DAMSEL is not about a helpless princess, waiting to be saved from the handsome prince. Instead, in this story, the handsome prince is vile and throws the naïve princess down into a mountain to be sacrificed to a dragon. This story reveals that not all fairytales have happy endings, nor do they work out for the women, but that it takes just one determined mind to change the path of the future. DAMSEL sets up a visual tale, in preparation for the upcoming Netflix film!
A damsel in distress takes on the dragon herself in this epic twist on classic fantasy. Based on a screenplay by Dan Mazeau, this is a groundbreaking collaboration between New York Times bestselling author Evelyn Skye and the team behind the upcoming Netflix film Damsel, starring Millie Bobby Brown.
A price must be paid.
Elodie never dreamed of a lavish palace or a handsome prince. As she grew up in the famine-stricken realm of Inophe, her deepest wish was to help her people survive each winter. So when a representative from a rich, reclusive kingdom offers her family enough wealth to save Inophe in exchange for Elodie’s hand in marriage, she accepts without hesitation. Swept away to the glistening kingdom of Aurea, Elodie is quickly taken in by the beauty of the realm—and of her betrothed, Prince Henry.
But as Elodie undertakes the rituals to become an Aurean princess, doubts prick at her mind as cracks in the kingdom’s perfect veneer begin to show: A young woman who appears and vanishes from the castle tower. A parade of torches weaving through the mountains. Markings left behind in a mysterious V. Too late, she discovers that Aurea’s prosperity has been purchased at a heavy cost—each harvest season, the kingdom sacrifices its princesses to a hungry dragon. And Elodie is the next sacrifice.
This ancient arrangement has persisted for centuries, leading hundreds of women to their deaths. But the women who came before Elodie did not go quietly. Their blood pulses with power and memory, and their experiences hold the key to Elodie’s survival. Forced to fight for her life, this damsel must use her wits to defeat a dragon, uncover Aurea’s past, and save not only herself but the future of her new kingdom as well.
About the Author
Evelyn Skye is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, including Damsel (which will soon be a Netflix film starring Millie Bobby Brown, Robin Wright, and Angela Bassett) and The Hundred Loves of Juliet. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, and she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and daughter.
“Elegant and explosive, Damsel has all the fantasy, beauty, dragons, and intrigue of Game of Thrones, elevated by a feminist lens and a powerful heroine—a long line of heroines—determined to do right by the world and by her fellow women.”—Delilah S. Dawson, New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Phasma and The Violence
“A must-read novel by a must-read author, this brilliant story sparkles with adventure, unexpected love, and stunning twists expertly crafted. Block off an entire day—you’re not going to want to put Damsel down.”—Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of Give the Dark My Love and Night of the Witch
“With deft prose and intricate invention, Damsel brings the perfect spin to a fantasy fairy tale.”—Chloe Gong, #1 New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights