waiting on wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday – The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

namsaraSynopsis (From GoodReads):

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 dark—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 hearing in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of 51ozm2tbpjl-_sx318_bo1204203200_the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her. 

 

breakbirdWhy I can’t wait to read The Last Namsara:

 

  • I am interested in the role the story of the Iskari plays within the story. I loved Ink by Alice Broadway and The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury. Both books looked at how folk stories come to life, and the reasons people attach significance to those stories.

 

  • This is about storytelling, and the role of stories. I love stories which have a message about storytelling under their surface, and I love the idea of the dragon which must be coaxed from the sand with words.

 

  • Enough said. I have loved dragons in stories since the first time I heard The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader at a very young age. My other favourite dragon is from Merlin. Deliciously voiced by John Hurt, dragon has been locked in the caverns beneath Camelot for too many centuries. Dragons represent different things in stories, but are often associated with fear, or the threat in the dark, or sometimes the darkness inside ourselves.

 

  • I loved the sampler. This was a real favourite of the samplers I was sent after YALC. It feels like proper fantasy, when YA often tends towards fantasy lite. I went through a major Robin Hobb devotion in my teens, when fantasy was largely dismissed as something a bit geeky. I’m always glad to see money being invested in well-written YA fantasy.

 

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

October 2017

Gollancz (UK)

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