Book: The Last of the Firedrakes
Author: Farah Oomerbhoy
Summary: 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.
My review: The Last of the Firedrakes is definitely in the list of my favourite fantasy debut novels of all time. It is enchanting, lovely and a must read for all the fantasy lovers.
Pros: The narration was brilliant. This most definitely did not seem like a debut novel but in fact it felt like the writing of an experienced author. Plot twists are in plenty, characters are relatable (and some, swoon-worthy) and the descriptions are so detailed that you'll feel that you are watching a movie inside your head!
Cons: Well, I cannot think of more cons other than the species of the characters. Same old faes and mages and pegasuses about whom we have already read in stories everywhere make an appearance here as well. It would be great if Farah included her own made up species of characters and monsters to add a welcome spice to the story.
Well, to be fair, there was a hybrid fae-mage, but we need more characters like that.
Conclusion: All in all, it is a very gripping and satisfying read and I would love to see more books from Farah.
Recommended age group: 12 to 18
And for the other news, the second book of the Avalonia Chronicles, The Rise of the Dawnstar is up for pre order!
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