Title: The Last Namsara
Author: Kristen Ciccarelli
Publication Date: October 3rd 2017
In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer.
These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.
Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.
I love the cover of this book. I think it’s so pretty and fits the mood of the book really well. However the third book in the series is really ugly and throws the whole vibe off. I’m sad I didn’t like the book as much as I liked the cover.
At first I couldn’t help but dislike Asha. I thought she was a spoiled, pretentious brat but she grew on me as the book went on. Her development over the course the book was pretty great. I really enjoyed it. I will say I don’t know how I feel about the romance between Asha and Torwin. I liked them separately but their romance was also really sweet and tender that I couldn’t help but melt.
The book was definitely slow in the beginning but it did get better. The plot itself was pretty strong but there were some parts that dragged. I really enjoyed the use of the stories and myths that were intertwined with the book.
I loved the writing style. I thought it was really beautiful. I enjoyed it a lot. I did the pacing was kind of off but I definitely would like to see how Ciccarelli’s writing evolves in the future.
I enjoyed this book. However, I don’t know if I want to read the second book as it’s about a character from this book I didn’t really care about. I do recommend this book if you’re looking for a fantasy with dragons and sweet characters.