The Last Namsara (Iskari #1) by Kristen Ciccarelli

Synopsis

Asha is a dragon-slayer. Reviled by the very people she’s sworn to protect, she kills to atone for the terrible deed she committed as a child. 
  
One that almost destroyed her city, and left her with a terrible scar. 
  
She wears her scar with pride, but to others, her skin tells a story of devastation, of fiery deaths, of Asha’s irredeemable wickedness.

Only the death of Kozu, the First Dragon, will bring Asha true redemption and unite her father’s fractured kingdom. But no one battles Kozu and lives, so to defeat him she will have to do some very wicked things…
From: Gollancz
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‘The Last Namsara’ published by Gollancz (October 12, 2017)
I fought for this book. Literally. I had to dive my hand into a box full of shredded paper at the same time as four other people and try to find a golden egg in order to win this book. The result: a worsen eczema and a beautiful arc of The Last Namsara. Such is the beauty of book conventions.

Sometimes I get feelings about books; sometimes I’m wrong about them, sometimes I’m right. The first time I saw this book was on the same day I won it and I instantly knew I wanted it. I knew I needed to read it because there was something irradiating from it, like a kind of invisible light that only I could see. When I got it in my hands, I was even surer than before: I knew this book was special and I couldn’t wait to read it.

I finished it a couple of minutes ago. There is a familiar emptiness in my chest that always comes after the end of something I didn’t want to end. But there is also something else: a strange feeling that I would’ve come across this book no matter how or where because it was my destiny to read it.

The Last Namsara is a reminder of the importance of stories. It is a testament to their mighty power which cannot be silenced by anything or anyone. It is a story about stories, a tapestry of intertwined tales that isn’t yet finished. Most of all, it is the story of a girl who made the grave mistake of believing in what other people thought she was, instead of finding out for herself.

Don’t expect this book to be a straightforward tale of dragons and ruthless hunters: that is just the surface. This is a tale about identity and injustice, disillusion and violence. It is a story about a girl – Asha – who is forced to take hard decisions and to understand who she is after her choices become consequences. Asha is a heroine every girl should read about because she evolves into the person she always wanted to be without even realising it. She reminds us that we can become who we have always wanted to be, but were too scared to; most importantly, she makes us understand that regardless of whatever other people have to say about us, we can be the exact opposite.

The Last Namsara is a portal into a different world where dragons exist and stories can kill. It is one big lie and a series of unwavering truths. It will burn you from the inside out and you will be surprised to look the same after you read it. But are you the same?

After all, the best books are able to change you, even if no one else can see it.

When you read this one, try to keep its message in mind: only you can have a say in who you really are.

 

Fae
PS: I would like to thank Gollancz for this arc. I think you’re all set to launch a bestseller.
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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

I should probably let a few days pass before I write this review. But it feels like I should do justice to the book and do it now.

My heart is gone. It hasn’t been broken; it has been turned to dust. Beauty has that kind of power. So do certain kinds of sadness. And, God, does this book have every kind of beauty and sadness there is in this world.

Synopsis

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.

From Goodreads

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A Monster Calls published by Walker Books (2012)

This is the sort of story that I can feed the monster inside of me with. It’s juicy and raw, with a sweet and sour sauce. I hope my monster enjoys it because all of my other parts have.

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Synopsis

It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive. There is primal horror here, and menace unleashed – within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.

His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac – as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly’s wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark.

From Goodreads

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane published by Headline Publishing Group (2015)

This is the kind of book anyone who was deeply affected by their childhood’s memories will understand. I don’t believe it’s easy or straightforward. It is a fantasy book, yes, but also a strange sort of memoir. The main character is trying to remember his childhood and some of the most important moments of his life. What we are left with is his perspective of what happened in those moments. I said ‘his perspective’ because, after all, “Different people remember things differently, and you’ll not get any two people to remember anything the same, whether they were there or not.”

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Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

I’ve finished this book months ago but it’s like I haven’t. Not really and not permanently. In fact, I feel like I will be forever reading it. The words seem too reluctant to leave my mind and the characters… those will always stay.

Synopsis

THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING.

A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

From Goodreads

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Clockwork Princess published by Simon & Schuster (2013)

I don’t really know what I was expecting from The Infernal Devices ending. The only thing I know is that I wasn’t expecting to finish it sobbing my lungs out for an hour or two.

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