The Last Namsara, by Kristen Ciccarelli, is an excellent fantasy book, and possibly my new favourite book. It starts off quickly, and keeps the fast-pace steady throughout the book. The world building is elaborate and detailed, revealing unknown details until the end as Asha unravels the past. The plot is deceptively simple at first, but has side plots seamlessly woven in, adding the mystery, character development, and suspense. Though the twist ending wasn’t entirely surprising, and somewhat cliche, it had new aspects and the perfect amount of foreshadowing. Asha, the main character, is multi-faceted, and nowhere near perfect. She seems very human, and she is, though not exactly likeable, a character that you want to succeed. Torwin, though a side character and the love interest, has dimensions and purpose. He is essential to the storyline and an amazing character. The refreshing twist on soulmates is wonderfully done, as it still needs leaves the element of choice. Both the major antagonist and the “side” antagonist’s motives are slightly unclear, but otherwise well-rounded characters. The story ends dramatically but conclusively, even as it leaves questions for the readers. Overall, The Last Namsara is a wonderful book, filled with excitement, betrayal, and love. 5/5
- @SoleilAngel of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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