For Farah Oomerbhoy, writing is a passion and reading her solace. She is a firm believer in the fantastic and magical, and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest.
When she was pregnant with her first child ten years ago, a story popped into her head she could not ignore. “I was at my grandmother’s house, and as I looked at the image of a beautiful forest with a castle in the distance on a tapestry hanging on the wall, I imagined myself being whisked away into another world,” she said. It was at that moment the world of Avalonia, with its powerful mages and fae and the evil Queen Morgana, was born. Farah Oomerbhoy’s debut novel, The Last of the Firedrakes, was released in the summer of 2015.
Farah lives with her husband and three children in their family home in Mumbai, India. She has a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Mumbai. Her first novel is The Last of the Firedrakes, Book 1 of the Avalonia Chronicles.
About the Book:
The Last of the Firedrakes is a story of a sixteen year old girl Aurora Darlington. She is an orphan and her adopted parents too had died in an accident. Aurora was then adopted by his adopted father’s brother but she was always mistreated. No one loved her. She missed being love by parents and her cousin would never leave a chance to make fun of her. Even in school, everyone bullied her. Her life suddenly changes when she is kidnapped and dragged into a magical world. The story is like a cruel queen Morgana is behind her. During the dangerous yet beautiful adventure, Aurora finds out that she is a daughter of mage and a fae and that she has mage-fae power. She is the queen of Illiador which is now ruled by Morgana. She also falls in love with Rafe also known as Black Wolf. There is a war between Morgana and Aurora. But the story is not completed. The story ends with Aurora leaving with Rafe and Kalen to free her mother. I wanted to know what happened next but maybe I have to wait for the next book. Though this is the first book by the author but her writing style is that of an experienced writer. From character, to scene and emotions- everything has been described perfectly. I liked the plot of the story. It’s like Harry Potter but something different. I liked the other world too much and also there a few philosophical quotes that are worth read and understanding. I liked the character of Rafe and Kalen. But in some parts, the author has described too much.Overall the book is nice and a good read.
Rating for the book: 3.5