Book: The Rise of the Dawnstar (Book 2 of the Avalonia Chronicles)
Author: Farah Oomerbhoy
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
That’s a frikin’ gorgeous cover, isn’t it?
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…
Review: The Rise of the Dawnstar was an enchanting book, complete with a beautiful new world, both old and new characters and a fascinating plot. Aurora, along with Rafe and Kalen, continue their adventure and somehow she finds herself in the magical land of Elfi, the home of the fae and is reconciled with her grandmother. But some things go terribly wrong and now it is up to Aurora to save Avalonia from the clutches of Morgana and defeat her once and for all. There are lots of things I really loved about this book and I’ll list them down.
Pros: The descriptions are definitely one of the best things about the book. Each moment is described so vividly that the reader could almost see them. The new characters are quite a promising bunch as well and I just couldn’t wait till everyone meets Tristan (he’ll take your breath away). And damn! The descriptions of the delicious food never fail to make me hungry! (I must have gained about two kilos because of that 😜). Aurora grows up to be a more mature character, shaped by all the trials that she went through and I absolutely loved her depiction.
Cons: Of course, no book is complete without a flaw. I felt like the book was kind of boring till the middle but then it became quite fast paced and engrossing after that. Also, the amount of foreshadowing by Aurora makes some of the plot twists quite predictable.
Conclusion: In a nutshell, I liked this book a lot. The adventure (and those swoon-worthy guys) sweeps you off your feet. Farah has definitely put lots of effort into it and I appreciate that. It does have its shortcomings but it is highly recommended for any fantasy fans and is also a worthy sequel of The Last of the Firedrakes. I cannot wait for the next installment in this trilogy.
Star Rating: 4/5
My Age Recommendation: For peeps between 13 to 20 years old.
For each stop on tour, there will be a special number at the end of the post. Collect all the numbers, add them up, and enter to win one of three prizes! Once you have all the numbers you can enter the giveaway here: http://farahoomerbhoy.com/rise-dawnstar-now/
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The giveaway closes on May 21st, 11:59pm Eastern US time.
My number is 18.
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Farah’s site: farahoomerbhoy.com
You can preorder your copy from her official site as well.
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.
Thank you, Farah, Kate, NetGallery and Wise Ink Creative publishing for giving me the ARC and this lovely opportunity to review your book!