Monday, October 16, 2017

TOUR - YA Fantasy - The Rise of the Dawnstar (The Avalonia Chronicles, #2) by Farah Oomerbhoy

The Rise of the Dawnstar 
The Avalonia Chronicles, #2
by Farah Oomerbhoy
Publication date: April 24th 2017
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing, Inc
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
The Book Junkie Reads . . .  Review of . . . THE RISE OF THE DAWNSTAR (The Avalonia Chronicles, #2) . . . Fantastic adventure. Intriguing drama. Noteworthy world. Brilliant characters (primary and secondary, good and bad). The read was not one straightforward read. The twist and turns made for a great journey from beginning to the very end. Predictability was not what this read was. You get some of the unexpected, anticipated, and even a little of what you expected but was hoping not to see. This made the read that much more fun and enjoyable.

Aurora has returned. She has not stopped working to make her kingdom safe. She has not stopped being a thorn in Morgana’s side. She has much to go through to get the one weapon needed to stop Morgana’s reign of terror on the seven Kingdoms. But there’s so much more at stake for Aurora than saving the kingdom, her mother. Every step forward could be her last, the world around her is very dangerous and there’s someone willing to stop her for the queen.

There was no real end to the danger, drama, action, adventure, but there will be more to consume as you take this journey with Aurora. She finds more than just friendship, family, and herself on this epic adventure of hers.

We as a family found so much excitement, intensity, adventure, and more. Next installment has a lot to live up to.  

The Avalonia Chronicles series:
The Last of the Firedrakes – The Avalonia Chronicles, #1
The Rise of the Dawnstar – The Avalonia Chronicles, #2

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…
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The Last of the Firedrakes
The Avalonia Chronicles, #1

The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of . . . THE LAST OF THE FIREDRAKES (The Avalonia Chronicles, #1) . . . Aurora was and orphaned child in a home that was not the most loving or kind and a school that did not feel safe. All this falls to the wayside when she gets kidnapped in to a world that holds an even bigger danger than being unloved, unwanted, and unprotected. Now, she’s in a world that needs her. She becomes the one to give the love, provide the need, serve protection. She acquired a few friends and a few more enemies along her journey through Avalonia.

There was fantasy, realism, friendship, heartache, pain, sorry, adventure, action, drama, magic, self-discovery. I read this book as a family read and we loved it. We found adventure to new high with some old legends: Morgana and Avalon. There was a different perspective put on a tale told in different ways over the years. The adventure sucks you in and gives you hope and takes it away then gives it back again. The story was rich and intriguing. It gave the perspective of unwanted children in both home and school and the things they go through. This allowed for open dialogue between myself and the children.

There was rich world development, strong leading character, impressive secondary character (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandmother, friends, and more), engaging banter, alluring strings to various paths. Aurora story was not just straight to the point. It was long drawn out and full of secrets and lies. This tale kept us engaged and ready for the next time we picked-up to continue on with the tale.

We are all looking for the next adventure that Aurora and friends go on.

16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad.

Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way.

Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear.

With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.

Author Info
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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