Chivalrous

Chivalrous (Valiant Hearts, #2)Chivalrous by Dina L. Sleiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dina Sleiman brings us another rollicking and charming tale of medieval life and romance. I enjoyed book one of this series, Dauntless, and Chivalrous is even better.

Gwendolyn Barnes would like nothing better than to be a knight. But as her father’s only daughter, she’s supposed to be relegated to a life behind the castle’s stone walls. Thankfully, he’s rarely home and her brothers indulge her desire to ride and joust.

Allen of Ellsworth wants to make something of himself and travels to a distant kingdom for his chance. Accepted as a knight and quickly placed on the duke’s council, he’s not prepared for the intrigue or the danger to his heart of a tall woman with a taste for adventure.

Medieval times were tough. It’s easy to romanticize times long gone and forget about the ugly realities. Dina Sleiman does a nice job of blending the two. While the hero and heroine lead somewhat charmed lives, those around them are much more stuck in the time period’s reality. I love that the realism of life in the middle ages is portrayed as the backdrop of the romance. Very well done!

The Light of Eidon

The Light of Eidon (Legends of the Guardian-King, #1)The Light of Eidon by Karen Hancock
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Abramm Kalladorne wanted to know Eidon. He’d devoted his life to the priesthood. But before he could complete his training, his world came crumbling down. Stripped of his royal title, his identity in the priesthood, feeling spurned by the God he loved, he was shipped off to a life he could never have imagined. Caught between the warring powers of foreign lords, Abramm must come to terms with the truth of his life, understand who Eidon really is, and learn to trust again.

I enjoy a good fantasy novel and The Light of Eidon has a lot going for it. It’s the first in a series and I haven’t read the rest of them, but it certainly set up well for book 2, while having a clear and meaningful ending to book 1. It was, overall, a bit on the dark side. While there is the classic good verses evil struggle, the good is often hard to find and it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Anyone who enjoys a darker, grittier type of story would enjoy this. I would not recommend it for younger teens, however.

Bringing It All Together

After many years of maintaining the Twin Willows Farm webpage and The Sheepish Scribe blog, it is time to consolidate and get my personal web presence under one little umbrella. Here it is!

This will be a work in progress over the next several months. I’m not sure how much of the Twin Willows Farm webpage I’ll be moving over. I won’t be moving any of The Sheepish Scribe. That little blog will languish on Blogspot until they pull its plug.

This is a new day – a new beginning! It’s exciting. It’s daunting. It’s loaded with possibilities. Wish me luck!