Monday, February 1, 2016

The Last of the Firedrakes - Farah Oomerbhoy

I received a free copy by b00k r3vi3w Tours for an honest review and I am thankful to them for introducing me to an awesome series.

Now starts the actual review for the book. "The Last of the FireDrakes" is first part of Avalonia Chronicles series by Farah Oomerbhoy, Avalonia being the fictional fantasy world Farah has created with such good care. I believe that there would at least be three books in this series because trilogies are most common but the world is so rich that we may have many more stories out of there.

With the advance praise out of the way, let me come to the story. This is the story about 16 years old Aurora and feel free to correct me but I believe this to be the first YA fantasy series to come out of India that too at more than 400 pages long.  I didn't know that Farah lived in India till I read about her, I was thinking she may be a british but then imagine my pleasant surprise when I read that she actually lives in India. 

As far as the story goes it is full of magic and all the species which we have read in fantasy literature so far, there are Fae, Mage, Demons, Dwarves and many more magical species and creatures. 

So coming back to the story Aurora is a 16 years old Orphan living with brother of her adoptive parents, who had died leaving her all alone. Her life is not at all good in her new home but then she starts dreaming a strange dream about her mother and probably her mother's killer and then she is kidnapped from our world and taken to a magical world through a portal and then her all new life begins.

And then the story moves sometimes reading like Harry Potter and other times like Lord of the rings and even Eragon. But still it all makes sense and most of all it's a fun read which actually make you want to turn the next page. The story moves and turns out Aurora is not a normal orphan but a very powerful being and also an heir to the throne of the country currently ruled by a tyrant who is her Half-Aunt who killed her own brother and Sister-in-law to grab the throne, who were Aurora's parents.

But before she could avenge her parents and claim her rightful kingdom she has to learn to use and control her powers and she has many amazing characters to help her through her journey Kalen, Black Wolf or Rafe, Grand Uncle Ferdinand, Aunt Serena, Penelope, Vivienne and through all these wonderful characters. Through education and funny moments we go through the life and times in Avalonia and now I can't wait for the next book in the series.

My ratings for this wonderful book is 5/5

Stars go ***** / ***** 

sorry to sound like a fanboy but honestly a fantasy star has arrived on literary scene from India.


For Farah Oomerbhoy, writing is a passion and reading her solace. She is a firm believer in the fantastic and magical, and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest.

When she was pregnant with her first child ten years ago, a story popped into her head she could not ignore. “I was at my grandmother’s house, and as I looked at the image of a beautiful forest with a castle in the distance on a tapestry hanging on the wall, I imagined myself being whisked away into another world,” she said. It was at that moment the world of Avalonia, with its powerful mages and fae and the evil Queen Morgana, was born. Farah Oomerbhoy’s debut novel, The Last of the Firedrakes, was released in the summer of 2015.

Farah lives with her husband and three children in their family home in Mumbai, India. She has a 

Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Mumbai. Her first novel is The Last of the Firedrakes, Book 1 of the Avalonia Chronicles.



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