The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy
(The Avalonia Chronicles, #1)
Publication date: August 15th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
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16 year old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. The only thing she has from her birth parents is a necklace. She has dreams of a cloaked woman holding a dagger to her mother. She lives with her adoptive aunt, uncle, and cousin. They do not like her. She is not popular in school. She is alone. One day her uncle takes the family on a trip to Redstone Manor. To her surprise, she is kidnapped and taken through a portal to another world.
When I started the book, it seemed very formulaic. The unpopular girl at school is being picked on by her classmates. An orphan is unwanted by her adoptive family. It seemed simplistic. Luckily I kept reading and was rewarded by an entertaining story and a strong but realistic lead character. Aurora is flawed and believable even when the unbelievable happens to her. Her character is tested as she meets new people and has to decide who to trust. It is a well paced book. Once you enter the portal, you are in for an entertaining ride. It is a very fun ya fantasy.