“Aurora Firedrake had awoken, and I had no control over her.”
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…
I’ve been looking forward to this book since reading The Last of the Firedrakes in 2015. I loved the first book [review here] and couldn’t wait for book two to come out, and let me just say, it did not disappoint!
Whereas I felt the first book was a bit predictable, I felt The Rise of the Dawnstar was anything but. It kept me on the edge of my seat, reading through betrayals, disappointments, and battles. This book picks up where book one left off, so the reader jumps right into the action. Aurora has to learn how to use her mage and Fae powers while being hunted by Morgana and you can see her character growth through all that she has gone through thus far.
And the world building! That was probably my favorite part of this book! Farah Oomerbhoy does such a wonderful job of building and expanding on this world she created, I wish I could travel there.
In many ways, it reminded me of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series / Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. We are introduced to a new character in this book, Tristan, the Prince of the Night Court, who quickly became a favorite of mine. He reminds me so much of Rowan Whitethorn and Rhysand, I quickly fell in love with him. This also leads me into the romance of the story. I have to disagree with many reviews about the romance. I think Tristan was supposed to be the third person in a love triangle, but I never really felt like they loved each other or that Aurora was torn between Rafe (her love interest in book one) and Tristan. They were more friends in my eyes. My problem (that might be too strong of a word) with the romance in the book was that Aurora doubted Rafe all the time. Someone would whisper in her ear that he would never come back for her, and she would believe them. I think this also shows her age though—she is still 17, still a teenager, and no matter her power, she is new to love.
Overall, I was impressed with this book and need book three!
“I was Aurora Firedrake, and I was born to be a queen.”
“We all make mistakes, Aurora, but it is what we learn from them that makes all the difference.”
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
*I received an arc copy from the author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Runner Up #2
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 over 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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