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The Last of the Firedrakes (The Avalonia Chronicles Book 1) Paperback – 10 Dec 2015

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"...the narrative components echo the classics; the Academy of Magic at Evolon could be Hogwarts, while the Shadow Guards are reminiscent of Tolkien's Ring Wraiths or Rowling's Dementors...a beautifully drawn fantasy world." - Kirkus Reviews

"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." - Mitali Parekh for Mid-Day newspaper

“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.” – Dr Vic James, author of the Slavedays Trilogy

“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.” – Janelle Fila for Readers’ Favorite

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  • Reading level: 12+ years
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing (7 December 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940014719
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940014715
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I loved this book. I have been wanting to read it from when it first appeared on amazon and was really excited when I could finally start. From the first page I sucked right into it and couldn't stop until I had read the past line.
This story is of a young girl aurora Darlington who was an orphan. She was mistreated by her aunt and picked upon by her cousin who always kept looking for ways to bring her down. She had a really hard life in which no one cared about her. But then she gets dragged against her will to another world and that's when her adventure starts.
I loved the world building of the story and the character development. In the beginning aurora is scared and whiny but slowly she gets to her feet and faces the challenges thrown at her with a dare. I also like the development of the other characters of the sort which weren't mere puppets but each of them had a distinct personality. And then there is rafe who was the best hero a story could have. He was mysterious and added a bit of suspense to the story. The story was fast paced and didn't drag but had enough details to keep it clear.
I also loved the writing style of the author. She made the whole story enchanting and impossible to put down. She brought to live a whole new world and created characters which will stick with you long after you have read the last page. And the main protagonist aurora is someone you will find yourself associating with and caring for. She isn't miss perfect who always does everything right. She is a real girl who makes mistakes, who falls apart but in the end she always gets up and never stops trying and that's the best thing about her.
All in all the story was totally unique and if you like stories like Percy Jackson and harry potter then I'm sure you'll love this one too.
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'The last of the Firedrakes’ is the first installation of ‘Avalonia Chronicles’ series. This story hooked me from the first chapter. The author has come up with a great storyline alone with strong characters. The author has a way with the words; she took me to a world full of fantasies and weird creatures. I want to applaud for the author’s imaginative power and she created that imaginary world with her words. The plot of the story was simple yet compelling.

In the beginning of the story I found Aurora as a weak character but my impression changed with the progression of the story. I admired her as well as liked her for her ability of handling a situation. Apart from Aurora I have fallen for Rafe; he is a mysterious mage who has importance in Aurora’s life. I also liked Snow, kalen and Erin.

I’m highly impressed with the author’s crisp writing style. She hasn’t exaggerated any scene; all the scenes were written appropriately. The only problem was if I were a little younger, I would’ve enjoyed the book much more.

I loved reading this book and rooting more for Rafe and Aurora. I’m eagerly waiting for the next books on this series. This book is highly recommended to all fantasy readers. I will give this 4 out of 5 stars for the book itself; fantasy, adventure and romance all wrapped into a single unit.
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This book pulled me in from the very beginning. Even in the normal world, Aurora was a great character. She had to put up with living with her cruel aunt and cousin because her birth and adopted parents were dead. We quickly learn about the events that lead to her getting kidnapped and dragged into the other world.

The writing style is straight forward and very enjoyable. I loved that it is very fast paced and never boring. The only thing about the writing I found a little off was that a few sentences were repetitive. Aside from this minor thing, everything else was fantastic.

Another thing I LOVE about this book is all the food in it! Everytime the characters eat, the food is described in detail and I swear my mouth waters every single time! If only there was a device that brought book food to life!

And who can say no to a talking Pegasus? *Not me for sure*

It’s overall a fantastic fantasy novel that I’d recommend to everyone!

This book has been compared to Harry Potter by people. Personally I don’t see it and I say it in a not-mean way. Even though it has a school which teaches magic, that is where the similarities end. The type of magic taught and the magic usage are different. I love how the author brings a lot of classes and the food outdoor. It is definitely one of my dream fictional schools 😀

And let’s talk about Rafe being the Prince. I genuinely wish I hadn’t guessed this plot twist. I mean, I guessed it literally a few pages before the big reveal. Gah! I would have liked that shock to hit me in the face!
And the ending! Why?!?!?! Can’t Aurora just tell Rafe the truth about his evil bitch of a fiance? They could be together if she just told him.
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Rating: 4.5 Stars

There are many books in the fantasy genre that have done well. For me, when it is a book in that genre, it needs to have a great narration that transports me to the land that it creates. Books like The Hobbit and Harry Potter series, even Game of Thrones, they’ve done that. It was with that expectation that I picked up the debut book of Farah Oomerbhoy, the first in The Avalonia Chronicles.

The Last of the Firedrakes is the story of Aurora, who is a teenage girl orphaned at a young age. She’s mistreated by her adoptive parents and bullied at school by her cousin. Her life isn’t easy, and it doesn’t seem to get any easier when she’s kidnapped and taken to a world she’s never heard of. That’s the world of Avalonia, where there are mages, fae and other magical creatures. She’s imprisoned at a castle dungeon from where she’s rescued by a mage Rafe, along with the fae Kalen. And her history is explained to her. This book follows her new life in the world of Avalonia, where the self-proclaimed Queen Morgana wants her dead.

I think any Harry Potter fan will notice the similarities just by reading the first lines of the last paragraph in this review. There are a couple of others but nothing more than that. The character of Aurora does leave a mark on the reader right from the first page to the last. Though in this book, there are quite a few characters that are interesting. The ‘Black Wolf’ Rafe is one that comes to mind – gallant, in the right place at the right time, and with a heritage of his own. The quite cheerful and wise fae Mrs. Plumpleberry is another character that I liked a lot. The narration was magical, simple yet engaging. It helps not only to keep the characters developing, but also the world of Avalonia to set in the reader’s mind.
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