Dina L. Sleiman
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.
Dina Sleiman writes stories of passion and grace. Most of the time you will find this Virginia Beach resident reading, biking, dancing, or hanging out with her husband and three children, preferably at the oceanfront. Since finishing her Professional Writing MA in 1994, she has enjoyed many opportunities to teach literature, writing, and the arts. Dina also serves as an acquisitions and content editor for WhiteFire Publishing.
As King John murdered her family and people, Lady Merry escaped into the forest with the town’s now-orphaned children and teens. For two years, they lived by secretly stealing, gaining the reputation of ghosts because of their skill in remaining invisible. But the appearance of someone from Merry’s past who is now hunting her band for their crimes turns her world on its head.
Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman was a great YA novel. Although it bears similarities to the tales of “Robin Hood,” it is not the same story. In fact, the characters in the book mention rumors of Robin Hood’s existence. Instead, Dauntless tells a different tale of a young noblewoman doing everything she can to protect and provide for the ones she loves.
Lady Merry’s character was easy to love. Her spunk, skills, and determination made her the perfect leader for the group. Yet, she had suffered much and had not opened herself up to the people who loved her or to God. Merry’s strength and her vulnerability made her a loveable, relatable character.
All of the major characters, underwent noticeable change. Each one matured and were influenced to seek God’s calling on their lives instead of trying to live their lives the way they wanted to. It was encouraging to see the growth each of them endured.
The plot certainly had its ups and downs. Aside from the obvious enemies, such as King John, an unseen villain attempts to turn Merry and her band in to the authorities who most likely execute even the smallest children. But there were times of triumph, success, humor, and romance that made the novel worth reading.
Dauntless is a definitely a good book, full of fun escapades, danger, and romance. I would easily recommend it to someone who likes the legend of Robin Hood or YA historical romance.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.