April 17, 2016

Book Review: THE LAST OF THE FIREDRAKES ( The Avalonia Chronicles)

Book : The last of the Firedrakes
Genre : Fantasy
ISBN : 1940014700
Pages: 410
Type : Review Copy.
Literary Awards: USA Best Book Award
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
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.


For a second that felt like a lifetime, everything stopped; I felt like I was floating in nothingness. Then I blinked, and, when I finally opened my eyes and focused again through the tears, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
I found myself standing at the mouth of a small cave situated on a hill and overlooking a quiet, moonlit valley. On my left, a dark forest stretched out as far as the eye could see, treetops glistening silver in the light of the full moon. The hills around us undulated into wildflower-filled meadows that lay sleeping in the dewy night.
Far down in the valley, I could see a little village, its lights twinkling in the distance. To my right, a waterfall splashed playfully into a small river that ran down into a lake, next to which the little village was built. The moon here was fuller and larger than I had ever seen it, and the night sky was awash with a fantastic array of glittering stars.
Had I passed through the tapestry? Where was I?
I looked around, disbelief clouding my judgment. I was still trying to get my bearings after that strange moment when I had been inside the tapestry and nowhere at the same time. It gave me a funny feeling, as though I had been lifted out of my own consciousness and then put back into my body.
A warm breeze brushed past my face and played with my hair. Gonewere the cloudy grey mist and the cold, nipping wind of the English countryside. I drew in a sharp breath—the air was crisp and clear, sweet smelling, and fresh. The moonlit valley was filled with fruit trees, wildflowers, and rolling meadows.
“How did we come here? Where are we?” I asked, still confused.
“You really are ignorant,” said Oblek, glancing at me. “I take it your uncle didn’t tell you anything?”
I shook my head and looked down. Oblek had tied my hands with a rope he had with him while I was still dazed and looking around. It was humiliating, and the rough ropes cut into my wrists, rubbing them raw every time he pulled me forward.
I had to find some way out of this. And, at the moment, the only thing I could do was discover more about where I was. Then, when I got an opportunity, I could escape and find my way back up to the cave on the hill, where we had arrived out of the tapestry.
But then what?
Christopher was probably dead, and Aunt Arianna would doubtless blame me for everything since I had disappeared at the same time. I had no idea what to do. I didn’t really want to go back, and, now that my adoptive parents were dead, I had nothing to return to.
I was starting to panic. I had nowhere to go, and my mind was imagining an array of horrible outcomes of my kidnapping. My palms had become sweaty, and my racing heart was thundering in my chest as I half-walked and half-ran, desperately trying to keep up with Oblek’s giant strides.
“Why are you doing this?” I pleaded with my kidnapper.
But Lord Oblek said nothing. He didn’t even look at me. He just kept walking ahead and dragging me along behind him, with no more explanations as to what he was planning to do with me.
I was terrified, and I had no idea if I was going to survive this. But I tried to be brave. Maybe I could talk my way out of this?
“You do know that this is called kidnapping?” I said, trying to reason with Oblek.
He didn’t bother to answer.
“What will happen to me now?” I squeaked, my voice breaking, as I tried not to cry.
“Queen Morgana will decide what is to be done with you,” said Oblek, finally.
Queen Morgana! The woman from my dream? It was not possible that this, too, was a coincidence. It must be the same Morgana, the one who had tried to kill my real mother.
Who the hell was she?
Suddenly all of this seemed extremely scary. I hoped that I was still dreaming and that there was no way I had actually traveled through a magical tapestry into some strange land. It all seemed very exciting in books. But actually being kidnapped and then hauled around like an animal, traveling deep into a land I knew nothing about, was not my idea of fun.

I had to get away from this horrible man, and fast.


The book is about a girl named Aurora who is an orphan staying with her uncle, aunt and their not so humble daughter Cornelia. Aurora’s life takes an unexpected turn when her uncle decides to sell her away to some eerie person called Lord Oblek. Within a flash she is into a magical world of Fae and Mages. Against her will she has to put up with oblek to stay alive and find out why she was captured by him. In a chain of events she discovers her real self while always landing in some sort of trouble, but is always rescued by the mystery man of the kingdom “The Black Wolf”. Through her journey she finds a good friend in Kalen, the little fae and Rafe, the black wolf himself.

Then there is Pegasus, the beautiful flying horse with whom she can talk to through her mind. Later Aurora joins the School of Magic at Evolon, which helps her in way to have a purpose for her life and teaches her great use of her abilities. She discovers various things which help her to a lead in her life. All this while her life is still in danger as Morgana wants to kill her once and for all. Into the other world she realizes things aren’t always simple sometimes you have to take adverse steps to achieve your goal and emerge as a victor.

The Book is beautifully written, it kept me hooked from start to end. The lead of the book, Aurora is a character with a hell lot of courage as she puts up with her aunt and her egoistic cousin after the death of her birth parents and adoptive parents, even when she is into other world the courage that she shows is immense and her determination to give justice to her parent’s lives is to look for. She is stubborn at times doing stuff that she has been warned not to. Risking her life because she cared for the people around her.  Her transformation from an ordinary girl to a warrior and a princess is amazing.

The author has given complete justification to every character and the writing is straightforward and to the point. Not once you find that any character is pulled into the story for no reason. The description of the events happening in her life, the magic everything is described beautifully. The detailing of every event is too good. Even the food has been described so beautifully and so are the magical strikes. The description of the surrounding in the book is so amazing that you actually feel that you’re in the seven kingdoms of Avalonia. Not once the book goes out of line. The ending of the book is abrupt, but then you never know what is in store for the reader’s until the next book comes out.

Final verdict: If you love reading fantasy you’ll definitely love the book. And if you haven’t tried reading fantasy books give this book a try, I am sure you won’t be disappointed.

Note: Do not compare this book with Harry Potter, Read it with an open mind. Since both the books are very different and beautiful in their own way.

Rating :4/5 *

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.
When she was pregnant with her first child ten years ago, a story popped into her head she could not ignore. “I was at my grandmother’s house, and as I looked at the image of a beautiful forest with a castle in the distance on a tapestry hanging on the wall, I imagined myself being whisked away into another world,” she said. It was at that moment the world of Avalonia, with its powerful mages and fae and the evil Queen Morgana, was born. Farah Oomerbhoy’s debut novel, The Last of the Firedrakes, was released in the summer of 2015.

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 is The Last of the Firedrakes, Book 1 of the Avalonia Chronicles.

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