Author: Elana K. Arnold
Narrator: Elizabeth Knowelden
Length: 7 hours 41 minutes
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
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.
You guys! I missed October’s Libro.fm AudioBook Spotlight!!! I’m horrible! 😩
October was a crazy month for me, crazier than usual I should say. But no excuses- I forgot! But that just means an extra month of AudioBook Spotlights (guilty smile)!
Anyway, back to my AudioBook Spotlight. I’ve been listening to Damsel for a while now. It’s not a long audiobook but I haven’t been driving that much, so it keeps falling to the wayside (again, yes, I know, i’m horrible). However, this audiobook is terrific! I’m not a big YA/Teen person but this one passes my test. It’s so intense that I find myself clenching the steering wheel while driving. It’s just one of those books that sucks you in. The narrator does such a fantastic job that I forget that I am listening to a book- you know how it is when you forget your reading a books?
I’m completely loving it and have fallen in love with Elena K. Arnold in turn. This book is not for kids though- don’t let the YA stamp fool you. This is an intense book that deal with very adult situations. It definitely holds true to the 14+ age recommendation. I’m not one of those people that likes to shelter kids but I feel like a warning needs to be said. Don’t just through this book at a young teen or preteen, unless you want to have conversations with kids you or they might not be ready for. Completely up to you! Read with caution!
Hopefully I will have this audiobook finished soon. I only have about an hour left, so fingers crossed!