Happy new book Tuesday! I’m wanted to wish everyone letting a book into the world a happy book birthday!!
I’m sorry, I had to put this in there. (It is, after all, the day I’m going to see BTS IN CONCERT!!)
ANYWAY! I’m here today to talk about Damsel by Elana K. Arnold, which is a really important book to talk about now more than ever. Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy! This did not in any way impact the way I read and reviewed this book.
Author: Elana K. Arnold
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: October 2, 2018
My rating: 4/5 Goodreads stars
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.
I was really excited to read this book when I got it in the mail. I had just seen it coming across my recommended lists in Amazon.
The first part of the book was pretty eerie. It chronicles how Emory saves Ama and defeats the dragon. I thought it was strange how everything was characterized, and I knew immediately I wouldn’t really like Emory.
The further the book carried on the more I got anxious for Ama. (I just want to say I had a feeling, referring to the end.) I was enraged for Ama the more Emory got controlling (not that he wasn’t at the very beginning). The more Ama dug into her surroundings in Harding, the more the mystery grew and the more self-aware she became. I loved how much she grew throughout the year. It was amazing to see her empower herself.
I didn’t know how to feel about Emory’s mother. There’s a lot she had to contribute to Ama finding herself, but she also didn’t really encourage Ama to leave the toxic environment.
The ending, finding out what the third weapon was, and seeing what ultimately happened was pretty epic. I was satisfied that we got to see Ama become herself. I knew that it would be a happy ending for Ama.
This highlights the important topic of how we build these kinds of happy narratives about the knight in shining armor. Emory genuinely doesn’t do anything wrong in the book, but he does! He does really terrible things, and they find it excusable.
I sincerely hope you read this book, because it’s so empowering.