​The Levels of Magic in Avalonia by Farah Oomerbhoy – Guest Post


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In  The Avalonia Chronicles we venture into the magical realm of Avalonia. The world of Avalonia is vast and complicated. The use of magic even more so. Here is a brief description of the levels and types of magic prevalent in the seven kingdoms.


1. BASIC MAGIC

Anyone who possesses the gift of magic can achieve this level of power. It is the most common type of magic used in the seven kingdoms.

Basic magic is taught to all Mages in their first two years of magic school. Many find it very hard to go forward to the next level and most don’t have the potential to proceed any further. Therefore, many Mages end their training after the second year at the magical academies of Evolon or Nerenor.

Most Demi-Fae and lesser Fae usually possess a basic level of magic. Elementals and other Fae creatures like Dryads, sylphs, brownies, centaurs etc, all have some magic with them suited to their Fae heritage and bloodlines.

The witches and warlocks of Rohron are born with an inner power, that can be channeled through spells and incantations. 


2. HIGH MAGIC

This kind of magic is extremely powerful and is not wielded by every Mage. 

After studying to use his/her powers for 4 years at the Academy, a Mage may achieve this level of High Magic. Only those that have completed the Mage Trials, and been tested by the Archmage, are capable of reaching this level of power. A Mage capable of wielding High Magic is a formidable force and normally in service to the throne.

All of the High Fae possess atleast one type of elemental Fae power, (earth, air, fire, water or spirit). And all are capable of wielding High Magic. There are some Demi-Fae who may possess the ability to wield High Magic, but they are rarely seen. 

A few Dwarven made artifacts can be imbued with High Magic, and have been made into formidable weapons. Dwarves used to make special swords for the High Fae warriors in the past, which was a perfect conduit for Silver-Fire; the weapon of choice of the legendary Fae knights of Elfi.

There are some very powerful witches and warlocks in the nomadic tribes of Rohron. And there are many who are capable of creating and wielding High Magic. They can infuse objects with magical powers and a lot of their magic is rooted in black magic.


3. OLD MAGIC

The oldest power known to most of the world of Avalonia; magic like this is rarely ever seen in the Mage or witch kingdoms. Mages have not yet learned to use this power. The only Mage who has ever achieved it is Lucian, the Archmage of Avalonia. But rumour has it that he uses dark magic to achieve his goals.

Usually only the most powerful High Fae who possess more than one Fae power can wield old magic; the queen of the Fae, the Elder Council, and some of the High Fae nobility.

Drakaar sorcerers, priests of the demon lord Dragath can also wield old magic. Making them extremely dangerous. The only ones capable of defeating them are the fire-fae warriors of Elfi.
4. ANCIENT MAGIC

The most dangerous and unpredictable kind of magic; ancient magic doesn’t exist in Avalonia anymore. There are old legends of ancient Fae queens who possessed this power, but that power is now long gone. Most of the information of the ancient age was lost in the Demon Wars when Dragath destroyed most of Avalonia. The only surviving text from the age of the ancient Fae, is The Book of Abraxas and the Fae Codex.

The only person ever known to have wielded this sort of magic is Auraken Firedrake, the first High King of Avalonia, and Aurora’s ancestor. He used this power to trap the demon lord Dragath in a magical prison within the depths of fiery Mt. Khatral, which lies beyond the Silverspike Mountains in the darklands of Maradaar.

Another who is known to have knowledge of ancient magic is the demon lord Dragath himself. Although Auraken’s powers were as strong as his, there is always the fear that one day Dragath (who is immortal) will break his magical chains and destroy the world with his darkness once more.

The Dawnstar – A legendary weapon which is said to contain the last of Avalonia’s ancient magic is Avalonia’s only defence against Dragath should he ever awake.

The Rise of the Dawnstar (The Avalonia Chronicles #2)by Farah Oomerbhoy

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Aurora Firedrake returns in the spellbinding sequel to The Last of the Firedrakes.
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
Review
The Avalon is Chronicles are back and  all I can say is WOW. I have tried my hardest  not to give anything away.
The Rise of the Dawnstar, by Farah Oomerbhoy is the second book in the Avalon Chronicles. Picking up where we we left off. We dive back into a world of betrayal, love  adventure and magic. Where good and evil battle for supremacy.
 Oomerbhoy’s  has built a complex world, with seven war torn kingdoms, royalty and mages working for and against each other to open the Book of Abraxas and enslave the world. There is something in this story for everyone.
Aurora is finally starting to realize her purpose in Avalonia, and  embracing her power. Though Aurora’s stubbornness does  continue to get her into trouble. It is what makes her so real and relatable. At the end of thr day she is a teenager whos whole world was turned up side down.  Aurora is now starting to realize her worth and fighting for what is right,no matter how she is treated. 

Aurora’s romance with Rafe took an unexpected turn, right as it was just starting to blossom. 

Then there is our new characters including her grandmother and Tristan. just to name a couple.
The Last of the Firedrakes, was a favorite book of mine and the Rise of the Dawnstar is now one too.

 I am excited to see where this thrilling series is going to go next. I just  hope we dont have to wait to long for the third book. 

The Rise of the Dawnstar,book two of The Avalonia Chronicles.

The Rise of the Dawnstar by Farah OomerbhoyAurora Firedrake returns in the spellbinding sequel to The Last of the Firedrakes.

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…

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About the Author

Farah OomerbhoyFarah Oomerbhoy is the international bestselling author of The Avalonia Chronicles. Her first book, The Last of the Firedrakes, was originally published on Wattpad where it gained over two million reads and a Watty Award. Since publication, her debut has gone on to win a silver medal in IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards and the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, along with winning a finalist placement in the USA Best Book Awards. Farah loves the fantastical and magical and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest. With a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Mumbai, Farah spends her creative time crafting magical worlds for young adults. She lives with her family in Mumbai, India.

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King’s Cage (Red Queen, #3)by Victoria Aveyard

Synopsis 
In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.


Review 

The third installment of the Red Queen series, “King’s Cage” starts off were the second book had left off, with protagonist Mare Barrow coming to terms with the decisions she has made.

The book jumps from Mare’s POV to Newblood Cameron’s, and lastly to Princess Evangeline Samos’s to add more depth and detail to the story, 

I did find that the story does lags in a few points.But I also general find that this happens when books go to multiple PIC.  The  book does keeps it’s fight scenes, war-talk and hints that readers will soon find out how Newbloods came to be, without ever really giving anything away.

 We do get the impression that a lot is happening and yet at the same time, we also get the impression  that nothing really happens.   This could be a result of the different attributes of the POV.

Overall, readers will enjoy the high’s and lows with the book, and without giving too much away, it is clearly set up for a fourth installment of the series.


 





Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Synopsis 

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favourite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create
delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter
into a secret courtship.


Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.


Review

 

This is the story about how the Queen of hearts became the way she is.
 We find out  what made the Queen of Hearts become such a blubbering, humourless, merciless and heartless terror.

At the beginning of the story we are introduced to  Catherine Pinkerton, the sweet girl who dreams of opening her own bakery . 
But her mother has other plans. She wants to make her the Queen of Hearts.


“You’re the daughter of a marquess. Look around. Look at the things you have, the life you’re accustomed to. You don’t know what it’s like to work every day so you can feed yourself and
keep a roof over your head. You don’t know what it’s like to be poor. To be a servant.”



Not only does Cath not want to be a court lady, but her heart most definitely does not belong to the insipid King of Hearts. With a
sexist society to raise your blood pressure and a forbidden love story to make your heart beat faster, just throw a murderous Jabberwock and the mad hatter for some light heartedness.


It was magical, and adorable, story. Even though you know how it will end. There is part of you hoping for a different ending