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The Last Namsara

(Iskari #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  7,393 Ratings  ·  1,775 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 420 pages
Published October 12th 2017 by Gollancz (first published October 3rd 2017)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I'm loving my Fairyloot ♥ More pictures and synopsis of things on link below ♥


I freaking love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's on my favorites list now =)

And it has dragons ♥

I put off reading this book for a long time because I thought it was just about some jerk girl that was killing dragons. I don't do killing dragons books. Unless it's just some random thing in the book.



In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of the sky and spirit, who ca
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
If you die here, after I've just saved your life, I will hunt you past Death's gates and kill you a second time.

I said it once, I'll say it again: I loved everything about this. This is one of the best YA fantasy debut novels I have ever read. This is not my favorite book, but it has become one of my favorites (and favorite fantasy books for sure). Honestly, I knew this was fantasy and about dragons and that was it, but that wasn't what intrigued me. It was actually the cover (although not t
☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
A story of stories and dragons who love them. Love them enough to breathe fire.
A story of a girl who loved stories. Loved them enough to destroy a grand city.
A story of a ruthless dragon king who feared his story-seeking daughter.

Behold crafty ancient gods and their defeated priestesses, warrior tyrants versus lost-and-found girls. Authentic and flowing.

Gorgeous cover!

Asha lured the dragon with a story.
It was an ancient story, older than the mountains at her back, and Asha had to dredge it
Shreya (☆High Lady of The Night Court☆)
"Once there was a girl who was drawn to wicked things. Things like forbidden, ancient stories."
I haven’t stopped grinning since the last 4 chapters of this book, I don’t think I can!
I was entranced by this book since the first sentence and I know this is going to be one of this year’s favorites. This book was one of my most anticipated reads of this and my expectations were pretty high and I can say with no doubt that all my expectations were met and that I love this book. Kristen Ciccarelli t
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
warriors, and magic, and dragons; oh my!

cant really say anything bad about this, if im honest. it had all the makings of a wonderful fantasy novel - dragons, magical old stories, rebellions against a wicked kingdom, a savage warrior princess and her romantic fling. all good in my book!

the reason this wasnt a 5 star read for me was, even though i thought it was an entertaining story, i just couldnt shake the feeling that i had read it before? it honestly felt like nearly every other YA fantasy no
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dragons
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—wants them all to die. Indeed, if she destroys Kozu, they will
Ashwood (애쉬 우드).
“I’m not in danger, I’m the danger.”

This book deserves all the stars in the sky! Not only was the cover of this book was absolutely jaw-droppingly gorgeous (the cover stopped me in my tracks and made me want it immediately, I didn’t even know what the story was about, lol), it was also a shockingly beautiful story that was mind blowing to read. I now know which book I’m gonna be rereading.

Kristen woven this story into a masterpiece of art. The stunning writing style, character development, amaz
Tomi Adeyemi
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
may ❀

i was hella pleasantly surprised with the turnout of this one.

- asha is a butt kicking star
- the writing is really fast paced and v easy to read
- a prince who isn't an a*shole (hes a precious boy)
- very action packed
- dragonssss 😍
- stories within stories
- it ties in really nicely together
- the mc is a savage, honestly i love this axe wielding beast

- the political building is weak
- the pace was really quick but it made for many plot holes/too quick turn of events
- the roma
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars!! Okay so I can’t say I wasn’t a bit hesitant about picking this book up since I am not a big fan of dragons and the plot just didn't sound like my cup of tea. But boiiii was I surprised at the badass protagonist and the mythical side of the story! Didn't really enjoy the political bits but the romance made up for it ~ it was a slow burn and I just loved it ❤ I would have liked some more plot twists since I wasn't really shook by any of them but I liked the 'old stories' concept and ...more
Sydney Chapters
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Listen to everyone who’s been saying that this story is underhyped. They’re all right. What a shame. I hope this story gets the attention it deserves one day...
Dannii Elle
First Read: August 2017, Rating: 4 Stars
Second Read: September 2018, Rating: 4.5 Stars

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, o
Nadhira Satria
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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✨

In this book, stories are illegal and deadly. Every once in awhile we get these beautiful short stories in the book and can I just say that they are just absolutely mesmer
Maggie ☘ (Reader in Wonderland)
*4.75/5 stars*

“The old heroes were called Namsara after a beloved god, he said. So she would be called Iskari, after a deadly one.”

This is such a strong debut fantasy novel! I loved basically everything about it! The characters - especially Asha and her character arc, the slow burn romance, the world building was rich and beautiful, the compelling storyline and the dragons!! I also loved the little stories in-between chapters. It's still a debut book so I think that in terms of the overall pl
nat. (semi-hiatus)
" The old heroes were called Namsara after a beloved God, he said. So she would be called Iskari, after a deadly one."

things that happened while reading this book:

* loss of sleep
* a lot of crying
* half the time I didn’t know why I cried
* but I did
* I sighed. A LOT
* headaches because like I said crying
* wishing I had my own dragon
* and sad because I don’t
* and never wanting this book to end

with a kickass MC. a heart-palpitations-kind-of-romance, a breathtaking world building and DRAGONS! th
Mel Anie
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, mostly fantasy lovers
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 battery).

Story and all those little stories
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2017, unique
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 as being called the Iskari. Yet when a dark truth i
Cait • A Page with a View
Release date: October 3, 2017

2.5 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 a lot of elements I adored (like dragons, royalty,
Samhita Peechara {Multi Dreamer}⚔
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!!
“Iskari let others define her because she thought she didn't have a choice. Because she thought she was alone and unloved.”

Rating: 4.75⭐

I love this book. Like..I didn't really know what to expect from it at first but it blew me away. I absolutely love Asha. I mean, even though she's a dragon slayer. This story captured me from the very first line. There wasn't a lot of romance in this book and it wasn't forced either so i'm pretty satisfied. The world building was so fantastic too. I really
Book Roast
Sep 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was just not for me. I loved the idea behind it but I felt completely separated from the world and the characters, as if I wasn’t given enough information or reason to feel part of it, or feel some type of suspense. I also felt like there were quite a few plot inconsistencies and underdeveloped elements.

I did care about the dragons though! 🐉

But this was part of the Book in a Jar read and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing what other people thought; some really loved it!

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Alaina Meserole

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 that I wouldn't buy a book that I wouldn't end up
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read, 3-stars
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.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 she's offered the chance of freedom by destroying

Disclaimer: I was kindly sent a review copy by Hachette Australia Books. This in no way impacts my opinions and views on this book.


This 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 orphan girl acquires a dragon and many adventures foll
Emily May
Tried to read this three times and it isn't holding my attention.

Jodi Meadows
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Noha Badawi
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers !!
Shelves: favorites

The Last Namsara is a young-adult fantasy novel with tales, stories, myths to be told and dragons roaming the skies and badass females fighting for their voices to be heard, their strength to be reckoned and their presence and rights to be acknowledged.

I’d like to start my review with a huge Thank You to Harper Teen for my free advance e-reader copy. (Excuse my super late review)

I’m a sucker for fantasy novels where the lead female character is badass, who’s not the usual type of repre
Zoe Stewart (yerabooknerdzoe)
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: default
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 Namsara seems like your generic Young Adult fantasy
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 me. The last third of the book was definitely the ...more
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Kristen Ciccarelli is the internationally bestselling author of the Iskari series. Her first book, The Last Namsara, debuted on the UK’s children and Y

Other books in the series

Iskari (3 books)
  • The Caged Queen (Iskari, #2)
  • The Sky Weaver (Iskari #3)
“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 let them in eat away at her heart and turn her wicked.”
“Iskari let others define her because she thought she didn't have a choice. Because she thought she was alone and unloved.” 22 likes
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