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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

REVIEW - The Rise of the Dawnstar (Avalonia Chronicles #2) by Farah Oomerbhoy

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.


REVIEW

From time to time a reader finds out that book that must be read on fast forward. Not because he/she wants to finish it quickly, but because wants to know what’s next. The Rise of the Dawnstar was that kind of book for me. The alert rhythm and all the action in it was no help for an eventual slowdown.

When I start reading the book, I had no idea that it was the second book of the series. Some comparisons with elements from our real world made me wonder if I’m missing something and so I discovered the first book. Having no time at the moment to start the series properly, I continued to read The Rise of the Dawnstar. But doing that I had the very nice pleasure to see that the author manage to concentrate the information you need, with no repetitive or continuous boring, annoying re-evocations of what happened in the first book. But more important, F.O. achieves to convey to the “new” readers, that are unaware of their history, the feelings between the main characters. The maturation of the main character takes place fast during many trials, but she still preserves that good innocence that any young should have.

Otherwise, what else can I say? The story has all of what a great epic fantasy story needs: a lot of action, dangers, twists and turns, beautiful warriors to fall in love with and a lot of fairytale creatures, swords and magic, trust and betrayal, half-truths and secret plans, hidden agenda and broken hearts. 

In a world that is still under the Lord of the Rings spell, The Rise of Dawnstar has its own originality and freshness. I read it with great pleasure even if I’m way over the age of dreaming fairy tales. Now I’m leaving you because I have to read the first volume.

Enjoy!

Description:

Published: April 24th, 2017

Aurora Firedrake returns in the spellbinding sequel to The Last of the Firedrakes.

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 Morgana, but the true fight to save her kingdom and restore her throne has only just begun…
About the author:
Farah Oomerbhoy is the international bestselling author of The Avalonia Chronicles. Her first book, The Last of the Firedrakes, was originally published on Wattpad where it gained nearly two million reads and a Watty Award. Since publication, her debut has gone on to win a silver medal in IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards and the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, along with winning a finalist placement in the USA Best Book Awards. Farah loves the fantastical and magical and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest. With a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Mumbai, Farah spends her creative time crafting magical worlds for young adults. She lives with her family in Mumbai, India.


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3 comments:

Stephanie LaPlante said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway

Kim hansen said...

Sounds like a good read.

Giselle said...

This sounds like an action packed read! Great review! :)