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Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

September 17, 2018

At once darkly tense, boldly feminist, and stunningly original, Damsel is the twisty new YA fairy tale from National Book Award finalist Elana K. Arnold.

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.


Published 15th November 2018 | Hardback | 9780062742322 | RRP £12.99

If you’re a bookseller in the UK or Ireland and you’d like an advance reading copy of Damsel, please send your request, along with your name and bookshop address, to Ammara at independentthinking@harpercollins.co.uk.


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