It’s a new year and a new blog. It’s only fitting to start off with a new and unknown author. This will be a rare occurrence as her book isn’t even available anywhere yet except on Wattpad. As a matter of fact, it’s undergoing edits and polishing as we speak and will be updated within a few months. However, that’s okay. Today, anything goes!
Paladin by Sally Slater
Sam is the most promising swordsman among this year’s crop of Paladin trainees… and knows it. Brash, cocky, and unbeatable with a sword (well, almost), Sam is the kingdom of Thule’s best hope against the violence wrought by demons. The only problem is that Sam is really Lady Samantha, daughter of the seventeenth Duke of Haywood, and if her father has his way, she’ll be marrying a Paladin, not becoming one.
But Sam has never held much interest in playing damsel-in-distress, and so she rescues herself from a lifetime of boredom and matrimonial drudgery.
Pity that Tristan Lyons, the Paladin assigned to train her, is none other than the hero of her childhood. He hasn’t recognized her as Lady Samantha –yet– but if he does, he’ll take away her sword and send her packing.
Sam is not the only trainee hiding secrets: Braeden is a half-demon with a dark past that might be unforgivable.
Sam, Braeden and Tristan set out for the western coast, charged with rooting out an infestation of demons that has made the West unlivable. As they travel, they uncover a deep-seated corruption of power that threatens to derail everything they stand for. Rebellion stirs, led by a rival faction of warriors who tempt Sam to join them with an irresistible offer. A war between men is coming, and Sam must pick a side. Will saving the kingdom cost her life — or just her heart?
Reminiscent of Mulan, but with a medieval fantasy twist, Paladin is a tale of adventure, action, and romance.
(taken from author’s website – Goodness knows I couldn’t improve on that!)
I have read this as it stands at this moment. I will start by saying that whether she finds a traditional publisher to take this on or she publishes it herself, I WILL add it to my collection of books. I started reading this and couldn’t put it down until I reached the last page. It was absolutely hilarious and had me gasping at all of Sam’s close calls when it seemed she was about to be found out. It has been a long time since I read a book I have become so involved in. When it ended, I wanted to scream “NO!” and demand the next part. Unfortunately, it looks like it will be a series. *sad face* However, I’m eagerly awaiting the time when Sally tackles the next part and gets it ready. If her stats on Wattpad are anything to judge by, I’m not the only one waiting for the final product and the next book.
I would judge this book to be more for older teens and adults. She has several innuendos all the way through that are more fun if you know what’s going on. It definitely adds to the ‘hilarious’ factor.
If you’re interested in reading this book, you will need to sign up for a free account at Wattpad. However, it’s easy enough to do and definitely worth it for this book alone. It has held the #1 spot in fantasy and adventure for a good reason.
Be sure to check out Paladin. Sally Slater is definitely a star on the rise and it will be fun to watch her reach the top.