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Damsel

Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A dark, twisted, unforgettable fairy tale from Elana K. Arnold, author of the National Book Award finalist What Girls Are Made Of.

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.

©2018 Elana K. Arnold (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Em
  • 01-27-19

Meh

Interesting premise, but not cleverly executed.

There’s a fair amount of build up, but all character and story revelations are squeezed into the last few chapters.

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How I love this story!

Marvelously written, I was emotionally riveted to the very end.
My new favorite book.
Thank you, Elana!

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I should've skipped this one...

I was so excited to listen to this one. A feminist tale involving a princess and a dragon? That's right up my alley... unfortunately this bypassed all expectations from the get go... The best word I can use to describe it is unpleasant. And that's being nice. I had thought originally that it was intended for a YA audience... I'd feel insanely uncomfortable giving this one to a teen. As a bookseller I would never sell this to a teen in a million years. Between the millions of sexual references, to the abundant abuse (sexual, verbal, gaslighting), to the beastiality... and the particularly graphic descriptions of skinning a rabbit, sewing a bird's eyes shut... I'm getting queasy again thinking about it. I did make it to the end, simply because I had to know what redeeming thing the author was going to do to make up for it all, and while she does finally free Ama from the horribleness of the world, it didn't make up for the rest. The story was not intruiging enough to hold the weight of what it was trying to do. Personally, if I could go back and do it again, I'd totally skip this one.

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The author did an amazing job with descriptive details and really painted an amazing picture for the reader.

The performance kept me entertained throughout the entire story and her voice and natural accent fed into the story line more and more with every sentence.

The only downside is that I felt the story became rushed towards the end and lost the descriptive qualities and capturing nature. It wasn't until the last few paragraphs where the descriptiveness picked up again.

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  • Harriet Day
  • 12-27-18

Painfully over-acted and predictable

I’m so sorry, because I want to give more good reviews to female authors and novels with powerful female leads, but this was too heavy-handed in its “All men are pigs and here is why” storytelling and the narrator also lacked all subtlety in her reading: everything was far too breathy and over the top.
Some interesting ideas, though!