MY REVIEW OF THE BOOK
The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy
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. @goodreads.com
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1319117947 4 STARS
What a wonderful book. I think this is a great first book, I look forward to the next one!!
Aurora was adopted fifteen years ago, she never knew who her parents were. She vaguely remembered her mother. She was adopted by her fathers family and they treated her like trash. She's sixteen and all of her life they have acted like she doesn't exist and are mean to her. She finds out her uncle has sold her to a Lord Oblek! And this man walks out of a tapestry in the library at Redstone Manor where they went for a mini vacation.
Aurora gets dragged through the tapestry into a world of Kings, Queens, Fae, Pegusus, and random other creatures. She finds out she is the Heir of Illiador. Her father was the King, before his half sister, Morgana killed him for the throne. She apparently killed her mother, Elayna as well. Her mother was a Fae with great powers, her grandmother, Izadora is the Queen of the Fae and the most powerful.
Morgana hired Oblek to bring Aurora to her so she could be killed as well. But, this turns out to be a great adventure and not as easy as Morgana was hoping. Aurora is saved by Rafe (love interest) and brought to Pixie Bush with Kalen, a boy that he was originally breaking out of the cell.
She finds out she has a grand uncle, the Duke of Silverthorne, named Gabriel. He's a very nice man. She also has an aunt and cousin as well. I love these characters! There are several that I love and they bring spice to the book. She also comes in contact with a pegusus named Snow who becomes her best friend.
Duke Gabriel tells her she has powers. More than she could ever know..not giving away that spoiler! Her family gave her an amulet she has always worn that actually hides her powers. Her grand uncle decides to try to train her in magic, but then decides to send her to Evolon, a school for mages instead.
Ultimately, she finds many enemies at the school, a best friend, Vivienne and a school teacher who is on her side. But Aurora jumps the gun a little when she is bullied and gives away who and what she really is. I can't say I blame her because she is most powerful and these other kids are jerks!
There is a great Quest they all go on and I really want to see where this is going to lead. Some great things happens and some very bad things happened to make this Quest harder!
I loved how the author described the setting and this world in depth, but not too much to get boggled down!
**I would like to thank Netgalley and the Publisher for an opportunity to read this ARC!**
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.