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. The map at the start helps too, of course.
I’ve seen a few fantasy series start and then not take off, but this book feels like the start of something special, and the way this first part has ended, it makes it even more so. The writing certainly doesn’t feel like that of a debut writer, so that helps. Perhaps one thing that I personally did not like was the cover art. Waiting to see where the second book takes this story.
|Title: The Last of the Firedrakes||Series: The Avalonia Chronicles #1|
|Author(s): Farah Oomerbhoy||Genre: Fantasy Fiction|
|ISBN/ASIN: 9781940014715||Publisher: Wise Ink|
(© 6th February 2016)