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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
The Return of the Dragon Queen is the third book in The Avalonia Chronicles by Farah Oomerbhoy, a fantasy with hints of coming of age and allusions to classic mythology. Morgana has grown in strength and her dark powers only increase by the day. She has conquered Illiador and Eldoren. Her priced jewel is Avalonia but there is one person standing between her and what she badly wants: Aurora Firedrake. Aurora knows she has very little chance of defeating the witch in a battle. Deserted by her allies and left on her own, the only hope of saving Avalonia is a journey into the very depths of the Darklands with the hope of regaining what she's lost. But Morgana has the Book of Abraxas and the power to annihilate the entire world. Does Aurora stand any chance against a cunning and wicked witch?
Written in a cinematic style, The Return of the Dragon Queen captures the interest of the reader from the very first page. The first-person narrative creates a powerful connection between the reader and the characters, allowing them to see the world from their perspective. The prose is gorgeous and the world-building exceptional. Each word carries a spell of its own and the author does an impeccable job in creating visuals when it comes to the setting. The vivid imagery that characterizes the setting makes this narrative a suitable tale for the screen and this is reinforced by the adventure that is deftly handled. I enjoyed the fact that the author creates a strong protagonist and an even stronger antagonist which scales up the conflict. Aurora wins the sympathy of the reader who wants to see her succeed despite the odds stacked against her. Farah Oomerbhoy is a great storyteller with a strong gift for character, plot, and conflict. Here is a story that will captivate fans of epic fantasy and readers who adore well-developed characters.