Aurora Firedrake, the last of the Firedrakes, grew up in ‘our world,’ entirely unaware of the magical realm of Avalonia and her past. When she is brought to a faraway land, she must quickly adapt to a new lifestyle, political upheaval, and a cute boy who doesn’t ever seem to stick around long enough.
In her debut novel, Oomerbhoy skillfully puts together a captivating tale with mages, fairies, shape-shifters, and more. We follow the coming-of-age adventure of Aurora as she navigates uncharted territory; both in new lands and boys. Along the way, she forms friendships, attends magic school for mages, makes several bad decisions, has a few awkward conversations with boys, and struggles to do what she thinks is right. Everything you can expect from a teenage girl who has recently discovered a new world.
The book is narrated entirely by Aurora; readers gain insight to her thoughts, feelings, interpretations, and memories. We can experience fancy ball gowns, extravagant meals, and lavish castles through exquisitely detailed descriptions. Readers also enjoy knowing her thoughts on the handsome and mysterious boy that intrigues Aurora.
‘The Last of the Firedrakes’ held my interest and kept me flipping pages to find out what happens next. I found some similarities to the Harry Potter series and some ideas related to King Arthur legends, but those familiar aspects only made me want to read more. Recommended for any YA or fantasy reader.
Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.