I am so, so excited to be on this blog tour. When I heard about The Last Namsara*, a new YA fantasy by Kristen Ciccarelli, I knew I wanted to be involved. I can only thank Gollancz for sending me a copy of this book and letting me share my thoughts with you.
I was utterly intrigued by the synopsis. The Last Namsara is set in a city where the old stories are forbidden, declared posionous and deadly. Worse than that, they also lure dragons. Asha is the king’s daughter, but also the Iskari. A feared dragon hunter, she is the subject of whispers and terrified glances whenever her father’s people are near. But there are secrets in her city waiting for her discover, however unappetising they may be.
With such a promising blurb, I went into The Last Namsara with high expectations. Happily, I can say that it met every single one of them. It was packed with fierce and wonderfully flawed characters that I was 110% invested in. In fact, I’m thinking of making a Team Asha shirt. She is one of my new favourite characters.
Add compelling action, fascinating world building, and some serious tugging at my heart strings and you have a fantastic new YA fantasy. Oh, and did I mention that there are dragons?
What more can you want from fantasy?
Today, I also found out that this is the first book in a trilogy and I am so excited about it. I devoured this book, utterly enthralled by the storytelling. I laughed, and (nearly) cried, and wanted nothing more than to wrap some of the characters in the world’s biggest hug. I can only hope the rest of the series are just as phenomenal.
If I haven’t made it clear just how much I love this book yet, I’m going to wrap up this post with a little anecdote. You might have noticed that I don’t share that many pictures of my bookshelves on here or on social media. That’s because they are nowhere near as organised or photogenic as some of the shelves that other book bloggers share. In fact, the only thing I keep up to date with is having a separate TBR shelf and keeping one shelf that is dedicated to my favourite books. The Last Namsara is resting on that shelf while I type. This is the best YA fantasy book that I have read this year, if not the best book I’ve read in 2017 full stop.
P.S I was sent a copy of The Last Namsara by the publisher in exchange for this review but it in no way affects my opinion.
P.P.S I’m not the only person reviewing this book at the moment. To find out what other bloggers thought of The Last Namsara, check out the accounts below: