When I made a start on reading The Shadow Hour I did worry that I would find it hard to read, mainly due to the long wait between books, but also because of my reading funk lately. But once I got the chance to actually sit down and read The Shadow Hour I found it easy to fall back into this series, easily remembering who was who and what was going on.
I love the characters in this series, and I really enjoyed getting to spend time with Ivy, Dorion, Jasper, Echo, Caius and Rowen again, but Echo has to be my favourite. I love her for how selfless she is, for how funny she is, and how she says things as they are.
"Oh, come on, what could possibly go wrong in a single hour?" Echo paused. Caius's eyes narrowed in contemplation. With a grimace, she added, "Inscribe that on my tombstone if it comes back to bite me in the ass."I love the friendship between Echo and Ivy, even though they are two different races they don't see that, they are real and honest and will do anything they can to help the other out, even if it means walking into the dragons den to help.
The Shadow Hour not only brings us characters that we know and love, but it also brings us new information about this world, especially the Kucedra. This is the worst kind of darkness, the dark to the light of the Firebird. Only a true act of evil will allow someone to take on the power of the Kucedra
The Firebird however, is neither good or bad, and Echo doubts her ability to be the Firebird they need, the Firebird that is good, but Rowan helps her see herself, the person she really is and not the person she thinks she is
Being good is a choice you make, and I've seen you make it every day for the past ten years, in the way you take care of the Ala and the Avicelings and Ivy and me. You are kind, and you are brave, and you care about people. Really, truly, selflessly care.I liked how Rowan was brought back into this story, and he does play an important role in this book. He joins Echo and Dorion on a journey of discovery with Echo and we get to see the dynamics between this trio in action, without anyone else interfering. We also join the rest of the group as they take on thier own missions, giving us the advantage of seeing all sides of this story and what is going on with them all.
The Shadow Hour is a book that keeps you wondering how this will all play out, and how it will all end. It's certainly not a book without it's losses, and I shed a tear or two for a very unexpected death of someone who didn't really mean much to me, but it's also got some lovely moments where you want to cheer for the good side.
The Shadow Hour is the second book in the series. I loved the twists and turns of The Shadow Hour and I really can't wait to get my hands on the next book to see what happens next...even if this is ages away.