Book Review

YA Book Review: Chivalrous by Dina L. Sleiman

I am a knight.
Strong like steel.
Ready to conquer any foe.

Series: Valiant Hearts (Book 2)
Young Adult, Fiction, Romance, Historical
Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date:
September 8, 2015
Number of pages: 

From the Publisher:

With her future in jeopardy, this unforgettable heroine won’t go down without a fight!

Strong and adventurous Gwendolyn Barnes longs to be a knight like her chivalrous brothers, but her parents view her only as a marriage pawn. When her domineering father makes plans to see her wed to a brutish man, Gwendolyn must fight for her future.

She’s surprised, however, for that clash to include a handsome, good-hearted newcomer. Allen of Ellsworth arrives in Edendale searching for his place in the world, but he finds in Gwendolyn the most unexpected of women.

Tournaments, intrigue, and battles–along with twists and turns aplenty–await these two as they struggle to find love, identity, and their true destinies.”

My Review:

*Slams hands on table*


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.


★ ★ ★ ★

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.


**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.

Find Chivalrous on:



Barnes and Noble

Bethany House Publishers

Connect with Dina L. Sleiman:

Dina’s Website

Dina’s Facebook Page

Dina’s Goodreads

Other Books by Dina L. Sleiman:
Valiant Hearts:

Dauntless (Book 1)

*I received this book from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thank you, Bethany House and Netgalley for the privilege to review this book! *

*Photo borrowed from Bethany House Publisher’s website*


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