The Last Namsara (Iskari, #1) by Kristen Ciccarelli

The Last Namsara (Iskari, #1)

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 be...

Details The Last Namsara (Iskari, #1)

TitleThe Last Namsara (Iskari, #1)
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Dragons, Young Adult Fantasy, Romance, High Fantasy, Did Not Finish, Fiction, Magic, Teen

Reviews The Last Namsara (Iskari, #1)

  • Lola Reviewer
    3 1/2 stars. Finally, a dragon fantasy YA book that doesn’t s—smell bad. It does show that this is the author’s debut novel, from how careful she is being in her writing (take risks, madam!), but it’s a worthy debut. The idea of telling stories to dragons fascinated me. I mean, the dragons listen! They even speak. They have a brain, like there could be a whole community of them living next to the humans. Except Asha—the dragon slayer—...
  • Tomi Adeyemi
    The most simple thing I can say is this is the best book I have ever read and Kristen Ciccarelli is now my favorite author.Her story and her words have so much beauty, and love, and passion, and adventure. By the end I gasped every 5-10 pages and got goosebumps every 10-20 pages.There are not many books I would say this for, but pre-order this now because your soul has been waiting for a story this beautiful.
  • kat ♡
    a friend suggested me to pick this up and we did a failed buddy read in which she read it and loved it and i couldn’t get into it and took agessss to finish it but i’m so glad that i read it all as it was so good! 😊our main character is a badass fierce female who may not be conventionally beautiful but is a DRAGON SLAYER, A DRAGON SLAYER GUYS. who knew I liked dragons so much until finishing this book. in order to get the dragons to her ou...
  • Nadhira Satria
    Oh wow oh wow oh wow 4.50 Stars!!!!Can I just say that it’s been awhile since I’ve read a ya fantasy book with such rich world building and complex history??? I mean shit the world building is as rich as Bill Gates I am SHOOK I was instantly drawn to the story and the world by the first few pages. ✨What I loved✨-THE STORIES!!!!In this book, stories are illegal and deadly. Every once in awhile we get these beautiful short stories in the bo...
  • Sabrina
    Checkout my full review on my blog!! http://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot....This book is everything I want in a book and more. We have a MC who is strong, fearless, unemotional, hard set in her ways but she meets someone who shows her the truth of the world she lives in. She slowly breaks down her own walls and becomes self aware of the horrors around her. Asha doesn't care about looks or charms, she wants to fight, she wants to prove her self a...
  • Mel Anie
    Rating: 5 stars of amazement This book was amazing. I've loved her from the very first paged till the very last one. No, this is not an exaggeration. This book is ultimate happiness in my opinion. The happiness of reading something awesome. Something that features dragons, kickass heroine, beautiful story of love and loss. A story which sucked me in that I was barely able to put down my smartphone (only time I've put it down was to charge the bat...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Release date: October 3, 20172.5 stars. This one is kind of hard to review because I had a feeling the whole way through that it was a story I should like and normally WOULD like, but just could not get into it. And after 2 months of forcing myself to finish it, I'm just... confident that this was not really for me. That's not a judgement on the book itself or the author by any means! Just me. I think the author created a complex world and added ...
  • Amber Robertson
    FULL REVIEW CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON MY BLOGDisclaimer: I was kindly sent a review copy by Hachette Australia Books. This in no way impacts my opinions and views on this book.R A M B L EThis book has basically everything I’ve been looking for this year. I’ve been hunting for a book featuring dragons, a kickass female character who holds a blade and war. I wanted someone reminiscent of a series I read when I was in primary school, where the young ...
  • Ishmeen
    RTCCan’t say I wasn’t hesitant about this book at some bits but that ending was lit and I want more so gimme 👏🏻
  • Sara
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Once there was a girl who was drawn to wicked things...I ended up really, really enjoying this. The Last Namsara follows Asha - the daughter of the dragon king of Firgaard, as she tries to atone for her sins of the past and embrace the role of dragon slayer, warrior and weapon. The Iskari. Betrothed to the high commander, trapped in a cycle of death and hate from all around her, when...
  • Dannii Elle
    The book opened with the intriguing line, "Asha lured the dragon with a story", and I was pretty much sold from this point forward.Asha is the daughter of The Dragon King. Responsible for the dragons that burned her city, murdered her mother, and left her with a disfiguring scar, she is both feared and loathed by her people. It is only her closeness to the throne that keeps her from becoming openly ridiculed, or worse. By once bringing the destru...
  • Caitlin
    You know what? I enjoyed this book but I also was really bored by this book. There were about 150-200 pages of complete boredom but then the other 200 pages were pretty interesting. I skimmed this book a lil bit so I couldn’t give it a 4 like I wanted to. Look, it was good but it’s not anything amazing.
  • Alaina Meserole
    THIS BOOK WAS SO FREAKING AWESOME!Ever since I saw this while browsing at a bookstore I fell in love. Just with the cover guys. I didn't even want to know what this book was about. All I knew was that I wanted this book more than I ever had. Sadly, I didn't buy it... yet. I did find an audio version though and I felt that I'd rather get it for free from the library right now and if I loved it then I would most definitely buy the book. Lord knows ...
  • Zoe Wilson (yerabooknerdzoe)
    For the love of all that is holy, I need the next book now! This was perfection. There were only tiny things I felt could be better, but that's not enough to bring it down for me. I'm hoping her writing continues to get better with each book. I'm so excited to see what she does next!
  • Nina (Every Word A Doorway)
    I decided not to re-read the premise prior to picking up The Last Namsara but to go in completely blind, and it was the best decision I could've made. This debut took me by surprise in the way it drew me into its world of dragons, gods, and magic stories. I WAS SO DOWN FOR THE DRAGONS. I definitely got some How To Train Your Dragons vibes from this, guys. Move aside Eragon, The Last Namsara has come to claim your place.At first glance, The Last N...
  • Crazy4Books
    I should have waited closer to publication day to read this but I was anticipating it too much to wait that long. Im always on the look out for great dragon books and the fact that this was also written by a Canadian author made it to the top of my TBR. I absolutely loved the little stories through out the book and the power they held. The concept was just amazing. Using stories to lure dragons was fascinating and the Old God plot line intrigued ...
  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
    5 Words: Dragons, stories, power, obligation, family.Going in to this I know only one thing about it: Dragons. I knew that there would be dragons. And I love dragons.Before starting, I was in love with the cover. The gold foil, the intricate details, even the font. Such a beautiful cover immediately sets my expectations high.And I was not disappointed.I loved Asha's character, how she changed within the pages. As much as I experienced the story t...
  • Jodi Meadows
    I'll admit, I went in hopeful but skeptical. But within a few chapters, this book really won me over and I ended up really enjoying it. Definitely recommended for people who like face pacing, forbidden romances, and sweet puppydragons. Though I read the ARC, I'm absolutely going to buy a finished copy of this for my collection.
  • Mel (Epic Reading)
    This is an absolutely amazing first book in a debut YA fantasy trilogy! Hunger Games, Graceling, Incarceron and other favourite YA fantasy of mine have a new friend because The Last Namsara deserves a spot next to those gems on my print bookshelf!I'm not going to tell you what this is about because you can read the blurb. Instead let's talk about things that make this such a wonderful read; but first I have to do some national pride gushing...Can...
  • Denise Bücherwunderland
    VornewegDieses Buch war in einer meiner letzten Fairyloot Boxen. Ansonsten hätte ich es vermutlich gar nicht gekauft 🙈Meine Meinung:Am Anfang war ich sehr, sehr skeptisch, denn obwohl ich Drachen mag (so z. B. in Eragon), habe ich noch nie ein Buch gelesen, in dem die Protagonistin Drachen tötet.Es hat eine ganze Weile gebraucht bis mich das Buch wirklich in seinen Bann ziehen konnte. Versteht mich nicht falsch, auch die ersten 200 Seiten wa...
  • Sheila {}
    See this full review on my blog along with others at: shesgoingbookcrazy.comI received this copy from the publisher via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!Release Day October 03, 2017! Once there was a girl who was drawn to wicked things. Things like forbidden, ancient stories. It didn't matter that the old stories killed her mother. It didn't matter that they'd killed many more before her. The girl let the old stories in. Sh...
  • Mic
    Meet your new fantasy obsession! Magical, enchanting, gut-wrenching, amazing, badass, inventive, dragon-y... :)This book will destroy you. Enjoy. *full review closer to release*
  • Aditi
    “Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves” ----Abraham LincolnKristen Ciccarelli, a Canadian author, has penned a delightful debut YA fantasy novel called, The Last Namsara that is the first book in a duology named, Iskari and this revolves around a king's daughter, who was born with the power to destroy and kill lives, who embarks on a quest to kill the first dragon of her land that took away her mother and left her ...
  • Sarah
    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)This was a YA fantasy story featuring a princess who slayed dragons.Asha was a girl who blamed herself for the massacre of her people at the hands of a dragon which left her physically scarred. She also blamed herself for her own mother’s death, which was one heck of a burden for one girl to bear. The storyline in this was about Asha being asked to kill th...
  • Edward's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
    Review also found on my blogThis is one of those books that started off very strong but dragged on from the middle to the end. There was an unremarkable plot matched with unremarkable characters not to mention the “reveals” about Asha’s past weren’t hard to see coming.I will give the author credit for the world building and pacing as these moved along nicely and set up the scene really well. I also liked the dark feel surrounding the whol...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum good YA high fantasy is hard to find these days, which was why I became drawn to The Last Namsara as soon as I read its description. Featuring a world of magic, dragons, and rich mythology, the story follows Asha the Iskari, a princess of the realm and also its most fierce and deadly dragon slayer. But Asha also has a dark secret, her past shrouded in pain and misery. E...
  • Scrill
    "May Death send his worst! Cold to freeze the love in my heart. Fire to burn my memories to ash. Wind to force me through his gate. And time to wear my loyalty away." Asha is the Iskari. The death bringer who slays dragons to atone for breaking the law and telling the Old Stories. One final dragon could mean her freedom and forgiveness from the people she brought destruction to. However, she must learn to not be the Iskari as she learns the truth...
  • Kaila
    4/5 starsI think this book has revealed to me my love for dragons. I never knew it before, but I really freaking enjoy dragons in books, movies and TV (*cough* Game of Thrones *cough*). I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did. To be totally honest, I bought this purely for the cover without reading the synopsis. That's why I am so happy to say that this book was enjoyable, fast-paced, full of action and overall, a really great story. The...