Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman: My review with Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

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Read on for my review of "Dauntless", with CFBA:

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Bethany House Publishers (March 3, 2015)
Dina L. Sleiman


A word from the author:

Since selling my first book, I have also become an acquisitions editor for the company. I am a member of the Inkwell Inspirations blog, HEWN Marketing, ACFW, and a contributor to Christian Review of Books. I hold publishing credits in poetry and songwriting, and I was the writer and featured teacher in a nationally distributed instructional dance video for children. I have written several songs about the plight of the Islamic people, which have been produced in association with the Christian Broadcast Network. In addition, I have taught college and high school classes in writing and literature, as well as homeschool classes in the fine arts, and now enjoy teaching at writers conferences throughout the nation.


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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Dauntless, go HERE.

My review...

"Dauntless" is an often exciting read that is filled with adventure, suspense, and a healthy dose of romance to boot! The medieval setting of the novel made for some intriguing moments, and I absolutely loved the idea of a band of children surviving in the woods in Robin Hood type style, led by a brave young women who isn't afraid to use her bow and arrow! The characters are well-fleshed out, and female readers especially will appreciate the sweet romance that is developed between Merry and more than one young man. Merry's determination to protect the children who are in her care is admirable to behold, and the circumstances that led to the loss of all of their parents is horrifying to think about! And I enjoyed the way the author has woven godly encounters into the novel, as Merry wrestles with her faith in light of her difficult circumstances, and comes to see the faithful hand of God despite her past. I will say that despite the many action scenes I did find several parts of the book to be a bit on the slow side for me. However, I found this book to be targeted more towards the female reader (more than I expected) and it is likely that this is why some of the scenes didn't simply interest me as much. All in all, though, there is much about this book to enjoy, and I am glad that this is only book one in what is sure to be a fun series.

Readers, both young and old, who enjoy historical fiction set in the fascinating medieval times will no doubt enjoy "Dauntless". I give this book a solid rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and the CFBA Blog Alliance, for the purposes of this unbiased review.