Ugh, I’m so conflicted about this book, but I’ll try my best to write a review. The Last Namsara was a book that excited me because dragons!! It reminded me of my childhood, where I read Christopher Paolini’s Eragon, and I immediately jumped at the chance to read this book. However, it wasn’t quite what I expected. Here are the main points.
What I liked:
1. The old stories: In between some chapters, the old stories regarding the namsara, the iskari, the old god, and the dragons are told. The manner in which these stories were told is so captivating and mesmerizing, and it sort of lulls you in some kind of a trance where you just want to devour them. The lengths and word choices are perfect, and I really loved how everything flows.
2. The intricately woven plot: The plot was so intricate and clearly well-thought of for it to be able to unravel in the manner that it did. There were so many secrets, and they were revealed in a manner that was intriguing. There were also some twists and turns that although weren’t exactly surprising, unfolded in an amazing manner.
3. The dragons, of course: I just really loved how there were dragons in the story, and how the dragons seemed to have emotions as well, even though they don’t really speak.
4. The romance: The romance in this story was a slow burn one, which for something that so many people like, exists in only a few YA novels. The romance unfolded in slow manner, and it really made me feel all the feels! So props to Ciccarelli for that!
5. The last 10-20% of the book: The last 10% or 20% of the book was fast-paced, exciting, blood pumping, and completely captivating. At that point, I couldn’t put the book down anymore, and I just devoured everything as quickly as possible, while still absorbing every word written in the novel. It was exhilirating, and I could only wish that the first part of the book was exciting as the end.
What I disliked:
1. Entitled main character: For the most part of the novel, the main character felt so entitled and above everyone, and she had quite an attitude for people who are not her family. She scoffed down on people, and treated some badly, especially the slaves. However, I’m glad that this was a bit resolved in the end.
2. Dragging: This is my main issue with the book. The beginning and middle parts of the book were so slow-paced, and very, very dragging. I wish at least half of the book were as exciting as the last part, then I have no doubt that it would be one of my favorite books. Sadly, it didn’t deliver.
I’m still not sure if I want to read the next book or not. The last few chapters kind of made me want to read what the results of the characters’ actions are, but I just couldn’t get through another book that might be as dragging as this one. It took me a long time to finished this book, although I am glad that I didn’t give up on it.