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A Wild and Unremarkable Thing
by Jen Castleberry
Genre: YA Fantasy
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!


My Review

5 stars

Every fifteen years a Fire Scale comes, destroys, and kills. But there is great reward for the one that can kill a Fire Scale. Cody was born Cayla, the eldest daughter, but her father turned her into a boy at a young age. He has trained Cody to be a dragon killer. If she can kill the dragon then she can save her family. Her mother is a drunk and her sisters work in a brothel all hoping for her to save them all.

But she is not the only one out to kill the Fire Scale. Along her journey she meets several people with many secrets of their own. She starts to questions things about herself yet has to stay strong to save her family.

This book instantly drew me in with the beautiful description of a dragon destroying a city. From there it jumps to Cody remembering how she had been turned into a boy. There is so much pressure on Cody’s shoulders at a time when she is unsure of herself. There is a variety of people that you meet. Some wonderful and are a great addition to the story.  Other’s are needed in the story but you will love to hate them.

This is a quick but remarkable read. I loved this story and can’t wait to read more from Jen Castleberry. I have added Cargo to my list of books to purchase.

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!
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