The Girl at Midnight

Publisher: Atom

When seven-year-old Echo, a runaway and thief, is discovered in the library by a mysterious lady covered in feathers her life is changed for ever. Taken below the busy streets of New York she is introduced to the Avicen, an ancient, magical race who reside there, hidden from human eyes. Years later, as an age old war between the Avicen and the Drakharin threatens to destroy the only home she has ever known, Echo sets off on a quest to find the Firebird, a mythical entity fabled to bring an end to the fighting. Despite her undeniable bravery, extreme loyalty and exceptional abilities, Echo finds the challenge too much to handle alone…then help comes in the most unexpected form.

Everything about this book is exquisite. All of the main characters are incredibly well developed, being both complex and likable, and the reader is given a unique insight into their personalities as each chapter is told from a different character’s point of view. The story is gripping and exciting, pulling the reader right in until the dramatic climax. Thankfully this is the first in a trilogy, so there is more of the tale to come. A remarkable debut novel, Melissa Grey was born to write!

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