“Dauntless” Book Review

Apr 20, 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 newest novel, Dauntless. I had the wonderful privilege of meeting Dina at a writer’s conference last summer and I absolutely love reading her books! She is a wonderful writer and an even more wonderful person!


As is my custom, if I could ask Dina one question about Dauntless, it would be — “What intrigued you to create a ‘Robin Hood’ type of story?” 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, on to Rachel’s Back Talk!


From the Back Cover:

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.


Rachel’s Back Talk:

5 – award winning covers


Well Dina Sleiman definitely wove a story that would wow an YA reading it! Dauntless was filled with action, suspense, mystery, and yes, romance. The story took place in England back when King John ruled. Lady Merry Ellison was now considered an outlaw, and though she seemed to enjoy her adventurous life, she seemed to long for the safety and security she used to have. After going through so much, Merry has prepared herself to accept the worst. She must do all that she can to survive—no matter what the cost. I loved her determination and her cunning ability. Merry also learned a lot through the course of the story and I loved the way her character evolved.

Timothy Grey was an interesting character to be sure. At first, I wasn’t quite sure where he stood on matters and it even took me a while to trust him! By the end though, he did make the right decision and I found myself sighing with relief.

Though I don’t usually read medieval books, I found myself hooked with this one! Dina captured my attention right away and connected me with the characters!


Other books by Dina I will read next:

Chivalrous (Valiant Hearts)

Dance of the Dandelion

Dance from Deep Within

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