Damsel

Damsel Review

The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: when the prince-who-will-be-king comes of age, he must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been.

When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, however, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon, or what horrors she has faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome prince, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny to sit on the throne beside him. Ama comes with Emory back to the kingdom of Harding, hailed as the new princess, welcomed to the court.

However, as soon as her first night falls, she begins to realize that not all is as it seems, that there is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows–and that the greatest threats to her life may not be behind her, but here, in front of her.

Title:Damsel

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Emily May

    Secrets, like memories, do not disappear just because they are buried by snow or time or distance. What an ugly, awful little book. I thought it was pretty awesome, too, but then I’m a fan of Arnol...

  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink

    I honestly can't give this one a rating, and that is largely due to the number of triggers - including graphic sexual assault, rape, self-harm, mental and physical abuse, suicide, and animal harm. Ple...

  • Tatiana

    4.5 starsOh boy, this novel is going to get so many 1-star reviews! This is what happens when a book like this is marketed as YA. Are there going to be any teens that would read and like it? I doubt i...

  • Melanie

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. “For Emory to take his father’s place as king, he must do as his father had done, and his father before him. He must ...

  • destiny ? [howling libraries]

    When I first heard about this, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I saw it hailed as a dark fairytale retelling, but I’ve been promised that many times by other stories that delivered on the “retelli...

  • Candace Robinson

    I'm all about equality for everyone, but I felt like this book definitely put men to shame, and that's a real effing shame.Also, Emory was a weird guy, like sometimes he felt cocky but okay, but then ...

  • Tadiana ?Night Owl?

    2.5 stars. Are you REALLY angry about how men treat women, dismissively and as sex objects? If so, read on. If not, your mileage may vary with this allegorical fantasy about a prince, a damsel and a d...

  • Jeff Zentner

    Elana Arnold is a master of writing the struggles of young women and the violence they endure. DAMSEL is a story that feels both modern and ancient, a harrowing and compelling gothic fairytale of a yo...

  • Alana ? thebookishchick

    tw: rape, physical/sexual/emotional assault, mentions of suicide & self harmThere were things I really loved about this and then there were other things that legitimately turned  my stomach. Because ...

  • Sabrina The Trash Queen

    That end was just what I need it.Die fucker, bye you pissed of shit, you will not be missed.This is the sort of book that is going to get a lot of 1 stars rating our none at all.Is hard to give a rati...