5 Things About The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

February 2, 2018 Review 12 ★★★★½

5 Things About The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
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Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Purchased
Pages: 432
Release Date: October 3rd 2017
Series: Iskari #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
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.


GIVE ME ALL THE DRAGON BOOKS. I’ll never get tired of dragons in good books (dragons that aren’t written well in terrible books I can do without). Asha hunts dragons in THE LAST NAMSARA so we get plenty of dragons with some fantastic personalities.

It snuck up on me

At first I thought THE LAST NAMSARA was a decent fantasy. It was good, interesting world and such, but nothing that blew me away. Then I got to two thirds in and lots of big plot moments started happening and I got caught up in it all. Suddenly I was tearing up for these characters, their turmoil, and all the events going on. I didn’t expect to become so attached.

Stories within stories

The Old Stories are the backbone of the history in this world. They’ve shaped the characters, the history, the beliefs of the characters, and are integral to the plot. I loved reading the segments of the old stories. It was probably my favourite aspect of the world (along with the dragons, but the stories and dragons go hand in hand)

Romance was very well done

Guysssss the romance is great. Such slow burn tension. So many feels. Just really well done and I can’t talk too much more or else this is just going to spiral into a fangirling mess of key smashing nonsense.

I’m very interested in following the world

The LAST NAMSARA has changed a lot of things in Firgaard, and it’s not over. There’s a lot of mess and change to clean up and I can’t wait to see how things change in the sequels. I’m also really looking forward to learning more about Roa and Safire in the sequels. They were as strong and intriguing as Asha and deserve their own time in the spotlight.


What started as a decent fantasy novel ended up being a great surprise to me. I never expected to become so attached to the characters and their world. I’m incredibly excited to learn more about the other characters in the sequels.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.3

12 Responses to “5 Things About The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli”

  1. Tasya

    i haven’t seen this book around as much as other hyped up books, but this one sounds really interesting! the dragons sound cool (personalities? does dragon have them?) but i’m really intrigued of the old stories. thanks for sharing bec, amazing review!
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    • Bec

      I haven’t been able to escape it on bookstagram haha! Though most of the hype was before it came out.

      You bet the dragons have their own personalities! They don’t talk, but their action speak very loudly haha.

    • Bec

      Dragon stories can be really hit or miss. There aren’t an excessive amount of dragons in this book, but I really like how it was done!

      I hope you like it too

  2. Jessica @ a GREAT read

    Oooh nice!!! I picked this one up last year when the author came for a visit to a nearby library! I still need to read it as well, the main draw of course was the dragons!! Glad to hear it was an enjoyable read!! Nice review!
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