Book Review: Dauntless

Book Review: Dauntless

DauntlessAbout the Book:

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.

My Thoughts:

When Merry is forced to flee for her life all hope for love and a future is lost.  Or is it?

Written for the teen market, Dauntless is a creative tale in the style of Robin Hood.  With a nice balance of humor and tension the book kept me turning the pages. The characters are captivating and the author is skilled in presenting the fullness of their humanity.  I especially appreciated the fact that each character was uniquely presented as both strong and weak, not as a larger than life idol, but a real person with gifts and vulnerabilities.

I enjoyed the tale.

 

I received a free, unedited digital galley of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.