I would like to first off begin saying that this author knows how to write a story. This is not to say other authors I read don’t but Ms. Farah turned a simple story into a beautifully crafted series.
What makes your style of writing different from other YA fantasy writers?
At first glance, this story can be seen as a traditional YA fantasy story, and I have had people wondering if it is a basic Cinderella, Harry Potter type story that is so commonly seen; the evil queen, magical schools, the lost orphan who turns out to be a princess. But what makes The Avalonia Chronicles truly unique is the character of Aurora Firedrake.
All literature is an amalgamation of past stories and although there are parallels between Aurora and other protagonists throughout literature, that is where the similarities end.
These stories may appeal to the same audience, but I think readers will find an exciting new adventure with Aurora.
Where did Aurora come from? What inspired you to write her?
I started thinking about this story nearly ten years ago. Building the world of Avalonia, whenever I got time. The actual world creation started with a tapestry in my grandmother’s house. One day I stood before it and wondered, what if I could step into the tapestry, where would I end up?
And so the world of Avalonia sprang into existence.
From then on, the person who stepped into the tapestry was a young 16-year-old girl who didn’t know who she really was, her name was Aurora, and this is her story.
I wanted my main character to be one whom young teenage girls could relate to. But at the same time I wanted her to be strong-willed, capable and someone whom they could look up to as well. Aurora is 16 years old; she’s an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. But when she is thrust into a magical world unprepared, that’s when her character starts her journey of discovery. It is not only a journey of learning about the world of Avalonia and its many societies, cultures, and magic. It is also an inner journey for Aurora, a journey of life.
In essence this is a coming of age story, and revolves around a time in Aurora’s life when she has to learn to grow up and face life’s responsibilities on her own. She’s very naive in at first and she is brave and curious too, not always the best combination. She ends up making mistakes and gets into trouble just like a regular teenager would. It is only in book 2, The Rise of the Dawnstar, that we get to see the change in her character. It is a gradual process, and takes time but she will eventually adapt to her situation and grow up in the process, becoming the warrior queen she was always destined to be.
How do you feel about love triangles in fantasy novels? Are they a necessity to keep a book going or do you consider them spice to the main story?
That’s a good question. I don’t particularly like reading about love triangles, but I do think that sometimes they can be vital to the plot of the story and cannot be avoided.
Book 1, The Last of the Firedrakes, didn’t have a love triangle, and I did try and avoid it altogether, but not for long…
Book 2, The Rise of the Dawnstar, does have one.
Will you always write fantasy or are you interesting in trying other genres?
My main love has always been fantasy, in all it’s variations. So I might try my hand at contemporary, steampunk, fairytale retellings, dystopias etc. But every story I write will always have some element of magic.
Finally, any spin offs in the Avalonia Chronicles? Will Aurora have a happy ending? :)
I think spinoffs are definitely possible. Aurora’s story is vast and complicated. I think she will be around for a while. :)
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. -Goodreads
If you haven’t read the first book, I would recommend it. I thought, although the story isn’t that original, it was still written amazingly and I was excited at each page. This book took a different turn than the first one and I was thrown back by that. Book two is focused on romance and yup if you didn’t know what I meant by that statement, I mean there is a love triangle. And let’s be honest, that annoyed the crap out of me. It bothered me because although it wasn’t the driving force of the novel it became really clear as to what would be happening next.
There was no real surprises in this book, however, that does not mean it isn’t written just as good as the first book. Aurora loses sight of what is important but she gets back on track once her distraction is gone. But biggest issue with Aurora is she isn’t the Queen she should be and I don’t know if she will and that makes me concerned. I understand that there need to be growth and development through a space of time but man, she was killing me. I don’t mind romance. I mind love triangles. I mind when a focus shifts from the life changing world changing mission to what about the man I am in love with. This is not to say that this is all Aurora did but there were times when some decision was based off her emotions for someone she doubted.
Beyond that and the love triangle -_- the book was written well and I didn’t expect anything different from this author. I wasn’t as excited as I was in the first book but that does not mean I wasn’t into this book. The pace was great, the overall story was what I wanted in Aurora’s development to becoming Queen but her enthusiasm was not really there. I wish there was more fight and more twist and turns but a solid book two.
16-year-old Aurora Darlington hasn’t had a life worth bragging about. Not only is she an orphan, she is bullied at school and hated by her Aunt and Uncle.
When she is kidnapped through a magical portal with mages, faeries and a evil Queen looking to kill her, Aurora’s old life isn’t so bad.
Determined to learn the truth of her past and take control of her future, Aurora must fight through ancient magic and a complicated political war.
Unexpected joy came out of reading this book. It was extremely perfect in every sense of the word. Let’s start with the pace of the novel. In every chapter there was something going on; this doesn’t necessarily mean heart dropping action on every page but what the author did was made it so you didn’t feel like something valuable was missing. No, this did not lead to predictability because there wasn’t any in this book.
I liked Aurora. What I loved about her was the fact that she was a 16 year old girl with a huge responsibility on her back. In most YA books it is hard to tell the age of the characters even though it is stated but the author reminded the reader that Aurora was a young girl not with reckless actions but with her frustration in not wanting to do things. I liked Aurora because she was smart with a mixture of rebellion. I didn’t even mind her getting into things she couldn’t finish because she was naive and again 16.
I like how the book didn’t solely focus on romance; it was there but it was done in a way that I appreciated. I grew to love Aurora and her budding romance.
I have no complaints with this book. I was not expecting such a well created picture with a simple and reoccurring theme. This book is in its own category and it should be read by everyone who loves magic.
Looking forward to book two. Hope I don’t have to wait long.
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