The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

Summary:
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.
The Last Namsara (Iskari, #1)Review:
I read The Last Namsara as a buddy read with my favorite Buddy Reading Squad, Rae @ Thrifty Bibliophile, Alana @ The Bookish Chick, and Books in the Skye. I love when we find time to read something together and discuss as we read it. It’s always so much fun even if we don’t agree with the book (like this one).
Sadly, I didn’t love The Last Namsara like I thought I was going to. I really thought this was going to be a five-star read for me. It has all of the things I love. Dragons, the hate to love trope, lady power, but for some reason this book fell flat for me.
I liked Asha but I didn’t love her. She was supposed to be this powerful big bad but we don’t really get to see that. I feel like there was too much telling and not enough showing. She’s supposed to be the Iskari but we just see everyone afraid of her, we don’t see why she’s supposed to be scary. We get a lot of her being afraid of the villain, and that really didn’t help me believe that she was big and bad. Then there’s the villain. We’re supposed to immediately dislike him, but he saved her life in the beginning. I didn’t really get why we were supposed to dislike him until halfway through the story. I did actually adore the love interest. He brought out the good in Asha and helped her see that something in her life wasn’t right and someone was lying to her. I liked their relationship. He was everything she wasn’t supposed to have and I loved it. I also loved her brother, Dax, and her cousin, Safire, they were so good and kind and loyal and clever.
There were a lot of politics which I enjoyed, but there weren’t enough of the parts that I liked the most. I didn’t get enough dragons. I wanted more. There also wasn’t enough of the Old One and Elmora. I really was interested in this aspect of the story but didn’t get enough of it.
Overall, I liked this story but sadly didn’t love it. Something about it just fell flat for me. There was more telling rather than showing and parts of it just weren’t believable. I didn’t really care about the characters. I wanted to love this story but I just didn’t.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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