by Sally Slater


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Paladin by Sally Slater

"Imagine Game of Thrones with less blood and more gender confusion and you get a taste of this knightly epic." - The Guardian

Brash, cocky, and unbeatable with a sword (well, almost), Sam of Haywood is the most promising Paladin trainee in the kingdom of Thule... and knows it. The only problem is that Sam is really Lady Samantha, daughter of the seventeenth Duke of Haywood, and if her father has his way, she'll be marrying a Paladin, not becoming one.

But Sam has never held much interest in playing damsel-in-distress, and so she rescues herself from a lifetime of boredom and matrimonial drudgery. Disguised as a boy, Sam leaves home behind to fight demons--the most dangerous monsters in Thule--alongside the kingdom's elite warriors. Pity that Tristan Lyons, the Paladin assigned to train her, is none other than the hero of her childhood. He hasn't recognized her-yet-but if he does, he'll take away her sword and send her packing.

Sam is not the only trainee hiding secrets: Braeden is a half-demon with a dark past that might be unforgivable. Whether he can be trusted is anyone's guess, including his.

As demons wreak havoc across the land, rebellion stirs in the West, led by a rival faction of warriors.

A war between men is coming, and Sam must pick a side. Will saving the kingdom cost her life-or just her heart?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989463355
Publisher: Perfect Analogy Publishing
Publication date: 07/16/2015
Pages: 386
Sales rank: 572,005
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Sally Slater is the author of Paladin, a fantasy adventure novel that has garnered over 10.5 million reads on the social networking platform for readers and writers, Wattpad. When she's not writing, Sally works as a public relations professional at a strategic communications and advisory firm in New York City.

Carly Robins is an actress and voice-over artist. She can be heard on commercials, video games, and promos. Carly comes to narration with a passion for performance along with the capability to span several genres, from romance to children's literature and thrillers.

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Paladin 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book there is always something going on and never a slow or dull moment
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book on wattpad from a wattpad story tob A published story itss the best book ever
Olivia Donney More than 1 year ago
Really good went from a small town book, to a published book. It has a great story line, and bring go the characters  together really well. 
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TracyJTJ More than 1 year ago
Paladin by Sally Slater is another Wattpad success story. It currently sits at…wait for it… 11.4 million reads and 258K votes and has now been published. It has over 840 ratings on Goodreads - not bad for a book that was published in May this year. Lady Samantha Heywood, daughter of the Duke of Hayward is a young woman whose life is laid out before her – duty and marriage. Samantha knows she wants more in life, but isn’t sure what “more” is. After witnessing the murder of her mother by a demon and narrowly escaping the same fate, Samantha decides to change the course of her life. After training in secret, Sam Heywood joins the Paladins, an order of knights whose role is to protect the kingdom from demons and other threats – of course they don’t allow women in their ranks. This is a familiar story line, but you forget that and simply enjoy it, as it's well executed. Slater manages to create engaging characters with emotional depth. Sam is fallible and her character evolves throughout the course of the novel, as do those of the two main male characters. Here we have a teen who feels trapped and rails against her future, yet doesn’t initially know what she wants – this might be a fantasy novel, but right there in the first few pages is something many in the YA core readership will relate to. (We know almost immediately what is at stake for our heroine. Structure 101- I wish I read more manuscripts that got this right so quickly.) I like the fact that Slater's heroine has to work hard for what she wants, is not perfect and confronts and often overcomes sexism. On the adventure side of the story, she also faces human and demon adversaries; there are some excellent battles. None of her trials are without cost. There is an emotional cost in terms of her life choices and family as well as a physical cost to her battles. She does not magically defeat her enemies as if she were invincible – she is battered, bruised and nearly killed but doesn’t give up. What I dislike supremely in fantasy novels is romance dominating the plot entirely (geez people when this happens – just call it a romance, please) and Slater does a very good job of balancing the romance aspect of this story with the action. The reader is presented with the golden haired stereotypical hero and the dark “bad boy” as Sam's potential love interests, however what I liked is that the relationship that Sam finally chooses has been based on a friendship that has developed into something more. It is also a relationship based on mutual respect. There are all the requisite “sparks” and "sizzle" but not at first sight - thank goodness. Slater has written an excellent, fast paced, YA fantasy novel. To her credit she has provided her readers with a heroine who succeeds in following her dreams, despite many difficulties, and who finds romance without having to compromise her own ideals or career choice - bravo. This is a rollicking adventure and a great weekend’s escapism - I thoroughly recommend it. Four Stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 STARS. FIVE “I got no sleep last night because of this book” stars. Find my original review with GIF’s here: Okay, so this book has been calling out to me since I saw one of my reviewer friends post a review about it:. Then I forgot the book’s name and was checking my Amazon page and WHAT DO YOU KNOW? This little precious is #1 in YA fantasy so that pretty much had me dying of curiosity. What? You don't believe me: Then I read the blurb… Girl pretends to be boy. Girl goes to school to be a paladin (demon-fighter/warrior-type). Girl trains under her hero who doesn’t know she’s a girl. Girl makes friend with brooding half-demon boy (this wasn’t in blurb but reviewer mentioned it to me). Girl has to help save her kingdom with her hero-mentor and a half-demon boy. Okay >> Honestly, what part of that summary does not sound like I would love? The answer is: none, and Paladin really gave EVERYTHING it promised. This book gives fans of Tamora Pierce a bit more romance but still the action and dialogue you miss. You know, the way Defy was supposed to (only that failed miserably, I have very strong rage feels about that book that -I am sorry to anyone who loves that one!). Now to some readers MORE romance might be a detractor -but to me nothing is better than a YA fantasy romance with a strong heroine and a great romance. I really feel like Sally delivered on my favorite tropes & storyline: she’s giving us a sassy protagonist who IS NOT A SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE (aka automatically good at everything) and a “hot, brooding bad boy-type” love interest (my personal fave, don’t get me wrong –I can love good boys too: book gods only know how much I am #TeamPeeta- but this book gives you BRAEDEN). So let’s breakdown why I ended up loving this book: * The shenanigans –Okay, whenever an author does "a girl pretending to be a boy" there needs to be some ridiculously hilarious scenes a la “Alanna: The First Adventure” (book) and "She’s The Man" (movie) and there are some especially priceless ones in here (the brothel and that scene where she is sleeping between both boys –OH, and the part where Tristan has Braeden & Sam practicing holds -dear books gods I was in tears). This book gave me what I felt “The Academy” (book) lacked. * The plot was fast-moving, all over countryside, and easy to follow. * The multiple POV’S between the three main characters. Everyone on Goodreads knows I have issues if a guy is portrayed too girly in his own POV. In this book the two guys sound like the characters they are supposed to be. Each one had his own habits/personality/etc. and stayed true to character regardless of who’s POV was portraying them. * Tristan. Even though he is the “other” love interest, he was not obnoxious in the slightest. 1) He was kickass. 2) His reputation with the ladies (and Sam’s mockery of it) was hilarious (she makes a gagging noise at one point while he is hitting on an innkeeper). 3) His distaste for being paired up with Sam –especially in the beginning was just good fun (and reminded me of Tamora’s heroine-mentor relationships). 4) His loyalty AND sense of justice –even the way he reacts to his betrothed being dead (that scene was really sad BTW)... He is almost loyal to a fault (take the High Commander into account) but he’s a character you respect. But –mostly- I just love his & Sam’s relationship: She narrowed her eyes to slits. “Shut up, you. You’re part of
ADropOfInkReviews More than 1 year ago
This version of Paladin is clean and incredibly well-written. The story of what prompted Samantha to join the Paladins is much more believable and makes you want to pick up a sword and fight right alongside her. However, what isn't different is the connection between the characters and the hilarity that ensues when the reader knows Sam is a female, but her male counterparts are clueless. Sally switches between characters at chapter breaks periodically, so you're not stuck seeing the entire story from Samantha's view point. However, she does it with great skill and it takes nothing away from the story With only 3 main characters, you're never confused with who's viewpoint you're hearing the story from. If anything, it increases the allure of the book because you get to see just how clueless the men actually are. Okay, maybe as a female, I find that funnier than a male would. While you can still read the free version on Wattpad, be aware it's NOT the same version that was printed here. I highly recommend you read both. Though after re-reading the Wattpad version, I've decided I prefer the printed version. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy and needs a good laugh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so so so good. I couldn't put the book down and would read it over and over. I'll never get tired of it. I highly recommend this book. It's amazingly written.