The Last Namsara

The Last Namsara

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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.
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780062567994
9780062567987
Branch Call Number: CIC
Characteristics: 421 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 13, 2018

The Last Namsara, by Kristen Ciccarelli, is an excellent fantasy book, and possibly my new favourite book. It starts off quickly, and keeps the fast-pace steady throughout the book. The world building is elaborate and detailed, revealing unknown details until the end as Asha unravels the past. The plot is deceptively simple at first, but has side plots seamlessly woven in, adding the mystery, character development, and suspense. Though the twist ending wasn’t entirely surprising, and somewhat cliche, it had new aspects and the perfect amount of foreshadowing. Asha, the main character, is multi-faceted, and nowhere near perfect. She seems very human, and she is, though not exactly likeable, a character that you want to succeed. Torwin, though a side character and the love interest, has dimensions and purpose. He is essential to the storyline and an amazing character. The refreshing twist on soulmates is wonderfully done, as it still needs leaves the element of choice. Both the major antagonist and the “side” antagonist’s motives are slightly unclear, but otherwise well-rounded characters. The story ends dramatically but conclusively, even as it leaves questions for the readers. Overall, The Last Namsara is a wonderful book, filled with excitement, betrayal, and love. 5/5
- @SoleilAngel of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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eleonoraikp
Jun 10, 2018

Just finished reading this one. I have enjoyed it so much. Can't wait until second one that is planned for release this Fall.

Great plot. I really like the characters especially Asha and Torwin.

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koiishi22
Dec 05, 2017

DNF, stopped at page 143. I like a lot of the plot but this seems very scattered and is super drawn out.

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