Thursday, September 10, 2015

Chivalrous (Valiant Hearts #2) by Dina L. Sleiman

Title: Chivalrous (Valiant Hearts #2)
Author: Dina L. Sleiman
Pages: 368
Release Date: September 8, 2015
Genre: Medieval / Fantasy
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Format: eBook (also available in paperback)
Note: I received a free eBook copy of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     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 Authurian-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.

My review:

     A thrilling medieval tale of Lords, Ladies, and Knights!

     This is part of a “true” series. To fully enjoy the story I believe that you need to have read the first book in the series, Dauntless, before reading this one.

     At the very beginning we meet Gwendolyn “Gwen” and her maid Rosalind. Though, at the time, they were involved in very unladylike behavior. Before I finished the first chapter I had already been captivated by this strong and courageous woman.

     After we get a really good look at who she is and what her family situation is we shift our focus to Allen of Ellsworth. He is one of the main characters in the first book of the series. We are caught up on what he has been doing since the end of that wonderful story. Then he sets out to follow his dream of moving to North Britannia to serve as a Knight in that dukedom. I truly admired his code of conduct before this story begins and it only grows throughout this novel. He struggles through part of the book trying to know what the right thing to do is and that only serves to make him seem more human.

     The depiction of what family life was like for the nobility was a little eye opening. But then again this story is set in the Middle Ages. I absolutely loved the descriptions of the tournaments and sword fights.

     I really enjoyed seeing how one firm believer in Christ was able to help direct others around him to start seeking God. At the same time he never tried to force anyone to believe as he did.

     If you have ever enjoyed the tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table you should read this wonderful story. I am highly recommending this marvelous book and giving it a rating of 5 stars.

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