Author: Kristen Ciccarelli
Publication: October 3rd 2017 by HarperTeen
Series: Iskari #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Summary: 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.
Okay, first of all: DRAGONS!!!! I've been waiting a very long time for a good fantasy with dragons, because it's so hard to do a dragon book justice. So when I saw this book pop up on Epic Reads' FIRST5, I was excited to give it a try. After reading the first two chapters, I didn't even need to read the rest of the preview to know that I wanted to read this book. I was immediately sucked into the story, and I ended up reading the entire thing in one sitting (which is very rare for me for a longer fantasy book).
I love the characters in this book, especially the MC, Asha. She's so badass, and even though I didn't exactly agree with her actions in the beginning of the book, she went through some solid character development throughout the book, and I loved the courage it took for her to have her whole world turned upside down and still fight for what she believes in.
Overall, I'm so happy that I gave this book a try, and if you love dragons as much as I do, this is a must read! Let me know if you've read this book yet, or if you want to read it, and any other thoughts in the comments!