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. @goodreads
I freaking love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's on my favorites list now =)
And it has dragons ♥
I put off reading this book for a long time because I thought it was just about some jerk girl that was killing dragons. I don't do killing dragons books. Unless it's just some random thing in the book.
THIS. IS. NOT. THAT. BOOK.
In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of the 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.
Asha is the Iskari in the book. She tells stories to lure the dragons out. The stories are against the law. She follows the Old One. Someone is coming to her in her thoughts and dreams. She kills dragons. She thought she had a reason. She was wrong.
Let me first say that I LOVE:
Asha - Iskari
Torwin - love interest - slave
Safire - Cousin
Dax - Brother
Elorma - Namsara
Kozu - Dragon
Shadow - Dragon
There are a few others that play parts that are awesome too.
Asha is supposed to marry, Jarek. He's a jerk that is the commandant to the king. The King is Asha's father. He's a jerk. Jarek is a jerk. I wanted them dead from the moment I met them. Then the more evil things I found out the more I wanted to kill them myself.
Safire is Asha's cousin. She's fierce and she trains with Asha. Safire is her own force to be reckoned with and she is Asha's dearest friend as well.
Torwin is a slave to Jarek. I love Torwin so much. Torwin is treated badly by the jerk, Jarek!. And Asha and Torwin slowly become interested in each other. I mean it's so slow I thought I was going to ooze out into the floor with the tension. All of you insta-love haters will love that.
Asha's father tells her if she goes and kills the first dragon, Kozu, that he will call off her wedding to Jarek. Asha is all for this because Kozu is the dragon that burned her when she was young.
Things are not what they seem and Asha finds out things that are horrific. Things about her father, things that happened to her as a child. Why her mother died. Why her brother Dax is slowly dying. Why she will become the best of what she truly is with the help of her family and friends and her love.
There is a part. Well there are many parts, that I wanted Jarek dead. But this was the last straw and he became nothing.
"I'm going to kill him."
Safire dragged Asha out of the pool of dragon blood and brought her to the lake edge, trying to wash it from her knees and legs.
"I'm going to gut him with my bare hands and use his entrails for dragon bait."
But at least there was a happy ending! But we shall see what happens in the next book!