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Monday, August 28, 2017

Book Review: The Last of the Firedrakes (The Avalonia Chronicles Book 1): Volume 1 by Farah Oomerbhoy

Title: The Last of the Firedrakes (The Avalonia Chronicles Book 1): Volume 1
Author: Farah Oomerbhoy
Category: Fantasy Fiction
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Date: 2015
Price: Rs. 349/49 (kindle)
Pages: 416

Book Blurb: 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.
The Review: The story begins with an orphan girl Aurora Darlington's pitiable life story as a non-popular child, both at home and school and a repetitive dream. She longs for her birth parents as she is an adopted child, to free her from the current misery. Fate has other plans and her uncle brings her on a vacation to Redstone Manor. Her life would never be the same from this point on.  She is sold to a strange world here through a portal, one she knows nothing about. One thing leads to another in this mystical place where she is to discover her true identity, the meaning of her recurring dreams and discover her purpose, which is what the rest of the story is about.
Aurora is a regular teenager with no special skills but this new world asks a lot from her. Not just that this is where she belongs but her entire family was killed here once and only she was sent away into another world. Who wants to kill her family and why? Aurora learns her parents and herself are magical beings and she begins to understand her true identity. She must learn here to find her magical prowess and grow it, for her enemy is none other than the most cruel queen of Avalonia. Why did she start getting those visions about her parents? Who is Aurora? Will she be able to save herself in this new world and fulfill her purpose? To know all these layers of mysteries surrounding the story, read the book.
The books cover is aesthetic and gives you the right feeling of the backdrop making it perfect as a book of this genre should give you a mystical feeling right when you pick it up. As I began reading the book I loved the writers easy manner of writing almost immediately making me visualize the backdrop, though mystical and relate to the characters. The other part I loved at this point was that none of the characters were perfect or God-like without flaws as many writers aim to make them "too perfect" to be true, this one depicted them as natural and therefore one could relate to them. The setbacks were however that the story was an amalgamation of many most popular stories in the genre an orphan girl, the school of magic, even description of professors resembled Harry Potter the most. While on the evil side the powerful and ruthless queen, the travel portal and dark forces reminded me of Narnia and I was a little disappointed thinking this was it, its going to be a mix of all I have read so far. Nonetheless the writing made me kept going. 
Despite the similarities mentioned, the story has very unique magical elements and a very different plot from the books mentioned above and it was revealed layer by layer as the story continued. The fast pace of the book, never stopping at one destination and altering between highs and lows, easy and tensed scenes gives you a complete fantasy experience. To top it up there is romance, friendship and betrayal to keep one flipping. The editing is fantastic and writing once again vivid and descriptive giving you a visual experience. This book would be an amazing experience if it were an audio book. 
To conclude I couldn't put the book down and did nothing until I finished it. That itself sums up the review and makes you grab a copy immediately, doesn't it?
Tv show producers if you are reading this review, this is a recommended script to pick.  It is an incredible job on the writers part to deliver this quality of work as a debutante. I am anxiously waiting for the sequel. 
Rating: 4/5
About the Author: Farah Oomerbhoy is the international bestselling author of The AvaloniaChronicles. Her first book, The Last of the Firedrakes, was originallypublished on Wattpad where it gained nearly two million reads and aWatty Award. Since publication, her debut has gone on to win a silvermedal in IBPA's Benjamin Franklin Awards and the Readers' Favorite BookAwards, along with winning a finalist placement in the USA Best BookAwards. Farah loves the fantastical and magical and often dreams ofliving in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest. With a master'sdegree in English literature from the University of Mumbai, Farah spends her creative time crafting magical worlds for young adults. She liveswith her family in Mumbai, India.

Farah loves to connect withreaders. Find her at her website (, Twitter(@farahoomerbhoy), Facebook (/FarahOomerbhoyAuthor), Instagram(@farahoomerbhoyauthor), and Pinterest (/FarahOomerbhoy).

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for this lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.