The Last Namsara, Kristen Ciccarelli Book Review

I am so beyond excited to write this review because ever since I read this book I’ve wanted someone to squee about the book with and now I get to tell all of you dear readers about how AMAZING it is.

Goodreads 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 dark—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 hearing 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.


Did I mention I’m excited? Did I?

This is everything I want in a YA fantasy novel. It’s got plot, it’s got interesting characters, it’s got stories flooded throughout, gorgeous prose and most importantly it has well thought out, wonderful dragons!

Let us start with the world. The landscape etc. isn’t as fleshed out as other fantasy books, we don’t stray too far in this particular book. But what is considered are the stories of this world and the strange power they possess to call dragons. The idea of dragons hoarding knowledge is explored in Seraphina but dragons being drawn to old stories was something totally new to me. This element of storytelling was a great addition to the plot and I liked the stories dispersed throughout the actual story.

This book was wonderfully non-boring. I actually found myself gasping and saying ‘no!’ out loud as I read which was a new one for me. There’s sufficient action and intrigue to keep any reader totally gripped.

To those interested, yes there is a bit of a romance. But if I’m honest, that’s not what I remember in this book. I won’t lie and say that it doesn’t take up quite a bit of the story, however it just isn’t what stuck with me. There is so much else to this story that a romance plot won’t hinder the enjoyment of someone who isn’t into love plots.

This is Ciccarelli’s debut novel and of all the debuts I have read this year it may be the best. I am dying to read the second and third parts of The Iskari series and I don’t want to wait until 2018 to get my fix!

More dragons! NOW!

My rating: 5/5 (duh)

The Last Namsara releases on the 5th of October this year so please please preorder it and enjoy!

By the way, I received a free digital advanced review copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.

What say you? Are you equally dragon obsessed? Let me know in the comments below!


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