Ciccarelli, Kristen. The Last Namsara. HarperTeen, 2017. ISBN 978-0-06-256798-7. $17.99. 416 pages. Ages 13 to adult. P9 Q9
A unique and powerful story based on one girl’s ability to attract dragons by telling stories based on truth. At one point in time Dragons and Man worked together, now the king is using his daughter, Asha, who has the gift of storytelling, to hunt Dragons and kill them, thus eliminating the only thing that is keeping him from complete dominance. Love the cover art!
Great detail in a multi-storyline novel (the king and his daughter and the magic their lives are built on, the king’s son who is mysteriously ill and bringing an enemy envoy to the castle, the slave who loves Asha, and the story of the dragons themselves) that is believable, cohesive, and surprising.
Verdict: A wonderful and wonderfully written story for teens and up.
May 2018 review by Terri Lippert