The Last Namsara

I'm very excited to be taking part in the final slot of the blog tour for The Last Namsara, a book that completely captivated me from the very first sentence. If I had to summarise what Kristen Ciccarelli's debut is all about in very few words, it's this: dragons, forbidden storytelling and star-crossed love. 


Once there was a girl who was drawn to wicked things... From the day she first uttered the words of a story out loud, Asha, the daughter of the Dragon King, has grown up hated by her people. Responsible for bringing her city to ruins and causing the deaths of hundreds of innocents, she has never had an easy life - there is always something she must atone for.

When Asha gains a reputation for being the most fierce dragon slayer in the land, her people start calling her the Iskari: the destroyer, the bringer of death, a weapon with a lonely destiny.

When Asha slays a dragon, she takes its head to the king, but not even presenting him with a trophy can free her from the fate that awaits her at home: her betrothal to Jarek, a cruel  and manipulative man who knows far more about her own nature than Asha does herself. But when she is presented with the chance to gain her freedom by killing Kozu, the most deadly dragon in all of Firgaard, will she seize it?

Favourite quote:

'Dragons liked to tell stories almost as much as they liked to hear them.'

Favourite character:

The dragons, obviously. I don't come across many books with fire-breathing creatures in them, so reading this book was such a treat for me. So often in the stories I've read, dragons are presented in such one-sided way (they're always fierce and dangerous and terrifying, and that's all there is to them). Although this book didn't necessarily go against that, it highlighted how they  could be surprisingly inquisitive and gentle when they wanted to be. 

3 words to describe the book:

Fable-like, rich, fascinating.

Rating:

✮✮✮✮/✮✮✮✮✮ 

Packed with action, beautifully written fables, a unique and original plot, fire-breathing dragons and an endearing group of characters who I loved to love and also loved to hate, The Last Namsara is definitely worth reading.

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A Shiver of Snow and Sky

A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddecke is a book that completely took my breath away. You know when you read a story and become so immersed in it, that when you finally put it down it takes you a while to remember where you actually are? Yeah. This was one of those books. (Thank you Scholastic for sending a copy my way!)


The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium #2)

At the beginning of the year, I read the The Iron Trial (Magisterium #1) by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. I ended up giving it 3/5 stars and thought it was quite an enjoyable read. Last month, I finally got round to reading the sequel and I definitely enjoyed it a lot more than the first book. 

The Falconer

A few months ago, the lovely publishers over at Orion were kind enough to send me The Falconer trilogy by Elizabeth May. These books had been on my wish list for ages, and I finally got round to reading the first book last month (it was my favourite read of August!). Set in Scotland, following the life of a faerie assassin, this debut did not disappoint me at all. It was fantastic.


Broken Heart Club

If you've read this Q&A and seen this review, you'll know that Cathy Cassidy is one of my favourite children's authors, which is why I couldn't resist picking up a copy of Broken Heart Club to read after a particularly stressful day.

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