Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman

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Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman

Published: 2015

Publisher: Bethany House

Series: Valiant Hearts(Book 1)

Goodreads Summary: Though once a baron’s daughter, Lady Merry Ellison is willing to go to any lengths to protect the orphaned children of her former village. Dubbed “The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest,” her band of followers soon become enemies of the throne when they hijack ill-gotten gold meant for the king.
Timothy Grey, the 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, will he choose fame or love?

     Dauntless takes readers into the Medieval(Middle Ages) a time period many know and love. If you know the story of Robin Hood then this book might interest you. Merry is the leader of a young group of teens and children who were orphaned when their parents were killed. They steal food and supplies to survive but the king things it’s a group of men not kids. Timothy works for a Lord and takes on finding these outlaws so he can advance in his career. What he doesn’t expect is to know the leader of the group. Will he follow through with his plans or allow his heart o create a new one.

What I liked: I couldn’t help but like Merry and her group of young kids. She had more courage than most, but she still did not believe God loved her after losing her family and all she held dear. Timothy wanted to save Merry from certain death but found himself drawn to her whole group. The other teens who Merry worked and lived with were fun side characters and it will be interesting to see who we follow in the next few books. 

What I did not like: The one thing about this book that made it a little hard for me to relate to was how young everyone was. The oldest kids in the group were only teenagers. They were written more like adults and it just felt weird at times. This book might even be considered YA.

     Overall I liked it and look forward to the next book in the series. This can be a fun time period to read about and this book did a great job of making me feel like I was there. Definitely a book to add to your reading list.

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DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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One Response to Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman

  1. Dina Sleiman says:

    Hi Abbie, I saw your review on goodreads and found one of your points really interesting, so I stopped by to say hi. First, it is indeed a YA book. It says juvenile fiction on the back for those who have the print version (although I’ve asked for it to be changed to teen.) But we’re hoping it will cross over to adults too.

    However the interesting part is that they did not have a concept of teenagers in the Middle Ages. You kind of went straight from child to adult. Many married and took on full adult responsibilities in their teen years, including adult professions. This is partly because of the shorter life spans due to disease and war. Anyway, I’m writing book 3 right now, and struggling with exactly that issue, so I found it interesting that you brought it up. How much do I make them seem like adults and how much do I bring out their youthfulness?

    Any suggestions?

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