“Dauntless” by Dena Sleiman, book review

Born as Lady Merry, daughter to the Baron, but not just Merry, leader of the “The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest”, the rag-tag group of youngsters who escaped when the kingdom fell after a failed assassination attempt by her father. Merry, as the oldest, is the leader, but still just out of childhood herself. With the band of her “men”, really teen boys, who work to guard and lead the group of children as they grow up in the forest.As the time grows longer (2 years) and the children grow older, it is harder to meet their needs and stay hidden from those who would wish them dead. Including a nobleman’s son who once fancied himself in love with Lady Merry. When he discovers the band of “ghosts” will he turn them in to promote himself and his position? Or will he save them?

This is an endearing story of family, faith, and hard work. I enjoyed the plot- with its twists and turns. This would be a great book for a young adult reader, especially if interested in the knights, lords and ladies.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


Bethany House Publishers (March 3, 2015)


Dina L. Sleiman


A word from the author:

Since selling my first book, I have also become an acquisitions editor for the company. I am a member of the Inkwell Inspirations blog, HEWN Marketing, ACFW, and a contributor to Christian Review of Books. I hold publishing credits in poetry and songwriting, and I was the writer and featured teacher in a nationally distributed instructional dance video for children. I have written several songs about the plight of the Islamic people, which have been produced in association with the Christian Broadcast Network. In addition, I have taught college and high school classes in writing and literature, as well as homeschool classes in the fine arts, and now enjoy teaching at writers conferences throughout the nation.


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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Dauntless, go HERE.


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