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Review | Dauntless

Where Legend and History Collide,
One Young Woman Will Fight for the Innocent

Born a baron’s daughter, Lady Merry Ellison is now an enemy of the throne after her father’s failed assassination attempt upon the king. Bold and uniquely skilled, she is willing to go to any lengths to protect the orphaned children of her former village–a group that becomes known as “The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest.” Merry finds her charge more difficult as their growing notoriety brings increasing trouble their way.

Timothy Grey, ninth child of the Baron of Greyham, longs to perform some feat so legendary that he will rise from obscurity and earn a title of his own. When the Ghosts of Farthingale Forest are spotted in Wyndeshire, where he serves as assistant to the local earl, he might have found his chance. But when he comes face-to-face with the leader of the thieves, he’s forced to reexamine everything he’s known.

* from Goodreads

Hott Review:

I’ve been wanting to read Dauntless since it was first released. Every time I see the cover or read the synopsis my desire grows anew.

As I read, I was transported to a simpler but much more complicated time. The joys of castle living, impromptu dances, traveling troubadours. The fears of following the wrong king, practicing the wrong religion, being related to the wrong people. These are the things that make for a great novel.

Yet, I didn’t enjoy it.

In what I read of Dauntless, it was a preparing to be a great Christian Romance. Both Merry and Timothy were fighting evil for their place in the world. Merry had stopped believing in God and Timothy was questioning His guidance.

The descriptions and conversations are interesting and realistic. Any one of them may have happened… and probably did.

I just never connected with any of them. I didn’t NEED to know what would happen next. I had to force myself to read another page. I never once laughed.

Nope, Dauntless is just not the book for me.


Author: Dina L. Sleiman
Source: I purchased Dauntless on March 16, 2016 when it was Free
Publisher & Date: March 3rd 2015 by Bethany House Publishers
Genre: Christian, Adventure, Historical Romance, YA
ISBN: 0764213121 (ISBN13: 9780764213120)
Pages: 368
Grade: DNF
Ages: 16+ — even in what I read there was a bit more romance than I’d suggest for younger readers
Steam: YA — to 50% which is where I gave up
Setting: Wyndeshire, England 1216
Series: Valiant Hearts #1

Author Bio:

Dina L. SleimanAward-winning author, Dina Sleiman, writes stories of passion and grace. Most of the time you will find this Virginia Beach resident reading, biking, dancing, or hanging out with her husband and three children, preferably at the oceanfront. Since finishing her Professional Writing MA in 1994, she has enjoyed many opportunities to teach literature, writing, and the arts. Her debut novel, Dance of the Dandelion with Whitefire Publishing, won an Honorable Mention in the 2012 Selah Awards, and her cross-over YA novel, Dauntless, won the 2016 Carol Award. Also look for her books, Love in Three-Quarter Time, Dance from Deep Within, and the rest of her Valiant Hearts series with Bethany House Publishers. Dina serves as an acquisitions editor for WhiteFire as well, and she loves to represent them at writers conferences throughout the US. Join her as she discovers the unforced rhythms of grace.

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