Number of pages: 432
Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 3
I got this one in a LitJoy Crate a while ago, and I only just got to it recently (I also had a whole thing where I didn’t like the majority of what was in the box, and the company spoiled me for the box on Twitter 2 business days after boxes shipped, but that’s a story for another time).
I’m not normally a person who reads different things based on the season, but this book kind of screams to be read in the fall, as opposed to May. I’m not saying that if I had actually read it in fall that my rating would be higher, but the atmosphere of the book just makes it feel like it should be read later in the year.
This is a pretty solid fantasy. Like I can’t really point out anything wrong with it that isn’t subjective. My main problem with The Last Namsara is that I wasn’t hooked until the very end. If you’re new to my reviews, investment in the story plays a key role in how I rate books, so this is a major negative for me.
I also feel like there isn’t really a need for this to be a trilogy. It’s for that reason, combined with my lack of investment in the story for the majority of the novel that has me uninterested in continuing the series. I’m just at a point in my life where there are so many other books I would rather read.
While I did really like the short stories included after certain chapters, I think they needed to be more spread out. They were heavily frontloaded, so there were like 5 stories in the beginning after every other chapter or so, and then 200 pages passed before we got another one. I get that the stories often had to do with the previous chapter, but there has to have been a way to connect them to other chapters and spread them out more.
The plot twists in the book were fantastic. I’m normally pretty good at predicting things in books, but I could not see any of them coming. The villain reveal left me in shock.
If you like dragons, I’m really on the fence on if you will like this book. Like most of the dragons are slaughtered by the main character, so it isn’t as if there are a ton of dragons left to love.
Speaking of the main character, Asha was a really interesting person. She was mostly misguided, but at the same time she was also an absolutely horrible person. Reading from the perspective of someone who is very pro-slavery was certainly difficult, but her character was still well-done.
Overall, The Last Namsara was well-written, but it lacked what I was looking for out of it. It has therefore earned 3 out of 5 stars.