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I just finished The Last of the Firedrakes, by Farah Oomerbhoy!
I received a copy from the publishers at Netgalley. This does not influence my opinions in any way. (Thanks Wise Ink Creative Publishing!)
The Last of the Firedrakes is about Aurora, a girl who hates her adoptive family, who doesn’t feel like she fits in, and who feels invisible in everyday life. Then, one day, her adoptive uncle announces that they will spend a weekend in his boss’s castle. Through her castle searches, Aurora gets kidnapped through a portal to another world - a world of Fae and mages, of magic and royalty. It turns out that she is the one who will inherit the kingdom of Illiador, and has a special type of magic of her own. But, before she can do anything about the complicated political conflicts in the land, she must master her magic and learn about this new world, Avalonia.
Although this took me a while to read (mostly due to being incredibly busy with school and co.), I really enjoyed this book! I always love books that center around fairy tales and magic! This book had many elements of classic fairytales blended together to make a new, beautiful story.
One aspect I really loved, and that I talk about a lot, is the characters. They were so well written!
Aurora is a strong protagonist. (Definitely a Gryffindor, I couldn’t help but think that during the book!) She is brave and has absolutely amazing powers. She always fights for what’s right and best. She is presented as bookish from time to time, but it doesn’t take over every few chapters, which I appreciated! She’s also super determined.
Rafe, or the Black Wolf, is absolutely amazing! He’s the super mysterious good guy that everyone loves (except for the royalty in the novel... hmm...) He is super charming and is willing to help at all costs. And, what’s more, I TOTALLY ship him and Aurora! What I’d be interested in, though is reading a few chapters or paragraphs from his point of view. I think that could bring another dimension to the book/series that could be beneficial to the development of both the characters and the world.
Kalen is also awesome. He’s the good friend everyone needs. He’s so sweet and attentive :) For Aurora, he’s almost like a big brother, which I think is exactly what she needs.
The antagonist, Damien (a true Slytherin, if I may say) is pure nasty. He might look good, but that’s all the goodness he has. However, I’m kind of hoping that in the end he might have a change of heart? I dunno, I just can totally see that happening!
The world is absolutely amazing and huge! Reading this, you travel through markets, forests, the sky, castles, schools, villages, towns, and more! I would love to see pictoral representations of the places, it’s gotta be amazing! *-*
I can really see this book turn into a movie/mini series! I would watch it, anyway :)
My main problem with the book is the obvious good/bad line. I think that the distinction between the two could have been blurred a bit, with some more shady characters. Maybe that’s coming up in book two? Can’t wait to find out!
Also, I think Aurora took the whole situation a bit too well, with just a little shock. I would have been a lot more surprised, I think!
I’m giving this book a 4/5 feathers :)
Have you read The Last of the Firedrakes? What did you think about it?
Also, what would you do if you suddenly found out that you were a queen with magical powers and huge responsibilities?