I read The Last of the Firedrakes (The Avalonia Chronicles #1) by Farah Oomerbhoy and added the second book of the series, The Rise of the Dawnstar to my TBR list. Here are my thoughts!
Synopsis (from the author):
The seven kingdoms of Avalonia are crumbling and evil is spreading across the land like a plague. Queen Morgana is close to finding a way to open the Book of Abraxas and it’s only a matter of time until she uses the power trapped inside its pages to enslave the entire world.
With Avalonia growing more dangerous by the day, Aurora must travel through war-torn lands and deep into the heart of the fae kingdom of Elfi. Her goal is to find a legendary weapon infused with the last of the realm’s ancient magic—the only weapon in the world powerful enough to stop the queen.
Aurora might have survived her first battle against Queen Morgana, but the true fight to save her kingdom and restore her throne has only just begun…
What I liked about The Rise of the Dawnstar:
This book builds on the story from the first book. While I’m still learning to like Aurora, the book had plenty of action, a few interesting plot twists, and romance brewing in the background. I enjoyed the characters’ development and the world-building was good. It has many of the elements that make fantasy my go-to genre!
What I didn’t like about The Rise of the Dawnstar:
Perhaps part of my struggle to like Aurora stems from the way her human realm background seems forgotten and she adapts quickly to the new world with few difficulties. In addition, parts of the book were predictable.
Overall impression of The Rise of the Dawnstar:
The story continues to improve and I’m starting to like Aurora’s character. The story has a few slow spots, but overall, I enjoyed The Rise of the Dawnstar. If you like fantasy, good world-building, and a nice amount of romance, pick this one up (after reading the first one)!