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Book Review and Blog Tour: The Rise of the Dawnstar

By Farah Oomerbhoy (The Avalonia Chronicles #2)

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The Rise of the Dawnstar 
Farah Oomerbhoy

(The Avalonia Chronicles #2)
Publication date: April 24th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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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Book Review

I was interested in reading this book because of the character Morgana and its setting in Avalonia, so there are obvious Arthurian references. But that’s really where the comparisons end. This is not an Arthurian fantasy as none of the other elements exist here, well not in this book anyway. However, this was a great read!

I confess I haven’t read the first book, but it didn’t interfere with understanding the second, or being able to follow what was happening. Aurora is our heroine, and she’s feisty and resilient, and at the start of the book is just coming into her powers. She’s fleeing Morgana and trying to reach Elfi where her grandmother lives. Along the way there are fights, betrayals, a growing love interest and her powers continue to grow as she learns how to master them. Once she reaches Elfi things start to get really interesting and another love interest appears, setting up a love triangle, which isn’t unusual in YA fantasy. Fortunately the action and story is at the forefront, with romance in the background, which is good, for me at least!

The characters are well drawn and complex, and there’s a nice balance of action with story development. The world building is solid, and the story-line believable. Aurora finds out more about her past and the powers she’s inherited, so there’s an intriguing amount of backstory and mystery as she finds out about her heritage – I always love backstory!

This was a cracking read that I invested in way more than I thought I would. I’m looking forward to the final installment!

I received a copy of this book through Xpresso Book Tours for an honest review.

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Author Bio:
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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