Author: Farah Oomerbhoy
Type: Fantasy, Young Adult, Mythology
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Farah Oomerbhoy’s début novel “The Last of the Firedrakes”, promises to be an exciting and worthwhile series of books. In the first of her “Avalonia Chronicles”, 16-year-old Aurora Darlington finds herself a twice orphaned teenager, currently living with her adopted parents brother and his family. Aurora’s Uncle appears to be indifferent towards her while her Aunt and cousin are downright horrible towards her. With continued mistreatment from her current family situation which extends to school where her cousin makes a point of making her life hell even when away from the house, Aurora wants for nothing more than find a way to run from her current situation. Unfortunately for Aurora she comes to understand the old adage “be careful what you wish for” first hand when she finds herself not only being kidnapped but transported to a completely different and magical world where there is an evil queen who is set on killing her in order to secure her claim to the throne, for Aurora soon learns that she holds the key to the destruction of the ruthless queen and the ultimate salvation of the land of Avalonia.
The beautiful cover, along with the premise of the book, is what initially drew me to “The Last of the Firedrakes”; luckily thanks to Netgalley and Wise Ink Creative Publishing, I was able to secure an advanced readers copy in which to delve into the story and see if the story would live up to my expectations. In short, the book not only lived up to, but exceeded my expectations. From the very start I was drawn into the story and Aurora’s journey to learn who she is, about her past and her connection to this magical realm and the queen who is intent on taking control over the entire realm. I loved the various mythical creatures and beings which were introduced throughout the book, such as the fae and a Pegasus. The combination of wizard magic with faerie magic made for a new and enjoyable type of young adult story and it was refreshing to read a new take on the myths and folklore of faeries.
Aurora is a strong headed young woman who wants nothing more than to protect her friends and those she comes to love, unfortunately for her, this strong-headedness often gets her into the kind of trouble in which she needs to be rescued. My biggest complaint about Aurora was the fact that I felt she was constantly rushing into dangerous situations without fully thinking about the danger and costs. Her continued lack of judgment and disregard for authority when it comes to her safety was annoying and made me want to reach into the book and slap some sense into her. Despite these annoying characteristics of Aurora, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and urge Ms. Farah Oomerbhoy to not delay in the writing and publication of the next book as I will be waiting with bated breath for I have found a new series and author to occupy my every waking moment.
My overall rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars.