Author: Kristen Ciccarelli
Series Number: 1
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Hachette NZ in exchange for a honest review.
Summary: 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’m just going to put this right out there: i probably won’t be reading the sequel. that’s not to say that i hated the last namsara (i mean, there were some good parts). my biggest issue is that it’s not very memorable.
one of my favourite things about the last namsara was the originality. i’ve read a lot of ya fantasy lately. i’ve been in a really bad slump thanks to constantly reading the single genre and not branching out much. because of this, i can confirm that this book is very good if you’re looking for something different. the first major thing was the use of dragons. for some reason, ya fantasy doesn’t feature much of this. the next thing that i thoroughly enjoyed was the mythology and world building. so much thought has gone into research and writing this book, and it really shows.
an important note to take from the last namsara is admitting that you’re wrong. i love how asha realised that everything she’d been taught to know was wrong. she changed her ways and she grew as a character. oftentimes, fantasy books feature a main character who seems to realise from the start that everything in society is wrong but the character themselves is correct. a+ to kristen ciccarelli.
not sure if this is because of my reading slump or not, but a lot of the story dragged. i couldn’t connect with the characters, and the romance didn’t feel relevant.
all in all, the last namsara was an okay book, and fantasy fanatics will definitely love it.