Paladin by Sally Slater

Posted May 20, 2015 by E.J. Roberts in 5 Stars, Adult, Book Review, Fantasy, Teen / 0 Comments

Paladin by Sally SlaterPaladin (Paladin, #1) by Sally Slater
Genres: fantasy
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The debut novel from the #1 Fantasy writer on Wattpad is finally here!

Brash, cocky, and unbeatable with a sword (well, almost), Sam of Haywood is the most promising Paladin trainee in the kingdom of Thule… and knows it. 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. Disguised as a boy, Sam leaves home behind to fight demons-—the most dangerous monsters in Thule—-alongside the kingdom’s elite warriors. Pity that Tristan Lyons, the Paladin assigned to train her, is none other than the hero of her childhood. He hasn’t recognized her–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. Whether he can be trusted is anyone’s guess, including his.

As demons wreak havoc across the land, rebellion stirs in the West, led by a rival faction of warriors.

A war between men is coming, and Sam must pick a side. Will saving the kingdom cost her life–or just her heart?

My Review:

Okay, if you’ve been tracking my site for awhile, you might be sputtering at the moment. You might be saying, “But you already reviewed this!” In a way, I did. However, that was the Wattpad version. I’m now reviewing the published version. See? Completely different. 😀 Actually, it is different. Gone is the prologue from the Wattpad version and the trials she went through to get to be a Paladin trainee. What’s left is pure magic.

This version of Paladin is clean and incredibly well-written. The story of what prompted Samantha to join the Paladins is much more believable and makes you want to pick up a sword and fight right alongside her. However, what isn’t different is the connection between the characters and the hilarity that ensues when the reader knows Sam is a female, but her male counterparts are clueless. Sally switches between characters at chapter breaks periodically, so you’re not stuck seeing the entire story from Samantha’s view point. However, she does it with great skill and it takes nothing away from the story With only 3 main characters, you’re never confused with who’s viewpoint you’re hearing the story from. If anything, it increases the allure of the book because you get to see just how clueless the men actually are. Okay, maybe as a female, I find that funnier than a male would.

While you can still read the free version on Wattpad, be aware it’s NOT the same version that was printed here. I highly recommend you read both. Though after re-reading the Wattpad version, I’ve decided I prefer the printed version. I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy and needs a good laugh.

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