A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman
Series: Valiant Hearts #1
Published by Baker Publishing Group on March 3rd 2015
Genres: Christian, General, Historical, Medieval, Religious, Romance, Young Adult Fiction
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.
"Sleiman launches an action-packed, historical series of adventure and romance, starring a strong, intelligent female Robin Hood who lives up to the famous outlaw's reputation. This fun read makes a great adult-YA crossover for Robin Hood fans who enjoy a twist to a classic tale." -Library Journal, starred review
WOW! I don’t often start a review with such an exclamation but Dauntless was amazing! I don’t often read a book that will give me cold chills. I may cry but cold chills are a first for me. There were so many genuine emotions as I read this book. Sadness, anger, grief…I was so invested in the lives of Merry and her little band of men.
If you’re anything like me and you love a Robin Hood story, you’ll love this book. I do feel the need to clarify, this is not a feminized version of the classic Robin Hood story.
I loved the elements of faith in this book. It isn’t often that an author will write about a heroine who has lost her faith completely. Given the circumstances, I understand why Merry had given up hope. But, I never could have anticipated the circumstances that made God real to her. I am not joking when I say this book gave me cold chills. It surprised me so much that I sent a picture to my bestie with the caption,”This book gave me cold chills.” If you’re not big on miracles—this may not be the book for you. But, I happen to love them and I sobbed like a baby.
I have no idea why I waited so long to read this book. Had I known it was this good, I would have picked it up ages ago! I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!