Chivalrous (Valiant Hearts Book #2)

Chivalrous (Valiant Hearts Book #2)

by Dina L. Sleiman

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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 Arthurian-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.

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ISBN-13: 9781441228833
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Series: Valiant Hearts , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,102,035
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Dina L. Sleiman holds an MA in professional writing from Regent University and a BA in communications with a minor in English from Oral Roberts University. Over the past eighteen years, she has had opportunities to teach college writing and literature, as well as high school and elementary classes in English, humanities, and fine arts. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three children. She can be found online at
Dina L. Sleiman holds an MA in professional writing from Regent University and a BA in communications with a minor in English from Oral Roberts University. She is the author of the Valiant Hearts trilogy, which includes Dauntless, winner of the 2016 Carol Award for Young Adult Fiction. Over the past eighteen years, she has had opportunities to teach college writing and literature, as well as high school and elementary classes in English, humanities, and fine arts. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three children. She can be found online at

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Chivalrous 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Nine times out of ten, an author can grab me with a synopsis that brings to mind earlier favorite reads, and I do tend to zone out after that, missing other bits of information. That certainly happened when I grabbed Chivalrous for review, the character of Gwendolyn instantly reminded me of an earlier favorite (Alanna from Tamora Pierce) and I wanted to see the evolution of a strong medieval era female character could be in the hands of a different author. While I normally am not seeking out ‘Christian” titles, I also am familiar with the evolution of religion and personal devotion in daily life, and while there is significant page time focused on devotions, prayer and personal relationships with God, the moments did fit and flow nicely, and added to the relationship and story trajectory. Gwendolyn wants only to be a knight, but like all females of a certain class, she is expected to be little more than an advantageous offering in the game of wealth and alliances that were very common in medieval times. Completely disheartened by the prospects she sees before her, she makes a plan to have one moment of glory before a lifetime of perceived duty and drudgery. Allen has left what he knows, in search of more: better leadership, a closer relationship to what is “right” in this world, and perhaps love. Arriving at the tournament, he comes face to face with what could be, if only he and Gwyn can find a way. Plenty of twists and action keep the plot moving forward, with a touch of magic and sorcery that is, as one would expect, treated as strange and wrong in terms of the character’s beliefs. Still, the disregard for the magic, while carrying a solid negative tone, was well-presented and gives readers another perspective on magic, a learning experience buried within the story. Engaging and intriguing, with only a few backroad diversions into faith, the story moved smoothly and presented some truly good-hearted and honorable characters. Most importantly, the story gives equal time and self-determination to the characters, showing viable conversations, relationships and development for both primary and secondary characters. A fun read that is appropriate for tweens through teens, the historical elements are clearly presented, lushly described and wholly evocative. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chivalrous by Dina L. Sleiman is probably one of the best books I’ve read this year. This is book 2 in her Valiant Heart series. Although I did enjoy, book 1 (Dauntless), I loved Chivalrous. I connected so much more with these characters and the conflict. The writing is fantastic. I love those authors whose prose just pulls me out of the present and draws me into their stories. Although, I did wonder if an unknown knight (lacking a noble line) would actually be asked by a council to marry their Duchess, but then again there was much superstition during this time. Of course, some reviewers can be so harsh on authors if small little anachronisms, etc. occur in a historical 'fiction' novel. This is fiction after all not a history lesson. (And this is coming from a trained historian.) I for one enjoyed this book very much. These books are marketed for YA or teens, but I wouldn’t call these Teen Fiction, to be honest. They are set in the medieval period so of course the unmarried were still quite young. But these books can be enjoyed by those from 16-96. Looking forward to reading Book 3. **I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Baker Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
Chivalrous, by Dina Sleiman, was lovely. It’s all about Gwyn, a woman who wants to be herself but is stifled by her parents and her society, and Allen, a common man who is elevated to a position he never desired. Both are thrown into betrothals they don’t want but try to make the best of the situation, even as they fall in love with one another. They struggle with their situation, misguided leaders, and social roles on top of the political turmoil of invaders and murder. And did I mention domestic abuse? Gwyn’s father is a volatile ogre who believes women must completely submit. Themes of domestic abuse, social roles, misguided leaders, and abortion give the sweet romance needed depth and twist the plot. I truly enjoyed Chivalrous and would recommend it to lovers of YA Historical Romance with a strong female protagonist.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
At first glance, Gwen seems like the classic medieval tomboy. While it’s true she’d rather be out jousting with her brothers or her loyal lady’s maid than sitting by the fire for hours embroidering, her true joy is the feeling of freedom being active and outdoors gives her. Gwen’s father is an awful man, he’s power-hungry, cruel, and abusive towards his wife and children. He goes to great lengths to keep his family under his thumb including choosing an oppressive husband for his daughter.
JV More than 1 year ago
I think this book was even better than the first book "Dauntless". The author's has a knack for writing stories set in medieval times and still make the story, setting, plot & details easily understood and totally understandable!
Annamarie98 More than 1 year ago
Gwendolyn would rather fight in the countryside than wear gowns and flirt with royals in court. But that is exactly what is expected of her, now that her father has returned from war. Harsh, unyielding Lord Barnes is determined to marry Gwen off to the harsh, prideful, domineering Gawain. To make things worse, Gwen has fallen for Allen of Ellsworth. Allen long ago lost his heart to the beautiful Lady Merry when he was an outlaw with her and the other children in Farthingale forest. But now that she is engaged to Sir Timothy Grey, Allen knows it's time to strike out on his own. So he heads off to Britannia, a land that is best known for being like Sir Author's Camelot A place devoted to God and the pursuit of His will. When he arrives, the city is in the midst of preparation for a grand joust, just the thing for a newly appointed knight to try. It is here that Gwendolyn and Allen meet and fall in love with each other. But they must decide if their's is a love worth fighting untold odds for. In the twists and turns of this book, Gwen and Allen learn what it means to be truly Chivalrous. ♥♥♥ I. Love. This. Series!!!! And I absolutely love love love Dina Sleiman's books. The Valiant Heart series continues in Chivalrous with Allen, who was in Dauntless as the spiritual pastor of the Fathingale Forest Ghost. He's recently been promoted to a knight and decides to seek out a different place to live, away from Merry and Timothy. I loved the fast pace, ever changing story! The characters from book one come into play and Dina introduces characters that are going to be in book three in a epic way! I can't wait until it comes out. Allen was a favorite of mine in Dauntless and I loved the new characters of Gwendolyn and Rosaland. Both Allen and Gwen are strong, courageous people and the battles, adventures, and missteps they have strengthen them and make them wonderful role models. I am so excited for book three that's due to come out in July of this year! I give this book 5/5! Can't wait for more Mrs Sleiman!
Bekah_M More than 1 year ago
Lady Gwendolyn Barnes has always longed to be treated as an equal, both in family life and beyond. Her father is a brute of a man and believes women should be seen and not heard. Thankfully, whenever her father wasn’t in town (which was a lot) her brothers and friends taught her how to fight, and fight well. But now he’s returned and he’s more determined than ever to see her married off to an even more brutish man named Gawain. Allen of Ellsworth longs for a place to call his own, a calling and purpose to fulfill. Still quite broken up about his love for Lady Merry, he seeks just that in Gwen’s village. They meet and sparks fly. But so many obstacles are in their way. Can they find the strength to follow God even when all seems bleakest? I really enjoyed Dauntless way back when it released and I read it for review, despite my slight dislike for it’s main character. I had a little bit of the same problem here (Gwen still wasn’t as likable as I hope for in a MC) but can I say, this was a huge step up for this series! I should mention that if you haven’t heard of this series, they can definitely be read as standalones, but it was quite fun to see what became of the characters from Dauntless in this book! Merry, Timothy, Cedric, Red...all of them make appearances. And Allen was always my favorite character in the first book, so reading his story was the best part! *thumbs up* Oh, Allen. If you haven’t already guessed, I just adored him. ;) Strong, fearless, faithful, aware of his own faults. He was truly a perfect hero! And Gwen, though impossibly stubborn (though you understood why…), was a great heroine as well. Her journey was rocky, and I had a lot of sympathy for her character. Even though it was set in medieval times with circumstances not of this age or explicitly relevant to me at all, I still could relate with Gwen and her struggles on a level that surprised me. And that is an amazing display of talent from the author! If you enjoy fairytale-esque books, this is for you. Set in medieval times with wonderful adventure, sweet romance, and portraying genuine struggles of the heart--Chivalrous was even better than the first in this series. Plus, look at that cover! The model portrayed is really a perfect Gwen. A great, easy, and clean YA read good for both teens and adults! I read this one along with my little sister and we both loved it. I’m just sorry it took me so long to finish it and share with you. *I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
swimreadbreathe4JC More than 1 year ago
  Chivalrous, book two of the Valiant Hearts series, was authored by Dina Sleiman.  The book was released in September of 2015.  It was produced by Bethany House Publishers.     Strong, independent Lady Gwendolyn Barnes has a dream, and that is to become a chivalrous knight like her older brothers.  However, this fantasy is highly improper for ladies of Gwen’s time period of the A.D. 1200s.  It doesn’t help matters that she has a dominant and abusive father who wants only to marry her off to a wealthy but equally insulting brute.  Gwen decides to rebel, and enters into a jousting contest dressed as a man.  There she literally clashes with a man named Allen of Ellsworth, a poor but kind and handsome newcomer.  She finds herself attracted to him.  But there are forces working to drive them apart.  The two must fight to stay together in this adventurous novel.     The Valiant Hearts series has caught my eye ever since I had heard of it.  I enjoyed and recommend the first book, Dauntless.  The second title, Chivalrous, is still an excellent read.  However, I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up.  One reason for that is the fact that there is some talk that edges around the subjects of “making love”, and “reproductive organs”, though the book doesn’t delve too deep into either of those topics in my opinion.  Also, one of the foul characters consults a witch and uses dark magic.  However, the character is repaid for his evil deeds, and good wins out in the end.  Lastly, there are some battle scenes in which the book describes characters being stabbed.  Keep in mind, however, that this is a Christian book, so there is lots of talk about God and doing the right thing.   In conclusion, though a little on the edge, I still enjoyed this book for the most part.  I give it a positive review.      Thank you to Bethany House Publishers and to Dina Sleiman for providing me with a copy of Chivalrous to read and review.  I was not required or paid to give a positive review.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Chivalrous Valiant Hearts #2 By Dina Sleiman Gwendolyn Barnes hopes to someday earn her father's love. She scorns the duties of being a lady, longing to instead to be a knight like her brothers. But seeking to right the wrongs is not in her future, rather an arranged marriage of her father's choosing is her fate. And her father is sure to choose someone like himself - domineering, cruel, and unloving. Allen of Ellsworth has left Lady Merry and the Ghosts behind seeking to find a new cause to fight for and woman to whom he could offer his heart. A tournament for knights in Edendale offers Allen a chance to prove not only his skill as a knight but also the honor of his heart. Allen's selfless act while in the tournament brings him to the attention of not only Gwendolyn but also that of Duke Justus. But when treachery finds its way into Edendale the new path that Allen's life has taken takes an unexpected turn. And this turn could leave his heart again bruised. But Allen is determined to do his duty for his new home, even if it means denying his heart's desire. But can he allow Gwendolyn to remain in her father's control if he can prevent it? Gwendolyn is determined to not be crush in spirit by her father's decisions. But she is hopeful that her mother and perhaps the Duchess can sway him in another direction. But as far as her father is concerned his only daughter has little value except as a marriage pawn to get him greater power and influence. Can Gwendolyn and Allen see the path that God has set before them or will they instead follow the path set before them by men? The fate of their hearts and a people may rest on what they do. This is the second book in the Valiant Hearts series and is as good if not better than the first book Valiant. This book / series should appeal to YA readers who are looking for clean fiction. This is an enjoyable book that captures the reader's attention from beginning to end. Though one doesn't have to read the first book to enjoy this book it is recommended so that one can fully appreciate Allen and where he is coming from. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
TheArtistLibrarian More than 1 year ago
A Chivalrous Continuation to the Valiant Hearts Series! Sleiman continues to build a intriguing imagining of medieval Europe in Chivalrous. Her teenage protagonists navigate among gender roles and societal expectations, trying to find their place while discovering their worth in Christ. The plot itself is full of action, political intrigue, and a sweet romance that will have Christian YA fans captivated. I admit, though excited, I was skeptical when I first saw Chivalrous' cover of a maiden bedecked in chainmail and armor. Especially since Sleiman's Valiant Hearts series are closer to historicals than fantasy. "Lady knights" aren't historically accurate ... However, I feared over nothing, since the opportunities for Gwen to utilize chainmail and her fighting skills were plausibly believable to me in the context of this novel. Allen was one of my favorite characters in Dauntless, so I was excited to see him appear in a larger role in Chivalrous. I must say that I wanted to knock him over the head a couple of times in this novel, but I think his fault of pride is something that those of us with a similar spiritual background as Allen (i.e. knowledgeable or having grown up in the Church) is a danger that is all too real. One of the things I enjoy about Sleiman's novels is her egalitarian treatment of her male and female protagonists. They are often both a mix of strength and vulnerability and both have moments of being leaders or being support, yet their masculinity and femininity are distinct. For example, both end up facing a similar forced arrangement, which I thought was a neat twist because it normally only occurs to female characters in a romance. My only criticism was that for me, a couple of the plot points seemed forced, or only added for a twist/drama or to have certain characters there ... However, I did like that again, Sleiman touches on tough issues that we still face today. She also provides a realistic, sobering view of medieval family life that isn't always seen in fictionalized accounts. The idea of a duchy/dukedom adopting Camelot as inspiration for their government and principles was an intriguing one. The next novel in this series, Courageous, takes place during a crusade. The Crusades are probably one of my least favorite events in history, but if Sleiman could pull off a "lady knight" character, I'm sure she can do the same for me with the Crusades. In any case, I'm definitely looking forward to it! 4 1/2 stars! [Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for review purposes.]
RachaelReads More than 1 year ago
*Slams hands on table* YES!! This book is so spot on!!! Growing up, my sister and I dreamed more of being the knights in shining armor than we did of being the princess who needed saving just like Gwendolyn Barnes. The heroine in this book, Gwendolyn, is a powerful woman who comes to the rescue many times and proves everyone that she is just as powerful as any knight – despite the fact that she is a woman. I loved this story because it shows teens (girls especially) that they can rise above the obstacles that the world puts in their paths and do anything that they dream if the work hard enough. I think I enjoyed this book even more than I enjoyed Dauntless, mostly because of the fact that Gwendolyn is a knight who fights in battles and jousting tournaments. Also, *spoiler* Gwendolyn has to deal with an abusive father who refuses to let her choose who she wants to marry *end of spoiler* and despite that, is still a strong-willed woman who stands up for her beliefs and chases her dreams. She doesn’t let anyone hold her back and I really admire her for that. I also love the letters to the readers that Dina put in the beginning of both Chivalrous and Dauntless – they are the most thoughtful and sweetest letters ever. I have never come across an author who has done something like that in her books. Dina, I applaud you! If you have a: Daughter Granddaughter Niece Cousin Sister Mother Grandmother Aunt Neighbor Friend That you would love to remind them how powerful and capable they are of achieving their dreams and being (or grow up to be) powerful women, give them this book with a little note. Believe me, they will feel stronger and more beautiful than they did before they read it. I sure did. Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ I’m not a fan of most YA or Medieval fiction but this book was awesome!! I loved the characters, the plot, and the excitement. I’d recommend it to any teen OR adult that loves history and/or Melanie Dickerson‘s books. Content: **May contain spoilers** This is a Christian based novel so it has a great amount of positive spiritual content which I appreciated – it is a great influence on the reader. There is a sorceress who tries to tell the future, but she is put in a very bad light. The sorcery is not put positively and she (obviously) fails. Wine and alcohol are mentioned in the book, but because of the time period, almost everyone drank wine because of the unclean water. There is some battle scenes and people do die, naturally. There are jousting tournaments. Unfortunately, Gwedolyn’s father is physically abusive and is a very harsh man – those scenes may be a little frightening for younger readers. This book contains romance, falling in love, and writing love poems. Being that I love romantic novels, this didn’t phase me at all but it all depends on the reader. *I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thank you, Netgalley for the privilege to review this book! * Read more at my blog:
BookGrace More than 1 year ago
Chivalrous by Dina L. Sleiman was an enjoyable read, though I didn't like it as much as the book before it, Dauntless. But maybe that's because I felt that one had more of an adventurous feel, probably due to its characters being outlaws and living out of doors. But Chivalrous had it's own adventure and likable aspects, what with jousting, and even some events that I did not see coming. Got to like it when an author surprises you with unexpected turn of events, right? (Well, save for one that aren't good for the characters...) As for my opinions of the main cast, I think Gwen and Allen were a sweet couple, and both were likable characters for the most part. I just had a bit of issue with Allen and his prideful attitude, but I think this was purposeful on the author's part in showing the problem with pride. Also, though his and Gwen's romance happened a bit quicker than I would have preferred, it wasn't so quick that it irritated me to the point of pulling my hair because of the suddenness of romantic emotion. I also liked that this one showed more of some of the supporting characters from book one. It was certainly nice reading more about them. This book also introduces us to the heroine of the next book in the series, Rosalind, and her part in this story has left me wanting to know what happens next to her. She was an interesting character, one I do feel bad for, but that's all I will say about her so as not to spoil you if you decide to read this book. In conclusion, I say Chivalrous was a nice read. Not the most fantastic book I've read, but still good enough that I liked it overall. If I could compare this book to anything, it kind of reminds me of Melanie Dickerson' books, so readers who like Dickerson's books have a good chance of liking this one. I give Chivalrous by Dina L. Sleiman a rating of four, and recommend to mature teens and adults who like YA romance with some adventure and action. I don't think you have to read the first book in this series to enjoy Chivalrous, though I do think you'd get the full enjoyment of this tale if you did. You may want to know- There is kissing, violence, and a villain deals with evil spirits. Content not suitable for young readers. *Thanks to the author and publisher for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.
4aussiegirl More than 1 year ago
CHIVALROUS By: Dina L. Sleiman Just love the cover of this book. Look at the pretty lady on the front cover. This cover tells a story in its self. This book is the second in the series of Valiant Hearts. As I stared to read this I wish I had been able to get the first one in the series. As the stage is set where Gwendolyn is riding her horse, her lance against her side as her opponent, a warrior mirrors Gwendolyn’s every move--- who is her opponent? They are about to go face to face and see who is the best of the best. Remember women are below men and they are not suppose to be warriors, they are not suppose to ride horses or use lances, but stay in the house and do women things, they are suppose to get married young. To see what her mother faces will make you want to slap the man silly. Gwendolyn is close to her two brothers – and feels so alone when two of her brothers leave just as her father arrives home---fear grips Gwendolyn’s heart – why is she so afraid of the one person she should adore. She doesn’t adore him and she is really afraid of him, the one person she doesn’t want to come back home. Allen enters the picture a man of great courage; he will fight for anyone to protect them. Allen shows that God calls men or women of any statue in the line of nobility to the farmer to peasant. God is always after the hearts of a believer and follower in Him and will use them for his cause. Allen is one I really liked in this book—he cares, he follows God and he is a great believer—a heart after God a noble heart. Sometimes gallant knight’s shows children lives are worth more than a bag of gold in hand. May God hold the Glory of all!!!!!!!! He shows what a man of God is like, bravery is like and what loyalty is and a man that obeys God will do regardless. I recommend this book highly for the person that loves knights and kingdoms. I couldn’t put it down. What a page turner. If I could give this book 10 stars I would. I received this beautiful book free from Bethany House for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review just an honest one. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own and no one else’s. 5 Stars ISBN 978-07642-1313-7
hockey22 More than 1 year ago
I'll admit that I expected a lot better after the first book. Even though that one was just okay it was still at least entertaining. I can't say the same about this one unfortunately. I definitely had some problems with it. First of all the insti-love. Drives me crazy every single time. I understand that this takes place in the middle ages, but give me a break. After talking two, maybe three times they are completely in love. No. Not for me. This book was pretty cheesy. Some of Allen's thoughts actually made me laugh they were so romantic and yet too unrealistic. Also, the battle scenes were really unrealistic and it never really described who was injured in them and it never even introduced half the people fighting in them. It was just to unrealistic for me. The best part of the book was the writing and the historical details. I love reading about this time period so that part was interesting for me. The plot moved smoothly and that and the fact that I enjoyed the first book were the reasons I kept with this book. Overall I'm not sure if I would recommend this. Definitely not for YA even though that's sort of the age group its aimed for. I guess if you want a read that will get you thinking this would be it.
angelmom1165 More than 1 year ago
I loved book two even more than book one. In book one you meet Allen but you don't really get to KNOW him the same way as you do in this one. I love how you see the struggle within him to be something special to others and at the same time knowing the only One he is to please and follow is the Lord. Gwen is wonderful. While growing up under a very mean father, she was fortunate to have him away for a lot of the time. I believe that gave her the ability to have a kind heart and daring spirit. Having big brothers to allow her to learn things that only men could do back then kept her vibrant and later it kept her alive. This book has all the adventure and intrigue you would expect with a title and cover like it has. I enjoyed the tournaments. It felt just like I was watching one of the movies from that time period. The relationship between Gwen and Rosalind is one of my favorites. She is willing to follow her into whatever adventure she chooses but at the same time she tries to guide her the direction a lady of her status requires. I'm looking forward to reading her story in book three. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read of adventure with romance. I rate this book a 5 star. I found nothing offensive or out of line. It was the perfect mix of adventure, romance and spirituality. I found the characters faith to be balanced. Their struggles were real to life. Well done, once again! Can't wait for more.
Sparrowhawk24 More than 1 year ago
With its in-depth glimpse at medieval life with authentic jousting and tournaments, to gender roles and equality, to fanciful romance and family dynamics, Chivalrous turned out to be a wonderfully rendered story with an important message about identity, love, honor and loyalty. ___________________________________________ WHAT I LIKED: + Ever since I can remember, I have held a deep fascination for Medieval Times; specifically with the lore surrounding the knights, castles, and dukedoms. So, when I saw the stunning cover for Chivalrous, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. Yes, at first glance the synopsis came across as typical and cliché, but imagine my surprise when I finished reading the first chapter and found myself spell-bound! It was riveting, comical, thoughtful, and full of emotional conflict + I deeply appreciated and savored the underlying message in Chivalrous and the role our protagonist, Gwendolyn Barnes personified ― she is passionate, strong-willed, and exudes qualities that speak into the feminist movement today. Not only that, but you legitimately find yourself cheering her on as she renders justice to her oppressors; you ache with her as her world falls apart, and you venture with her on her audacious quests and hard-fought battles. Needless to say, there are no dull moments in the reading of this book + This is the first time I have read anything from author Dina L. Sleiman; thus, I do not know if her writing style varies from her other books, and I only say this because the style of writing in Chivalrous was a magical escapism. The tone and authentic medieval dialogue was glorious and the storytelling even more! There is a certain charm and flair to Sleiman’s narration that crafts this tantalizing narrative and effortlessly draws the reader in + And because the narration and writing is remarkably well done, the world and historical aspects surrounding this prose are exceptional too. The most striking emphasis on all this to me is the way the worldview in this era is imparted to the reader. As a result, the characters, their conflicts, their society, and culture grow on you and you genuinely become curious about the relationship between their principles and the opposition + The plot in Chivalrous follows and unpredictable pattern and story line. It is both dramatic and emotional; as well as thematic. The romance is a delight too ― it is whimsical, innocent and believable WHAT I DIDN’T LIKED: - There were a significant amount of characters that were introduced at the beginning of the storyline which I found extremely difficult to keep track of. Be that as it may, I cannot help but wonder if these characters are ones being interlaced from the first book in the series, Dauntless. In any case, after the first three chapters, these teeming characters seem to take the back seat as our main characters carry us through the rest of the narrative AFTERTHOUGHTS: I enjoyed this book immensely and is counted as one of my favorite books for 2015. I highly recommend it to anyone who holds a deep fascination for Medieval Times and to those who particularly enjoy a fearless feminist icon
singing_librarian_books More than 1 year ago
Dina L. Sleiman has once again written an exciting young adult novel. Full of adventure and unexpected romance, this novel will capture readers’ attention from page one. With excellently well-developed characters that readers will become attached to along with an engaging and thrilling storyline, readers will love this new installment of the Valiant Heart Series. Originally an adult writer, Dina adapted well to writing young adult fiction, crafting a story that readers will most thoroughly enjoy. I would recommend this novel to readers that adored book one in the series, Dauntless, as well as enjoy teen fiction with adventure and romance. Series: Valient Hearts Genre: adventure; historical fiction; fantasy; romance; medieval Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Publication date: September 8, 2015 Number of pages: 368 Age: 12th+ Grade level: 7th+ Other books in the series: 1-Duantless A review copy of this book was provided by the author, Dina L. Sleiman, as part of her influencer group, as well as by Bethany House.
Hammy1995 More than 1 year ago
Well to start off this review, I just want to say that I got this book for free for review from the publisher Bethany House. I signed up for their bloggers review club and was able to pick out a book that I wanted to review. The book that I picked was Chivalrous but Dina L. Sleiman. Now this is actually the second book in the Valiant Heart series but you are able to read it as a standalone. This book is about a girl named Gwendolyn and she really wants to be a knight. This book is set back in the Medieval era and kind of has a Robin Hood feel too it. The story follows Gwen as she is forced into marriage by her father. She doesn’t want to get married and does many crazy things as her last chance of freedom before being stuck. The story also follows a man named Allen. He is a knight and he moves to the kingdom in which Gwen lives. The meet and hit it off but just like any book there are issues and problems that they run into. Personally I thought that I wasn’t going to like this book but it turned out to be really good. I like when a book is told in multiple perspectives. It gives me more of an insight of how everyone is feeling and what they are thinking about an issue. I loved the strong female lead that Gwen portrayed, she was not one to lay down and take a beating but instead gave one back. I loved all the battles and tournaments that were described, I like to read about different time periods and this one was written really well. The romance was tasteful not overdone and the issues that arouse along the relationship seemed real not corny. I really enjoyed reading this book and I’m glad that Bethany House let me review it for them. If there were to be other books in the series I would love to read them. The universe that this book evolves in is just as magical and amazing as the story was. This book I would give four out of five stars and would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants an adventure from the first page to the last.
MarB1 More than 1 year ago
In Chivalrous I made new friends that I deeply cared, rooted, and cheered for. I wanted to see Lady Gwendolyn Barnes and Sir Allen of Ellsworth together so badly. They were simply perfect for each other – but class, obligations, and other impossibilities keep them apart – not to mention the brute that Lady Gwendolyn’s father intends her to marry. Oh, the hairs that I pulled from my head while reading about how unlovingly and harshly Gwen’s father treats his only daughter! This was an amazing story that kept me guessing until the end. When I thought I had figured out the ending, the author added new twists and turns, making me sit on the edge of my seat, biting my fingernails. A well written story that entertained me thoroughly and made me burn the midnight oil. I can’t wait for the next book in series!
JaneenIppolito More than 1 year ago
In this book? The Valiant Hearts series grows up. While still featuring beautiful prose, a dynamic heroine, and a fast-paced plot line, the difficulties featured are far more personal than in Dauntless. Humor is present in small amounts, but is also often follow by heartbreak and difficult choices. In this book? The reader is out of the realm of acrobatic thieves and Farthingale Forest, and neck-deep in forced marriages, old prophecies, controversial choices, and hints of dark magic. The plot was a clever reverse-twist on the King Arthur legend, and in fact much of the book both gives homage to and criticizes Arthurian ways. Christ and biblical principles, not old stories, are the ultimate foundation of truth and life for the main characters. Old superstitions and even the round table are seen as trivial and potentially harmful if they don’t bow the knee to Christ The jousting scenes were excellent and I appreciated the detailed aspects of warfare. Gwendolyn is a legitimate knight. I also appreciate how Sleiman made her built like a knight–even on the front cover she’s strong-boned and clearly has a good presence. Wearing chain mail and wielding swords is heavy business, and it bothers me to no end when authors have some skinny peasant wench able to lift a blade This is an action/romance, so the romance plays a large part. However, it is a Christian romance, so be prepared for longing glances, kissing of hands, noticing of curves (and then inner censorship) and wistful imaginings written very poetically. While my tolerance for romance is not high, and there was some eye rolling, I appreciate how Sleiman handles physical and emotional attraction. People have hormones and biochemistry that react in specific ways, and she manages to show this without going into lurid detail. In fact, at times she was so abstract that I was really surprised to figure out that a certain side character’s flirtation was far less virtuous than I’d suspected. Gwendolyn and Allen do fall for each other very quickly, which threw me off, but Sleiman is careful to show the consequences of that quick fall. Both characters doubt their hearts and question their motivations, and are turned aside by other endeavors. However, this story is definitely a Happily Ever After, so rest assured no matter what the barrier, heroine and hero will ride off into the sunset together. Note: this book does feature emotionally intense scenes, including threatening behavior, and verbal and physical abuse from Gwendolyn’s domineering father. Another character makes a controversial choice that has long-lasting side effects. Sleiman handles this deftly, and nothing is gratuitous, but take note that this book is aimed for an older young adult audience. Final Verdict: a lyrical, adventurous medieval romance that explores sober issues and has a bold, yet very vulnerable heroine at the center.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
Like the back page states.. Tournaments, intrigue, and battles--along with twists and turns aplenty--await these two as they struggle to find love, identity, and their true destinies. That is exactly what I found in the pages of this book. I was pulled in from the first and the characters were wonderful! Knights, Kings, strong women, romance and a villain.. I couldn't ask for anything more! Action-packed adventures with Knights jousting, treachery in the castle and the Duke murdered! I can't wait for the next book in this series because this series is definitely one of my 2015 favorites! I was gifted a copy from Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group for my opinion which I have given...
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
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 received a free eBook copy of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gwen did not know whether to growl like Mischief or melt into a puddle of tears. But Rosalind did not deserve her temper, and if she started crying, she might never stop. Instead she pulled Angel into her arms once again. “Plus.” Rosalind held up a finger. “There is a tournament involved. Won’t that be fun?” “A tournament, to watch idly, from the stands, stuffed into a silken gown.” Grew shook her head in disgust. “I do not wish to watch a tournament. I wish to fight in one.” As the words poured from her mouth, an idea sparked to life in her head and took hold of her. Before succumbing to a life of drudgery, she would enjoy one glorious hour of triumph! Book: Chivalrous by Dina L. Sleiman, Bethany House Publishers, 2015 Genre: Adventure, Historical Fiction, Romance Target Audience: Girls and Boys 13+ Subjects: Faith in God, Pride, Trust in God rather than self, Abuse, Abortion, Immorality Summary: Marriage. Every young woman’s dream. Except Gwen’s. Not only does she not have any interest in marriage, her father’s idea of marriage is to get her under control by finding a strong man who will not allow her to do any of the things she enjoys, a man who will keep her very tightly under his control. All Gwen wants to do is spend her days jousting, horse riding and climbing trees – the very things her father finds completely unacceptable for a woman to do. Suddenly though, the simple act of attending the Duke’s tournament sets into motion a chain of events Gwen could never have dreamed of – including the meeting of the one man who actually stirs her interest. Allen, still hurting a bit from a proposal rejection is simply looking for a place in the world where he can fight for the right reasons under the right leadership. Rumors says that Edendale is exactly that. It’s where the legends of King Arthur are lived out in the kingdom. The tournament sets of a whirlwind of events for him as well. He finds himself a pawn in a movement much bigger than himself. Both must rethink exactly what it means for one to be chivalrous. Notes: Chivalrous is second in the Valiant Hearts series. This series focuses on showing strong, independent women and the strong men who love them. The author is encouraging young girls to be bold and strong and follow where God leads them and then if/when God brings a knight in shining armor into the picture, to join together in following God. Chivalrous focuses on a woman who is wrestling with her desire for things viewed unladylike by society and an independence from a controlling, abusive father. Due to her father’s character and yet willingness to claim to be religious, she has no faith of her own and an incorrect view of God Himself. Allan opens her eyes to the truth of how God views people, especially women and the love God has for her. Allan wrestles a lot with pride. He starts off humble, but when he finds himself thrust into a position of power, he starts to believe it’s owed to him, that God is just obviously rewarding him for being such an extremely good person. A word from a priest recalled at just the right time knocks him back down, showing him that he is allowing his pride to lead him places he was never supposed to go. Overall, the book clearly shows the spiritual struggle of the characters from the very beginning and continues the theme consistently through the book. Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5 Enjoyment Scale: 5/5 Reviewer: J:-)mi Psalm 103:6-14 – The LORD works righteousness and justic
BookwormMama14 More than 1 year ago
In 1217 the daughter of a baron has but one obligation in life: To marry the man her father chooses and continue the family line. But what if said daughter wished for something different, what if her heart's desire was to become a knight? "Gwen felt no fear, only the surge of battle coursing through her. Steeling her. Strengthening her." Gwendolyn Barnes longs to be be a chivalrous knight like her brothers. But her ruthless father has plans to marry her to a man who is able to break her free spirit. She is expected to become a meek and submissive wife to whomever her father chooses. Even in the Arthurian-inspired land of North Britannia Gwen is expected to concede to her parents decisions. But when Sir Allen comes to Edendale, Gwen finds herself longing for a family of her own, if Sir Allen were the one she was wed to. When tragedy befalls the land they must make their choices. Ones which could separate them forever. Will the love Gwen has found be lost forever? Will she be forced to marry a brute of a man? Will Sir Allen, the hope of the land, be able to save them all from destruction? "She would cling tight to her shield of faith. God would be her defense." Chivalrous is a riveting story of faith, hope and love. As I was reading I was constantly reminded of the Disney movie Brave (which is one of my favorites). Dina Sleiman's Valiant Hearts series is incredible! I love imagining what it would have been like to live in medieval England. However, it is hard for me to fathom being born into a culture that does not allow a person to choose their own future. To be bound by rules and regulations that dictate your every waking moment. It makes me grateful to be born in the time I was. There is a lot of emotions experienced in this book. But through it all the message is clear. Never give up! Keep fighting for what is right and true. And God will be with us every step of the way, guiding us into our destiny. I received a free digital copy of Chivalrous from Bethany House Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"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 Arthurian-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." This book really appealed to me. I love the middle ages and the stuff that comes with it. This is the second book of the Valiant Hearts series, though I didn't read the first book, I loved this book and the strong female characters that the author casts in roles and settings usually restricted to male characters. The main character is a young woman who wishes to follow her heart instead of society's strictures. I would recommend this book to readers who like strong female characters, whether you're a teen, like me, into the middle ages or you just love to read YA books. I'm excited to read the first book and any other books in this series. I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars FTC disclaimer: I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for a honest review.