Page Count: 416
Published: August 15th 2015
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Source: I received a paperback from the author for an honest review (Thanks!)
My Rating: 7/10 Stars
16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad.
Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way. Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear.
With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.
World of Avalonia
The Last of the Firedrakes reminded me of the Harry Potter universe. Full of magic and mysticism and possibilities, this was one engaging and quick read for me.
And yes, it has a map! If you've seen my Instagram, you'll know how much I love bookish maps. I haven't been a fan of fairies, fae and related creatures, to be honest. But the fantastical world of Avalonia sucked me in. I'm looking for more 'fae' books to add to my already overflowing TBR on Goodreads now.
The character development and world building are what impressed me most in this book. It did take a little while, but I actually started to care about Rafe, and I had no idea how and when he snuck up and grew on me. Aurora, though, did not have the same effect. Annoying at times, sort of 'meh' at others, I couldn't really connect with her as well as Rafe.
To sum it up, if you are a fantasy geek, give The Last of the Firedrakes a try. Would I read the sequel? Yes, definitely, I'm rather looking forward to it!
About the author
For Farah Oomerbhoy, writing is a passion and reading her solace. She is a firm believer in the fantastic and magical, and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest.
When she was pregnant with her first child ten years ago, a story popped into her head she could not ignore. “I was at my grandmother’s house, and as I looked at the image of a beautiful forest with a castle in the distance on a tapestry hanging on the wall, I imagined myself being whisked away into another world,” she said. It was at that moment the world of Avalonia, with its powerful mages and fae and the evil Queen Morgana, was born. Farah Oomerbhoy’s debut novel, The Last of the Firedrakes, was released in the summer of 2015.
Farah lives with her husband and three children in their family home in Mumbai, India. She has a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Mumbai. Her first novel is The Last of the Firedrakes, Book 1 of the Avalonia Chronicles.
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