Wednesday, April 1, 2015

"Dauntless" by Dina L. Sleiman

About this book:

  “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 Wyndeshore, 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.
  Where Legend and History Collide, One Young Woman Will Fight for the Innocent.”

Series: Book #1 in the “Valiant Hearts” series. {Book #2 will be releasing in September.}

Spiritual Content- Isaiah 61:3 at the beginning; Prayers and mentions of; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of those in the Bible; Psalm 23 & other Scriptures are quoted; Allen is the priest of the group; Witnessing to Merry; Merry does not believe in God anymore—only herself (*Spoiler* At the end she realizes that God was with her along. *End of Spoiler*).
*Note: Mentions of ghosts.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘drat’, an ‘idiot’. a ‘shoddy’, a form of ‘shut up’, two ‘curse them!’s, two ‘stupid’s, four forms of ‘blast’; Curses are said but not written;  Mentions of blood, hangings and swords (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of killing animals for food.

Sexual Content- two ‘b*st*rd’s, two not-detailed kisses; a barely-above-not-detailed kiss; a semi-detailed kiss; a detailed kiss; Hand kisses (semi-detailed); Remembering a kiss (semi-detailed); A mention of puckering; Wanting to Kiss & Touch; Noticing and Staring; Touches and Shivers (up to semi-detailed); Butterflies & Nearness (up to semi-detailed); Allen has a major crush on Merry; Hints that an earl have mistresses; John was born out of wedlock; Love, falling in love, & the emotions (lots).

-(Lady) Merry Ellison, age 17
-Timothy Grey, age 19
                                         P.O.V. switches between them, Allen & John
                                              Set in 1216 {Medieval}
                                                        359 pages

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My personal Rating-
(and a half)
This was a well written book, but I, for some reason, couldn’t connect to it as well as I was hoping. For being set in the Pre/Early Medieval days, it was pretty clean! I appreciated that. The action scenes and tumbling parts were detailed in a way you know either the author did it herself or she researched like crazy. I was confused about John and who he was but I finally got it by the end. My main deal with this novel was all the lovey-dovey stuff, it was just a bit too much! But, I plan on reading the next book in the series when it comes out.  

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House) for this review.


  1. I plan on reading this one eventually. A lot of the bloggers I follow have reviewed it, and everyone liked it. Including you, it seems! It sounds too good for me to pass up!

  2. I just got this book for Easter and looooved it!!!! =)