This was a really amazing fantasy book and a great start to a new series! I did notice some similarities to other book series, but I did really enjoy reading this!
Echo has been, for the past ten years, living with the Avicen (a race of people that have feathers instead of hair), running errands, and getting into all kinds of trouble. Caius is the prince of the Drakharin (Dragon race), who have been at war with the Avicen for centuries. Caius is desperate to find the Firebird, which is said to be able to end the war. Though, Echo ends up being sent on errands finding various clues for the Firebird and runs into Caius. They become very unlikely allies, along with others that join the odd group, and must search for the Firebird as well as try and escape death from those on both sides of the war.
I heard this book being compared to Daughter of Smoke & Bone and The Mortal Instruments (The synopsis says Shadow and Bone, but I do not see that at all). Both are completely true for this book. I would say that the plot is very similar to Daughter of Smoke and Bone, while the characters are like The Mortal Instruments.
The characters in this book would probably have to be my favorite! All the characters have their own distinct voices and personalities! Echo is absolutely fantastic! She is full of snark and sarcasm, my favorite things in characters, but she's also very smart and knows how to get out of sticky situations. I also liked Jasper. Those fans of Mortal Instruments will find him similar to Magnus.
I did have issues with the plot because there were so many things similar to Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Echo was adopted into a magical world, she runs errands, and there's a war between two races of magical creatures. Also, there's other points too that come up as the book went on. And I expected these books just because they happened in Smoke & Bone. I'm not saying that this book ripped Smoke & Bone off, it's purely a coincidence, but this is probably the other reason why I couldn't give it a 5.
Other than that, there were points that were entirely unique. The races of the two species are entirely unique and it was very interesting. Also, the main plot of this book revolves around all the (amazing) characters trying to find the Firebird, which I have never seen this idea before and was dealt with in such a fantastic manner!
As for romance, there wasn't much, but I see hints of some to come. I do have some ships though!
Yeah, this book was similar to other books, but don't let that stop you! This was still a great read and it was highly entertaining! And the amazing characters make everything even better! Overall, a great start to a new series!