Author: Kristen Ciccarelli
Publisher: Orion Publishing
“Once there was a girl who was drawn to wicked things. Things like forbidden, ancient stories. It didn’t matter that the old stories killed her mother. It didn’t matter that they’d killed many before her. The girl let the old stories in. She let them in, eat away at her heart and turn her wicked.”
Destroyer. Death bringer. Dragon-slayer. I am more weapon than girl.
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. So, to unite the fractured kingdom she must marry Jarek, her father’s 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 action packed, gut-wrenching, first-person narration by the main protagonist, a burnt dragon hunter known as Asha the Iskari, her father, the king, has decreed there can no longer be stories told within his kingdom. The stories are of the old ways and of dragons and the dragons must be murdered for harming his daughter. There’s a side note of his wife being killed because of the dragons magic also… but lets move on.
As you read on the main plot is disturbed by the old, illegal stories, told in a beautifully different way, making you feel like the stories are not only illicit, but you are reading a book that could have been found in a library within the book. They give excellent foundations to the plot without ruining the rest.
I felt wholly engaged throughout the roller coaster ride this book took me on, at first I was not a fan of our princess, Asha, finding her spoilt, hot-headed and selfish, however she grew on me within the first quarter of the book and by the last I was cheering her on.
I loved the unexpected twists and turns of The Last Namsara, falling in love with the diversity and imagery the words struck into my mind. On a few occasions I gasped out loud and on others Kristen’s writing style and awesome use of chapter breaks managed to stop me breathing.
The setting is a beautiful Mediterranean feeling world, surrounded by an unknown Rift where the dragons reside, lush forests, mountains, vast seas and even deserts drew images of Egypt and Greece whilst I read on. With Kristen’s own created mythology weaving the world and characters beautifully.
I am very excited for The Caged Queen and it is the next book to be bought this year I think.
Would recommend to fans of… action packed paragraphs, forbidden love and dragons.
Star Rating: 5
Shoutout to Fairyloot as the deliverer of most of my library but especially for the wonderful book above.