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.