Dauntless by Dina A. Sleiman is the first in the Valiant Heart series. I've never heard of this author before, but when I saw this cover I knew I had to read it! It intrigued me, and I was not disappointed. She is a masterful writer. The characters were so well written, the plot was page turning, and the dance of outlaws against the law was a heart stopping, mesmerizing read.
Lady Merry Ellison used to live a wonderful until the King ordered the death of her parents and everyone in their village. Now just plain Merry she leads the children still alive deep into the forest where she teaches them all her tricks from acrobatics to sword play and bow and arrow. They become known as the Ghosts of Farthingale Forest to everyone else. But then they made a big mistake. A life changing one.
Timothy Grey, the Baron of Greyham's ninth child, is now the scribe of Lord Wyndemere. In the two years he has been there, he has already gained the trust of his employer. When Wyndemere leaves Timothy in charge of the castle while he visits the King, Timothy pledges to find the ghosts and bring them to justice. But what he finds is not at all what he expects. Or should I say who he finds...
This book was a spectacular, engrossing read. I finished it in a couple of days because I had to. lol The best part of the book was the characters and plot, but there were some things I didn't like near the end of the story. I don't want to say too much because it would be a spoiler so let me just say it was unbelievable how they portrayed a pivotal part (the healing). Also I didn't like how they thought stealing was ok since God didn't mind because he understood why. If they left those two things out, I would highly recommend this story, but I don't agree with that. I could think of other things they could have done, but then it wouldn't be such an exciting story so... lol
I was given this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.