I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Author: Farah Oomerbhoy
Series: The Avalonia Chronicles #1
Published: August 15, 2015 by Wise Ink Creative Publishing
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.
What a beautiful cover this book has but the story fell flat. Ms. Oomerbhoy is a first time author and you could tell right away. Though I got swept up in the idea of the story it was predictable and not very well edited.
We follow Aurora (Rory) who is forced through a tapestry into another world called Avalonia. There she is thrown into a dungeon awaiting to meet the evil Queen Morgana for unknown reasons until the Black Wolf rescues her and whisks her away. She then meets the Silverthornes and learns who she really is.
Aurora was a whiny, prideful spoiled brat. I’m sorry but I could NOT like her. She didn’t want to accept her past or her future, she kept making the WORST choices because she wanted to do what she wanted to do regardless of the people around her, and then she was vain! She COMPLAINED when she had to change her appearance and name so that no one would know who she really was. LIKE OMG! It’s the end of the world! (which I guess for a 16 year old it is). She would do something great and I thought ok her character is growing and transforming and then she would go do something that was 5 steps backwards and reverted. Don’t get me started on insta-love!
The supporting characters were useless. Black Wolf would be the ONLY thing going for this book because he actually had personality and a backbone. One character got swallowed up and left behind, another didn’t show up again until way past the halfway point and the others were just there for commentary. Some of the characters didn’t seem their age, I kept picturing Aunt Serena as someone closer to Auroras age instead of a mother figure who birthed a child who WAS Auroras age. Threw me for a loop every time she called Great-Uncle as her father.
The writing needed work. It flowed alright. Too much dialogue at times and the dialogue was off. There was a lot of what?,where?, who? questions asked and answered in the beginning which slowed down the pace. The plot was too predictable but I LOVED the world setting. I loved the names of the towns and noble families and the use of the Avalon myth into it. I just wished it was executed better.