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Damsel /

by Arnold, Elana K [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Balzer + Bray, An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]Edition: First edition.Description: 309 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780062742322; 0062742329.Subject(s): Dragons -- Juvenile fiction | Princes -- Fiction | Legends -- Fiction | Magic -- Fiction | Fantasy | Dragons -- Fiction | Fantasy Fiction | Fantasy fiction | Fiction | Juvenile works | Young adult works | Fantasy fiction | Young adult fiction | Fantasy fictionAwards: National Book Award Finalist.Summary: "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"--Front jacket flap.
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<p>*A 2019 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book*</p> <p>A dark, twisted, unforgettable fairy tale from Elana K. Arnold, author of the National Book Award finalist What Girls Are Made Of</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p>

"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"--Front jacket flap.

National Book Award Finalist.

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Horn Book Review

This original fairy tale begins with Prince Emory on the dangerous quest required to prove himself worthy of his fathers recently vacated throne: saving a damsel from a dragon. But following the successful (off-page) rescue, it quickly becomes clear that our protagonist is the damsel herself, who has no memory of how she got to the dragons lair or of her life before it. Emory names her Ama and whisks her away to his walled kingdom to await their wedding day. Initially obliging, Ama soon begins to despair of her captivity and exploitationand the cruel sense of ownership underlying Emorys actions. Thematically supporting subplots include the lynx kitten Ama adopts after it is orphaned by Emory; the hawks blinded and tamed by the castles falconer; and the servants and villagers entirely at the new kings whim. Eventually, after meeting the kingdoms famed glassblower, Ama discovers an unusual aptitude for the craft and much-sought clues to her past. Hints along the way suggest Amas true origin and the nature of her rescue well before they are revealed, but the conclusion of her tale is nevertheless both surprising and satisfying. Though somewhat reminiscent in plot of Beagles The Last Unicorn, Arnolds wrenching tale is more akin in theme and tone to Lanagans Tender Morsels (rev. 9/08) or The Brides of Rollrock Island (rev. 9/12)lyrical, brutal, and unapologetically feminist. katie bircher (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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