Hardcover: 488 pages
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing (August 15, 2015)
Rating: 4 stars
Cover Love: <3 <3 <3
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 Last of the Firedrakes is one of the most surprising reads of 2015. I knew nothing whatsoever about this beautiful and utterly fascinating read. But thanks to browsing through Netgalley I stumbled across this book.
The Last of the Firedrakes reminds me of Harry Potter and Narnia mixed together but Farah Oomerbhoy writing style makes it new and refreshing with her luscious world-building and well developed characters. Seriously, the world building in this is absolutely gorgeous. I fell in love with Avalonia so much that I need to go there. Like now. Its official, I’m jealous that Aurora gets to spend time there and I can’t.
Speaking of Aurora, our feisty yet sometimes annoying and not so smart heroine had a tragic upbringing. Losing her parents at a young age she is taken in by her Aunt and Uncle. I’m sure to can guess that everything wasn’t copacetic. Pretty much they treated her like trash and were verbally abusive and just made Aurora life miserable all away around. Not only that but school doesn’t treat her any better. You the reader will feel sorry for Aurora, hoping that things get better. Also you want to give the aunt and uncle a good lashing or two. Think of the Dursleys but on steroids.
Thank goodness, Aurora gets whisked away to a vibrant world filled with magic and adventure. This is where the Harry Potter reference comes into play. Magical world that nobody know exist, a headmaster and the evil villain that wants to control and destroy everything in existents. Even with the similarities don’t let that keep you from picking up this book.
Not only does it have magic and fantastic characters but for the ones that love a good romance there’s that. Rafe is a heartthrob. I enjoyed his development within the book although the big secret wasn’t all that of a secret. I knew it before it was revealed. And no I’m not telling. You have to read the book.
So if you want to be whisked away to another world and go on an adventure of a lifetime, I highly recommend Farah The Last of the Firedrakes. Not only does the author vivid descriptions and compelling storyline keep you wanting more but you will fall in love with Avalonia and all the magic that it brings.
This book is great for the fantasy lovers out there as well as all of the romantic out. So do yourself a favor and get this books. You won’t be disappointed.
*received a copy in exchange for a honest review. Thank you Netgalley.
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.
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, The Last of the Firedrakes, Book 1 of the Avalonia Chronicles will be published worldwide August 15th, 2015.