“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 before her. The girl let the old stories in. She lets them in eat away at her heart and turn her wicked.” – The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
If that quote didn’t intrigue you I don’t know what else to say to get you interested in this book. That quote sets the story for this book so well. It tells you very little but so much at the same time. Even just reading it over and over again makes me want to dive right back in this book again. I can’t honestly explain how excited I am to say that this book is available for you guys to buy now.
Back in August, I was kindly given an ARC edition of The Last Namsara by Orion Publishing. I’m so happy I requested this book because as soon as I read what this book was about I knew I had to get my hands on it asap.
Before I read this I knew I was going to love this. I love fantasy books and this book didn’t disappoint. The one thinks I loved about this book was how the characters were introduced. This book is a very very quick read. Fast-paced, full of action and leaves you wanting more as soon as you finish it.
The main character, Asha is strong-willed and knows when things aren’t right. I liked Asha’s character but there were some times that she got annoying. But honestly a lot of main characters have the same faults so I didn’t mind it sometimes. I loved Asha’s cousin Safire. From the first chapter she comes in and honestly I just wanted to know what would happen to her. The way she was an outcast even in her own family all due to her heritage was quite interesting. Even though of this, Asha still got close to her. I loved how the sister-like-bond between them grew stronger throughout the novel. I really can’t wait to see how the events of this book will affect it in the next book. Safire’s character has been through a lot and without finding out what has happened you can just see it in the way her character is.
Apart from Safire and Asha, I loved and hated all of the characters. I loved how some of the characters were. For example how the really mean ones are to some characters. This really shows you how screwed up people can get without really realising I will not get into Torwin’s or Jarek’s character because you just need to experience those characters for yourself. If you have an opinion on them, comment below and let me know what you thought of them, because I would love to hear what you guys thought of them.
The additions of the dragons were amazing. Everything about a book with dragons in it you know it’s going to be interesting. Especially when stories are made to be ways to control the dragons and is said to be dangerous to anyone who speaks them. Just amazing. I loved how the lore was written in this back as the book went on. The stories of the ones Asha and the other characters mention are written in between chapters. I loved it. I loved the way the author twisted them with the story. It is definitely one of the reasons why I loved this book.
The world in this shows the same signs of any fantasy world of kingdoms who see themselves as the strongest out of them all and slaves working for them. But in this world, it has a little twist to it. I can honestly say I wasn’t expecting it. I really enjoyed reading about how the view of the slaves is when comparing them to non-slaves. I enjoyed seeing how it all happened and seeing why certain kingdoms were the way they are.
Now let’s talk about Asha’s love interest. For me, I felt like this had no insta love out of this entire novel. There weren’t parts of the book that I thought it was fake or forced. The pacing of it all just made it more interesting and made it seem it was an actual relationship. The friction between the both of them made it more enjoyable and more realistic. Obviously, the way the author made it seem fated put a nice twist to the tale and I can’t wait to see how it goes on in the next books within the series.
Even looking back through this review I can see that I am very excited for you guys to read this book. It was a highly anticipated book for when in 2017 and I am so happy I managed to read this book before it came out. The Last Namsara is out NOW! Go to your closest book buying store and buy this book. It is a very good ride and you should all experience it!
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