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.
In this story we have a character who been forced to believe that she is pretty much the person who has destroyed and cursed the world. She been told that the old stories about dragons are what killed her mother and she was the one who brought it about by whispering it to lure dragons to her. She uses the old dragons stories to kill dragons. Now i am a lover so why would i want to read a story about a character who hunts them and kills them. Good question.
That is how this story starts out but it turns out it so much more then that and you end up with love, heart ache, attachment to dragons and most of wonderful dragon stories. I love the little tidbits in between chapters that gave us those forbidden dragon stories.
I love torwin to pieces and felt so much anguish for him, shadow the dragon is by far the best dragon portrayed in the story and warning you probably gonna shed some tears for that one at some point in the story. I really felt for Asha through out the whole story. This was a wonderful debut novel and excited to read The Caged Queen later in 2018.