When I was younger fantasy novels were by far my favorite genre. Stories of legendary heroes and dragons and magic were the ones I loved to read. As I've grown older historical fiction has become my favorite genre- a little more realistic. I still love fantasy, however. So I greatly enjoyed this new novel from Dina L. Sleiman- Dauntless.
Dauntless combines historical fiction- set in England in the 1600s- with legend- Robin Hood, a hero who steals from the rich to give to the poor. And it features a heroine that blends history with legend well. When I first read the book's synopsis, I thought that Merry- our heroine- might actually be a Robin Hood figure in the story. This isn't so. Instead Merry, along with the group of orphan children she cares for, knows of Robin Hood and lives in the same time period as the legendary hero supposedly lived.
I loved Merry's character and the other characters in the book. There is a good balance of action and story and of character development so that I felt as if I got to know the characters well. The story was interesting and a very good balance of history and make believe. The time period is one I particularly enjoy- the Middle Ages. And although Merry is a pretty incredible heroine, she's believable.
I fully enjoyed Dauntless as a very good read. I give it 4 stars and a PG for content.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.
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ABOUT 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.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.