Series: Iskari #1
Published by Blossom Books on October 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
*I received this book for an honest review
It’s been a long time since I read a proper fantasy book, the last one being Winter by Marissa Meyer and that was in August. So it was about time! Iskari is a book where I was a little bit unsure about. I thought I’m either not going to like it all, or it is going to surprise me greatly. I wanted to see which one it would be and so I read the book. I can already tell you, it became the latter…
I received this book from the lovely publisher Blossom Books and they also invited me to actually meet Kristen Ciccarelli in person. How cool is that?! Kristen came to The Netherlands, just as a holiday. But she was so nice to do bloggers meet up and a signing in a bookstore. It was very nice to meet her and to get a lot more insight into the book. She also signed my book. So I feel like a very lucky person.
Also, I just need to point out the Dutch cover. I think it is absolutely gorgeous. And it’s so very different from the original cover. I feel like this one suits the book way more than the English one. And you also get a special surprise, the book comes with a stunning poster on the inside of the dustjacket. How cool is that!
Vivid, original and dragons
Onto the book itself… The story definitely gripped me right from the start. The world in which this takes place was described very vividly and it also felt like something different than what I’ve read before. And I loved the fact that dragons are such a big part of the story. To be honest, I haven’t read that many books involving dragons before.
The characters in this book are amazing. Asha is a very fierce woman that struggles with a lot. And then you’ve got the absolute worst character, Jarek, her betrothed. He really gave me the chills, such an evil and horrible character. And as much as I hated him and wanted to kill him, he did make the book more interesting. And then there is another character that I hated so so much, can’t tell who that is since I don’t want to spoil the book. But if you’ve read it, you’ll know exactly who I mean.
This book is action-packed, it’s mysterious, it makes you think about stuff and it has twists and turns that will take you aback. I can only conclude that this is a magnificent book that left me wanting more. If you’re in need of a proper fantasy book, that is a bit more original then you should definitely check this one out. And if you’re Dutch I would definitely get the Dutch version of this book, also because you get the poster.