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Chivalrous by Dina Sleiman

21 Sep
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Chivalrous is a new release, the second in Dina Sleimen’s Valiant Hearts series. Set in medieval times, these young adult action/romance tales appeal to young and old(er) readers alike. Here’s a peek into Chivalrous:

 

“You shall never win at that pace!” Gwendolyn shouted over her shoulder as she raced Andromache through a rainbow field of wild flowers.
 
Rosalind’s faint, “I’m trying,” was muffled against the rush of wind.
 
Gwen thrilled at the exhilarating moment of freedom as she clutched her horse’s mane, leaning forward over her graceful white neck. Hovering weightless with each powerful stride, she felt as if she could fly.
 
Together they dashed down a rolling hillside and crashed through a trickling stream. Droplets of frigid mountain water splashed against the bare skin of her forearm and speckled her tunic. They raced across her hidden jousting field, through a patch of trees, and up a rocky incline before pulling to a stop next to a small wooden building.
 
Gwen had already removed her hilt and sword by the time Rosalind joined her, though she left a small jeweled dagger in her boot.
 
“Not fair,” declared Rosalind. “Should I not get some sort of head start? You’ve been riding all your life.”
 
“Now, where would be the fun in that? You must challenge yourself if you wish to be a warrior worth your armor.”
 
“Who said I wished for that? I’d be happy braiding flowers into your golden hair and fussing over your silken gowns.”
 
Although Gwen had managed to woo Rosalind to her warrior ways, the young woman had not adjusted entirely. Rosalind might have spent a boisterous childhood dancing through fields,climbing trees, and tussling with village lads in the dirt, but weapons of steel and giant horses still tested her limits.
 
“But admit it.” Gwen grinned impishly. “This is so much better.”

QPQ: Dina, tell us the truth, how much of Gwen is your alter ego, or are you more like Rosalind?

DSI’m more like Rosalind. She loves beautiful things and in many ways is a typical girl, but she is also strong and tough enough to hang with a serious tomboy like Gwendolyn, and she appreciates the new skills she’s learned from her. This line pretty much sums me up, “Rosalind might have spent a boisterous childhood dancing through fields, climbing trees, and tussling with village lads in the dirt, but weapons of steel and giant horses still tested her limits.” I do, however, share some of Gwendolyn’s traits too, like an appreciation of music, a tendency to daydream, and a love of freedom and justice.dina

QPQ: While writing this story, who tugged on your heart the most and why?

DSI love all my characters, but Gwendolyn tugged really tugged on my heart. The way she turned into a shell of her strong, confident self around her abusive father made me so sad, yet I think it is so true to life. I hate to see anyone victimized, but I also loved the way Gwendolyn learned to overcome this huge obstacle in her path to freedom and joy.

QPQ: If you could pick one thing that readers could take away from reading Chivalrous, what would it be?

DSOne of the big questions that Chivalrous raises is how to balance fulfilling your duty to the authorities in your life with following your own heart. I hope readers will see that in the end, each of us is responsible for our own life and choices. We must seek God’s best for our lives and then stand up to fulfill that calling. To borrow a modern phrase, much of the book is about establishing healthy boundaries.

QPQ: Rumor has it there will be a third book in this series, want to give a clue what/who that one is about? I think I can guess!

DSYes! Book 3, Courageous, is about Rosalind in the scene above. I’m afraid I leave her in quite a low place at the end of Chivalrous, but don’t despair. In book 3 Rosalind will take off on a crusade to the Holy Land in search of redemption. You won’t want to miss this exciting adventure.

QPQ: I’m already looking forward to it! (And that’s who I guessed it would be!) My review of Chivalrous can be found here.

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Posted by on September 21, 2015 in New Releases

 

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3 responses to “Chivalrous by Dina Sleiman

  1. Robin Patchen

    September 21, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Sounds like a great book!

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  2. twinwillowsfarm

    September 21, 2015 at 11:02 am

    I’m enjoying this series. And maybe I’m taking some guilty pleasure that a YA book appeals so much to me. That must mean I’m still young at heart … right?!

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  3. Dina Sleiman

    September 21, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Thanks, Pegg. This was fun 🙂 And actually, I have more adult readers than teen readers right now from what I can tell. I really wrote the series for teens through adults.

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