Review: Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

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The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: When the king dies, his son the prince 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, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon or what horrors she faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome young man, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny of sitting on a throne beside him. It’s all like a dream, like something from a fairy tale.

As Ama follows Emory to the kingdom of Harding, however, she discovers that not all is as it seems. There is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows, and the greatest threats may not be behind her, but around her, now, and closing in.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

I’m a bit speechless after reading this book.  It was nothing close to what I was expecting. The beginning starts as a rescue and the characters are presented in this sweet light.  Emory takes care of Ama. After he takes her home the story gets crazy.  The story turns dark.  Ama is clueless to her life before, so she has no idea how to deal with the situation other than going with it.
The men in this story are truly less than desirable.  Their antiquated way of thinking annoyed me and the way they behaved as the ones in control over the women.  I couldn’t tell if Ama had any allies in the castle which I didn’t like.  The queen was such an ambiguous character.  Did she want Ama to conform or remember her life before?

The ending was shocking and well deserving, but it took me a long time to read through this book.  I truly didn’t care for the story.  The idea of saving a damsel to become king is not my idea of a good storyline, especially when you make her completely dependent on her savior.  She was not allowed to have any strength or ideas of her own.  I personally didn’t like the book.  However, feel free to check it out for yourselves.  I give it a 2 out of 5.

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