TITLE: The Last Namsara

AUTHOR: Kristen Ciccarelli

RATING: ★★★★.25

TRIGGER WARNING: Slavery, abuse.

WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: HachetteNZ sent me a physical copy in exchange for an honest review!

PAGES: 418

GENRE: YA fantasy


Once there was a girl who was drawn to wicked things

Asha is a dragon-slayer. Reviled by the very people she’s sworn to protect, she kills to atone for the wicked deed she committed as a child – one that almost destroyed her city, and left her with a terrible scar.

But protecting her father’s kingdom is a lonely destiny: no matter how many dragons she kills, her people still think she’s wicked.

Even worse, to unite the fractured kingdom she must marry Jarek, the cruel commandant. As the wedding day approaches, Asha longs for freedom.

Just when it seems her fate is sealed, the king offers her a way out: her freedom in exchange for the head of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard.

And the only person standing in her way is a defiant slave boy . . .

THE LAST NAMSARA is an extraordinary story about courage, loyalty and star-crossed love, set in a kingdom that trembles on the edge of war.

The last namsara is a high fantasy novel set in a world where slavery is normal and the king is revered as amazing. The plot follows our main character, Asha who is known as Iskari, the death bringer. She is a dragon hunter who is feared by everyone for what happened when she was young, and with the repercussions, nobody really trusts her to do anything but bring back the heads of the enemy to repay for her sin.
In this world dragons are the enemy, after turning on humans long ago, so now they are hunted, but their numbers are dwindiling and so the main character, Asha, begins to tell the stories of the old days, to lure them in, but the problem is; this allows them to breath fire.
I think my favourite part of this story is how it deals with right and wrong. A character who has been taught that she is evil and certain things are right, slowly learns how backwards her world is, and learns kindness. She really grows as a person, and learns right from wrong. The characters in this novel were such a mix, I felt hate for one character (and another after the plot twist at the end) and I felt so much love for a few main characters that anytime harm came to them I got worried for their saftey.
This book had beautifully painted characters that you became attached to in an instant and the world building was lacking in some ways but overall was very good and left me wanting to know more and more about this world. It had AMAZING mythology woven into the story, to explain the dragons ability to breath fire, why the main character is a Iskari and such. This book had small feelings of being like a fairytale as there were aspects of it which felt like a tale you’d tell a child before bed, but in the best way!
I think if you’re a high fantasy fan, a lover of dragons, or a forbidden romance that doesn’t overpower the storyline then this is for you!
The last namsara released on the 3rd of October!

until next time,

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