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- Book 1 of 3 in The Avalonia Chronicles
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"...the narrative components echo the classics; the Academy of Magic at Evolon could be Hogwarts, while the Shadow Guards are reminiscent of Tolkien's Ring Wraiths or Rowling's Dementors...a beautifully drawn fantasy world." - Kirkus Reviews
"The Last of the Firedrakes is a magic-filled romp that carries you back to the fantasy stories of childhood...Lovers of classic fantasy will likewise gobble down Oomerbhoy's scrumptious story." - Vic James, author of Gilded Cage (Del Rey Books, 2017)
"The world building is beautiful.....That really made the book more complex for me......it is the journey of discovery for Aurora and the reader that makes this an interesting story." - Readers' Favorite
"The Last of the Firedrakes has all the elements of popular fantasy - an orphaned princess, Magical powers, an alternate sphere with seven kingdoms, a young girl with a destiny to fulfil. They are all elements of the Narnia Chronicles, The Faraway Tree, The Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings and a bit of Enid Blyton fun." - Mid-Day newspaper
About the Author
The Last of the Firedrakes, Book 1 of the Avalonia Chronicles, was first published on Wattpad where it gained half a million reads and a legion of fans. It is her debut novel.
- ASIN : B01131UDHE
- Publisher : Wise Ink Creative Publishing (August 15, 2015)
- Publication date : August 15, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 7326 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 384 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,613 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Aurora has had a difficult life since her adoptive parents died, full of sorrow and abuse at the hands of her aunt and terrible cousin. She feels completely isolated and depressed, with nothing to help keep her going. When her uncle announces that they are going to take a family trip to the country to visit his boss, Aurora is shocked that she is included on the trip. Once there, though, something is not right. Aurora finds herself a prisoner thrust through what seemed to be a normal tapestry into a world full of magic, war and lies. Aurora is not who she thought she was and hopefully she gets a chance to find out the truth.
Look at the pretty cover! It's gorgeous and I knew I had to somehow get my hands on this story regardless of what the content was about. Yes, I am a cover snob, I admit it, and I do give into my inner fish and like shiny things. But then I read the synopsis and discovered that Fae lived between theses pages and I was 100% sold. I am a sucker for a good Faery story and this proved to be a new spin on that idea. The world the author created was splendid, full of magic, creatures, a medieval like system. Oh and did I mention there is a school for magic as well? Yep, a school for mages, which I do indeed love. The world building was really fun, the best part of the story and so detailed. I felt like I could see the woods and the castles, costuming, creatures and food (mmmm, the food sounded so good).
Aurora was a hard character for me to be able to completely support and relate to at the start of the tale. Sure, I understand her life is super depressing and hard, but she had cried at least three times by the time I had hit page 33. That is a lot of useless tears, girl. Not only did she cry a LOT, but she had no self-confidence and let everyone treat her poorly and hung her head at least once an encounter. I wanted her to fight for her rights and be a strong woman despite her adversity. She is 16, but a very young 16 year old, kind of an immature child who does not understand responsibility. It was interesting to watch her evolution into a more capable, confident character, one who is able to potentially rule as intended.
Overall this was an interesting new fantasy series with a lot of potential and an eclectic cast of characters. I will for sure read on to see what danger awaits Aurora next.
In this real Aurora learns who she is and what happened to her mother and father and what they did to protect her. She meets her Granduncle who takes her in and tries to keep her safe from the Queen who killed her mother and father all those years ago so she could be the Queen.
The Queen is not such a nice person and is very evil and she wants nothing more than to find Aurora. But with the help of her Granduncle and the new friends that she has made in this new realm they are all working very hard to keep Aurora hidden. In order to save her kingdom Aurora must tap into and find her magic and learn to control it so she can beat the Queen and save the people.
Aurora is a very strong person who will do anything even put herself in danger to save the people that she loves and cares about. She is way more powerful than she can even imagine.
The world that the author has created for The Last of the Firedrakes is out of this world amazing. I loved the fae and the Pegasus, the lands that Aurora traveled during her journey from one place to another and the magic that she can wield. Oh and did I mention the dreamy, handsome Black Wolf? He was one hot tamale. I can’t wait to check out the next book The Rise of the Dawnstar.
If you like to read about magic, fae and a good fantasy then you are going to love The Last of the Firedrakes.
Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into this particular story. There were several problems; the writing style makes this book read like a middle-grade novel, not a YA one, and is not compelling at all, especially where descriptions are concerned. Also, the characterizations fell totally flat for me. There were other issues as well, which I will mention further down.
Aurora, the young female protagonist, did not strike me as a very interesting character. She doesn't have the dynamism that I would have expected from someone who finds out, after being bullied and sold to the enemy, -- by members of her own family, no less -- that she possesses a secret magical legacy. She is much too passive, just allowing things to happen to her.
Rafe, known as "The Black Wolf", is the mysterious figure with whom she becomes acquainted not long after her arrival in Avalonia. He was a bit more appealing than Aurora, and more interesting, as well. He's certainly very charming and brave. Also, he comes across as a combination of Zorro and Robin Hood.
I also thought that the instant attraction Aurora felt for Rafe was not well developed in the story. So the romance also fell flat for me.
The book is full of YA tropes, such as that of the mistreated orphan who discovers they have long-buried magical powers. (This is typical Harry Potter stuff.) The mean girl is alive and well in this story, too, as is her circle of equally mean followers, who gladly comply to the letter with her instructions to torture Aurora. Then there's the unattainable, popular boy at school, whom Aurora has a crush on. (These events take place before Aurora is forcibly taken to Avalonia.)
Another thing that bothered me was the plot, which I thought was too rushed. The twists and turns come up much too fast, instead of being gradually led up to, and thus, do not allow the reader to suspend disbelief (at least, not this reader). Events are also too contrived and predictable, and, sometimes, even silly. For instance, at one point in the narrative, one of the minor characters is spying upon a couple of traitors who are planning an assassination. The door of the room where this sinister event is being planned, is ajar. Now, would people having a secret meeting for such a purpose be so careless as to leave the door of the room where the discussion is taking place, ajar? And would they have even had this discussion in the very same castle in which the intended victim lived? Common sense immediately answers that this is not realistic at all.
One particular plot element that really bothered me was how Rafe kept popping into the narrative at just the right moment to rescue Aurora. Heck, he even does this three times at different points in the first few chapters! And once, she's rescued by her own granduncle. Of course, this means that Aurota is definitely a stereotypical "damsel in distress". She doesn't do much to see how she can go about extricating herself from difficult situations. But well, she really doesn't need to, because Rafe, or some other male, is always there to save her.
I'm not against female protagonists being rescued (as long as it's not that frequent), but when a writer sets up a character to have all these awesome powers, which means that she's going to become a leader, then I think it's an inconsistency to have this very same character behave in such a passive manner
Paradoxically, I did like the magical world created by the author. The magic was fascinating, and the concept of a "fae-mage" was a totally new one to me. I also liked the idea of having Aurora wear an amulet that would prevent her magic from getting out of control. That was definitely new to me, as well.
My favorite magical element in the plot was the winged horse. This horse (a female) belonged to a magical race known as "pegasi", which is the plural of "pegasus". As those familiar with Greek mythology know, Pegasus was a winged horse in that mythological universe. In this novel, the pegasus can communicate with Aurora telepathically. I thought that was actually pretty cool.
Although I began reading this novel a couple of weeks ago, I have not been able to finish it. Perhaps I should try harder to give it a chance. However, although I do like the world-building, the simplistic writing, stereotypical characters, and typical YA tropes really bother me.
I have read great fantasy novels before, not only in the YA genre, but in the adult genre, as well. It's really too bad that this novel did not achieve the potential I could see latent in the plot. If the writing had only been better, more complex......if only the characters had had more depth.....If only. Yes, the potential is there; it just needs to be further developed. It just needs to be polished so that the reader will sit up and take notice.
I wanted to love this novel. I really did. So I have to say that I do have very mixed feelings about it. The magic is there, just beneath the surface. It just needs to shine.
I would love it if Oomerbhoy went back and re-wrote certain parts of this story. I would love it if she tightened the narrative, perhaps eliminating parts that really don't work. I would also love it if she would make other parts longer, with more details. This would make the plot feel less rushed.
In short, I was disappointed not so much with the story itself, but with the way it was handled. If a fully-revised version were to be published in the future, I would definitely give it another chance.
Top reviews from other countries
1. The plot is the same old same old - ordinary person gets transported to a magical world where they don't know what's going on
2. The plot is the same old same old - ordinary person turns out to have magical powers which they must learn to control
3. The plot is the same old same old - ordinary person is important in the magical world and several somebodies want them dead
4. The writing is excruciatingly poor - Sprinkled with too many adjectives
5. The writing is excruciatingly poor - All stereotypes and 2 dimensional characters
6. The writing is excruciatingly poor - repetitive and banal
It's a mystery to me how anybody could even nominate this for a book award - except maybe the Bulwer-Lytton
I highly recommend anyone who is a paranormal fantasy fan who likes a bit of romance to read this you will not be disappointed.......I just wish the second book was available now as I really need to find out what happens next. Farah your an amazing author please don't leave me hanging too long. 5* happy reading :)