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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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DNF ARC Review: The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy (The Newest Damsel in Distress)

The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy

The Avalonia Chronicles #1
Farah Oomerbhoy
Publication Date: August 15, 2015
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Reviewer: Sophia

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.
Advanced review copy provided by Wise Ink Creative Publishing via Netgalley – thanks!

If there's one thing positive coming from me in regards to The Last of the Firedrakes, at least it has a spine. Cheesy pun intended.

Farah's debut has the bare bones of a novel. Her writing is vivid and there's definitely evidence the world is meticulously planned. The main character, Aurora, is a character who's curious and inquisitive – she wants to learn as much as she can about Avalonia from its residents from the moment she enters the world, which brings back my point of a well-built fantasy world. The residents of Avalonia are colorful – we have an all-too-serious professor, a cheery "old" fairy, a jolly duke. There's high school drama, but it lasts for a chapter or two and isn't a problem.

But lots of things just fell short.

The writing feels too amateur – I'm just not feeling it. It's just not good enough.
There's this evil queen who may or may not be pulling the actual strings who wants to get rid of Aurora. There's this archmage who's on the hunt for this book that can enable him to control demons or some other evil creature, and probably the one pulling the strings in the queen's ears.

Then there's Aurora.

Aurora is an absolute damsel in distress. I don't know if she cried much in her past – Farah brings us from high school drama to Avalonia early on. Aurora doesn't do much fighting – she's saved every single time while doing almost nothing. Every time, it's the same mysterious dude named Rafe who Aurora can't stop thinking about constantly and falls "in love" with.

At that point, I don't buy it. I don't buy it AT ALL.
I don't know how Rafe even knows where she is at the right time – is he just stalking her to make sure she doesn't get into trouble? Is it just a coincidence, because of all the times she's rescued, it's beginning to not be a coincidence and just makes me think he's probably stalking her while making illegitimate excuses that the character falls for. Aurora falls into a tight snitch and seconds or minutes later, Rafe is coming to the rescue.

Have I mentioned Aurora's in love with the bleeping guy? Yeah... she's falling in love with him after all he did was come to her rescue – without her lifting a finger – after so many bleeping times?

I think the only thing I achieved from reading The Last of the Firedrakes is find the new crown holder for Damsel in Distress. Katy Swartz just passed on the crown to Aurora.

I think Aurora is going to have that crown for a very long time.

1.5 Owls

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