The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli (ACOBAP January BOTM // spoiler-free review)

Book: The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

Rating: 2.5 stars

Synopsis:

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.


This book is A Court of Books and Paper’s (ACOBAP) January book of the month! You can find out instagram here, and our Goodreads group here.


INITIAL THOUGHTS

I’d seen this floating around bookstagram for a while and it was a fantasy with dragons so of course I was excited.


PLOT

I liked the plot. I enjoyed the twists and turns, but they were predictable and I felt that the whole story was a tad too cliche for me. This is what a would call your typical ya fantasy. For the most part I could see a lot of people enjoying this, but after a while all these fantasy YA begin to feel the same and this wasn’t an astounding and completely different novel.


EXECUTION

The book felt a bit choppy. It didn’t flow for me. I liked the idea and I adored all the stories between chapters. I think that was a me thing I adore folklore and stories but yeah. Also the world building? Where was it. There was not enough in this story at all.


CHARACTERS

Asha: I just didn’t like Asha. I liked some of the traits she had but she seemed bland and a bit too one dimensional for me. She was whiny and annoyed me.

Torwin: Eh the relationship between him and Asha held no interest for me. There was no chemistry that i could see at least, and he was kinda just thrown in there.

Another note was that the side characters got no character development as well.


A shorter, bullet point review can be found on my Goordreads here.

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Talk To Me

Have you read The Last Namsara? Is it on you TBR? Are your opinions the same as mine? Or are they totally different?


Until next time,

Cindy

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4 thoughts on “The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli (ACOBAP January BOTM // spoiler-free review)

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  1. Great to see someone has similar problems with this book! I was so excited for a good YA fantasy story with dragons and was rather disappointed. I also did not care for the romance as it just takes away too much space for the story to unfold. But I loved the stories in between.

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