Brash, cocky, and unbeatable with a sword (well, almost), Sam of Haywood is the most promising Paladin trainee in the kingdom of Thule. The only problem is that Sam is really Lady Samantha, daughter of the 17th 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, but if he does, he'll take away her sword and send her packing. 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?
©2015 Sally Slater (P)2015 Tantor
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1 out of 5 stars
By D Wade on 19-03-16

Really got this one wrong

For me: a really weak story and I regret the use of a credit. Others may enjoy this book, just not me.

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1 out of 5 stars
By LexZ on 20-02-16


This was awful. It never rises above formulaic duff. Very childish and naive.
The narration is terrible. The woman's voice grates.


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5 out of 5 stars
By CAP on 30-12-15

Excellent Epic Fantasy with Strong Female Lead

Would you consider the audio edition of Paladin to be better than the print version?

Yes. The voice actor did a great job with executing.

What did you like best about this story?

The Twist of the Paladins.

Which scene was your favorite?

The hospital scenes with the light humor were my favorite.

Any additional comments?

I first read this novel on Wattpad where I also write epic fantasy. Both of us have popular fantasy novels on there, and hers published first. This story is absolutely amazing, and really brings out a strong female character which I don't believe epic fantasy as a genre has a lot of. The character is strong, as strong or stronger than a female in The Wheel of Time. You feel a connection with the protagonist immediately and when the chapters end they leave you craving for more. I highly recommend it to all fantasy fans, the read is enjoyable, and once you get into it, you won't want to put it down. I will be following Ms. Slater's career as it progresses as I am sure that she has many more great novels to unfold. Pick this book up and read it, I guarantee you won't regret it.


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1 out of 5 stars
By Emma on 02-06-16

A recommendation more than a review.

If you are looking for a book with detailed swordplay, a woman with the spirit of a warrior fighting against societal norms, knights, and a rich universe that suspends disbelief? This is the wrong choice for you. Try ANY of Tamora Pierce's Tortall books (but not the audiobooks).

Paladin starts off very strong, but as the story goes on the combat just falls apart. The writer falls into the trap of TELLING the reader how awesome the fights are instead of SHOWING us.

On a good note, the morals of the story are very clear and our strong female paladin does not waiver. But she is incredibly insignificant in fight scenes.

This author shows A LOT of promise and I look forward to her writing's maturation. But if you are looking for the above mentioned qualities, PLEASE read Tamora Pierce.

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