Monday, October 9, 2017

Book Review: The Last Namsara (Iskari #1) by: Kristen Ciccarelli

Release Date: October 3, 2017
from Harper Teen
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"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 dark—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 hearing 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."

My Thoughts:

I have mixed feelings on this one. It had a good story and premise, but it was definitely lacking in some areas. The dragons were definitely cool and the story had a ton of potential, but I think it just fell short in some areas.

I think the biggest let down for me was the characters. All of them felt very two dimensional and they needed to be fleshed out a bit more. I wanted to connect to the characters more and I wanted to feel the connection between each of the characters more. Asha was a fierce heroine, but that’s about as deep as it went. And there were a lot of secondary characters that were just there and didn’t feel like their own person.

Like I said briefly above, the story had a ton of potential but I think it just needed a little something more. The dragons were awesome and I really enjoyed them, but sometimes you need more than dragons. With all of that being said, I was still invested in the story and curious to see where it all went. I was just let down because it didn’t deliver the way I thought it would.

All in all, The Last Namsara has a really cool concept and the dragons were great, but in the end I just didn’t fully connect. Still there are a bunch of others who loved this and it may just be a me thing.


  1. Ahh sorry this wasn't a complete winner for you, I'm kind of obsessed with it now! haha.

  2. I'm sorry this story fell short, Teresa, particularly since it had dragons. ;) But if the characters are fleshed out well enough that you feel a connection to them, what's the point? Right? Too bad...I do love the cover though. :D

    1. Yeah I was bummed too! It has such a great cover and dragons but then I was meh

  3. I hate this was a bit of a let-down. That cover is so pretty and full of promise. Great review!


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