Damsel: ARC Review


320 pages

Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Balzer + Bray

Thank you Edelweiss and the publisher for a ARC of this book.

Oh me oh my. Okay, first off, this is marketed as a YA and part of me wants to say, THIS IS NOT A YA BOOK, but the other part says, THIS IS IMPORTANT.

This was a fairly quick read for me, at only 320 pages, I got through 100 pages each day while I walked on the treadmill as I do with most of my e-arc books. Once I got halfway through though, I just had to devour it.

It starts off with a prince named Emory who is on a mission to slay a dragon to rescue his damsel. Seems simple enough, right? Once he accomplishes sadi tasks, we switch over povs to the damsel herself. She remembers nothing of her life before Emory saved her, which he does well to remind her, over and over and over…needless to say Emory turns out exponentially obnoxious with his hardcore sexism which is normal for this world apparently. Our damsel doesn’t know better and goes along with it at first and then she opens her eyes.

I don’t want to go into too much to give away important details, but this book has a lot of talk of penises, or “yards” (I giggled) and basically nonconsensual sexual acts that made me cringe.  As much as I wanted to say that this book didn’t need it after some thought I decided that it certainly did. It is sad that this almost feels modern with the violence that she endures from men around her.

The ending left something to be desired. I even “turned the page” just to see the Acknowledgment section and I almost cried.  All in all, it wasn’t a bad book. It read much older, but I enjoyed reading it.

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