When a hidden prince, a girl with secrets, a ragtag group of unlikely heroes, and a legendary firebird come together…something wicked is going down. From the highly acclaimed author of The Bone Witch trilogy comes this enchanting new YA fairytale.
Many years ago, the magical Kingdom of Avalon was left encased in ice when the Snow Queen waged war. Its former citizens are now refugees in a world mostly devoid of magic. Which is why the crown prince and his protectors are stuck in…Arizona.
Prince Alexei, the sole survivor of the Avalon royal family, is hiding in a town so boring, magic doesn’t even work there. Few know his secret identity, but his friend Tala is one of them.
A new hope for their abandoned homeland reignites when a famous creature of legend, the Firebird, appears for the first time in decades. Alex and Tala must unite with a ragtag group of new friends to journey back to Avalon for a showdown that will change the world as they know it.
I really enjoyed this book because it was an interesting take on the magic world and, what I had trouble with was following the magic, and I suspect that this is because we are following Tala who doesn’t know much about the magical world.
I did find other bits quite hard to follow because it seemed to jump around a bit and it seemed that some people were in certain places when in fact they weren’t there at all.
One of my favourite things about the book was seeing how Tala’s agimat grew from the beginning of the book to the end and her not realising quite how strong she is.
I also really enjoyed the subtle references to fairy tales in the book which I feel gave the book a bit more depth.
I do think that the book could easily have had another hundred pages though to explain things a bit better, but I will definitely be picking up more books by Rin Chupeco.
You can get a copy here.