“Chivalrous” Book Review

Oct 5, 2015 by

Welcome back to Rachel’s Back Talk! I’m so glad you could join me again. Today I am reviewing Dina Sleiman’s book, Chivalrous, the second book in her Valiant Hearts series.


As is my custom, if I could ask Dina one question about Chivalrous it would be — “What made you want to write about a King Arthur legend?” And if you want to know why I asked that question, I guess you’ll just have to read the book to find out!


And without further ado, onto Rachel’s Back Talk!


From the Back Cover:

Strong 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.


Rachel’s Back Talk:

5 – award winning covers


Dina Sleiman wove a captivating tale again! I enjoyed reading something that is a little different than what I usually read. Her stories take you to a different time and remind you of Robin Hood.

I loved Gwendolyn. She was such a strong heroine, but even the strong ones can get broken down. Just when she thought she had something, it was snatched away. It was neat to see though how Gwen came to realize that the Lord could provide her strength all the time and she didn’t need to carry all her burdens alone.

And then Sir Allen of Ellsworth. How glad I was to see a story about him! Allen never accounted for much, then it seems to fall into his lap. But as his pride begins to melt away, he realizes that status and money can’t buy what he really wants — love.

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review which I have given. All ideas are my own. 


Other books by Dina I will read next:

Dance of the Dandelion

Dance from Deep Within

Love in Three-Quarter Time

1 Comment

  1. Hi Rachel, the simplest answer to your question is that my premise for this whole series was to put young medieval women in iconic roles. So the King Arthur style night was a must. But I also love movies like First Knight and A Knight’s Tale, and one of my favorite novels in high school was Ivanhoe.

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