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Series: Iskari #1
Published by HarperTeen on October 3rd 2017
Source: HarperCollins International, HarperTeen
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.
The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli is so good. Asha is the daughter of the Draskor King. Asha does not have your typical princess life, she is a dragon slayer. She is the Iskari and wears the scars on her face for it. People are afraid of her. Asha is cursed to make the wrongs of her past right. If Asha can unlock her past, she may be able to discover the truth about her life.
I don’t know about you, but when dragons are mentioned, I immediately want to read that book. This is a book that hooks you right away. The Last Namsara starts out with telling a local folk lore about the Namsara and the Iskari. It is quite the devastating story but it explains to the reader that Asha being known by the Iskari name is not a good thing.
Asha is being forced to right the wrongs of her past by hunting dragons. No mater how many dragons she kills, she is never on balanced ground. All Asha wants to do is continue to tell the old stories even though she isn’t supposed too.
The Last Namsara is a whirlwind. I really enjoyed this book. The story is definitely a redemption story. Asha doesn’t even know the truth of herself. She never bothered to learn more about herself.
I found that I wanted Ciccarelli to take more risks in her writing. The series has a pretty powerful plot twist that sets book two up perfectly. I am looking forward to the next book. This is a dragon book that you should add to your must read list.