Fantasy Book Reviews

New Release Review: Damsel

Damsel

Title: Damsel
Author: Elana K. Arnold
Series: I really hope this is book one
Publisher: Harper Collins
Page Count: 300
Type of Book: New Release, Library Loan, Hardback
Review Word Count:
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Ah, the anticipation is over!

I finished this book in less than two hours. It was just over 300 pages. Even for me, that is a quick read. It stole my heart, stomped on it, and ripped it into shreds. The best thing about it? THAT ENDING!

This had all the feels, and then some. It had scenes that made me feel true rage towards a character which is a rare thing for me. It made me want to kill the ‘hero’ of the story, and in violent and painful ways for acting like such an incredible ass. What’s weird is that I also liked him at the start of the book and was rooting for him…until about a quarter of the way through the book, in which he basically just killed any feelings I had for him by SPOILER {killing a mama lynx for no reason and almost killing its baby too}.

Warnings: get your box of tissues ready, people. This book was brutal in the feels department, it has cats being killed, dragons being brutally slayed, one scene the main female character is led around a castle with a chain and leash, one suggested attempted assault, there’s a scene where a girl burns her hand, and main character death at the end of this book but it is SO WELL DESERVED. Oh, and one troubling scene of animals being tortured into submission, one brutal scene of that where a man sews a birds eyes shut.

This book features a dragon, a prince going off to slay the dragon to save the damsel, bring the damsel home so that he can be king, and is told alternatively between the girls point of view, and the boys. The girl is named Ama and the boy is named Emory.

Ama is confused, because she doesn’t remember anything from Emory saving her from the dragon. She doesn’t remember her name, her parentage-nothing. Emory tells her that she’s beautiful, and that he rescued her so that she could be his queen, and so on and so forth.

Now, it leaves it wide open to guess exactly where Ama comes from, if readers are smart and pay attention to all the signs that are given. There’s quite a few nods towards who Ama was before Emory rescued her. I won’t say anything, however, only that I really rather hated Emory in the end, as well as most of the men in this book.

This book had a lot of issues in regards to it being a ‘man’s world’ and that ‘women needed to learn their place’. I found it annoying but also realistic and wanted to strangle a fair few of the characters because of it. I must also note that I really liked the serving maids, as well as the glassblower (a glassblower in a fantasy book is awesome, even if he started out as a misogynist ass!) and the queen and all her cats. The overall cast of characters in the castle was interesting and I really wanted to read more about everyone and all their back-stories.

I really loved this book. I really hope that there’s going to be a follow up, because while it ended on a somewhat dark note, it also granted Ama her freedom again and was a happy note for her too. I’m sure that a sequel could be managed from this, and am eagerly looking forward to such if there is one.

I’m obviously giving this book a 5/5 stars, and am so pleased that this being an anticipated book reached all my levels of expectation and then some. My hat goes off to the author for a spectacular job well done. If you haven’t already gotten to this book yet, I highly recommend doing so. If you like fantasy, cats, dragons, and magic then this is definitely the book for you!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

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