Asha is a dragon-slayer. Reviled by the very people she’s sworn to protect, she kills to atone for the wicked deed she committed as a child – one that almost destroyed her city, and left her with a terrible scar. But protecting her father’s kingdom is a lonely destiny: no matter how many dragons she kills, her people still think she’s wicked. Even worse, to unite the fractured kingdom she must marry Jarek, the cruel commandant. As the wedding day approaches, Asha longs for freedom. Just when it seems her fate is sealed, the king offers her a way out: her freedom in exchange for the head of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard. And the only person standing in her way is a defiant slave boy . . .
After having The Last Namsara sit on my shelf for a couple of months and hearing some really positive things about it, I thought its time to pick it up and see what all the fuss is about. I cannot believe I have waited so long to read this because it is absolutely brilliant. A stunning world, interesting characters, exciting plot and of course dragons, it has got everything you want and need in a great fantasy book,
The Last Namsara has given me one of my favourite characters of the year and one of my most hated characters ever. I loved reading about Asha and I thought she was the perfect main character for this story. Everything about her is amazing to read about, whether its her internal struggles and worries or her total badass-ness. From the very start she is a well developed and strong character, and as the story progresses you see her grow even more.
Now we come to Jarek. Even just typing his name has irritated me. Everything about him made my blood boil and every time he popped up in the book I just wanted to punch him. But I suppose I felt this way about him because of the excellent writing and development.
I knew I was going to love this book after reading the first few chapters. Kristen Ciccarelli’s writing is so memorising and addictive that I found it very difficult to set the book down. The writing also paints a very colourful and detailed picture in your head, without having to bog down the writing with too much information. I found the pacing to be perfect and with the chapters only being a couple of pages I found myself flying through them. I was on the edge of my seat throughout reading this book and at times left me breathless.
Another thing I really liked about this book was the little stories told in between some of the chapters, it felt like I was getting more information and backbone to the main story. it was something different and unexpected but it definitely helped develop the plot more.
If you are looking for a new fantasy series that has everything you need then The Last Namsara is the book for you. There is non stop action and adventure with some amazing characters that you will love reading about. I cannot recommend this book enough and this will definitely be one of my favourite reads of the year.
I rate this book 5/5 stars
***I was sent a copy of this book for review. Everything in this review is my own honest opinions.***