Title: The Last of the Firedrakes
Author: Farah Oomerbhoy
Series: The Avalonia Chronicles #1
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Publication date: August 15, 2015
Summary (via Goodreads): 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.
This is a great fantasy/magic book and the author did a fantastic job building the world of Avalonia for her readers. The first thing that drew me into this book was the amazing cover. It was part of the reason I requested the book from Netgalley, in addition to the description drawing me in. I ended up giving it 4 out of 5 stars. I’d highly recommend you pick up a copy and immerse yourself in this world filled with fae and mage.
The characters were interesting, and the world of Avalonia was exciting to learn about. The different kingdoms were a bit hard to keep track of at first, but by the end of the book, it was easier to remember who lived where. Aurora was a pretty good main character, but I found myself annoyed with her at times. She was a bit too stubborn and reckless for me at times. But I’m willing to be a little lenient on her after everything she endures throughout the novel. I know I couldn’t deal with half the stuff she put up with. Some of my favorite characters were Kalen, Rafe, the Duke of Silverthorne, and Penelope.
I love reading about magic, so this book was a great pick for me. I think the author did a fantastic job with imagery and descriptions throughout her novel. None of the characters felt flat to me. Even with it being almost 500 pages, it was a pretty quick read since there was so much going on.
So Rafe–I loved his character, and then I kind of didn’t once I got to the last approximately 15% of the book; once you read the book, I think you’ll see why I say that. He’s incredibly charming and handsome, he’s a great mage, he’s good with weapons, and the list could go on. But his book boyfriend status was kind of ruined for me after a certain point and I’m sad about that. I’m always hoping to find a new book boyfriend from the books I read to add to my list. But maybe he’ll redeem himself in book two (I sure hope so).
One of my favorite lines was: “…in that moment a flame in my heart ignited and my soul woke up, recognizing its other half for the first time.”
I saw quite a bit of similarities to previous novels I’ve read. Like being mistreated and bullied and pulled into a magical world like Harry Potter. The selfish queen is kind of like Voldemort, especially once you read the book and find out how she became queen. It’s quite a bit like The Orphan Queen too in several ways. I can’t really talk about them though without spoiling both books. But there was a whole section there that was kind of like déjà vu for me. There had to be at least 4-5 things that were so similar it was kind of eerie. But having said that, I loved all the Harry Potter books and The Orphan Queen, so it wasn’t a hardship to have similar elements in this book.
Final note: It was a great book overall. If you’re looking for a fantasy/magic novel, I highly suggest it. I can’t wait for the next book to come out.