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The Last of the Firedrakes (Avalonia Chronicles) Hardcover – August 15, 2015
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"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 narrative components echo the classics; the Academy of Magic at Evolon could be Hogwarts, while the ShadowGuards 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 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
"The Last of the Firedrakes is a fantasy novel that will entrance young adult and adult readers alike... Political intrigue, danger, and deep characterization make for an interconnected epic, enthusiastically recommended for high fantasy connoisseurs." - Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Farah Oomerbhoy is a writer and mother from Mumbai, India, although she often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest. She has a Master's degree in English Literature from the University of Mumbai and is a firm believer in the fantastic and magical. She lives with her husband and three children in their family home.
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.
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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.
The book is *sighs* pure brilliance in around 416 pages filled with magic, both: character-wise and writing-wise. The book has been written so divinely that it adds to the spectacular-ity of this book... Much to any reader's surprise: this is Farah's debut book! This book is undoubtedly what was missing in the legacy of Indian writers and especially in the case of Fantasy writing.
Every character, fortunately, enhances the story and curbs the possibility of the readers to put the book down for a while and resume reading in different sittings. The only way to describe the greatness of this book is to say that it surely is the aid for someone suffering from a Harry Potter hangover and anyone who CAN read a book. Not to forget - I read the book in two sittings because of the unfortunate thing called sleep. I started reading this book in the evening and read it until 4 am until I inevitably fell asleep after which I continued reading it as soon as I woke up. Anyways, I have a fantasy hangover from this book right now. Even for a person who has never read Fantasy before, this book is the PERFECT beginning. Well, for anyone perhaps.
The author surely deserves much more recognition and worldwide fandom for this book more in addition to the great success it has achieved since its global release. I obviously am congratulating the author right now on proving, to readers and publishers worldwide, the potential within debut writers and the stories they want to share. Last of the Firedrakes is truly the epitome of brilliant writing and is the book the world was missing after the end of the Harry Potter series.
I REALLY REALLY (infinity times) that this book is made into a movie, ASAP, by any of the TOP Bollywood production houses...
CONCLUSION: As I said earlier, if you know how to read, please get this book and read it. This will definitely keep your mind occupied for days, after finishing it.
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The Last of the Firedrakes is a quick, middle grade, fantasy novel about an orphan girl, Aurora, who is kidnapped from her life in our modern world and...Read more