Sleiman’s Valiant Hearts Series Offers
Unforgettable HeroinesStrong and adventurous Gwendolyn Barnes longs to be a knight like her chivalrous brothers. However, that is not an option for her, not even in the Arthurian-inspired Eden where she dwells. Her parents view her only as a marriage pawn, and her domineering father is determined to see her wed to a brutish man who will break her spirit.

When handsome, good-hearted Allen of Ellsworth arrives in Edendale searching for his place in the world, Gwendolyn spies in him the sort of fellow she could imagine marrying. Yet fate seems determined to keep them apart. Tournaments, intrigue, and battles–along with twists and turns aplenty–await these two as they struggle to find love, identity, and their true destinies.

Well despite not being crazy about Dina Sleiman’s first novel in the Valiant Heart series, I must say she improved a lot with the second installment Chivalrous. Allen of Ellsworth’s and Gwendolyn Barnes’ story pick up about a year after the first book ends.

Gwendolyn is determined to prove that she can fight along side men in any way. What I really liked about this story was Gwendolyn’s character progression. I will admit there were time she seemed whiny but I had to keep reminding myself she is only 16. I loved how she discovered her own faith. It was a journey and not just an instant change.

Allen has been knighted and is off on his own adventure to where he feels God has been calling him. He attempts to be the man of God we came to love in the first book. But nothing is ever as easy as it seems.

In the end Chivalrous was much better than Dauntless. The theology was better even if there was a bit of witchcraft. I also believe this book had a much better message overall to young girls, since this of course is the target audience. I would let Ash read this if she wanted to. I do hope there is a third now.


  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 8, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076421313X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764213137

I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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