Title: The Last Namsara
Author: Kristen Ciccarelli
Publication Date: October 3, 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.
Why did I get it?
Because DRAGONS. Yes, you heard me. Although, not in the way you’d expect. This one is all about slaying dragons and the dark destiny that is intertwined with it. Asha sounds like an incredibly fierce female character and I’m completely down with that! YA Fantasy has been amazing lately with all the badass female characters, so I look forward to reading another one. Plus, the whole political intrigue, dark destiny aspect of it has me super curious as to how it is going to play out. Also, BLACKMAIL BETROTHAL?! Consider my mind already blown. Also, total cover crush! Just appreciate that art for a long moment…
Why haven’t I read it yet?
I decided to trade in my freebie on Audible for the audiobook. Now first of all, the only experience I have with audiobooks is strictly limited to Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and I’m still working through City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. Now i didn’t have a problem with SoC because it was narrated by multiple people and only got boring after a while because I had a mild concussion and I listened to it for like twelve hours straight. City of Ashes has been more difficult to get through because it’s single narrator and her voice starts to sound monotone and it just drags on. I did listen to a sample from The Last Namsara before getting it though because I was nervous about it. I’m also holding off because it’s over eleven hours long and I need a large chunk of free time to get into it. But, I will get through it eventually and I look forward to it!