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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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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.80 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764213121
ISBN-13: 9780764213120
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Ages: 14-17
Series: Valiant Hearts

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Publisher's Description

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. Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Dauntless
    February 10, 2016
    loriweller
    Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Dauntless is a the story of a female Robin Hood. It includes many twists and turns, suspense, and action set in the medievil times. I look forward to reading Book 2 in the Valiant Hearts series.

    I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
  2. Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Meet an "Endearing Band of Thieves"!
    October 19, 2015
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    To love. To be loved. To lose love. To fear love. To embrace love again. A dauntless task for one so young.

    Lady Merry Ellison is well acquainted with lost loves. Losing her family members as the result of a vengeful king's massacre, she has bravely led a group of young juveniles through forests and valleys; surviving on their warrior-like wits and uncanny ability to remain unseen; thus dubbed "The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest". When the reward for their capture means that Timothy Grey, ninth child of the Baron of Greyham might earn a prestigious position within the ranks of the local earl of Wyndeshire, he determines to use his familiar knowledge of the surrounding region to capture the illusive "ghosts". Imagine his utter surprise when he realizes that his own lost love has been either captured by or is cooperating with, the notorious criminals of the woodlands.

    Merry dares herself to trust Timothy with her life and the lives of the precious children who were suddenly thrust into her care, but how can God possibly manage to redeem the past without tragically losing the future? And it seems that Timothy has an enemy of his own, who would like nothing better than to see him executed alongside the beautiful Lady Merry.

    Enjoy this tale of a "band of thieves" so endearing, that you will want to stand up and applaud when in fact, dreams do come true.
  3. Lebanon, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Dina Sleiman's Dauntless
    October 9, 2015
    Carol
    Lebanon, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Find out about the sunshine men that Wren, the

    youngest orphan in the group keeps seeing.

    Group of orphans???

    Yes, the group consists of 23 children whose families had

    been killed as the result of the Baron rebelling against King

    John. The group is led by the once Lady Merry Ellison. Her

    father was the one who rebelled against King John so Merry

    feels responsible to protect and care for all the children.

    So off to forest to hide then sneak into the village to get

    provisions that they can not find by hunting, fishing or eatable

    woodland flora. Although the group is unknown, they have

    been nicknamed The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest ".

    All the characters were well-developed. Each one brings their

    own flavor to the story. There were several times I found

    myself laughing out loud at their shenanigans.

    History, suspense, drama, adventure and romance combine

    together for a great read !!!

    This story takes place in medieval time period about 1216.

    The reader will also meet Timothy Grey, ninth child of the

    Baron of Greyham. Timothy and Merry were promised to

    each other before the slaughter. Timothy believes Merry has

    been killed along with her family. He is now assistant to the

    man who took the Barons place. He is on a mission to find

    and capture The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest so

    they may be hanged.

    He is in for a big surprise!!! What will Timothy do after he

    discovers the leader and that the group consists of children?

    Loved the chemistry between the main characters.

    Thank you to book fun.org for this book. My opinion is my own.
  4. NE
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A delightful take on a Miss Robin Hood...
    August 12, 2015
    Deanna
    NE
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a delightful take on a female Robin Hood! I liked having such a strong, capable, intelligent yet compassionate young lady as the main character. This story of survival was well written giving each character a unique set of talents. I really enjoyed the mix of legend, action, suspense and the set in medieval times. Young, older and in between will enjoy this story of Lady Merry Ellison!

    I was gifted a copy from The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) for my honest opinion which I have given.
  5. Grand Junction, CO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    discouraging juvenile fiction
    August 3, 2015
    Kayla
    Grand Junction, CO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    From the moment I laid eyes on the gorgeous cover of this series starter, "Dauntless," I was eager to read. I have always been enthralled by the legend of Robin Hood and the idea of a feminine spin off seemed promising. However, I was very disappointed with this book, perhaps mostly because my hopes were so high and my expectations so unmet. I was intrigued from the book's description, and was hopeful that my younger sisters would enjoy reading this book. After reading however, I would not recommend this book to anyone of any age group. The story was incredibly slow, and I struggled getting through the book.

    First off, I had a very difficult time connecting to the main characters. From the start it is evident, the author, Dina Sleiman, did her research and tried very hard to put the reader in a 13th century setting. However, the dialogue and thoughts of the characters, in my opinion, did not match the setting. The main characters are said to be between 16-17 years old, and in 13th century, the main characters would be considered adults, not teens as in today's society. I recognize that the author wrote this to be young adult/juvenile fiction, meant to relate to teens. She kept the speech and mannerisms of the main characters to match what teens in today's world would understand. This created a huge barrier for me. Historically it did not match. I could only picture my little sisters, since they are the same age as the characters, and I kept thinking, "These are just kids, put in very adult situations." There were many scenes in the story that I was uncomfortable reading, and would not want my sisters (ages 15-17) reading.

    The romance throughout the story, I feel, was too mature for teenagers to be reading. Our youth in today's society are already bombarded with worldly teaching in regards to romance. In books deemed "Christian" fiction there should be a higher standard to educate, inspire and challenge readers, regardless of age. I am not saying that the romance should have been eliminated, but I do think there was a great opportunity to teach purity and what a godly romance could look like to young readers and that opportunity was greatly missed. Never should biblical teaching be compromised to simply attract more readers, no matter the age group. The author already had my attention before I even read the first word, her synopsis was so enticing from the start. A great chance to educate youth on love and living out their faith was missed in the telling of this story.

    To conclude, it is my opinion that this book was a disappointment in biblical content, historical continuity and fluid craftsmanship of storytelling. I likely will not read the rest of this series, nor will I recommend my sisters to read this book.

    I received this book free from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts expressed in this review are my own.
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