This is one of the rare books where the “x meets x” line in the description actually fits. Though I would say it’s more Daughter of Smoke and Bone than Shadow and Bone.
I couldn’t put this one down I was racing through it so quickly. Echo is an immediately likable character. She’s bold, brave, funny, loyal, and vulnerable but she still makes mistakes. She doesn’t hesitate when her adopted people, the bird-like Avicen, are in danger. She does whatever she can to end their war with dragon Drakharin so that no more lives are lost. The scope of her world expands so quickly, but Echo rises to the challenge.
I also loved all of the other characters as well. We get to see into multiple viewpoints and each one brought a unique take to the overall story. Though they all have different backgrounds and motives (plus years of hatred between them), they started to feel like a family by the end of the novel. They grow to care for each other despite their differences.
The banter is the best part of the novel, though. There are so many good quips. It reminded me a lot of Sarah Rees Brennan’s Lynburn series. Echo and Kami would get along so well.
The Final Verdict:
The Girl at Midnight is a promising start to a new series that’s sure to up the romance, action, and witty banter with the next installment.