The Last of the Firedrakes (The Avalonia Chronicles Series #1)

The Last of the Firedrakes (The Avalonia Chronicles Series #1)

by Farah Oomerbhoy
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The Last of the Firedrakes (The Avalonia Chronicles Series #1) by Farah Oomerbhoy

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940014708
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Publication date: 08/15/2015
Series: Avalonia Chronicles Series , #1
Pages: 488
Sales rank: 412,192
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.80(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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The Last of the Firedrakes (The Avalonia Chronicles, #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read...I am heartbroken I can't read the next one yet...ugh! Hurry! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. This book has wonderful characters and a great plot. I had a hard time putting this book down. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this wonderful series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put the book down. Loved it . Action Romance suspense. Magic. Just wow Cant wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this new series and was wanting the next one as soon as I finished!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story! I cannot wait until the next one comes out! This is a good science fiction story, and I read it all in one night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading, and my only disappointment is that the next book isn't ready for me to read! I really rooted for the main character as she grows into her destiny over the course of the book. I truly can't wait to find out what comes next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Little slow at first but this book will catch any reader's eye. Danger, mystery, and romance. Wish the next book was out so I could continue reading the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, kept me turning the pages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had me hooked from page one. I can't wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really injoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Going to read the 2nd one right now and see if it's as good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does anyone knouw when the next book is voming out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Title says it all
Nillothwen 9 days ago
This one took me a little while to get started, and it's not because the book didn't bring me into the story quickly - it is because I actually lost the book for a while, and once I found it and had gotten into the story, I lost it again. Can I blame in on "mommy-brain"? *smacks head* While I really liked the story as a whole, it was a little difficult for me to really connect with the main character Aurora {called "Rory" for a good portion of the story}. This book is a true Young Adult, with the characters having attitudes and thought processes like a young adult would have. As an almost-35-year-old woman, it would take me a little bit to get into the mindset of a young person. Were we all so hot-headed as young people? The premise of The Last of the Firedrakes is a fun one, with a girl never having known her biological family suddenly being thrust into the world they are from {and the world she is from}, and quickly discovering she is the very last in a powerful family that could bring peace to a country tortured by her very own aunt. I really don't want to give too much away, but it's a very enjoyable story. If you like YA fantasy, you will probably enjoy reading The Last of the Firedrakes.
rokinrev 19 days ago
I had been trying to run from my destiny. I had to stop running. I had to turn and face my life head on. It wasn’t enough being like everyone else; I had to be the best, and I was going to show everyone what I was truly made of. I was done with being a terrified princess, constantly waiting to be saved” Aurora Darlington is an orphan raised by her uncle and his family. She’s just a kid, trying to grow up. Then someone appears from out of nowhere and kills her uncle....and her whole life, her whole world changes as she gets taken through the portal by the killer on a quest to bring her to the Ruler of Avalonia. Life may never be the same once she discovers who and what she is. Will she will also find everything that she has been looking for? I was literally blown away with this book. In my life I have become a big fantasy reader, I shelve this book with Harry Potter and other strong series. I read it in two sittings (and it would have been one but I fell asleep). I could not put it down it was that good. Watch for Oomerbhoy’s work, and enjoy! Highly recommended. 5/5
RgBooktrovert 3 months ago
My favorite thing about the book would have to be the world building and political intrigue. Miss Farah’s descriptions were well written, there’s also a pretty map in the book that helped me visualize the world better and I really loved that as well.(book maps are the way to my heart y’all) The fae, mages, and fae-mage concepts were really interesting and I loved seeing Aurora’s journey in developing her abilities. I can’t wait to read book 2 and find out what happens next! FTC DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange for an honest review
TheFarmersDaughterReads 11 months ago
2.5/5 stars The Last of the Firedrakes is a quick, middle grade, fantasy novel about an orphan girl, Aurora, who is kidnapped from her life in our modern world and taken to the land of Avalonia. Aurora discovers that she is a lost princess with powerful magic, and she must master her magic to take her place as the queen of Illiador. However, complications abound in anything to do with Aurora and her journey is more challenging than she could have imagined. This novel is fast paced and fun, good for reading after a book has left you devastated and emotionally exhausted, almost as a palate cleanser. There is magic and mischief, plots and peril, and it would be a good novel to recommend to my niece who is just beginning to dip her toes into the ocean of fantasy novels. However, my enjoyment of this novel ends there. Aurora was a spoiled teenager, which makes sense, many 16 year-old girls act just like Aurora, but that doesn’t mean I want to read about them. She is consistently hanging her head in embarrassment, gasping, and acknowledging that she is being foolish while doing the foolish thing. She falls victim to the dreaded “love at first sight” YA trope, but in doing so, she waxes poetic about how glorious he is, much to my chagrin. “‘Run, Aurora, now!’ he said again.” “I was entranced; I had never seen anyone fight with a sword like that before. He was like a young Sir Lancelot, or more like Zorro with magic. I couldn’t keep my eyes off him. He was magnificent, and he had come back for me.” When she isn’t yearning after her dearly beloved, she’s making stupid decisions about her safety, such as complaining that she doesn’t want to change her name or appearance to hide from someone trying to MURDER her. Then she chooses to ignore all advice and attempt to befriend and spy on some badies. Did it work? NO. She was hasty and stupid and required rescuing. AGAIN. Did she hide her magic like she was told? Yes, until she got angry and arrogant and decided winning a duel was better than remaining alive. While I can see how Aurora would appeal to younger readers, her lack of forethought and character development made her really unlikable to me. Even in the end, she chooses to ignore the advice of all those who care for her and protect her. There is absolutely no character development, I can only hope that comes in the next book, because she is certainly not a strong female MC at the moment. Usually, I can find redeeming features in a novel, and this one does have some. The magical creatures are pretty cool. I liked meeting the manticore even though it was such a short meeting, and Snow the Pegasus is lovely. I also enjoyed the descriptions of lesser characters in the plot, such as Mrs. Plumpleberry. If this descriptiveness had been used in the rest of the world building, I may have given this book four stars, but alas the world building was sparse, as was the character development. This book is a fun middle grade fantasy and I did enjoy it, however I cannot speak about any underlying themes or some larger meaning. This book would be good for any younger reader, but may be difficult for any reader who desires a strong, well developed MC. *I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review*
Bibliosaurusrex More than 1 year ago
How will you ever know the magnitude of courage you are capable of if you have never experienced the hopelessness of fear?" I received this book from LovingDemBooks Booktube Tours in exchange for an honest review. The Last of the Firedrakes was a fun, fantasy read with many quirky fantasy aspects people who love this genre would enjoy. But, I did have a lot problems with individual aspects of this novel, even though I thought it was okay all together. First, the main character. I didn't really like the main character that much. Aurora played the role of a naive, selfish teenage girl who didn't think at all before acting. I was constantly getting frustrated with her because not only did she get herself in situations she wouldn't be in if she had listened to others, but she also constantly dragged other people with her. She would never fullt accept the blame of her actions, instead forcing others to go along with her in these idiotic quests. Also, I felt like she was constantly havign to be saved by someone/something else. YOU WOULDN'T NEED TO BE SAVED IF YOU HAD JUST LISTENED GAH. But, I did love her work ethic and though she was a very overpowered MC, I appreciated the fact that she did have to somewhat learn. There were also a bunch of cliches mixed throughout the novel. We had the abused orphan, insta-love, lost royalty, and almost every steretypical story device ever. This aspect caused the book to be very unsurprising when it came to "big plot twists." Nothing was truly "foreshadowed," but more "thrown at you with a brick." The other characters and the world were very fun and likeable. I think a big reason why I read parts of this book so fast were because I was just so interested in learning about the world. Though it wasn't the most original of kingdoms, there were still super cool magic systems and unique aspects. The other characters did follow a few stereotypes, but it wasn't nearly as bad at the MC. I enjoyed reading about all of the others' different personalities and their specialties. The romance was the strongest dose of insta-love I've experienced in a long time and that's saying something since I've been reading a lot of contemporaries recently. I was fairly aggrivated with it because it was like all over insta-loves, I felt that these characters didn't truly know each other before they were falling for the other. And the problem was, this romance played a huge part in the novel. Aurora's decisions and thoughts were constantly based on this insta-love, which made it even more prevalent and irritating. The writing felt fairly juvenile which I feel weird talking about, but it was a big part of reading for me. I felt that some of the words characters would say would feel unnatural (imagine Star Wars) and awkward. I am aware that the author was attempting a medieval/olden-times vibe, but it just still felt very weird to me. It wasn't only the dialogue, but also the fact that there were tons of cliches in the writing that I just... ARGHH "He's the most popular boy in school!" I rest my case. I wanted to address this more specifically, but the many cliches that this book had irked me. First, we had the fact that they were always eavesdropping? Is there no other way to get information? Really? Then, we have the fact that Aurora would literally butt her head into everyone else's business and get herself into a bunch of unnecessary trouble. Honestly, I just wanted to yell, "STAY IN YOUR LANE!!"
KirstyBooks More than 1 year ago
I've had The Last of the Firedrakes on my radar for a while now and then I was sent a copy in exchange for an honest review as apart of it's Booktube tour. I though the book started off a bit slower and it took me a couple of chapters to get into it. I think that was because it started off with meeting Aurora, a unhappy 16 year old year, living at her horrible aunt and uncles house, because her adoptive parents had died a while before the story picks up. Of course there was a cruel cousin, and he guardians resented/hated her. After Aurora's uncle takes her to the countryside Manor to meet a mysterious man, things start to get interesting. She's abducted through a portal in a tapestry, by the evil Lord Oblek, to be taken to his Queen; Morgana. Aurora's thrown in his dungeon where she meets Rafe and Kalen. They help her escape and she discovers that she's the lost-thought-dead-daughter-princess of Illiador. They take her to the granduncle, the duke. No-one knows why Lucien is so power and has a hold over Morgana, I hope this is explored more in the next book, and that we meet Lucien! When she's at her new school, the prince kept being mentioned, and it was brought up quite a lot that he's a waster and he's always hopping around the lands, never where he should be. Immediately, I thought, I bet that's Rafe! There was something strange when he and Aurora met, she wanted to know about this gorgeous young man that have helped her and everyone was mysterious about him but seemed to inexplicably trust him. There had to be more there! ...and I was right!! :D I liked the magic school/college element to the story. That was a good way to introduce Aurora to new characters her age, give her allies and enemies. I want a telepathic pegasus as pet/horse/friend! That was a great addition to the story. I really enjoyed this book and I'm glad that's there are going to be more books in the series because I feel that there is a lot more to the story!
Rachael Hobson More than 1 year ago
I was sent this book for an honest review. I was excited for this book. Sixteen year old, Aurora, is an orphan being raised by an aunt and uncle who doesn’t love her. She is then kidnapped and brought into a world of magic; a world where she is originally from. This had so many parallels to the Harry Potter series. I WAS READY FOR IT. Unfortunately, the similarities between the two series did not allow me to enjoy this one. All the characters seemed to be one dimensional stereotypes. I admit, a couple of times it made me laugh. However, more often than not, it frustrated the heck out of me. Especially, Aurora. She seemed to be a silly girl that had no concept of consequences. It was refreshing to see a naive character, rather than a cold, hardened protagonist that readers usually see. She also experienced some character development, but it wasn’t enough for me to take her seriously. This is a first book in a series and I’m not even remotely curious to read the next book. It’s honestly a shame.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best fantasy books i've ever read! Had all the perfect elements that had a fantastic story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago