Author: Elana K. Arnold
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Genre: YA, Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)
This book does require a lot of trigger warnings, rape, sexual assault, suicide, abuse, animal harm and self harm.
I don’t really recommend this book unless you really want to read the satisfying ending because that was the best bit!
I traded for this arc as I was super excited to read it as it sounded really good. This review will be a spoiler review because I’ve got things I need to say so if you don’t want to hear about the ending or anything like that, it’s time to turn away.
This story is about a damsel who is rescued from a dragon by Prince Emory, we start this story by reading about Prince Emory and his journey to become King, he needs to slay a dragon and rescue the Damsel to become his bride, according to his mother, “Your sword is one weapon. Your mind is another. But you have a third, and to conquer the dragon you shall need all three.”
We don’t find out what the third weapon is until the very end of the book, but I will tell you later on in this review, I promise.
The damsel is a girl named Ama, which Emory names her because she has no memory of her past or of who she is. She goes with Emory back to his kingdom of Harding where she discovers not all is what it seems. She won’t put her past behind her, she’s determined to figure out who she is. On their way back to Harding, Ama discovers a Lynx and her cub in which Emory kills the mother, asshole, and Ama saves the little Lynx cub to keep as her own which obviously Emory hates.
The beginning of this book reminded me of Shrek, the first film, where Shrek saves Fiona from a dragon except the Prince is Lord Farquaad, an absolute asshole but in a different way. With Prince Emory, he was just obsessed with sex and Ama being his object, Ama burned her hand by accident and when Emory finds out he says, “How dare you burn the hand on my bride.” ITS NOT YOUR HAND MATE, LEAVE HER ALONE YOU PENIS. The book was just so repetitive, it felt like it was becoming so predictable and boring.
THE ENDING THOUGH, Ama discovers that she was a dragon and she and Emory argue about this, how he entered her lair and took away her freedom and this is where we discover what his third weapon is, are you ready?
So Emory needed, to conquer a dragon, his sword, his mind and one other thing, YOU WILL NEVER GUESS WHAT HIS THIRD WEAPON WAS.. GO ON, GUESS.
Yes you heard that right, IT’S HIS PENIS.
THE REALISATION THAT WENT THROUGH MY MIND AT THIS EXACT MOMENT.. THIS WAS ME!!
I was just sat there like, what in the.. the prince had fucked a dragon to turn it into a damsel.
WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK.
BUT THE ACTUAL ENDING AFTER THIS IS SO SATISFYING! She stabs the motherfucker that is Emory, cuts him open, pulls out his still beating heart and eats it. So he’s dead and she turns back into a fabulous dragon and flies away. Amazing. I had a feeling that she was a dragon because she has amber eyes like the dragon is described to have at the very beginning of the book and she can’t ever be cold because she’ll just wither away and die.
Overall, the book was awful, I hated Emory and the idea of the book, it could’ve been SO MUCH BETTER. At first I thought, okay, this book could be really cute and have a happy ending where everyones happy but the only good thing was the ending. Like seriously. I got bored of Emory swinging his yard around everywhere and Ama doing the same thing over and over again pretty much. Again, I don’t really recommend this book but it is a very short and quick read, I don’t really see this as a YA book because of the way it is, it would probably have been better off being marketed at NA instead. I don’t plan on buying a full cover copy myself if I’m being honest.
This was my first ever spoiler review and my god does it feel good to write all of this, especially as it’s not yet released and no one to talk to about it at the moment, links below to Goodreads etc.