• Page Count: 432
  • Release Date: October 3, 2017
  • My Rating: 2.5 stars

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 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.

This one is kind of hard to review because I had a feeling the whole way through that it was a story I should like and normally WOULD like, but just could not get into it. And after 2 months of forcing myself to finish it, I’m just… confident that this was not really for me. That’s not a judgement on the book itself or the author by any means! Just me.

I think the author created a complex world and added a lot of elements I adored (like dragons, royalty, adventure, and girls with swords). The idea of the main character being attracted to the slave of her betrothed was something that stood out more. So there were parts that kept me reading! But the worldbuilding seemed kind of sketchy or elusive in parts (or else turned into an infodump because I didn’t care yet). Plus, the writing never grabbed me and other parts just felt… off. I mean, this is a story about DRAGONS and a badass princess on a quest for her freedom!! It should not be that hard for me to get into.

So this didn’t work for me in the end, buuut please don’t take that as any sort of condemnation of this book. I can definitely see others liking it!

Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.

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