Thursday, August 20, 2015

BLOG TOUR: The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomherbhoy [Part 2]

Farah Oomherbhoy created a fantasy world that's vibrant, magical in comparison to the dreariness of the real world in The Last of the Firedrakes. Aurora now living with her adoptive aunt and uncle who have no love for her finds herself transported to Avalonia, pulled there against her will.

{Queue up the sexy... behind door #1 is a Fae named Rafe. Behind door #2 is Kalen of Pixie Bush. Both enticingly real, rakish and not very forthcoming with the information when they're not interested in sharing. While you would think there's a love triangle twist here... I'm simply sharing your options of boy crushes. Aurora seems pretty set on one particular Fae with a savior complex if I'm reading the story right.}

Thrust into a new adventure where Aurora has power within her and begins to feel less helpless than she has since she lost her beloved adoptive parents. She discovers her own personal ancestry is a royal one that she never knew about that explains the magical world hopping and her unease with these revelations grow when she begins to learn of how intricate the plot against her is, dating back to her biological parents.

While some of the unfolding of the plot seems predictable, for a YA fantasy, readers will find the world-building too enticing to care. The creature line-up is imaginative and littered with villains and allies. As Aurora navigates her new existence, she has to figure out who's who. However, I cannot name names of certain characters since they give away a lot of the secrets of the story.

Needless to say... Do I really have to say it?! Read the book to find out for yourself; it's quite clever.




Since I'm avoiding spoilers so you all can experience the smart plotting of The Last of the Firedrakes, Farah agreed to talk about writing, the creative process and how she stays passionate about her pet project. She had a lot to say unsurprisingly, since writing is her life. Read PART ONE for a more fun, personal Q&A with Farah.




How do you overcome writer's block?
 I have faced writers block quite a few times, and sometimes it’s hard to get out of it. But you have to push yourself to keep writing, even if you are never going to use it, just put something on the page, and the rest will sort itself out.

How do you juggle writing & family life?
 It does tend to get difficult since I have three little children and it gets hard to write at a specific time. Usually I prefer to write at night, after the children have gone to sleep and the house is quiet. But during the day when the children are at school I do research, read, and make notes about the book. Then I sit down and write when I have some time in between chores. I think I really should have some sort of schedule. I do intend to follow one from now on and try and write everyday, since I have to get going with books 2 and 3 of this series.


Is there something specific you need as you write?
If I am at home, I can only write in my own room. But if I am on holiday and I feel like writing, I usually find a nice pretty place like a garden or terrace to sit and write. I also need my trusty pen and notepad with me, I can’t write without that.

If you were not a writer, what would you like to do?
I think I would be a book blogger or a librarian, since I love reading so much. I would definitely do something that includes books.

Where is your favorite spot to write?
In the garden or on my couch.

What drives you insane about the writing process?
The editing. Somehow it just seems to go on and on forever. It literally never ends.

What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process?
Writing the book is my favorite part; it’s what I love to do. Everything else is secondary.


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4 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for this lovely review Beth. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book.

    It's so wonderful to have you on the tour. Thanks so much for participating, I really appreciate the support.

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    1. Thanks Farah for the kind comment. I reworked the review about 30 minutes ago, because it didn't flow in a way that was easy to read. My apologies that it was not as readable from the start like I usually am capable of doing. The Last of the Firedrakes was definitely a fun read, and I am a big fan of Morgana and the map is gorgeous in the book!

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    2. My pleasure! I love the reworked review. So happy that you loved the map. :)

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