Danielle Lori is a brand new-to-me author. She found my blog and asked if I wanted to read her book, A Girl Named Calamity. Well, as we all know, I really enjoy reading and will read just about everything. If I could manage to take a book into the shower with me, I would read there too. So, the obvious answer was yes. And so I read it, and now I’m going to share my review and my thoughts with you.
Calamity lives with her grandmother in Alger, a village in the country of Alyria. Alyria has magic, and that magic used to be available to everyone, but a few bad people ruined it for everyone. Because of that, the magic has been sealed so that it is one with the land. The only people who can get to that magic now are the people who have some native talent for it. Calamity’s grandmother has some magic and is the healer for her area. She also has some feelings or intuitions, she says that Alyria talks to her.
Calamity is in her 20s, and has no magic. Or at least that’s what she’s thought her entire life. She has a pair of silver cuffs that she always has to wear. She’s worn them her entire life and her grandmother has told her to never take them off. Calamity feels like they are chaining her to something, chaining her to life in Alger, a small life.
One day, her grandmother comes home with a horse, which is completely unnecessary, but she insists that they need the horse. Calamity finally just says whatever, and lets it go. That night, her mother shows up. Calamity wakes up with her mother prying one of the cuffs off her arm. Calamity yells, her grandmother wakes up, and yells at Cal’s mother. Her grandmother raised her, her mother had never really had anything to do with her, and didn’t even know her name. Cal’s grandmother tells her mother, when asked, that she was named Calamity because that was what the mother said she wanted. The mother says, oh, hey, that was a joke. Whatever it was, that’s what she was named. Which is only somewhat beside the point. At this point, Calamity’s grandmother tells her that she needs to leave. The fact that one of her cuffs was off means that “they” could find her and that they would be on their way. Her grandmother packs everything up and puts her on the horse, and tells her where to go.
While Calamity is getting ready, her grandmother also tells her that she is destined to be the person who can open the seal and let the magic back out into Alyria, so she has to go. She needs to go to a nearby town, through the Red Forest, get an escort, and then go to Undelay City. The Red Forest is pretty damn blood-chilling, mostly because it is covered in blood. It rains blood. You touch the trees and your hand gets bloody. You get the idea.
When Calamity gets to Cameron City, she finds an inn and is given a direction in which to search for an escort. She’s trying to be inconspicous and dress like a man, but everyone in the tavern she goes to knows that she isn’t. But, at that tavern is where she finds Weston. Weston is an assisian. She asks him to be her escort but he turns her down. When she gets ready to go back in the morning, Weston shows up and tells her that he’ll take her.
OK, here is where we’re going to leave for spoilers. But, before that, I want to mention a few things. While I have marked this as a romance, it only sort of is. There’s a start of a romance, but Weston does everything he can to discourage Calamity from having any kind of romantic feelings about him. He’s more than just a little bit of a dick sometimes. Calamity doesn’t want to like him, but there is part of her that does.
The world building is good, and Danielle is very descriptive about her world. It has some interesting things that I wouldn’t have necessarily have considered before. There are times when I personally thought it was a smidge slow, but in general it was pretty good and well-paced. I liked the book well enough that the second one is high on TBR, especially since it ended up on a cliffhanger. There is violence, there is language, and there is some sexual activity, but in general, that part of it is pretty tame.
OK, I’m just going to jump right in with this theory, because I’ve been bursting with it the since the second I came up with it. I think that Calamity is the seal. She’s been fought over, at one point, a mage takes her away and tries to use her. Weston says that she has to stay a virigin to do what needs to be done. No one knows where the seal is, and the the mage seemed surprised that Calamity didn’t know. I just think that she is it.
Part of the prophecy surrounding her is that she is born of a prostitute and a king, which I’m pretty sure that Weston knows, since he keeps calling her princess. He seems to know a lot more about her than she does. There’s also the fact that the mysterious being in the forest bit her and then all of a sudden became very, very subservient and apologetic to Calamity, so her father is obviously someone very important.
If you ask me, it’s obvious that Weston does care for her and wants her, because he’s promised to kill any man who touches her, and once the two of them bond, he tells her that she will be a virgin for life, since she can’t be far away from him and he won’t let anyone touch her. I can’t wait to read the next one so that I can find out.
My TBR just keeps getting higher and higher and higher. LOL. Not that I’m complaining. I’m only complaining because I have to move in 9 days, which means my reading and blogging time will be cut down next week.
Anyway, that’s my review on this book. Danielle Lori kindly provided me with an ARC of this book so that I can review it. I was really excited about that because she was the first author that I didn’t know at all who submitted a book to me to review and blog about. So, cheers to Danielle! Everyone show her some love.
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