“Some stories are too dangerous to be told.”
Title: The Last Namsara
Series: Iskari #1
Author: Kristen Ciccarelli
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Trade Paperback
Date Published: October 03, 2017
Publishing House: Harper Teen
Goodreads Rating: 4.21
Personal Rating: 5 / 5
DESTROYER. DEATH BRINGER. DRAGON-SLAYER. I am more weapon than a girl. Asha is a dragon-slayer. Reviled by the very people she’s sworn to protect, she kills to atone for the terrible deed she committed as a child.
One that almost destroyed her city, and left her with a terrible scar.
She wears her scar with pride, but to others, her skin tells a story of devastation, of fiery deaths, of Asha’s irredeemable wickedness.
Only the death of Kozu, the first dragon, will bring Asha true redemption and unite her father’s fractured kingdom. But no one battles Kozu and lives, so to defeat him she will have to do some very wicked things…
My Personal Thoughts
The Last Namsara is one hell of a fantasy book! I am so glad that I picked this one up for my first read for 2018 because I was not disappointed! Fantasy books have always been my cup of tea. I love how these worlds can take me to places that I’ve only dreamed of and give me a rollercoaster ride. They stimulate my imagination and help me develop my creativity. This book is about dragons, royalties, and feminism. I admire how the author incorporated all these elements in order to come up with a masterpiece worth reading. This is the first fantasy novel that I’ve read that involves dragons. Of course I know Game of Thrones but I haven’t had the chance to read the series yet so basically, this novel initiated me to the dragon world. The author made these creatures look dangerous and wicked but I was astounded with how she surprised me with all the twist and turn out of events. Honestly, I haven’t seen all those jaw-dropping scenarios coming. It’s one of the main reasons why I gave this a five-star rating, with the number of books that I’ve already read so far, young adult fantasy novels are becoming more and more similar and it’s so hard for authors nowadays to please their readers with something fresh and new.
The Dragon King
Asha – the dragon slayer, daughter of the dragon king, Iskari
Dax – heir to the throne, son of the dragon king and brother to Asha
Jarek – commandant of the king, Asha’s soon to be husband
Roa – a scrublander female, love interest of Dax
Torwin – male slave of Jarek, Skral
Safire – Asha and Dax’ female cousin
Kozu – the first dragon
There are three things that I like most about the story:
- Asha, the dragon-slayer. Who wouldn’t admire a badass female character who slays dragons despite being a member of the royal family? I’m not sure with you guys but I crave for female characters who know how to save themselves and who doesn’t need anyone to look after them. I am not a feminist to the highest level but I embrace woman empowerment and gender equality. I believe that Asha’s character is a representation of womanhood today: brave, bold, and independent.
- The writing style is perfect for readers like me. I enjoyed the pacing; I was able to comprehend everything without missing any important information or event. It is fast-paced which makes it easier to read and finish in a day or two. Without being too descriptive, I was still able to visualize every scene.
- Twists. All are mind-boggling and surprising! I am happy with all the turn out of events and I couldn’t think of a better way to end the story so I think that the author did a spectacular job. The protagonists got what they deserve and the same goes for antagonists as well.
However, there are also three things that I don’t really appreciate much:
- The slave and royalty kind of love story is a cliche’ which I think and I’m very much sure that almost everyone will agree. I am so sick of stories where the other character is rich, and beautiful, and famous and the love interest is deprived and oppressed. I want something new, something that I haven’t read before.
- The traditional wedding arrangements. It’s 2018, I despise the idea and the fact that these arrangements still exist on books. I am not a fan of characters getting married just for the sake of money, power, and having no choice at all. I truly believe that men and women should always be free to decide and choose who to settle with. With Asha and Jarek’s case, it is horrible and awful but with Dax and Roa, it is an intelligent decision but there’s no love as a foundation of the union so both arrangements suck.
- How the antagonist was defeated was too easy. Seriously? Yes, I’ve been wanting to behead those morons but I was expecting for much more action-packed scenes. I was happy that it ended that way but I was a bit disappointed that it ended so easy peasy for them. Maybe I will look forward to more on the next books of this series.
- Loyalty is everything.
- Never ever underestimate someone because of their status in the society because you never know if those people were really the ones who would do and give up everything for you.
- Just because something is a tradition and an old belief doesn’t mean that it’s true and legit.
Favourite quotes in the story:
“No one needs to ask for a woman’s opinion. It’s expected that she gives it freely.”
Number one rule for dragon hunting: “Always know where the dragon’s tail is.”
“Force isn’t the only way to strike a blow.”
“Naming a thing endears you to it.”
“Asha wore her scar like a CROWN.”
Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆/5
Thank you, Hachette Australia Books, for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest and fair review.