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14 October 2017

Blog Tour: The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

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. 

Source: NetGalley Request | Blog Tour | Review Consideration

5 Words: Dragons, stories, power, obligation, family.

Going in to this I know only one thing about it: Dragons. I knew that there would be dragons. And I love dragons.

Before starting, I was in love with the cover. The gold foil, the intricate details, even the font. Such a beautiful cover immediately sets my expectations high.

And I was not disappointed.

I loved Asha's character, how she changed within the pages. As much as I experienced the story through Asha's eyes, I also felt it in how she changed as a person as the story progressed. Asha is the Iskari and she is bad ass. She is physically strong, mentally strong, yet still authentically vulnerable. I loathed the villainous Jarek. I was so-so about Torwin, but I am generally so-so about any romantic interests.

Throughout the story itself, are small stories. The old stories. I thought that these were a fantastic touch, and I loved the parallels between the old stories of the past and what was happening in Asha's present. The stories within the story held power.

I did feel like pace faltered a little in the middle. It wasn't that it was slow - there is no way that you can call this story slow paced - it's just that it was a little slower than the majority of the story. But right after, it ramps right up again.

Overall this was a fantastic debut, and I cannot wait to read more.

Have you read The Last Namsara?


  1. I love The Last Namsara. I could almost smell the dragon smoke. Finished it yesterday evening, and hope there is more from this world.

  2. Wow! I love the cover! The story seems interesting too!
    Shirley ❤

  3. I haven't read many books featuring Dragons but reading your review I am now intrigued and will make sure to keep an eye out for this! Brilliant Review Cora!

  4. Oohhhhh I've never heard of this! I absolutely love fantasy books - such good escapism. I'll add this to my reading list!

  5. This sounds so, so good! I'm hearing such amazing reviews, so I've added it to my birthday list 😊
    If you like dragon stories, I highly recommend the Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis. I loved it a lot, and the dragons in it are AWESOME .
    Amy xx

  6. Hi, another great review as always love the five word summary as always. Sadly, I am not really into fantasy books so this would not be one that I would choose..

  7. Love the language in this post :D


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