Review Posted: DAUNTLESS / Dina Sleeman

Dauntless / by Dina L. Sleiman  (Valiant Hearts, Book 1)
Bethany House     ISBN 9780764213120
Young Adult     Grades 9+     Rating:     5


Dina L. Sleiman  makes her debut with this young adult Middle Ages novel about a young woman who courageously steps out to do what must be done, even if it is unconventional.

In Dauntless, Merry is an outlaw as a result of her father’s failed assassination attempt against the king. She is willing to go to any length to provide for the orphaned children from her village.

Timothy Grey, Merry’s former fiancé, serves as an assistant to the earl. Timothy wants to make a name for himself by capturing the “Ghosts . . . what will he do when he discovers the leader is his childhood friend, Merry?


Merry Ellison is a valiant heart – one who is fearless, both feminine and strong, open to love but not defined by a man. She is a role model to other young women, both in her story and to her readers.

Recommended for public libraries and school libraries. Fans of medieval young adult books by Melanie Dickerson and Lisa Bergren will especially enjoy this new author.

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