Title: A Wild and Unremarkable Thing
Author: Jen Castleberry
Date of Publication: January 23rd, 2018
Fifteen years have passed since a Fire Scale scorched Cayda’s village. Fifteen years of beatings, of bare kitchen cupboards and sloppy swordplay. Fifteen years of biting her lip for her father’s cane while her younger sisters did the same for the grimy patrons of the village brothels. Fifteen years of staring steadfastly after beauty in an increasingly ugly world.
Now, with hair shorn and breast bound, Cayda marches into the Summer Alps as Cody, a hopeful Champion seeking a dragon-slayer’s reward, with the full weight of her family’s survival on her shoulders.
But the road between poverty and prosperity is rife with beasts, betrayals, and baser temptations. Sensible Cayda soon discovers that she is not the only Champion with her eye on the prize, or the only one wearing a disguise.
With monsters, gods, and royalty hot on her heels, Cayda must ask herself if victory is worth sacrificing her identity for – or her life.
A Wild and Unremarkable Thing pits girl against dragon in a stunning blend of Greek mythology and medieval lore. Readers will not quickly forget the diverse cast or the thrilling, sexy ride!
Wow, I seriously loved the writing in this one. It’s also written in third person present tense which worked really well. There are several POV’s in this, and I actually enjoyed them all, which is hard for me sometimes.
I really felt for Cody AKA Cayda for how she had to live because of her father and what her sister’s had to do for money. Penn was an interesting character, and I loved him! The crown prince had me grinning with his ridiculousness ways, but he was great!
The book had me at death god—plus dragon type stuff that was seriously awesome. Cayda was a great female character that even though she couldn’t be who she truly wanted to be in the beginning, she was still strong.
Overall, this was the perfect length and a lovely ride that I didn’t want to exit. A fun read that I definitely recommend.
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