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.
Cover: The cover of the book is just beautiful! The image of the princess and the castle gave the book cover an attractive fantasy look. Even the fonts added to the overall beauty of the book. It was such a pleasure for my eyes. ♥
Storyline: The plot was definitely gripping. It will keep you at your spot for hours as you wonder what happens next! The story is fast paced and new mysteries emerge as you keep flipping the pages. You even get a bit of everything in the book- romance, action, drama, suspense, magic and what not. You name it, it’s in the book.
However, there were many concepts in the book that I found repetitive. If you are a Harry Potter fan ( ♥), you will definitely notice the resemblance between Hogwarts and Evolon. Also, if you have seen the TV shows Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries, you will find many similarities towards the end of the book.
Nonetheless, the description and transformation of the protagonist’s life from the real world to the magical world of Avalonia will definitely pull you into the book right away!
Characters: The character build up itself deserve 5 stars! And here, I am not talking only about the protagonist, Aurora Darlington (or Aurora Firedrake). Each and every character in this book was given importance to. Be it Kalen, Erien, Vivienne, Rafe, Uncle Gabriel, Damien or Morgana. And how can I forget the lovely Pegusus. The description of the characters is so realistic and compelling, it makes you a part of the book itself (or rather, the characters part of your life). You can actually feel what the characters are going through, the descriptions being so sooo captivating. You get your fair share of humans, magicians, mages, faes, fae-mage and what not. Trust me, you will love this magical world of Avalonia.
- I loved how Aurora transforms from a scared bullied girl in school to a confident heir of the kingdom of Firedrakes. I was overwhelmed when she almost killed Damien in the exams! (I hated Damien anyway!)
- Rafe ♥ is definitely my new fictional boyfriend! (Need I say more?) I would have never guessed that Rafe, The Black Wolf would be a prince! And I was heartbroken when I realized that he was engaged to Leticia and Aurora and Rafe couldn’t be together! (Sob Sob)
- Although when Leticia and Damien backstabbed Aurora by letting the Shadow Guards in the castle and giving Aurora away to Morgana, I couldn’t stop smiling! (Wicked ME!) Not because Aurora was held a captive again, but because Leticia did something that would eventually lead to her engagement with Rafe breaking off! (I soo hope that happens!!) Because Aurora and Rafe are goals! ♥
- Lastly, the rise of Morgana’s mother Lilith and Aurora’s mother being a captive in a dagger were the concepts I have heard of before. So these two parts of the story didn’t seem unique to me.
Rating: For the compelling storyline and its beautiful cover, this book deserves 4 stars. Just can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out, which, for your information, comes out this December! So stay tuned for it!
″I had to stop running. I had to turn and face my life head on.″
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