Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Last of the Firedrakes

The Last of the Firedrakes
The Avalonia Chronicles
Farah Oomerbhoy
Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Minneapolis, MN
ISBN: 978-1-940014-72-2
$ 17.99
488 pages
"My parents were gone, my uncle had just sold me like a slave, and there was no one to help me, no one on my side.  I was alone, I was in trouble, and I had absolutely no idea what to do.   It was all too much; I  couldn't help it; I burst into tears just as Oblek yanked my arm and pulled me into the magical, shimmering tapestry."
Aurora had not led a charmed life.  After her parents had died in a tragic automobile accident,  she lived with her uncle and his family. She should have been grateful but residing in this household was not enjoyable.  Her beautiful cousin who was her age as popular and mean, the opposite of Aurora.  Added to that, it was obvious that her aunt and uncle only tolerated her existence.  Living in an unloved home was not enjoyable.
All of that changed on her sixteenth birthday.  Aurora was delivered into another world, full of magic.
Why?  She was the heir to the throne in the kingdom of Illiador.  Did she possess any powers?  How would her life be different in this mysterious land where special magical are common?
The Last of the Firedrakes is an enthralling novel for teenage girls.  How many fifteen-year-old girls have wished they had different parents and to discover that they were of a royal lineage?
With teenagers in mind, everything in this novel is age-appropriate with no unnecessary sexual innuendos, violence, or bad language.  Aurora is attracted to the dark, handsome stranger, Rafe, who has many secrets that need to be unveiled.
The Last of the Firedrakes is the debut novel for Farah Oomerbhoy.  Her home with her husband and children is in Mumbai, India.  From the  University of Mumbai she earned her Master's degree in English literature.
The Last of the Firedrakes is the first novel in this series entitled the Avalonia Chronicles.    The story has an ending point at the end of the book, but it does not conclude the story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel with an intended audience of teenaged girls.  It was logical in its organization, possessed vivid characters, fast-paced with action, age-appropriate as a delightful fantasy novel.

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