men bliver påvirket af person som besidder styrken. Der er en masse emner i bogen, som jeg virkelig syntes godt om. Sproget i bogen er en perfekt blanding af letlæselighed og ukendte begreber. Selvom der er nogle nye begreber, som man ikke kender. Gør det bogen mere spændende end besværligt. Jeg blev lidt overvældet af hvor stor bogen var, altså 500+ sider kan godt virke lidt intimiderende, men det var det hele værd. For en slutning på en serie, skal ikke være for langtrukken men heller ikke for hurtigt. Jeg syntes det var en perfekt balance mellem de to ting. Der var godt nok nogle episoder, som var lidt langtrukne, men dem kom man hurtig over. Handlingen er også en stor medvirken til, at bogen ikke bliver alt for kedeligt i længden. For hold da op noget af en handling. Der er kamp, krig, drama, kærlighed og mørke. En perfekt kombination af de bedste enmer. Kapitlerne i bogen er meget korte, nogle af dem kun nogle få sider. Hver af kapitlerne er fra Echo's, Caius', Dorian's, Jasper's og Ivy synsvinkel. Jeg savnede lidt Tanith's synsvinkel, især fordi jeg havde nogle ubesvaret spørgsmål angående hende. Dog elskede jeg hovedpersonernes synsvinkler. Især Ivy's og Dorians. Jeg elsker personernes i Melissa Grey's bøger. Ivy er Echo's bedste veninde, som tilfældigvis også er en af avicenerne. Hun er en engel i en nøddeskal, og det elsker jeg ved hende. Hun er Echo's modsætning, og alligevel er de to udadskillelige. Ivy's personlighed er guld. Noget andet som er genialt ved bogen er Dorian og Jasper's forhold. Selvom de begge er to forskellige arter, så er de simpelhen så søde. Jeg jeg stor respekt for Dorian's loyalitet for Caius. Jasper er en fantastisk farvestrålende person, som virkelig er speciel på den gode måde. Caius er den sande drageprins, som mister sin trone. Selvom jeg ikke brød mig særlig meget om ham, så ende jeg alligevel med at kunne lide ham. Man kan ikke lade vær, han er ikke til at hade. Jeg elsker især den beslutning han tager i slutnigen, men det kan jeg ikke sige mere om. Jeg kommer virkelig til at savne personerne efter serien er færdig, især fordi personerne har et stort potientielle. Det univers som forfatteren har skabt er originalt, men minder lidt om ønskemagerens datter. Det er kun en god ting skal jeg lige siges. Der er en masse paralleller mellem de to serie, som virkelig er specielle på sin egen måde. Jeg elsker universet, men jeg vil ønske der var flere informationer omkring det hele. Hvordan de to racer opstod eller sandheden bag deres strid. Jeg syntes universet er genialt, men der manglede bare flere informationer. Igen føler mig ked af serien slutter så hurtigt. Jeg er så glad for, at have læst denne serie, især fordi jeg er lært en masse af den. Bogen er fyldt med en masse sand og virkelig kærlighed, ikke urealistisk kærlighed. Kærlighed som begynder med had, men slutter med lykke. Der noget i bogen for en hver smag. Jeg vil anbefale bogen til alle som elsker fantasy, kærlighed, drama, krig, kamp mellem det gode og det onde.
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