Title: A Girl Named Calamity
Author: Danielle Lori
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
I was a simple farm girl living in the magical land, Alyria, where men ruled and women only existed.
Call me sheltered. Call me naive. I was probably both. I never expected to be the key to Alyria’s destruction.
The journey I was on wasn’t only one to save me. But one where I had a lot of learning to do. With men. With magic. And with myself.
But I wasn’t alone. I had an escort. One I wasn’t so sure about. But one I couldn’t afford to lose and one I wasn’t so sure I could even leave.
I had many hopes. But the most important one was that my name wouldn’t become my fate.
WARNING: This novel contains blood, violence, profanity, and some sexual content.
It does end on a cliffhanger.
Wow! What a debut!
Danielle Lori weaves a fantastic tale of a simple and very sheltered farm girl, Calamity. She is living this quiet life on a farm with her grandmother and she is perfectly content. Until one day, her long lost mother returns and everything changes. Calamity loses everything she has ever known.
Calamity possesses a power she didn’t even know she had. Others were aware and Calamity must go on the run to protect herself and the magic she possesses. She hires a bodyguard, an assassin by trade, to escort her.
Here’s the thing about A Girl Named Calamity, it is a very smart book. It may present itself as fantasy and romance, but underneath the covers of this book lies a truth and you don’t have to look to far to find it. The men in Calamity’s world are mysoginists seeing women as only things to be kept and used. As Calamity runs, she begins to see the world for what it truly is and she doesn’t like it. Frankly, I don’t either. This book really appealed to my feminist soul. When she chose to hire the bodyguard, she wasn’t sure she could trust him. Was he like all the others? Calamity really comes into her own on her journey.
I was highly impressed with this book. I loved the fantasy aspect, watching Calamity grow into a woman and the romance didn’t hurt either. I will warn you, as mentioned above, the book does end on a cliffhanger, but don’t let that dissuade you from reading it. I for one love cliffhangers, because it means there is just more to come!
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