Release date 04/24/2017! I'm posting this review a bit late, so I apologize!I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Aurora Darlington was gone. Nothing in the world was going to change that. I was Aurora Firedrake, and I was born to be a queen. The people of Illiador needed me, my people needed me, and this time I would not fail them.
As Avalonia continues to be plagued by the evil queen Morgana, Aurora Firedrake, a powerful Fae-Mage, must decide how to defeat her and reclaim her rightful throne. Fleeing from the refuge of her allies, Aurora sets off with Kalen and Rafe to traverse the hostile regions of Avalonia in order to find her mother and free her.
But as the war wages, deception and betrayal arising at every turn, and new obstacles present themselves, her quest for her mother, and few strategies for defeating Morgana quickly fall apart.
All but one; a legend of an ancient weapon, with ancient magic. Having faced the evil queen once and miraculously surviving, will she finally be able to defeat the queen once and for all if the legendary Dawnstar truly exists? Now, it is their only hope.
------------------------------------Holy smokes, guys. I've found a new favorite series.
This book was amazing! Just when I thought I started to figure out the twists, new elements were thrown in and totally
took me by surprise. Not to mention, there is just so much
going on in these books! It's like having the best of all worlds mixed together in one voluptuous series!
Now that the essentials of world building were fulfilled almost fully by the first book, it cleared the path for an action-packed, topsy-turvy plot line to blossom and overflow with such richness in detail, depth, and engagement. The writing is exquisite, the pacing is non-stop, and yet again, the world building is phenomenal. (I think I've said that before?)
As I say in majority of my reviews, I don't like to discuss too much so I don't spoil the plot for anyone who may want to read this book and hasn't yet. But, if you haven't yet, you really should give The Avalonia Chronicles a try.
I hope I've made myself clear. *grins*
Now that my inner fan-girl has had a moment to shine, let's get down to this review:
The story starts off from where it left off in book one, which I appreciated. I think it would have worked for some time to pass between the stories of the two books, but it definitely wasn't necessary. Character Breakdown:
There are many characters in this book, but I am only going to discuss a select few here.
Aurora grew up quite a bit from The Last of the Firedrakes and was much more tolerable. Frankly, this is the sole reason why The Last of the Firedrakes received a full star less. There were still a few instances where Auroroa acted rather juvenile, (but it has to do with boy-issues, and that happens to everyone.) Also, she's just seventeen, so it's to be expected to a point. I was so glad that her inner-monologue was much more...fruitful, rather that frivolous. Rather than focusing on her own plight, she stepped into her role and adjusted accordingly.
Rafe: This passage concludes my hypotheses from my review of The Last of the Firedrakes:
"No, Aurora. That was an excuse to spend more time around you and not look like a complete fool when you questioned my motives for always turning up when you needed me. I didn't want you to think I was a stalker."
I smiled at this. "And were you?"
"Stalking me?" I teased.
Rafe shrugged, but I could see the mischievous gleam in his eyes. "I wouldn't call it stalking."
Is it OK to think some forms of stalking are cute? Or does that also qualify me as a stalker?
Tristan: At first, I really didn't know what to think of him. His outright cruelness towards Aurora was in my mind, completely uncalled for. Especially when considering the fact that she is royalty. His own, and the blatant racism of the High Fae in general towards Fae-mage Aurora was excruciating at times. I was glad when he finally came around. Once the reader understood a bit of Tristan's history, it makes some sense why his initial reaction toward Aurora was that way. As the plot unfolds, I found myself liking him more and more. I did find this change in character to be almost too abrupt to be realistic though.
I'd like to warn those who loath love triangles now that one does present itself. However, the issues surrounding this geometric relationship made me hardly mind its existence...until the very end of the book. My heart hurts. I truly feel bad for those who must concede their feelings for that of duty. I daresay that it would take much gall to be the ruler of a kingdom and put foremost its success rather than your own happiness.
With all that said and unsaid, I can't wait
to see what will happen next. The story, characters, and overall feeling of this book were devastatingly magical.
5 stars - but I think you already guessed that.
Faith is the greatest magic of all. It can lift the world out of the darkness and bring it into the light. Be the Star of the Morning, the light that fills the world with magic. Be the Lightbringer, the Breaker of Shadows. Believe in yourself, Aurora Firedrake; believe in the Dawnstar. For if you have faith, anything is possible. A big thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!
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