Title:The last of the Firedrakes
Series: The Avalonia Chronicles #1
Author: Farah Oomerbhoy
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Publish Date: August 15,2015
Pages: 488 Content Rating: Mild
Type: Mobi (ARC) ART: 58 mins
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
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I struggle on this book. On one hand, you have a creative and detailed world. On the other, there is a lot of clichés floating around the characters and plotline. I did enjoy this story’s world and plot. The cover is pretty ad gives a fairytale atmosphere. Oomerbhoy has a descriptive and detailed oriented style of writing. Her world is what drew me in, more than the characters. Also, the map was awesome at the beginning of the book. It helped follow the main character through the seven kingdoms.
I’m going to focus first on what made me rate it low on my scale and then focus on The Last of the Firedrakes good qualities. The main character is my biggest issue. She is a YA walking cliché. She is an orphan badly treated by her dead adoptive parents family. Yes, dead parents, and dead adoptive parents. She gets sold to an ‘evil bad person and taken to a new magical world. Where she finds out she is royalty and a rare mage fey. Now don’t get me wrong Aurora, has redeemable characteristics. She acts like a normal 16-year-old teenager, reckless and not in the full scope of the consequences of actions. If TotF had stayed a character developing adventure type of story, I would have been won over by this story. But our special snowflake of an MC falls into insta-love with the strange, mysterious rogue that saves her many, many times. Who is also the Hover for a spoiler!! I would of prefer to focus on the surviving a new world and finding out family history versus some of the insta love.
The characters I really enjoyed was Kalen and a few instants of the LI Rafe. Kalen is definitely the kind and loyal sidekick. But he was adorable. Aurora was kind hearted and treated everyone pretty nicely as long as they were nice to her. Good for you kid. But that quality alone isn’t enough to get you through life. But luckily as the story progresses, Aurora gets some character strength and gumption to take on this new world. She will hopefully develop more in the next book. Rafe didn’t seem to get as much character development. I really would like to see his side of the story and learn about him. As well Kalen. Kalen needs to tell his story.
The world was interesting. The premise and plot were intriguing and kept my attention way more than any of the characters. But I just wasn’t hooked on the execution. I just have a bias against books that have insta-love. Even with all the character building, and the very detailed world. I just couldn’t rate it higher than a three out of five. I would be very interested in seeing Rafe and Kalen in a book, adventuring and cleaning up the kingdoms.