Title: The Last of the Firedrakes (Book #1 The Avalonia Chronicles)
Author: Farah Oomerbhoy
Publisher: Wise Ink
Genre: Young Adult/Fiction
How long it took me to read: 2 Days
About: 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 Thoughts: I have firstly, nothing but fabulous praise for the author to have created a fiction worls so real! The book unfolds the new world with the many adventures of Aurora for whom this side of the world is still a dream or seems to be out of one of the many books she has read.
I loved how she reacts to the situations as a human instinct rather than someone who possess great powers. However, some parts in the book felt incomplete – especially the episode with Blackwaters and their midnight adventure out of school. Also, the character Rafe is not portrayed as strongly as it should have. The story missed out on completing a few points to what was happening in the events of previous chapter.
The first book in the series ends on the note of a promising journey full of adventure that makes the reader anticipate for more.
My Favourite parts in the book: The world building! There is soo much to discover in this world and a sense of anticipation for more. I loved the genuine reactions of a 16 year old depicted in the book. All of it makes it seem real.