The Last Namsara review...p.s. did you know I love dragons?

title from the cover of the book
20/10/2017

Normally when it comes to a book about dragons, I would just yell "DRAGONS!" at you and assume you knew how awesome the book was going to be and proceed to read it, however, that would be a really short review. 

 

The Last Namsara is the first novel by Canadian author, Kristen Ciccarelli, and I was lucky enough to get an early copy to read. I like to think I’ve read enough Dragon-themed fantasy novels to know when an awesome one falls into my lap and this is one of them.

 

As daughter to the king, you would thing that Asha would be loved, praised, kind – all things a princess should be, but she’s not. From her early childhood, Asha has been labeled at the Iskari, the destroyer, the death-bringer. She’s the most formidable dragon hunter in the land and she’s also evil – she feeds the dragons old stories which make them strong, make them breathe fire. The old stories are forbidden; Asha should hate them for the stories killed her mother, brought the most powerful dragon to their doorsteps, but she can’t stop whispering them.

 

Now Asha is hunting the most powerful dragon in Firgaard. If she can bring his head to the king before the eve of her wedding, Asha’s father will break her engagement and Asha wants nothing more than to slay and be free. But not all is as it seems in the kingdom ofFirgaard. Secrets and truths will be revealed that will change everything.

 

I cried when one of the dragons was hurt. Yes, cried! Kristen Ciccarelli does such a wonderful job bringing these characters to life, making the reader invested and care about them. The world building is intricate, the story is fresh, and I can’t wait until the next book comes out. Fans of Megan Whalen Turner’s The Thief will enjoy this novel for the wonderful storytelling elements of The Last Namsara. I would put these dragons in the same realm of dragons as those created by Ursula K. Leguin – ferocious yet deeply connected to the human characters we encounter. Finally, fans of Sarah j. Maas, Victoria Aveyard, Arwen Dayton’s Seeker, and J.D. Vaughn’s The Second Guard are really going to enjoy Asha.

 

So here it is now: “DRAGONS!” Get the book and start reading.

 

You can meet Kristen and a whole slew of amazing, Canadian YA authors tomorrow at our 8th annual Teen Author Fest event at the Main Branch (120 Metcalfe). Click here for all the event details. Make sure to tag us in your instagram photots from the event @oplteens_adosbpo 

 

Image: The Last Namsara

The Last Namsara

By Ciccarelli, Kristen
Image: The Last Namsara

The Last Namsara

By Ciccarelli, Kristen
Image: The Last Namsara (CD)

The Last Namsara (CD)

By Ciccarelli, Kristen
Image: The Last Namsara

The Last Namsara

By Ciccarelli, Kristen