Dauntless by Dina L Sleiman

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis: 

Though once a baron’s daughter, Lady Merry Ellison is willing to go to any lengths to protect the orphaned children of her former village. Dubbed “The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest,” her band of followers soon become enemies of the throne when they hijack ill-gotten gold meant for the king.

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, will he choose fame or love?

My Review: 

Dauntless is a very well written book that has an exciting new twist on the original “Robin Hood” story.

Dina has a very engaging writing style and a talent for creating characters. There are so many different characters in this book that I thought the author was going to duplicate personalities, roles, etc. but surprisingly each character was his/her own and there were no duplicates. It is hard to have that many functioning characters in a single book so I applaud the author for her success!

The love triangle was charming, though the story is completely predictable. However, there are quite a few unpredictable subplots that will satisfy those of us who need surprises. The emotion was captured very well in the scenes that needed emotion and the details were not overbearing.

I did enjoy Dauntless and will rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

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Rise of the Fallen by Chuck Black

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis: 

A six thousand year war rages and now the demonic Fallen are coming for him—the one man shrouded in mystery. Only Validus stands in their way.

Validus is the last and least of God’s angels, but he’s seen much across the millennia since his creation. Empires have risen and fallen as angelic and demonic forces battle in a raging war that will determine humanity’s fate – and the fate of his defeated brothers.

Eventually called to be an earth-bound warrior, Validus rises to a position of power and respect, commanding legions of angels through impossible battles and overwhelming odds. But when orders arrive from the Creator’s most elite Messenger, he finds himself suddenly demoted to a task of apparent insignificance considering the fierce war they are waging against the demonic Fallen – the covert protection of one unbelieving man.

Validus soon finds himself on a mission that will push him beyond his abilities as he battles to protect Drew Carter, for the Fallen are coming for him. Legions of them.

As Validus races against time to discover why Drew is so important to humanity’s survival, can he stand between Drew and all who would destroy him?

MaKenzie’s Review (A featured Guest Review): 

If you like suspense, realism, and sleepless nights due to books screaming your name, then this books for you!

I LOVE Chuck Black’s writing style; while its not specifically unique, he has perfected the art of a good suspense novel, which is exactly what Rise of the Fallen is. I was surprised yet again with Black’s newest book.

In Cloak of the Light, Drew Carter is involved in an accident and through this accident he was given a gift to see into the spiritual realm. However instead of simply continuing this story where it left off, Black decided to take a new twist. Rise of the Fallen is written from the point of view of Drew’s guardian/warrior angel, and his journey from the day of creation to present day.

While this book, as well as Cloak of the Light, are AWESOME, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone under the age 15 or so because this book contains a lot spiritual warfare and Chuck Black, being the master author he is, perfected realism in his books. It does contain some gruesome portrayals of evil and violence, but no language or sexual content.

It’s really easy to lose yourself in this story and forget that your reading words off of a page.

If you decide to read Rise of the Fallen ( which I strongly encourage you to do) I recommend three things; (1) READ CLOAK OF THE LIGHT FIRST!!!!! (2) Read Chuck’s intro and as you’re reading it and don’t forget that this book IS NOT completely fiction. War in the spiritual realm is very, very real and very important. Lastly, (3) You will need popcorn.

I give this book a full 5 out of 5 stars and this is my new favorite book! You should definitely read it!

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