The Last of the Firedrakes (The Avalonia Chronicles – 1) by Farah Oomerbhoy
(Excerpt from Goodreads) 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.
Aurora recently lost her parents in a car accident and is sent to live with her uncle, but the family treats her badly. If that wasn’t enough she is bullied at school and finds herself alone. But then on a family vacation to Redstone Manor, she learns that she has been sold to Lord Oblek. She gets dragged through a tapestry into a whole new life. Aurora is actually the Heir of Illiador and she has great powers, if she can unlock them. She is sent to Evolon, a school for mages, where she will find enemies, friends, and the ability to use her powers.
This is a great adventure story. I felt for Aurora in the beginning with everything she went through but I loved how she used this to make her a stronger person. But the part I liked the most was she is the typical teenager. She doesn’t always do what she is told and makes her mistakes but she learns from them. I was captivated from the first page I read and I felt right there with Aurora. The imagery was wonderful and I have to say that I loved Snow and Rafe.
This is a great young adult, fantasy story that will appeal to any age. I can’t wait to see what happened next in this series.
I received The Last of the Firedrakes for free from eBooks for Review in exchange for an honest review.