Friday, December 11, 2015

The Last of The Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy Review

The Last of The Firedrakes
The Acalonia Chronicles
Book #1
Farah Oomerbhoy

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: August 15, 2015
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing

ISBN: 978-1940014708

Pages: 488

Goodreads Rating: 3.85
My Rating: 4.5

Book Description:

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 Take:

That was a really interesting read. It was a bit slow to start but once you start getting into the rhythm of it it's kind of hard to put down. I send a big portion of the book waiting for more action more intrigue, more something. I can't say I really got any of that, except for a small portion towards the end where it heart pounding edge of your seat stuff but I don't really think that took away from the story.

There was so much that I loved about these characters, but then there was so much that I disliked. They were loyal to a fault, & I feel like that was exploited. And while our main character Aurora, is a great one, towards the end specifically in the last chapter it seems like she digresses instead of rose and the childish mentality comes off as really annoying and spoiled. Bearing in mind that she has a great revelation, & a lot on her plate I kind of tried to let it go but she has a history of some pretty bad decisions with horrifying consequences.

I'm really looking forward to meeting the next installment in the series, because I actually feel like this is something new and refreshing but I do hope to see more character growth. On top of the digression of their personalities, I found a lot was predictable and fell a little flat when delivered.

4.5 Quills

All in all, I really feel like this is a great read and a solid introduction to what I'm hoping is an epic series. It's also worth noting that I think this is a good introduction to this genre for anybody who's been kind of hesitant to pick up a book like this, it has elements of stories that I grew up loving but a completely new take on it. It kind of feels like this is what Harry Potter would have been had the main character been a female, born in a different land.

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 in August 2015.
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