The Rise of the Dawnstar Blog Tour

the rise of the dawnstar blog tour


I’m excited to welcome Farah Oomerbhoy to my blog today as part of her The Rise of The Dawnstar Official Blog Tour. Farah is the author of the popular Avalonia Chronicles series. Farah has just released The Rise of the Dawnstar, the second book in her young adult/fantasy series. I got the chance to interview Farah to find out more about the series and about what makes her tick as a writer. Be sure to stay until the end of the interview for details about a cool giveaway. Find out your lucky number and how you can win a copy of The Rise of the Dawnstar!

Welcome Farah! And congratulations on releasing The Rise of the Dawnstar! What drew you to write young adult fiction and use teenage protagonists?

Books with an element of fantasy and magic have always fascinated me and influenced the way I look at literature today.

I wanted my main character to be one whom young teenage girls could relate to, therefore the teenage protagonist. 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 in essence a modern teenager. She has lived her whole life in this world with modern technology, so she is more relatable to the readers. She only enters the fantasy world of Avalonia after she turns sixteen. Everything is seen through Aurora’s eyes and the reader explores the world and finds out more about it along with her.

One of the main concepts of the story is that Aurora could be anyone; that at any point of time it could be you who could open a cupboard, enter a library, or step into a tapestry and be transported to a magical world.

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 The Rise of the Dawnstar, book 2, 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.

Aurora Darlington is the 16-year-old-heroine of the Avalonia Chronicles series. If your story was one day turned into a movie, who would play Aurora?

I’m not really sure. I don’t think I have really thought about it that much. I do wish that my book could be turned into a movie someday, but I don’t think it will be anytime soon.

Who are your favourite YA authors?

Sarah J. Maas is my absolute favorite, can’t wait for book 6 of the Throne of Glass series, Tower of Dawn. My other favorites are J.K. Rowling, Tamora Pierce, Leigh Bardugo, Marissa Meyer, Cassandra Clare, Morgan Rhodes, Julie Kawagwa, Rae Carson, Richelle Mead and Pierce Brown.

You write YA fantasy as your main genre. Are there any other genres you would love to write?

At the moment I write YA fantasy, and I think I will continue to do that with certain variations. I’ve always wanted to write steampunk fantasy and fairytale retellings, so let’s see where that takes me next.J

The Rise of the Dawnstar is book 2 in The Avalonia Chronicles series. If you could compare your series to a movie or two, what tagline would you come up with?

Harry Potter meets Lord of the Rings with a female protaganist.

What is the most challenging part of writing and the most rewarding?

I think the most challenging part is the editing; making sure everything is just right.

The most rewarding would be when fans express their love for my books. J

Many writers use music for inspiration while they write. Do you have any favourite music you like to listen to?

Not all the time. But there are times when I am writing a fight scene, I like to listen to The Pirates of the Caribbean theme song. It helps me imagine the scene better and gives emotion to the writing.

What are you writing next?

Book 3 in The Avalonia Chronicles.J

Exciting! Thanks so much for joining me, Farah. And huge success with your new book!



Grand Prize!

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1st Runner Up

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Farah is running a magical scavenger hunt to win fabulous prizes. Follow the blog tour of The Rise of the Dawnstar and you will have a chance to enter the giveaway and win free hardcover copies of the books, Avalonia candles, bracelets, bath bombs, pens notebooks, bookmarks, and Mary Kay makeup.

For each stop on tour, there will be a special number at the end of the post. Collect all the numbers, add them up, and enter to win one of three prizes! Once you have all the numbers you can enter the giveaway here:

The giveaway closes on May 21st, 11:59pm Eastern US time.

My number is 20.

Good luck!

So where to next?

Check out the rest of the tour stops to continue on the scavenger hunt!

  • Thursday, May 4th
  • Friday, May 5th
  • Monday, May 8th
  • Tuesday, May 9th
  • Wednesday, May 10th
  • Thursday, May 11th

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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About The Author

Eliza Green

Author of the Exilon 5 series. Destroyer of fictional lives. Tea drinker. Likes dark, gritty stories and witty humour.

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