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?
Well Dina Sleiman new book Dauntless is out. It is the first book of the 3 book series called Valiant Hearts. Let me get this off my chest right away. I totally picked this book for the cover art. Whoever decided on it is amazing. Even Chief loved it. Which is good because I didn’t realize this was juvenile fiction.
My thoughts on this book are all over the place. There were things I really enjoyed about this book, things that left me scratching my head, and things that drove me crazy. Lets start with crazy. This goes out to all Christian juvenile fiction writers. PLEASE stop trying to be/compare yourselves to Katniss, Tris, or Bella. Those are not great books. Please don’t insult your own writing that way.
So this was basically a re-telling of Robin Hood. But this time the leader is Lady Merry. Leading her band of orphans after her home was destroyed. It seemed (as well as in Robin Hood) that the theme was “as long as we are stealing for a good cause it’s ok.”
One of the things that I did like about Lady Merry is that the reader knew where here heart was from the beginning. She didn’t want to be an outlaw but a wife and mother. I loved the setting and time period. I have never doubted that historical fiction is my favorite genre. The loyalty of the group was another aspect of the book I like. They were a family, even if they weren’t blood related, they were there to protect and support one another.
I did have a couple other issues I had with the book, the “healing” for example and how the book ended. I fear of going into to much detail and risking spoilers. But let me just say sometimes the books theology just seemed off. I can’t decide if I will let Chief read it. There was even a point in the book where Sleiman described Merry’s voice as sounding like a female dog (pg. 240). Well then…. Overall I am just not sure I would recommend this book. Even if Chief decided to read it there would be a lot of discussion that would come along with it.
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Bethany House
I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.