Author: Dina L. Sleiman
Series: Valiant Hearts #3
Audience: Young Adult
ABOUT THE BOOK
Valiant Hearts: Where Adventure and Romance Meet
Inspired by the vision of the Young Lady Sapphira, Rosalind of Ipsworth joins a group of men, women, and children as a defender of the cross, seeking to free captives from prisons near Tripoli. She gladly gives herself to the cause, as she's haunted by a tragic mistake and no longer deserves such joys as marriage and family might bring.
Sir Randel Penigree was reared to serve in the church, but dreams of protecting the innocent as a knight. Joining a crusade to escape humiliation at home, he finds himself drawn to Rosalind as they partner to train and protect a group of young adolescents. When they face political machinations, danger, and an unknown enemy bent on their destruction, they are forced to reconsider their priorities and the very nature of the God they serve.
~ MY REVIEW ~
I've enjoyed the VALIANT HEARTS series by Dina L. Sleiman. They're adventurous, somewhat unique, romantic, and retellings of legends such as Robin Hood and Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Courageous was a pretty good tale, keeping my interesting and giving me some thoughts to mule over.
It follows the life of a few different characters, one of them being Rosalind, who we met in Chivalrous and were left knowing only she had made some tragic mistakes and was far from healed inside.
After a vision from a young girl named Lady Sapphira, Rosalind sets out on a crusade to free some prisoners with a group of other zealous warriors. Will they find victory ... and healing, along the way?
I was excited to read Rosalind and Sir Randel's story! Lady Sapphira was an interesting POV character as well. And, oh my goodness, I totally did not figure out the whole mysterious villain! That was rather a shock for me, finally finding out who it was! I loved the secondary stories of people finding Christ ... beautiful. ^_^ It was fun to read about the travels. Delightful to get another peek at the lovely characters from the previous books in the series! Courageous was a thoughtful, messy, ultimately beautiful story of redemption, grace, and following God's guidance.
There were certain points of the book concerning faith and whatnot that had me kind of confused. I wasn't sure what to think about a few aspects, and not sure I agreed with others. But in the end, I think most things were sorted out in a way I understood and found to be Biblical.
Another note: I do not like reading from the villain's POV. Especially if it gets gruesome. Just not my thing. That happened in this book, just to give you a heads up.
Anyway, I enjoyed this novel! And there were some truly poignant and precious moments. Adventure, faith, and some romance. It was a good book.
I received a copy of Courageous from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.