Dauntless, Valiant Hearts Series #1   -     By: Dina Sleiman
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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?

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Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
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ISBN: 0764213121
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Series: Valiant Hearts

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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.

"Sleiman launches an action-packed, historical series of adventure and romance, starring a strong, intelligent female Robin Hood who lives up to the famous outlaw's reputation. This fun read makes a great adult-YA crossover for Robin Hood fans who enjoy a twist to a classic tale." -Library Journal, starred review

Author Bio

Dina L. Sleiman holds an MA in professional writing from Regent University and a BA in communications with a minor in English from Oral Roberts University. Over the past eighteen years, she has had opportunities to teach college writing and literature, as well as high school and elementary classes in English, humanities, and fine arts. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three children. She can be found online at www.dinasleiman.com.

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  1. Gender: Female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Plot but not for me
    June 15, 2015
    Rachel
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Hiding in the shadows of the forest, a group of thieves known as the ghosts steal from the king to help stay safe and fed in the forest. Merry Ellison used to be a Lady of high esteem until the day her father decided to go against the King's rules. Now she must protect all the children she is now in charge of. Timothy Grey is a man of the King, but in his heart he still misses the one girl he truly loved.

    I was really looking forward to reading this book. I just wish I had enjoyed it more. I enjoyed the setting and the plot but for whatever reason I just couldn't seem to get into it. I enjoyed the character of Merry. I felt drawn to her strong protective nature. I enjoyed Dina's writing style, but just couldn't enjoy the book. I would like to read more by Dina to see if it may have just been this particular book. I will be trying again.

    I received this book through the Book Club Network review program in exchange for my honest review. A positive review was not required.
  2. Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Dauntless
    June 11, 2015
    jacquiR
    Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman entertains in a story of legend and history. A barons daughter, Lady Merry Ellison, has to make a new life for herself after her family is killed. Her fathers assassination attempt on the kings life failed, and her family paid with their lives and fortune. Merrys escape leaves her with nothing, and she has to use her wits and her skills to survive. It would have been easier for her had she not felt a burden for the orphaned village children whom she vows to protect and instruct. With only fleeting thoughts of regret over her childhood friend, Timothy Grey, the ninth child of the Baron of Greyham, she accepts her fate and willingly cares for the children. In another existence she and Timothy had felt an attraction that might have evolved into a lifetime of commitment but now her life is following a different direction. After her familys death she has denied the existence of God.

    With no means of support or sustenance, Merry and her little band have resorted to a bit of thievery to exist. They use their hunting prowess to provide some food, but the rest has to be gleaned from their skill at stealing. These infrequent forays to acquire necessities have gained them the reputation of The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest and that has brought unwanted focus upon them.

    Timothy Grey longs for a position and title and has gained employ as an assistant to the local earl. Unfortunately for him, he is handed the task of finding and eliminating these ghosts who are eluding the kings men. Naturally, his path crosses with that of former childhood friend, Merry, and her band of young people. The two are forced to face their past, their attraction to each other, and their values. Neither Merry nor Timothy realizes that they share a common enemy who seeks to destroy all of them because of his unfortunate life circumstances.

    The author includes a Historical Notes section in which she explains the history of the time, the liberties that she has taken with history, and the plausible events that she has supplied. This is a very enjoyable tale for those who like the tales of Robin Hood and others who protect the innocent. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    YA with a Purpose
    May 24, 2015
    Mrs ARS
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Dauntless by author Dina Sleiman is a young adult read that has a lot to offer for teens and adults. In this ever popular genre, Dauntless doles out just what is popular like a strong heroine, a possible love triangle, true love, plenty of angst, and even a type of dystopian novel. Taking place during the medieval ages our heroine Merry is a type of Robin Hood character only different. Having been forced from her home due to a corrupt king, Merry and her band called The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest have learned to survive unseen. However when an old friend, Timothy Grey who has long thought her dead, identifies her, loyalties are questioned and love becomes a test. This is a time where you know the bad guys are bad and the good guys are good. Add a touch of supernatural and you have the makings of a most engrossing read. I highly recommend this to teens and adults and I look forward to reading the second in the series. I received a copy of this book for an honest review from The Book Club Network, (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.
  4. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Daring Rescues, Deadly Death Traps and Very Evil Enemies
    May 16, 2015
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Dina L. Sleiman in her new book, Dauntless Book One in the Valiant Hearts series published by Bethany House introduces us to Lady Merry Ellison.

    From the back cover: Where Legend and History Collide,

    One Young Woman Will Fight for the Innocent

    Born a barons daughter, Lady Merry Ellison is now an enemy of the throne after her fathers 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 villagea 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, hes forced to reexamine everything hes known.

    Dina L. Sleiman has written an exciting book. Dauntless is filled with daring rescues, skilful exploits, deadly death traps and very evil enemies. All Merry is trying to do is keep the orphans feed, clothed and housed. It does take money so Merry steals it from the Prince. This action puts a price on her head. Medieval swords and gallantry that I havent read in quite a while and it is nice to have it back. Get ready for an exciting suspense ride as Dauntless is a thriller, which simply means that everyones lives are in danger from practically page one. The lead characters are terrific and you root for them as you live through their various heart-throbbing encounters flipping the pages as fast as you can read. Ms. Sleiman does a truly remarkable job in this book while exciting us with this story that everyone will enjoy. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  5. Coral Springs, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    For young and old alike
    May 14, 2015
    Marilyn
    Coral Springs, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    If you enjoy books like Robyn Hood you will love this book. It is full of excitement, heartache, struggles, faith, and family. It is well written and I enjoyed all the characters in this book. It is the first in the Valiant Hearts series and I look forward to reading more about their lives.

    Lady Mary Ellison has lost so very much, now feels she is responsible for the children that are now orphaned due decisions her father has made. When she must steal for survival, one does what one must. Can her little band of children stay safe from the king? When her childhood best friend enters her life again, can she truly trust him or is he driven to make a name for himself? Lady Mary must also learn God is always there, even when we can't feel him.

    Timothy Grey want to be more than just the 9th child of his father, he has worked and worked to make a name for himself. When he encounters a ghost, his world is turned upside down. Will he be able to do the right thing, and at what cost?

    I was given a copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion.
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