I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy
Series: The Avalonia Chronicles #1
Published by Wise Ink Creative Publishing on August 15th 2015
Number of Pages: 488
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
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.
You know those series where you finish the first book, and get that urge to immediately track down and read the next one? This is totally that kind of book. Unfortunately the 2nd book isn’t published yet.
It starts out totally believably for anyone who was ever picked on or bullied in school. I immediately identified with Aurora, and got that sinking feeling when I read about what happened to her in school with the cute and popular boy.
Shortly after that, the magic part of the fantasy began. And from there it was a total ‘I don’t want to put this book down‘ experience. I LOVED the descriptions in the book. I really really liked Rafe as a character (and totally guessed who he was early on!) I liked the way the magic system worked, and the magical creatures we got to meet.
Aurora behaved in ways that were believable, both for her age as well as the situations she was put into. All the other characters had that three-dimensional feel as well. Strengths, flaws, likes and dislikes. There were quite a few twists I didn’t see coming, as well as the one I did. I liked Kalen, he acted like a child at times and just had this innocent-seeming personality. Gabriel and Snow were also some of my favorite characters. But Rafe and Aurora were my favorites. I want to see what happens with them next.
Honestly, I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in this series, and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy, adventure, and a little bit of romance.