[ARC Review] The Last Namsara by Kristen Ceccarelli ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


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 dark—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 hearing 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 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 as being called the Iskari. Yet when a dark truth is revealed, she questions her loyalties and her whole existence, was she meant to kill dragons?

I also came across a character that I feel a strong hate for, Jarek. A twisted self centered controlling character to be who will do anything to keep Asha within his controls. He may be beautiful but his character is anything but beautiful.

Then we have Torwin, my sweet smol cinnamon roll Torwin. He shows what it means to live and what it means to know your truth. I wish there are more Torwin's in YA. He brings out the light in those who have gone too dark. 

The plot has small anecdotes and present day interwoven throughout the novel. These small anecdotes are important for the overall progression and "realizations" in the novel.  I had certain expectations about this book but I was completely blown away. I loved the dragons. They have life. Let me explain, in other YA novels dragons are just there, symbolically and physically but that's it. But the dragons in this novel make or break certain things. Their significance is known throughout the novel. 

This is a wonderful and complex world of dragons, deception, royalty and more. I can't wait for book 2. 

Overall I would give The Last Namsara 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  1. I haven't read fantasy in such a long time, and reading your review for this makes me want to throw this on my TBR list like yesterday. I'm always intrigued more by villains, so when you mentioned you have a strong hate for this beautiful Jarek guy, definitely made my ears perk up a bit. I'm not sure if this releases soon, or is already released, either way I can't wait to read it! Great review, and nice to meet you!

    1. The Last Namsara actually released today! This book renewed my love for fantasy honestly. I hope you can read the book soon!