The Last of the Firedrakes (Avalonia Chronicles #1) by
Hardcover, 488 pages | ISBN: 1940014700 (ISBN13: 9781940014708)
Published August 15th 2015 by 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.
Review by LAWonder10:
Aurora thought her life was difficult as a twice orphan and as a teenager.. That is until she went o a sudden vacation with her guardians to a beautiful manor and was dragged through a portal by a very scary stranger!
Aurora arrived in a fantastical land where it seems nothing is impossible. Why are so many trying to kill her? Will her new friends be able to save her? Is she capable of becoming great?
This book has constant action! It varies between monsters, fantasy creatures and a sense of "Robin Hood".
The characters become so real, it is hard to maintain it is a fantasy novel. They are very diversified and creative. You will truly love some and really despise others.
The settings are descriptive and easily visualized. The Cover and Title are very well-chosen and eye-catching
There is a bonding of friendships, deceit, betrayals, suspense, intrigue, romance and a tough of humor.
There is some graphic violence but not to the extreme.. The ending is complete yet leaves the reader yearning for the next book of the series.
I highly recommend this to Young Adults and Adults, alike. This will surely become a movie series. I offer a Five Stars rating
USA Best Book Award, Readers' Favorite Book Award for Young Adult - Coming of Age (Silver) (2016), Kindle Book Award, IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards
The Rise of the Dawnstar (Avalonia Chronicles #2) by Farah Oomerbhoy
Hardcover, 420 pages | ISBN: 1634899342 (ISBN13: 9781634899345)
Published April 2017 by Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Aurora Firedrake returns in the spellbinding sequel to The Last of the Firedrakes.
The seven kingdoms of Avalonia are crumbling and evil is spreading across the land like a plague. Queen Morgana is close to finding a way to open The Book of Abraxas and it’s only a matter of time until she uses the power trapped inside its pages to enslave the entire world.
With Avalonia growing more dangerous by the day, Aurora must travel through war-torn lands and deep into the heart of the fae kingdom of Elfi. Her goal is to find a legendary weapon infused with the last of the realm’s ancient magic—the only weapon in the world powerful enough to stop the queen.
Aurora might have survived her first battle against Morgana, but the true fight to save her kingdom and restore her throne has only just begun…
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
The second book of The Avalonia Chronicles is every bit as exciting as the first, yet, in a different way. It is a cross genre and the characters are gallant, deceitful, creepy, humorous, irritating and endearing.
Orphaed and "outsider" Aurora's safety can no longer be assured, due to her own stubbornness and arrogance. When will she ever learn to listen!
She still is unsure of who she can trust.. she even has some doubts about Rafe. However, there is one she knows is trustworthy, but is stuck in a dungeon and may not survive.
She escapes to Elphi only to find it was not as she expected. She is determined to train hard, and come to know who she really is. She will push herself t the limit. She must discover the ancient secret of the Dawnstar so she can somehow fix some of the havoc she has created.
This is a more emotional tale than the first was, yet still maintains the action and suspense created in the first book.
The characters are equally diversified and so real, the reader can feel he/she really knows them. The Book Cover and Title is very "fitting".
The ending is rather shocking.
The reader will be more than anxious to read the nest book of the series. It will be a shame if a producer does not recognize the outstanding movie series this would be.
I offer a Five Stars rating.
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ABOUT the AUTHOR
Farah Oomerbhoy is the international bestselling author of The Avalonia Chronicles. Her first book, The Last of the Firedrakes, was originally published on Wattpad where it gained over two million reads and a Watty Award. Since publication, her debut has gone on to win a silver medal in IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards and the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, along with winning a finalist placement in the USA Best Book Awards. Farah loves the fantastical and magical and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest. With a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Mumbai, Farah spends her creative time crafting magical worlds for young adults. She lives with her family in Mumbai, India.
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