The Last Namsara (Iskari #1) by Kristen Ciccarelli
Published October 3rd 2017 by HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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.
Thank you, HarperCollins and Edelweiss, for sending me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Wow! Just wow! Another five-star read for me, And another book with dragons in them in less than a month, Yes, more dragons!!
The characters were the bomb! Asha is the Iskari, the famous daughter of the king who became the best dragon slayer there is. Jarek is Asha’s betrothed, the king’s commandant, and overall a cruel person. Torwin is Jarek’s slave, who likes taking risks, especially when it comes to Asha.
The world building, the setting, it was absolutely amazing! I liked the idea of stories being forbidden, with most of the stories being told related directly to their history, and even the royal family. And telling stories to lure out dragons? That was clever! I loved that part, cause you know, if you’re stuck in a sticky situation and need a dragon to save you, you can just tell a forbidden story really loud till a dragon comes to rescue lol.
I love Asha’s character development in this, and how the entire plot just unfolded. The twists were a nice touch, and I can see how epic the next books are going to be, especially when the sides start clashing.
I also like how we got to read the forbidden stories too, with them being told mostly after every chapter. I’d looove to have a compilation book of all of them with illustrations! (Can someone please make this happen)
I just loved this book so much, everything in it, I need more!