Although Dauntless is targeted toward the young adult market, it is a book that I think can be enjoyed by slightly older readers, as well. The story is full of interesting characters in dangerous situations and raises all kinds of interesting questions about the reality of God.
I do have to admit that the first third of the book moved a little slowly for me. I don’t really know why that was, but I just kept reading and the action and romance kicked in and the story became much more interesting to me.
There are many characters in this book and the author has done a very good job of creating their backstories. It is clear that Merry has taken on the guidance and protection of a group of young people when their village was slaughtered two years earlier. Merry’s issues she must deal with in Dauntless range from a lack of trust in people to her loss of faith in God. She had quite the faith journey in this book and it was a very heartfelt one.
Two men care for Merry and hope to win her heart. They each have their own heartaches of the past. Both still firmly love and believe in God, but must decide in this story where He is really directing them to go and what He wants them to do with their lives. Perhaps they have both relied too much on their own abilities and desires in the last couple of years.
This tale is fraught with the persecution of innocents, as well as cruel men who wish to bring pain and death to others for their own gain. The possibility of the rebirth of a love that was long considered lost and sweet camaraderie between a group of young men, young women, and the children they strive to protect add warmth to the story. (4 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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, 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?
ABOUT THE 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. Also look for her novels, Love in Three-Quarter Time, Dance from Deep Within, and her Valiant Hearts series with Bethany House Publishers. Dina serves as an acquisitions editor for WhiteFire Publishing as well, and she loves to teach at writers conferences throughout the US. For more info visit her at her primary website http://dinasleiman.com/ and at Valiant Hearts http://valiantheartsseries.blogspot.com/