The Resource The last Namsara, Kristen Ciccarelli

The last Namsara, Kristen Ciccarelli

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The last Namsara
Title
The last Namsara
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Kristen Ciccarelli
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Language
eng
Summary
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, 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 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
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  • Grades 8-11 Princess Asha appears to be her father’s pride and joy in a way her seemingly weaker older brother, Dax, can never be. She’s on a quest to exterminate dragons, something her father tells her is necessary to the kingdom Firgaard’s survival; he betroths her to his cruel-hearted commandant; and he praises the dragon fire scar that traces one side of her body. When Asha is attracted to slave Torwin, it is only the beginning of her journey to truth and honor, and to discovering her father’s real nature. Is she her father’s weapon or her country’s true hero? Firgaard history and myth are bound up with dragons and their lore, and the plotline alternates with short dragon stories that connect to Asha’s current life. First-time novelist Ciccarelli offers an above-average romantic adventure that pulls readers in with careful pacing and something of a twist at the end. Villains are sometimes but not always easy to recognize, and Asha wrestles with her own prejudice (class rather than race) as she sorts the good from the bad. -- Welch, Cindy (Reviewed 9/15/2017) (Booklist, vol 114, number 2, p65)
  • Gr 9 Up—Asha has grown up as the Iskari, the one known to bring death. She is the dragon slayer for the king, her father. To lure the dragons to her, she tells the forbidden old stories that the dragons can't ignore, although the tales are fatal. When tasked by the king to destroy the First Dragon, she agrees to do it because her reward will be not having to marry Jarek, the cruel leader of her father's army. Her task gets complicated when the Old One, a god, demands that she protect the dragons instead of killing them, and she follows his command. As she struggles to avoid marriage, obey the king, and not anger the Old One, secrets are unearthed that change her whole existence. She must decide who to trust and how to realize her true self. Ciccarelli brings to life a world filled with dragons and folklore. The plot blends perfectly with the use of old tales. This coming-of-age narrative shows the struggles of learning to trust one's own mind and heart. VERDICT Fantasy YA readers will love this story of a girl and her dragons. They will be dying to know what happens on their next adventure.—Jessica Strefling, US Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit Library --Jessica Strefling (Reviewed 10/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 10, p106)
  • Ciccarelli's debut checks all the boxes for teen high fantasy.Asha, the Iskari (a ceremonial warrior named for "a deadly" god) and a princess, believes in the new order of her homeland: dragons should be killed, not worshipped; skrals deserve their enslavement—collared, penned, not allowed to look at draksors, members of the ruling caste. As a child, Asha rebelled and told stories to dragons until the First Dragon, Kozu, burned her and half the city. Now she mostly toes the line. But a rule-breaking (and attractive) slave, the return of Kozu, an allegiance with the scrublanders, and Asha's impending wedding to the sadistic commandant lead Asha to rebellion. Ciccarelli has clearly poured care into both the creation of her world, which rests on a religious foundation without a real-world analogue, and her complex but well-managed plotting. The limited characterization and curious lack of physical descriptors (the enslaved skral seem to be fair-skinned) detract a bit from the worldbuilding, and readers may find the princess-slave love story inherently problematic. Even if destined by the Old One and although slavery is clearly positioned as not OK, this is an inherently unbalanced relationship, something the text acknowledges but resolves largely through a fairly literal deus ex machina. However, the underlying theme of strong females making change and the interesting setting will carry the day for many. Likely to be popular despite the pressing flaws, and—pleasantly surprising for a duology opener—a satisfying tale on its own. (Fantasy. 13-adult)(Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2017)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10576214
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ciccarelli, Kristen
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[Fic]
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Iskari
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dragons
  • Good and evil
  • Imaginary places
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Animals / Mythical Creatures
  • YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / Epic
  • YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance
  • Dragons
  • Good and evil
  • Imaginary places
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The last Namsara, Kristen Ciccarelli
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Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1889645
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
421 pages
Isbn
9780062567987
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062567987
  • (OCoLC)968772328
Label
The last Namsara, Kristen Ciccarelli
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1889645
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
421 pages
Isbn
9780062567987
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062567987
  • (OCoLC)968772328

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