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The Last Namsara

Iskari, Book 1
Narrated by: Pearl Mackie
Series: Iskari, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
4 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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Summary

As a child, Asha's mother told her ancient, forbidden stories to drive away her nightmares - and the telling of them killed her. And when Asha repeated those stories, they summoned an ancient dragon which almost destroyed her city and left Asha horribly scarred.

Ever since, she has protected her city and people (and tried to make amends) by dragon slaying. And now she may have a way to both atone for the deaths she caused and to escape an arranged marriage: her father will free her in exchange for the head of Kovu, the ancient dragon.

And the only obstacle in her path is a defiant slave boy....

©2017 Kristen Ciccarelli (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

Critic reviews

"Hugely enjoyable entertainment. Kristen Ciccarelli is most definitely an author to watch." (Edward Coz, author of The Relic Guild)
"An accomplished fantasy novel, of the kind I think of as 'royal palace shenanigans', raised above the commonplace by one marvellous central premise - the idea that dragons are the custodians of the old tale." (Joanne Harris)
"The most simple thing I can say is this is the best book I have ever read and Kirsten Ciccarelli is now my favourite author." (Tomi Adeyemi, author of Children of Blood and Bone)
"A grand endeavour where prejudice and abuse are faced with passion and loyalty, creating a tale where you care about the characters and the world they live in." (Terror Tree)

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This book is Amazing, but...

The last namsara was an AMAZING story, and deserves an enormous amount of praise. Unfortunately the audeobook left out paragraphs... I read the book whilst listening to it and was surprised when the narater all of a sudden was saying things that were further down on the page and a huge paragraph was missing... This happened multiple times and is extremely disappointing...

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Enjoyable and detailed

I loved this. It was rich in characters, world and the plot twists were brilliant. I really enjoyed Pearl Mackies interpretation and voices too.

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Romance and Dragons

This is primarily a romantic novel with a couple of dragons in the background. This makes the romance feel rather grandiose and I struggled to relate to it, or feel moved by affair.

The prose is often cliche and predictable and the author guides the reader too much. I felt I was being told what to think rather than being left to interpret.

I did appreciate the old stories and their role in the world. I think there is an interesting metaphor surrounding the old stories, the old one, the dragons.

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beautiful

A beautiful story, I love the stories within the story. Really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading/listening to more by this author

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This book is amazing on it's own, by Pearl Mackie's performance is simply astounding! This isn't a book (or audiobook) to miss.