Title: A Wild and Unremarkable Thing
Author: Jen Castleberry
Publisher: The Parliament House
Publication Date: January 23, 2018
Page Count: 240
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
Cayda has spent her entire life training to slay a Fire Scale. Now the time has come to leave her dragon-ravaged village behind, march into the Summer Alps, and reap the rewards of a Champion. But the road between poverty and prosperity is rife with beasts, betrayals, and baser temptations. Sensible Cayda soon discovers she’s not the only Champion with her eye on the prize, or the only one wearing a disguise.
A Wild and Unremarkable Thing pits girl against dragon in a stunning blend of Greek mythology and medieval lore. Don’t miss the thrilling novella that readers are calling poetic, enchanting, and a must-read for fans of fantasy!
A Wild and Unremarkable Thing by Jen Castleberry is a young adult fantasy novella that I was lucky enough to win in a giveaway from the publisher, The Parliament House. A bit of a medieval tale involving dragons with some Greek mythology mixed into it.
Cayda was a young girl that fell victim to her father’s cruelty when one day she even had to give up her name and identity with her father telling her she was to be presented as a boy and known as Cody. Cody spent all the time training to slay a Fire Scale (dragon) but finds the road to becoming a champion was not what Cody thought it would be.
First I’ll mention that Jen Castleberry is a very talented writer with often being even a bit poetic when telling the story. However, for myself I wasn’t a huge fan of the sometimes overly descriptive and often wordy style as it’s not a favorite of mine but especially in a novella that I feel needs to move at a quicker pace. I would be curious as to what she would come up with in a full length novel though as the story was certainly interesting and a creative world built in the shorter time.This would be one that seemed to be a lot packed into the short read but a lot left that a fuller book could have led to revealing if going deeper into the world so I was left a bit on the fence with this one thinking it was just and Ok read for me in the end.
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About the author:
Jen Castleberry resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and pets. Her background is in Communications and Animal Welfare. All of her pets are named after superheroes!