Disclaimer: I had received a review copy of The Rise Of The Dawnstar with the approval of Wise Ink Creative Publishing, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review,
Evil is spreading across the land like a plague, and the seven kingdoms of Avalonia are crumbling. It’s only a matter of time until Queen Morgana uses the power trapped inside the pages of The Book Of Abraxas to enslave the entire world.
With Avalonia growing more dangerous by the day, Aurora Firedrake must travel through war-torn lands and deep into the heart of the fae kingdom of Elfi. The only weapon in the world powerful enough to stop the Queen is a legendary weapon infused with the last of the realms ancient magic, and Aurora must find it.
She might have survived her first battle against Queen Morgana, but the true fight to restore her throne and protect her kingdom has only just begun…
The Rise Of The Dawnstar is an enchanting sequel to The Last Of The Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy. Filled with betrayal, adventure, and magic, Farah’s world building is something I instantly fell in love with as she creates this fantastical world where magic reign. The story of seven kingdoms ruled by mages, co-existing of magical creatures along with fae, is just magical. Farah enchants her readers by expanding her world further from The Last Of The Firedrakes. The creativity Farah has put into this story breaths life into this world, that it almost feels real. As a reader I felt like I was in that world, going on an adventure with Aurora. I was not placed in the protagonists shoes as a reader, but I was on an adventure with the protagonist.
I liked the fact that Aurora got a lot more action by testing her abilities, and fighting enemies on her way to the kingdom of the fae, Elfi. This way, Aurora was learning how strong she really is. The Last Of The Firedrakes and The Rise Of The Dawnstar are like self-realisation and learning experiences for her. I was mentally cheering her on as she fights her way to Elfi. Aurora finally embraces her power and training, and is finally realizing what her purpose is in Avalonia. Of course, she is still too impulsive, stubborn, and reckless, and this is something which gets her into trouble. I really hope she grows out of this as the story progresses in the next book in this magical series.
Having said all of this, I like the fact that we are exposed to two sides of her; her reckless and stubborn side, and her determined, and fearless side. Everyone has two sides to them, and giving a protagonist two sides to them only makes them seem more natural and real. Her strength and her ability to face danger makes her an inspiring character, As a reader you can relate to her because she is learning, and going through a self-realisation process and that is something which many of us can, and still relate to.
Aurora’s relationship with Rafael is not as magical. I was quite annoyed with the way Aurora was with him. She clung onto him when she could have something special with someone far better. Despite being engaged to someone else, Rafael was courting her, and pursuing her. She did feel guilty for giving in, but this whole scenario did not sit well with me. While he is pursuing her, at the same time he was being dismissive of her talents. Aurora is a fighter protecting her kingdom, she does not need Rafael. She needs someone who supports her talents, and Farah Oomerbhoy has introduced us to plenty of swoon-worthy princes. There are plenty of fish in the sea for Aurora, and all of them (minus Rafael) are all great potential love interests.
Just like almost every love story, there is a love triangle involved. I preferred Tristan over Rafael, and was frustrated at Aurora for playing with his feelings. No matter what happens next, I am rooting for Tristan and Aurora as a couple; she needs to let Rafael go.
The Rise Of The Dawnstar is an enjoyable read filled with magic, fae, betrayal, and romance. It is so action-packed and adventurous to point where there was never a dull moment in the book. Every time Aurora stopped to rest she was constantly attacked on her way to Elfi, forcing her to fight her way there. I was constantly on the edge of my seat, as The Rise Of The Dawnstar was a fight for her life as danger was constantly closing in, thanks to Queen Morgana. Farah’s world-building and character development is excellent, and I highly recommend this book to anyone that is looking for an enchanting new series to read.