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 all but one human: Echo, a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market.
The Avicen are the only family Echo has ever known, so when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act. Legend has it that to end the conflict once and for all, Echo must 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.
Review: 4 Stars
The Girl at Midnight is a fantasy novel that is so up my alley that I am shocked that I only stumbled across this book by chance. With two magical races feuding and a main character who was a thief caught in the middle of it all, this book was exactly my type. It felt pretty original and was magically entertaining. I am not shocked that I really enjoyed it, I’m just shocked that I didn’t pick it up sooner.
Echo was a character that I could see myself following through a series. She was spunky and loyal, but as a thief she was also a bit morally grey. I loved how she took risks, but would also do anything for her friends and her witty attitude made her fun to read about. The other characters in this book helped add color and entertainment to the story. I loved the Ala as well, she felt so wise and was a kind of mother figure for Echo. From the prologue I knew that I was going to love this story and I really did.
The world building is pretty cool, but I’d like to see more of how the Avicen society really worked, living underground and everything. The plot moved pretty fast and didn’t leave a ton of room for world building, so I hope to see more of the world and it’s politics in future installments. I did kind of predict the ending of this book, so I wasn’t really surprised or impressed with the ending or the plot as much as I just enjoyed reading the story.
The Girl at Midnight was a quick young adult fantasy read that wasn’t too intricate. It was filled with quirky minor characters and I really liked the Avicen race. I wasn’t super impressed by the plot, but would like to see what happens in further installments. I would recommend this to fans of Laini Taylor, who are looking for something a bit lighter and faster paced to read.