“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.”
The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli was just amazing!
I loved everything about this book and even as I’m writing this review, I’m suddenly feeling the urge to pick this book up again. Kristen Ciccarelli’s writing style was absolutely beautiful. If you love dragons, plot twists and a fierce protagonist, then this is the book for you. It was so refreshing to read a story with a character who had many flaws (both physically and psychologically) , filled with so much self-doubt – but was still formidable and did everything with consummate skill. It made the character more relatable and much more inspiring.
Asha, the main character, is feared within her kingdom as she is deemed the Iskari. She has been raised by her father (the King) as a human weapon and political pawn to incite fear in his enemies. Asha accepts her fate as the “Death Bringer” as a form of self-punishment, as she blames herself for her mother’s death. She is best known (and feared) for hunting dragons and returning to the kingdom with their head as proof of her victory. Her father has arranged a marriage between her and the obnoxious commandant, Jarek- who is basically like the Joffrey of the book (yes that was a Game of Thrones reference). Asha is then given a chance to buy her way out of the much-dreaded marriage to Jarek. Her father offers her freedom if she kills the oldest and deadliest dragon before the wedding.
So you’re probably thinking that, that shouldn’t be a problem for the great Iskari right? However, Asha forms an unexpected bond with this ancient dragon. Those who were once her enemies soon become her allies and as the lines become blurred she has to decide where she stands and which path to follow. In addition to all of this she grows very close to Jarek’s slave, Torwin, ( which by the way is illegal, as slaves are banned from even looking at the royal family directly in the eye), but who doesn’t love a good “forbidden love” story!
In between the main story the writer gives short stories between chapters, meticulously describing past events to give you an insight of the history of Firgaard. These short stories were some of my favourite parts of this book. The character growth of not only Asha, but almost all of the main characters, were astounding for just one book. I absolutely can’t wait to see the development in the further books to come.
What I appreciated the most about The Last Namsara is the writing style, the atmosphere created throughout this book was pure magic. If you haven’t read The Last Namsara yet, you’re missing out 😊