Release Date: October 2, 2018
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre(s): Young adult, fantasy, romance, action, mystery, adventure, epic, fairytale, political intrigue, retelling.
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.
Why I’m excited for this book:
First of all I have to say how beautiful that dang cover is! It definitely giving me the fantasy fairytale vibes that are so intriguing about this book. I’m getting some Sleeping Beauty retelling vibes from the summary but I am not sure if this is a retelling or more a story about how wrong it could’ve gone for the princesses if the old fashioned fairytales. Whichever one it turns out to be, I love this darker take on it! I am so excited to figure out who Ama was before she was captured by the dragon, what more there is to the legend and what threats she is going to face. I think this is going to be a fresh take on a fairytale and if this isn’t already on your TBR, then you better add it now!
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Well I hope it is a feminist retelling where the damsel doesn’t need saving at all! Hope you end up enjoying it!
Yes! That was secretly my hope as well. Fingers crossed!
Ooh I’m liking the sound of this! Definitely checking it out. And the cover is GORGEOUS
I know! I love that cover too. If you read it, let me know how you like it!
Nice cover design
Publishers seem to be on their cover game lately! Hahaha.
Ooo this cover is so pretty and the book sounds like it has serious potential. I hope you enjoy it and I might keep my eyes open for it too.
If you end up reading it let me know how you liked it!
I agree with Karla – I hope she is kickass and saves the boy this time 😉
That cover is stunning. The first part of the blurb sort of reminded me of Shrek.
Ooooooooh! Now that you meantion it, it really does!
Isn’t it? I adore it too.
That cover is stunning
Isn’t it? I love it!
Hope you enjoy it and its all you imagined and more!
How gorgeous is that cover. Not heard of the book before. It looks really intriguing.
I love that this book expands on the idea of post HEA! I hadn’t heard of it until little bit ago either. Looks great though!
That cover is breathtaking!
Isn’t it? I fell in love as soon as I saw it!
Great pick I’ve been seeing this book around a lot lately and it really does looks and sounds absolutely fantastic plus I absolutely love fantasy books. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.
Thank you all for your excitement! DAMSEL is an original fairy tale that is definitely connected to the darkest, most raw, original fairy tales–pre-sanitation.
I hope the book is meaningful for you.